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.
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.
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 A. Barbosa is a Senior Equipment Engineer at the Downstream Engineering Department of Petrobras in Rio de Janeiro, Brasil. He started his career in 1997 at the Industrial Department of Promon Engenharia in Rio de Janeiro and joined Petrobras in 2001. In 2007, he dedicated a couple of years as the Design and Procurement Manager for RECAP refinery in São Paulo. With over 20 years of experience working on basic, FEED and detailing design phases of industrial plants, Pedro Henrique de A. Barbosa is an expert in preparation and auditing of turbomachinery specifications, technical proposal evaluation and vendor’s drawings review. Pedro Henrique de A. Barbosa holds extensive experience with rotating equipment standardization, being a member of the API Subcommittee on Mechanical Equipment (SOME), API 617 and API 672 Task Forces, as well as the Petrobras’ 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 of the Brazilian Technical Standards Association (ABNT).
Mr. Barbosa received his BSME (1999) and MSME (2001) from the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro. In 2010, he also received an MBA on Project Management from Fundação Instituto de Administração, a business education institute associated to the Universidade de São Paulo. In the early years of his career, he has authored papers on fluid mechanics and turbulence and, most recently, on standardization of rotating equipment.
As the Rotating Equipment Practice Lead for BHP, Mr. Barham is responsible for setting best practices in the areas of design requirements for new machinery and maintenance strategies. He also provides technical advisement to business units and technical assurance to projects. Prior to joining BHP in 2007, Mr. Barham has been involved in both the design and maintenance of rotating equipment. He has worked as a machinery engineer supporting the maintenance and failure analysis of rotating equipment. He moved to broaden his knowledge by working as a centrifugal compressor design engineer, designing compressors and components for most of the major original equipment manufacturers. He then worked as a maintenance manager, implementing maintenance management philosophies and programs. Mr. Barham received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Texas Tech University in 1988. He is a member of the Vibration Institute and American Society of Mechanical Engineers. He joined the TAC in August of 2017.
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.
Dag O. Calafell, II
Dag O. Calafell, II is the Chair of ATPS. He has 40 years of experience in management, engineering, and operations in the oil and gas industry with end-users, namely Exxon, ExxonMobil, and Koch Industries, and with machinery manufacturers. Before retiring earlier this year, Calafell was chief machinery engineer at ExxonMobil Upstream. He has published multiple papers on machinery and flow phenomena and holds several patents. Calafell earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Clarkson University and continued studies at Columbia University. He sat on Texas A&M University’s Multi-Phase Pump User’s Group Advisory Board and on American Petroleum Institute (API) committees for machinery standards. Calafell has served as associate editor for the Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers (STLE) and as a member of the Hydraulic Institute, the Society of Reliability Engineers, the Society for Maintenance and Reliability Professionals and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). He was a keynote panelist at the 2017 ASME Turbo-Expo in Charlotte and a panelist at the Global Power & Propulsion Forum in January.
Steve Chaykosky serves as a Principal Engineer with Siemens and works from their factory in Painted Post, NY, which manufactures reciprocating compressors. He has been with Dresser-Rand (now Siemens) since 1990 and currently provides technical leadership for reciprocating compressor valve and capacity control products, including application and design, product development, new materials evaluation, and failure analysis and resolution. Mr. Chaykosky was the Manager of Valve Engineering for 15 years, where he led an international team of engineers and designers. Prior to his concentration on compressor valves, he spent 5 years in the Gas Dynamics group, which, in accordance with API 618 Design Approaches, used analog and digital methods for pulsation and vibration control in reciprocating compressor piping. He has authored papers for the Gas Machinery Conference, the Forum de Turbomaquinas in Rio de Janeiro, and the Reciprocating Compressor Operational Reliability seminar in London, sponsored by Institution of Mechanical Engineers. He has presented at the Eastern Gas Compression Roundtable in Pittsburgh for nearly 20 years. Mr. Chaykosky received his Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Cornell University in 1988. He joined the TAC in September 2019.
Dara W. Childs
Dara W. Childs, Ph.D., P.E. (Emeritus Member) was Director of the Turbomachinery Laboratory from 1984 to 2018 and held the Leland T. Jordan Chair in Mechanical Engineering at Texas A&M University. He received B.S. and M.S. degrees (Civil Engineering, 1961, 1962) from Oklahoma State University, and his Ph.D. (Engineering Mechanics, 1968) from the University of Texas. He was named ASME Fellow Member in 1990 and received ASMEs Henry R. Worthington Medal in 1991. Dr. Childs’ expertise is in dynamics and vibrations, with an emphasis in rotordynamics. He has conducted research and engineering projects for NASA, DOD, and private firms. Current research includes high-pressure testing honeycomb and hole-pattern gas damper seals; testing high-pressure laminar oil seals; force measurements in magnetic bearings using fiber-optic strain gauges. Dr. Childs has authored numerous reviewed publications related to rotordynamics and vibrations, and the book, Turbomachinery Rotordynamics. He is presently completing a new dynamics book entitled, Dynamics in Engineering Practice.
C. Hunter Cloud
BRG Machinery Consulting
C. Hunter Cloud is President of BRG Machinery Consulting, LLC, in Charlottesville, Virginia, a company providing a diverse range of rotating machinery technical services. He began his career with Mobil Research and Development Corporation in Princeton, NJ, as a turbomachinery specialist responsible for application engineering, commissioning, and troubleshooting for production, refining, and chemical facilities. During his 11 years at Mobil, he worked on numerous projects, including several offshore gas injection platforms in Nigeria as well as serving as reliability manager at a large US refinery. Dr. Cloud received his BS (Mechanical Engineering, 1991) and Ph.D. (Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, 2007) from the University of Virginia. He is a member of ASME, the Vibration Institute, and the API 684 rotordynamics task force. He joined the TAC in September 2012.
Robert Eisenmann is the BP Refining Machinery Advisor and Downstream Segment Engineering Technical Authority (SETA) with Refining Technology and Engineering based in Houston, Texas. He provides technical advice to the BP global refining portfolio to support business delivery, company strategy, industry direction, and technical assurance to support business decisions. He also promotes technology solutions and development and implementation of best practices across the BP refineries. He is currently the API 618 Chairman, API 692 Chairman, serves as an SME for BP’s Engineering Technical Practices and has been a member of the Texas A&M Turbomachinery Advisory Committee since 2012. Bob has over 20 years of experience in the industry. Bob graduated from Texas A&M University at Galveston in 1992 with a B.S. in Marine Engineering.
Francisco Gonzalez is a Principal Rotating Equipment Engineer for Cheniere Energy in Houston, Texas. Mr. Gonzalez has over 25 years of experience in Operations and Maintenance of Rotating Equipment. Cheniere Energy is currently building the first LNG export facility in the USA. The Sabine Pass LNG will operate (36) LM2500+G4 gas turbines driving GE refrigeration compressors and (6) LM2500+ Generators to power up the facility. Mr. Gonzalez primary responsibility is to provide operation, maintenance engineering departments with best practices in rotating equipment vibration monitoring, aerothermal performance monitoring, troubleshooting, overhaul, performance testing, gas turbine and compressor optimization, evaluating short term and long term reliability improvements for all rotating equipment and best practices in the installation and startup of rotating equipment. Mr. Gonzalez previously worked for Enterprise Products who currently operates machinery over 3 MM installed horsepower in Natural Gas and NGL Processing Plants and over 50,000 miles of pipelines transportation various NGLs, and Natural Gas, Crude and Refine Products in the USA. The Reliability Department at Enterprise headed by Mr. Gonzalez was primarily responsible for providing technical support to operations and maintenance on all rotating equipment. Enterprise currently operates over 385 gas turbine compressor and pump packages, and over 450 reciprocating compressor packages. Mr. Gonzalez has coauthored several technical papers for Turbo Machinery Symposium and ASME Power Gen as well as articles on Improving Reliability in various publications. Mr. Gonzalez graduated from the University of Houston with a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1990.
Anadarko Petroleum Company
Jeff Haught is a Sr. Engineering Advisor for Anadarko Petroleum Corporation in The Woodlands, Texas. He is currently responsible for the Company’s Mozambique LNG equipment selection as well as oversight of the Company’s large rotating equipment in various locations around the world. He began his career as a machinery engineer at the Arco refinery in Los Angeles then moved to Prudhoe Bay, first with Arco and then with Conoco. After assignments with Conoco in S.E. Asia, the Gulf of Mexico, and Russia, Mr. Haught joined Anadarko in 1996 for major project work in Algeria. Since then, he has held positions in Engineering and Maintenance throughout the Company.
Mr. Haught received his B.S. degree (Mechanical Engineering, 1979) from The University of California, Santa Barbara. He is a member of ASME. He is a registered Professional Engineer in Texas, New Mexico, and California and is a member of the Turbomachinery Symposium Advisory Committee.
Lil Kassie is presently Rotating Equipment Advisor for BP refining. He is located at BPs Whiting, Indiana, refinery where he has worked for 24 years. He has held positions as Rotating Equipment Specialist, Superintendent of the Rotating Equipment and Reliability Engineering Group, and Senior Rotating Equipment Consultant. In his present position, Mr. Kassie is responsible for providing machinery expertise, sharing and implementing equipment practices, and development coaching for improving equipment reliability and plant availability throughout BP. Prior to his tenure at BP, Mr. Kassie worked as Rotating Equipment Superintendent for Energy Cooperative Inc. and as a Field Service Engineer for Ingersoll Rand. He has presented technical papers at various rotating equipment conferences including the Turbomachinery Symposium and Rotating Machinery Users Council. Mr. Kassie holds B.S. and M.S. degrees (Mechanical Engineering) from the University of Wisconsin.
MAN Diesel & Turbo North America
Kevin Kisor is an Applications Engineering Manager for MAN Diesel & Turbo, and has held similar positions with GHH Borsig, Nuovo Pignone, A-C Compressor and Sundyne. Mr. Kisor received a B.S. in Industrial Technology from Ohio University in 1976. He is a member of the AIChE Ethylene Producers Conference, Rotating Equipment Subcommittee and is Chairman of the API 614. 6th Ed. Task Force. He joined the TAC in 2013.
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Compressor
Masayuki Kita is Senior Vice President, General Manager of Engineering & Design Division of MCO (Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Compressor) and has been managing the engineering & design of inline centrifugal compressor & integral geared compressor specified by API-617, steam turbine specified by API-612 and its accessory system specified by API-614 & 670, etc.
He joined MHI (Mitsubishi Heavy Industries) in 1988 and has over 30 years’ experience in application, engineering & design, project management, development and troubleshooting of turbomachinery, especially for a centrifugal compressor, and then he has been contributing to growth and evolution of turbomachinery (e.g. contribution to TPS/ATPS, API-617TF and Turbomachinery Society of Japan).
He had received B.S. and M.S. degree (mechanical engineering) from Shizuoka University in Japan.
John A. Kocur, Jr.
John A. Kocur, Jr. is a Machinery Engineer at ExxonMobil Research & Engineering in Houston, Texas. He has worked in the turbomachinery field for 30+ years. In his current capacity, he provides support to the downstream, upstream and chemical business lines within ExxonMobil with expertise on vibration diagnostics, rotor/thermodynamics, failure analysis and health monitoring of rotating equipment. Prior to joining EMRE, he worked as the Manager of Product Engineering and Testing at Siemens Demag Delaval Turbomachinery, Rotordynamic Group Lead at Pratt & Whitney and Machinery Engineer at Amoco Corporation. Dr. Kocur received his BSME (1978), MSME (1982) and Ph.D. (1991) from the University of Virginia and an MBA (1981) from Tulane University. He has authored papers on rotor instability and bearing dynamics, lectured on hydrostatic bearings, has sat as a committee chairman for NASA Lewis and is a member of ASME. Currently, he holds positions within API as 617 chair, 684 chair and Steering Committee member of the Subcommittee on Mechanical Equipment (SOME).
Solar Turbines Incorporated
Rainer Kurz is Manager of Systems Analysis and Field Testing for Solar Turbines Inc., in San Diego, California. His organization is responsible for conducting application studies, gas compressor and gas turbine performance predictions, and site performance testing. He joined Solar Turbines Incorporated in 1993 and has authored more than 70 publications in the field of turbomachinery. Dr. Kurz attended the University of the German Armed Forces, in Hamburg, Germany, where he received the degree of a Dipl.-Ing., and, in 1991, the degree of a Dr.-Ing. He was elected as an ASME Fellow in 2003.
Mark J. Kuzdzal
Mark J. Kuzdzal is the Director of Business Development for Dresser-Rand’s supersonic compressor development initiative, a role he has held since 2011. He is responsible for guiding the development of the supersonic compression platform from prototype, to product line definition, design and demonstration to commercialization. Prior to this assignment and for nearly a decade, Mark was the Manager of the Core Technologies organization for Dresser-Rand. He was responsible for overseeing Rotordynamics, Materials & Welding, Solid Mechanics, Aero/thermodynamics and Acoustics disciplines. Mark started his career with Dresser-Rand as a Rotordynamics engineer after earning a B.S. Degree (Mechanical Engineering, 1988) from the State University of New York at Buffalo. He has co-authored numerous technical papers and holds six U.S. Patents. Mr. Kuzdzal is a member of the Texas A&M Turbomachinery Advisory Committee, Chairman of Dresser-Rand’s emerging technology council and a member of the Penn State Mechanical Engineering Technology industrial advisory committee. He is an NLA and ASME member.
Applied Machinery Dynamics Company
Malcolm Leader is a Turbomachinery Consultant and Owner of Applied Machinery Dynamics in Dickinson, Texas. He is currently involved in the design, testing, modification, and installation of rotating equipment. He spends time doing theoretical design audits and working in the field implementing changes and overseeing installations. Mr. Leader has written several papers on the subjects of experimental rotordynamics, bearing design, design audits for rotating equipment, and practical implementation of rotordynamic programs.
Stephen R. Locke
Stephen R. (Steve) Locke is a Senior Consultant in DuPont Engineering Technology Rotating Machinery Group in Old Hickory, TN. He had plant assignments in the Petrochemical Department starting in 1972 for technical assistance to operations and maintenance including responsibility for startup and oversight of several large process compressors and other equipment. He moved to corporate engineering in 1983 to consult in turbomachinery for reliability improvements, retrofits, performance analysis, and for specification and startup of new equipment. More recently, Steve has also been leading a corporate effort to identify machinery credible failure modes and appropriate steps to quantify and manage safety risk. Steve received a BS degree (Mechanical Engineering, 1972) from Purdue University and is a member of ASME. He has been active on the Turbomachinery Symposium Advisory Committee, authored several papers, case studies, leading discussion groups, and represents DuPont on the Texas A&M Turbomachinery Research Consortium.
Shell Global Solutions
Terryl Matthews is a Senior Rotating Equipment Engineer with Shell Global Solutions (US) Inc., in Houston Texas, responsible for providing technical support for rotating equipment to Shell, Shell affiliated companies, and commercial customers worldwide. Since joining Shell in 2007, he has been involved in RCAs for refineries, chemical and LNG plants, high-pressure compression and pumping injection applications, and a technical focal point on various Supplier Partnerships. Terryl began his engineering career with Dow Chemical in 1973 after graduating from the University of Houston with a B.S. Degree in Mechanical Engineering. He worked for Dow Chemical for 30 years in rotating equipment. Terryl then worked for Bechtel for 4 years as a rotating equipment specialist on a refinery, coal gasification, and LNG project. Terryl has authored 7 technical papers, member of the Texas A&M Turbomachinery Advisory Committee, member of the Turbomachinery Subcommittee for the Ethylene Producers Conference, former member of the API Committee on Refinery Equipment and a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Texas.
Oxy Oil and Gas Corporation
Bruce McCain is the Lead Rotating Equipment Engineer for Oxy Oil and Gas Corporation, based in Houston, Texas. He has over 25 years experience providing technical support for plant-related equipment. His current focus is on reciprocating and turbo equipment around the world specifying upgrades, repair techniques, and overhauls. Prior to joining Oxy in 1997, Mr. McCain worked for Rohm and Haas, and Amoco Chemical/Production. He has contributed to technical papers and presented at industry conferences, including the Turbomachinery Symposium, Mr. McCain received a BS Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Texas Tech University in 1987. He serves on API committees, is an API 510 Certified Pressure Vessel Inspector, and a Registered Professional Engineer in the State of Texas. He joined the TAC in September 2014.
Cyrus B. Meher-Homji
Cyrus B. Meher-Homji is an Engineering Fellow and Technology Manager at Bechtel Corporation, in Houston, Texas. He is assigned to the LNG Technology Group as a turbomachinery advisor. Mr. Meher-Homji works on the development of new concepts relating to LNG turbomachinery and acts as an advisor to LNG projects on the aeromechanical design, selection, and testing of machinery. His 33 years of industry experience covers gas turbine and compressor application and design, engine development, and troubleshooting. Mr. Meher-Homji has a B.S. degree (Mechanical Engineering) from Shivaji University, an M.E. degree from Texas A&M University, and an M.B.A. degree from the University of Houston. He is a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Texas, a Fellow of ASME, life member of AIAA, and is active on several committees of ASME’s International Gas Turbine Institute. He has several publications in the area of turbomachinery engineering.
Marcelo Accorsi Miranda
Marcelo Accorsi Miranda is an Independent Consultant and emeritus member. He has been in the oil and gas business for 38 years and he recently retired from Petrobras E&P, where he was responsible for the conceptual design, specification, selection, and shop test acceptance of turbomachinery. His background is comprehensive, covering knowledge of rotordynamics, stability analysis, stability test, thermodynamics, and performance. Besides, he has extensive work and contributions in reliability engineering and life-cycle cost analysis.
Mr. Miranda received a B.S. degree (Mechanical Engineering) from Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro and an M.S. degree (Industrial Engineering) from Universidade Federal Fluminense. He has authored several technical papers on turbomachinery testing, low and high-speed balancing, compressor selection, RAM analysis and LCC analysis. He is a member of the Turbomachinery Symposium Advisory Committee since 2007 and currently is an Emeritus Member.
Matthew D. Moll
Matthew D. Moll is a Principal Rotating Equipment Engineer in the Core Technology Group for Celanese Corporation based in Dallas, TX. He is located in Narrows, Virginia and his duties encompass both design as well as fieldwork. Current responsibilities include management of internal engineering standards, mechanical integrity initiatives, new equipment specifications, maintenance strategies, and resolution of chronic bad actors for Celanese global assets. Matthew’s career with rotating equipment began with a year work study in taper roller bearing manufacturing for Brenco Bearing in Petersburg, VA. Following, Matthew worked for E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company as Rotating Equipment Engineer for 11 years using engineering solutions, reliability programs, and management systems across multiple sites improving rotating machinery reliability. Matthew received his BS in Mechanical Engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in 2003.
J. Jeffrey Moore
Southwest Research Institute
Dr. Jeffrey Moore is an Institute Engineer in the Machinery Section at Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio, TX. He holds a B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Texas A&M University. His professional experience over the last 27 years includes engineering and management responsibilities related to centrifugal compressors and gas turbines at Solar Turbines Inc. in San Diego, CA, Dresser-Rand in Olean, NY, and Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio, TX. His interests include advanced power cycles and compression methods, rotordynamics, seals and bearings, computational fluid dynamics, finite element analysis, machine design, controls and aerodynamics. He has authored over 40 technical papers related to turbomachinery and has two patents issued and two pending. Dr. Moore has held positions as the Vanguard Chair of the Structures and Dynamics Committee and Chair of Oil and Gas Committee for IGTI Turbo Expo. He has also served as the Associate Editor for the Journal of Tribology and a member of the IGTI SCO2 Committee, Turbomachinery Symposium Advisory Committee, the IFToMM International Rotordynamics Conference Committee, and the API 616 and 684 Task Forces.
Joe Moreno is President of FlexElement in Houston, Texas, a company that engineers, designs and manufactures its own line of high performance power transmission couplings. He is the technical director and oversees the daily production activities at FlexElement. Prior to FlexElement, Joe spent thirty years in industry with the majority of this time with LyondellBasell and predecessor companies. He graduated from Texas A&M University in 1989 with a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering and has worked in an end user, manufacturing capacity his entire career with a focus on maintenance and reliability of rotating equipment. He was the manager of maintenance, reliability engineering and turnarounds for two different sites and was the manager of LyondellBasell’s Central Machinery Engineering department. Joe has served in several technical support and advisory roles including specification, testing and installation of critical machinery, shop and field repairs, equipment disassembly, overhaul and startup, failure analysis, and providing technical evaluations during due diligence reviews.
Jorge Pacheco is the Director of Global Research and Development at John Crane based in Morton Grove, IL. He has been in this role since 2015 and is responsible to develop the R&D strategic plan and manage the company’s technology roadmap. His organization is responsible for technology scouting, development of advanced materials and manufacturing processes, and gas seals new product development. Jorge worked for Dresser-Rand (now Siemens) in Olean, NY for eight years. He performed different roles from Senior Development Engineer, Supervisor Solid Mechanics, Manager Aero-Thermo to Director Engineering Technologies and Centrifugal Compressor Development. Dr. Pacheco was an Assistant Professor at Universidad Simon Bolivar, Caracas, Venezuela lecturing in Thermodynamics and Transport Phenomena. He received his Ph.D. and M.S degrees (Mechanical Engineering) from Carnegie Mellon University and his B.S. degree (Mechanical Engineering) from Universidad Simon Bolivar. Jorge has co-authored more than 20 technical papers at the Turbo and pump symposium, ASME turbo expo, Journal of Turbomachinery, among others. He is a member of ASME, Penn State University Learning Factory Advisory board and joined TAC in 2019.
Steven Palermo is a Rotating Equipment Specialist in the Corporate Reliability Group at Marathon Petroleum, Findlay, Ohio. His primary focus is front-end loading and technical support for rotating equipment projects. He also coordinates revisions of specifications and standards and serves as a subject matter expert within Marathon. He is an advocate and promoter of technological and reliable solutions. Steven has almost 30 years of experience in the petrochemical industry. Prior to working at Marathon Petroleum, he worked 14 years for BP and 11 years for Amoco in their Texas refinery and neighboring chemical plants. He graduated from University of Houston in May 1988 with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering. He then later obtained certifications in reliability and statistics at Arizona State University, vibration analyses, modal/ODS, and lubrication tribology. He has strong passions for lubrication tribology and rotordynamics, aerodynamics, and thermodynamics of turbomachinery. Steven is currently vice-chair of API 684, vice-chair of API 617, and a member of API 691. He joined the TAC in September 2017.
Vinod P. Patel
Vinod P. Patel is a Senior Principal Machinery Engineer, Machinery Technology, for KBR, in Houston, Texas. He has been with KBR for 30 years. In his current assignment, he is responsible in the preparation and auditing of specifications, equipment evaluation, engineering coordination, and testing and installation startup of rotating and special equipment. He has worked in the various application of rotating machinery in the petrochemical and refinery processes including ammonia, LNG, olefins, cat-cracking, and hydrotreating for domestic and international projects. Mr. Patel received B.S. and M.S. degrees (Mechanical and Metallurgical Engineering) from Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, India, and Youngstown University, respectively. He is a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Texas.
Eric Petersen is the Director of the Turbomachinery Laboratory at Texas A&M University. Petersen has been with the Turbo Lab for 10-plus years and is the Nelson-Jackson Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. His research encompasses gas dynamics, propulsion, combustion, shock waves, chemical kinetics, optical diagnostics and spectroscopy, laminar and turbulent flames, and rocket combustion. He has authored more than 400 journal and conference papers in these areas. He is vice-president of the Institute for Dynamics of Explosions and Reactive Systems (IDERS) and an associate editor of the Journal of Engineering for Gas Turbines and Power and the Journal of Propulsion and Power. He is a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and a member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), The Combustion Institute and the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE). Petersen holds three degrees in mechanical engineering: a bachelor’s from the University of Central Florida (1988), a master’s from the University of Florida (1990) and a doctorate from Stanford University (1998). Before coming to Texas A&M, Petersen taught at the University of Central Florida. Prior to becoming a professor, he was an analytical engineer in the combustion group at Pratt & Whitney for three years, and a research scientist in the propulsion science group at the Aerospace Corporation for four years.
Brian Pettinato is Manager of Product Development at Elliott Group in Jeannette, Pennsylvania. He has been with Elliott Group since 1995. His primary area of expertise is machinery dynamics. He currently manages a group responsible for machinery dynamics and compressor technology development. Prior to joining Elliott Group, he worked as a project engineer for CentriMarc, an aftermarket bearing manufacturer. Mr. Pettinato received his B.S. (Mechanical Engineering, 1989) and M.S. (Mechanical Engineering, 1992) degrees from the University of Virginia. He has coauthored over twenty technical papers and holds three U.S. patents. Mr. Pettinato is a fellow member of ASME, a member of STLE, and a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Pennsylvania. He serves on the API 684 rotordynamics task force. He joined the TAC in September 2012.
Bernard Quoix has been the head of Total E&P Rotating Machinery Department since November 2003. He started his career in 1979 with Total Operations in the North Sea. From 1986 to 1989, he became head of Engineering of Turbomeca Industrial Division, a small and medium size gas-turbines manufacturer, then went to Renault Car Manufacturer as Assistant Manager of the testing facilities for prototype and production engines, before joining Elf Aquitaine and eventually Total, mainly involved in all aspects of turbomachines, including conceptual studies, projects for new oil and gas field development, commissioning and start-up, and bringing his expertise to Operations of all Total Affiliated Companies worldwide. Bernard Quoix graduated from ENSEM (Ecole Nationale Superieure d’Electricite et de Mecanique) in Nancy (France) in 1978 and then completed his engineering education with one additional year at ENSPM (Ecole Nationale du Petrole et des Moteurs) in Paris, specializing in Internal Combustion Engines. He is also a member of the Board of ETN (European Turbines Network) organization based in Brussels since April 2008. He has been a member of the Turbomachinery Advisory Committee since 2005.
Mark R. Sandberg
Sandberg Turbomachinery Consulting, LLC
Mark R. Sandberg is the principal of Sandberg Turbomachinery Consulting, LLC. Before forming this consulting practice in 2016, he was a Consulting Machinery Engineer with Chevron Energy Technology Company in Houston, Texas for more than fifteen years. Prior to joining Chevron, he was employed by ARCO, Petro-Marine Engineering, and The Dow Chemical Company. During his sixteen years at ARCO, he was involved with a number of gas turbine driven compressors, both internationally and on the North Slope of Alaska. Mark has more than 40 years of varied experience in the process industries and has been involved with the design, manufacture, testing, and installation of several small to large gas turbine driven centrifugal compressor trains worldwide. Mr. Sandberg has B.S.M.E. and M.S. (Mechanical Engineering) degrees from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, is a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Texas, an Emeritus Member of the Texas A&M Turbomachinery Advisory Committee, a member of AIAA and a Fellow Member of ASME.
Air Products & Chemicals
Patrick Smith is the Global Machinery Manager in the Operation Excellence Technical Team at Air Products & Chemicals. He is based in Allentown, PA, and his position includes the following roles: Machinery Technology Manager– provides a balanced approach to the assessment and mitigation of technical risk for rotating machinery. He is also responsible for writing and maintaining global machinery standards. HYCO Machinery SPOC–provides feedback on the selection of rotating machinery, and determining the sparing maintenance strategies for new hydrogen and CO plants. Machinery Functional Lead for Global Operations–provides solutions for difficult rotating machinery problems that have broad applications or have a significant impact on safety, reliability or performance. Patrick started his career with Ingersoll-Rand in the Pump Division in 1982 after graduating from Villanova University with a B.S. Degree in Mechanical Engineering. He joined Air Products & Chemicals, Inc. in 1986 working as a rotating machinery specialist. He went on to get a Masters in Mechanical Engineering from Villanova University in 1990. He has written a technical paper and a couple of case studies for the Turbomachinery Symposium and has published dozens of rotating machinery articles in Energy-Tech magazine. He is also a registered professional engineer in the state of Pennsylvania.
Hans P. Weyermann
Hans P. Weyermann is a Principal Rotating Equipment Engineer in the PM&IE department of ConocoPhillips Upstream Technology Group. In his current position, he is providing support to all aspects of turbomachinery in existing business units, as well as grassroots capital projects. He is also responsible for following the machinery related areas of corporate initiatives within the ConocoPhillips Upstream Company. Mr. Weyermann attended the College of Engineering in Brugg-Windisch, Switzerland. After receiving a B.S. degree (Mechanical Engineering), he joined Sulzer Escher Wyss Turbomachinery in Zurich, as an application/design engineer in the turbocompressor department. Prior to joining the Phillips Company, he was the supervisor of the Rotating Equipment department at Stone and Webster Engineering in Houston. Mr. Weyermann is a member of ASME, the API SOME, and has served on various API Task Forces.
John K. Whalen
John K. Whalen is an independent consultant based in Houston, Texas. John is a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Texas and a member of the Turbomachinery Symposium Advisory Committee. John retired from John Crane in 2015. At John Crane Bearings, John had Engineering responsibility for all three John Crane Bearing companies (John Crane Bearing Technology in Germany, Orion in Wisconsin and TCE in Houston). John Crane Bearings product range includes babbitted bearings and seals, labyrinth seals, and related products and services. John received his BSME from the Rochester Institute of Technology in 1981. He worked for Dresser-Rand in Wellsville, NY where he was involved in Large Turbine Engineering and Rotordynamics. John joined Centritech Corporation in 1988 and helped form TCE in 1991. John sold TCE to John Crane in 2011.
Chevron Energy Technology
Ed Wilcox is a Consulting Machinery Engineer with the Energy Technology Company (ETC) of Chevron. Prior to this, he worked for Conoco and Lyondell Chemical as a machinery engineer. He has a BSME degree from the University of Missouri-Rolla and an MSME degree from Oklahoma State University. He is a Vibration Institute Category IV Vibration Specialist and a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Oklahoma. Mr. Wilcox has authored multiple papers in the areas of rotordynamics, vibration analysis, and performance testing at both the Texas A&M Turbomachinery and Pump Symposia, along with several magazine articles.
Kevin D. Yates
The Dow Chemical Company
Kevin D. Yates is a rotating equipment specialist at The Dow Chemical Company in Freeport, Texas. In this role, he provides mechanical analysis support in the Maintenance Technical Services group. He also provides 6 Sigma and reliability support to the various businesses in Freeport. Mr. Yates has spent most of his career supporting the Freeport Critical Mechanical Equipment Group. A certified Dow Six Sigma Black Belt, he is the Freeport sites seal program focal point and a member of the Dow Global Pump & Seal Technology Resource Network (TRN) which is a network of pump and seal subject matter experts from various global sites. He is also an Advisory Committee Member for the Texas A&M Turbomachinery Symposium. He is a co-author of a paper for the Thirty-Second (2003) Turbomachinery Symposium and presented a Case Study at the Thirty-Eighth (2009) Turbomachinery Symposium. Mr. Yates has a B.S. degree (Mechanical Engineering) from Texas A&M University (1993). He is a member of ASME and NSPE. He is also a registered professional engineer in the state of Texas.