The Chemours Company
Brad Addison is a Mechanical Engineer for Rotating Machinery in corporate engineering at The Chemours Company – a 2015 spinoff of DuPont. Previously, he worked for DuPont, and since 2006 has been responsible for specifying, installing, commissioning, overhauling, repairing and troubleshooting primarily fluoro-chemical, sulfuric acid and air compressors, blowers and fans, as well as steam turbines. Has has worked for MG Industries and Air Liquide from 1994 to 2006 and was responsible for compressors, blowers, cryogenic expanders, steam turbines, water/cryo pumps, cooling towers/system design and chillers. During this time, Brad was a Rotating Machinery Engineer, a Maintenance Engineer and an FDA plant Validation Project Manager for 13 air separation plants. Brad also worked for Pratt and Whitney Aircraft in compressor aerodynamic design and engine performance analysis for commercial aviation gas turbines from 1982 to 1994. He received degrees in mechanical engineering from from Lafayette College (B.S., 1982) and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Hartford Graduate Center (M.S., 1986). He has been a discussion group leader since 2008 and joined the TAC in September 2015.
Kazim Akhtar is the Director for Mechanical Engineering of CB&I in Houston, Texas. His department is involved in the specification, design, selection, shop test acceptance, and startup coordination of rotating and static (Heat transfer, Vessels and Material handling) equipment for major world class LNG, refinery, petrochemical, and oil and gas projects. Mr. Akhtar received a B.S. degree (Mechanical Engineering) from Texas A&M University and an M.S. degree (Industrial Engineering, Management) from the University of Houston. He is an active member of API, AICHE, ASME, a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Texas.
Saquib Ashraf is currently a Machinery GTS (Global Technology Sponsor) working closely with leadership, business, line management, and established technical netwroks within Exxonmobil to define the direction for technology and its application in Refining and Chemical Manufacturing, guide global discipline strategy and direction in support of the business’ global strategic priorities, and maintain awareness of developments in industry, vendors and academia bringing this to bear in projects and discipline planning. He also proactively drives improvement globally through technology/assets/installed base performance to develop the next generations of technical leaders, creating a longer-range plan for the discipline. Saquib is the Engineering Group Lead in the EMRE Machinery Department and most recently took over the GTS role as the global downstream machinery leader.
Engineering Dynamics Incorporated
Kenneth Atkins is a Senior Staff Engineer at Engineering Dynamics, Incorporated (EDI). He has over 30 years of experience with rotating machinery and structural dynamics. Prior to co-founding EDI in 1982, he was with Southwest Research Institute and Exxon Chemical Americas. Ken has authored several technical papers on machinery dynamics. He has lectured frequently at the Turbomachinery and Pump Symposia, including both a tutorial and a short course. He also presents various topics at EDIs annual seminar on rotating and reciprocating machinery dynamics. Mr. Atkins received a B.S. Degree in Engineering Science from Trinity University in 1978. He is a member of ASME, several API committees, and is a Registered Professional Engineer in the State of Texas. He joined the TAC September 2012.
Bakalchuk has over 35 years of design and application experience in the areas of Rotating Equipment, Vibration and Stress Analysis and Design, Selection and Commissioning of Mechanical Equipment and Control Systems, Engineering Measurements and Data Acquisition systems. Extensive Project Management experience. Co-Author of 4 patents and numerous technical publications and presentations.
Leonardo Baldassarre is currently the Engineering Ldr for Compressors, Expanders & Electrical Systems with General Electric Oil & Gas Company, in Florence, Italy. He is responsible for all requisition, and standardization activities as well as for detailed design of new products for centrifugal compressors, turboexpanders, auxiliaries, electric motors & shaft line integration. Dr.Baldassarre began his career with General Electric Nuovo Pignone in 1997. He has worked as Design Engineer, R&D Team Leader for centrifugal compressors in Florence, Product Leader for centrifugal and axial compressors, and Requisition Manager for centrifugal compressors both for Florence and Le Creusot teams. He is an active member of the Turbomachinery Symposium Advisory Committee and represents GEO&G in the API617 Committee. Dr. Baldassarre received a B.S. degree (Mechanical Engineering, 1993) and Ph.D. degree (Mechanical Engineering / Turbomachinery Fluid Dynamics, 1998) from the University of Florence. He has authored or coauthored 30+ technical papers, mostly in the area of fluid dynamic design of 3D transonic impellers, rotating stall, and rotordynamics. He presently holds 10 patents.
Pedro Henrique de A. Barbosa
Pedro Henrique de Almeida Barbosa is a Turbomachinery Advisor at the Upstream Engineering Department of Petrobras in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He started his career in 1997 at Promon Engenharia and joined Petrobras in 2001. With over 20 years working on preparation and audit of turbomachinery specifications, technical proposal evaluation and vendor’s drawings review, he has been assigned as job leader on rotating equipment for several O&G projects. Mr. Barbosa holds extensive experience with rotating equipment standardization, being a member of the API Subcommittee on Mechanical Equipment (SOME), API 617 Task Force, as well as the Brazilian representative on the ISO Subcommittee on Processing Equipment and Systems (TC 67/SC 6). He also holds the position of chairman of the Subcommittee on Processing equipment and systems within the Brazilian Technical Standards Association (ABNT). Mr. Barbosa received his BSME (1999) and MSME (2001) from the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro and his MBA on Project Management (2010) from the Universidade de São Paulo.
Bryan Barrington is a Senior Advisor and the Machinery Group Lead for LyondellBasell’s corporate Machinery Engineering group. He and his team provide selection, installation, overhaul and troubleshooting support for turbomachinery at locations worldwide. Bryan began his career as a machinery engineer for Celanese before joining LyondellBasell in 2001. He has held positions in both engineering and maintenance throughout his career. Bryan is a 1994 graduate of Texas A&M University (BSME, Honors).
Valero Texas City Refinery
Bruce Bayless works for Valero Energy Corporation. He has been a member of the advisory committee since 2004.
Pablo Bellocq is a senior rotating equipment engineer at TOTAL E&P. He joined TOTAL E&P in 2013 and has been mechanical lead for on-shore and off-shore E&P field development projects. He has currently a role of support to operation and maintenance, with special focus on troubleshooting complex issues as well as failure investigation and design modifications. Before joining TOTAL, Pablo has worked for 6 years with gas turbine OEMs in modelling, design and testing of upgrades and novel gas turbines for airplanes and helicopters. Prior to this, he had also worked in the development of power electronic systems for railway applications and instrumentation for nuclear power plants. Pablo received a MS in mechanical engineering from University of Montevideo (Uruguay, 2006) and a PhD in Power and Propulsion from Cranfield University (UK, 2012). He has more than 15 publications in various aspects of gas turbine modelling, design, testing and operations. He is an active reviewer for ASME and SAGE journals and conferences and also serves as a member of the advisory board of the European Turbine Network IGTC conference since 2017.
Gampa I. Bhat
Gampa Bhat & Associates, LLC
Gampa I. Bhat is the President of MHI Compressor International Corporation in Houston, Texas, USA. He also serves as the Chairman of the Board of Directors. MHI Compressor International Corporation (MCO-I) is part of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Compressor Corporation, Japan. Bhat is building the infrastructure to support Application Engineering, Marketing, Commercial, Sales, After Sales and manufacturing facilities to support Compressor Manufacturing Globally. Bhat was Chief Machinery Engineer before he retired from Exxon Mobil Chemical Company worldwide where he was responsible for engineering, manufacturing support, technology development, mega machinery project startups and troubleshooting. He is well recognized in the industry for his leadership, decision-making and leading the organization to success. His passion for business and employee growth is one of his key attributes. He has been an active member of the Turbomachinery Advisory Committee with Emeritus Status. Bhat holds a masters degree in Chemical Engineering from West Virginia University. In his spare time, he enjoys golfing, reading and gardening.
Exelon Generation Company, LLC
Charlie Bowser has fulfilled operational, financial and engineering roles with the world-class corporation, Exelon Generation Company, LLC. His area of specialization has been Exelon’s Nuclear and Renewables business units, where he held several senior leadership positions. In 2014, Charlie was assigned to the role as the President of NET Power, a strategic partner of Exelon’s that is providing advanced clean energy to customers worldwide and trailblazing a path for global decarbonized economic growth. He was responsible for every aspect of the successful completion of NET Power’s demonstration plant and test facility in LaPorte, TX, and now global deployment of commercial units.
Charlie has a bachelor’s degree in systems engineering from the United States Naval Academy and an MBA in corporate finance from Cornell University.