GMC 2017 Call for Papers

2017 Paper Deadlines

  • March 17 - Abstracts due
  • April 11 - Acceptance notices mailed
  • June 30 - Draft papers due to GMC Committee for peer review and comments
  • August 11 - Executive Summary of paper due
  • September 1 - Final papers due

2017 Schedule

9:00am – 4:00pm

GMRC Board of Directors Meeting

Westin Hotel (Level 2) Butler Room

3:00pm – 6:00pm

Registration

Convention Center (Level 2) Concourse B

4:00pm – 5:30pm

NEW to the Industry Event

Westin Hotel (Level 2) Pennsylvania East & West

First Time Attendee?  New to the Industry?  Please attend this session to meet others who are new to the event or industry.  The GMC Planning committee will be there to answer any questions you may have and for information on GMRC and the GMC Conference. Beverages will be served.

5:30pm – 7:30pm

Welcome Reception - Sponsored by Siemens (PREMIER Sponsor)

Westin Hotel (Level 3) Allegheny Grand Ballroom

Join Siemens as we kickoff this year’s GMC in Pittsburgh with an evening of food, fun and great networking activities.

7:00am – 5:00pm

Registration

Convention Center (Level 2) Concourse B

7:30am – 7:30am

Spouse/Guest Program

Westin Hotel (Level 2) Butler Room

Breakfast will be served for registered spouse/guest only

8:00am – 11:00am

Short Courses

Room 302-305

Strong Business Ethics Practices for the Gas Compression Industry

William (Bill) A. Couch, PE, W. Norm Shade, Jr., PE

Room 403-405

Surge Avoidance in Mixed Centrifugal and Reciprocating Compressor Stations

Dr. Klaus Brun, Dr. Rainer Kurz, Sarah Simons

Room 406

Basic Thermodynamics of Reciprocating Compression

Greg Phillippi

Room 407

Dry Gas Seals and Panels: Design, Operation, and Maintenance Techniques for Improved Reliability

Tim Allison, Meera Day, Hector Delgado, Benjamin Hellmig

Room 401-402

Trapped Equivalence Ratio for Air Fuel Ratio Control - Review and Update

Greg Beshouri, Hans Mathews

Paper not available for distribution.

11:00am – 12:45pm

Conference Lunch & General Session

Convention Center (Level 3) Spirit of Pittsburgh Ballroom

**BUSY PROGRAM PLANNED** SO PLEASE TAKE YOUR SEAT WHEN YOU ARRIVE & BEGIN LUNCH

Keynote Speaker - Rocky Bleier

Rocky Bleier’s life story - a gripping tale of courage on both the football fields of America and the battle fields of Vietnam – has held audiences in rapt attention for years. Yet, the motivational message behind it, detailing how ordinary people can become extraordinary achievers, defines success in the new American century.

With the same optimism, sense of humor and steadfast determination that were his trademarks as a Pittsburgh Steelers running back, Rocky Bleier takes audiences from his early years through his professional career and talks about the lessons he learned along the way.

1:00pm – 2:00pm

Technology Updates

Room 302-305

Lowering Site NOx Emissions by 40% Without Incremental Capital or Operating Impacts

Bill Mermoud, Jim Virginillo, Pawel Zajac

Room 302-305

Flexible Fuel System Development for Low BTU Gas Compression

Greg Sorge

Room 302-305

New Business Model: Information and Technology Driven Valve Exchange Program

Tonya Page, Scott Waughtal

Room 302-305

Next Generation Ignition Technology From Altronic - NGI-3000 Advanced Ignition System for Large Gas Engines

David E. Bell

Room 302-305

Reliable Valve Performance in Dirty Service

Stephen Mish

Room 302-305

Electronic Pre-chamber Injector Development

Kent Hanson

Room 302-305

Siemens Update

2:15pm – 3:00pm

Technical Papers

Room 302-305

Evolved Expectations, Capabilities, and Topology for Twenty-First Century Gas Compressor Package Monitoring and Control Systems

David E. Bell, David T. Lepley

Room 403-405

Back-to-Basics Vibration Problem Solving

Mathieu Barabe, Kelly Eberle, Guy Gendron

Room 406

An Effective Systematic Approach to Tuning Reciprocating Compressors towards Field Measured Data from Analyzer Reports for Legacy and New Units, for Slow-speed and High-speed Units, and for Single-stage and Multi-stage Units

Dwayne Hickman

Room 407

Dynamic Simulation and Testing of a Modified Compressor Station

Adrian M. Alvarado, Dr. Klaus Brun, Dr. Rainer Kurz, Sarah Simons, Rienk Zwerver

Room 401-402

Development of a Liquid Seal: Baseline Emissions Measurements

Dr. Klaus Brun, Ryan Cater, Kelsi Katcher, Scott Schubring, Sarah Simons, Andreas Soderberg

3:15pm – 4:00pm

Technical Papers

Room 302-305

Case Study: Field Demonstration of an Online, Real Time Analytical System for Lube Oil Monitoring Of a Gas Engine Driven Compressor Set

Bill Gillette, Chas Ogden, Jon K. Tice

Room 403-405

The Risks of Mounting Low Horsepower Reciprocating Compressors on Sand/Gravel

Francisco Fierro, Angel Rivera, Chester Whinery

Room 406

Making the Most of Pipeline Compressors: Alternatives to New Compression

Marybeth McBain, James Trent

Room 407

Gas Turbines: Emissions, Combustion and Fuels

Benjamin Emerson, Tim Lieuwen, Christopher Perullo

Room 401-402

A Case Study in the Application of SCR to Gas Turbines in Gas Compression Service

Gerry Fischer, Dan Rem, Florence Rodriguez Ramos

4:15pm – 5:00pm

Technical Papers

Room 403-405

Case Study of Solving Screw Compressor Package Vibrations

Eric Brink, Kelly Eberle, Martin Maculo, Ramin Rahnama

Room 406

Shaft Forces During Centrifugal Compressor Surge

Dr. Klaus Brun, Dr. Rainer Kurz, Sarah Simons

Room 407

Reducing Centrifugal Compressor Flange Loads with Respect to Thermal Growth of Piping

Trenton Cook, Francisco Fierro, Angel Rivera

Room 401-402

The influence of analytical instrument and sampling parameters on the NOx measurement

Robin (Linjie) Hu, Sam Kirk, Rajesh Parmar

Room 302-305

Considerations for Flexibility Analyses of Piping Systems in Vibration Applications

Jaehee Chae, P. Eng, Carol Palynchuk

5:30pm – 7:30pm

Conference Reception - Sponsored by Ariel Corporation

Heinz Museum – 1212 Smallman Street

Three Rivers Reception

Heinz Museum

1212 Smallman Street

Pittsburgh PA 

Live Music by Ariel’s Own, Square Fours

7:30pm – 10:30pm

Monday Night Football Party - Sponsored by Dresser-Rand, A Siemens Business

PNC Champions Club, Heinz Field, 100 Art Rooney Avenue

Washington Redskins vs Kansas City Chiefs

Come join us for a party!  Dresser-Rand, A Siemens Business, is hosting a Monday Night Football party during the 2017 Gas Machinery Conference.

Where: PNC Champions Club

Heinz Field

100 Art Rooney Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15212

When:  October 2, 2017

7:30 pm – 10:30 pm

Bus transportation will be provided from the Ariel Reception at the Heinz Museum to the Dresser-Rand Monday Night Football Party at Heinz Field starting at 7:00 pm. 

Return transportation from Heinz Field to the Westin Hotel will run continually until 11:00 pm.

We invite you to stop by the PNC Champions Club to watch the Washington Redskins vs. Kansas City Chiefs in a Monday Night Showdown!  Prizes will be awarded that include four Fitbit Blaze Smart watches.

***Friends, Fun, Food – Can it get any better?***

 

6:30am – 8:00am

Conference Breakfast - Sponsored by HOERBIGER

Convention Center - Spirit of Pittsburgh Ballroom - Third Floor

Live Music Cafe

Featuring Bachelor Boys Band

6:30 am - 8:30 am

7:00am – 5:00pm

Registration

Convention Center (Second Floor) Concourse B

7:30am – 12:00pm

Spouse/Guest Program

Westin Hotel (Level 2) Butler Room

8:00am – 11:00am

Short Courses

Room 302-305

Diagnostics for Reciprocating Engines/Compressors

Gregg Arney, Greg Beshouri, Gary Choquette

Room 403-405

Reciprocating Compressor Fleet Reliability- Asset Management Approaches and Trends from the Field

Wally Bratek, Gary Maxwell, Alex Sosnowski

Room 406

Basics of Compressor Valve Design and Troubleshooting

Ben Boutin, Patrick Taylor

Room 407

Industrial Gas Turbines - Applications, Performance, Maintenance

Dr. Klaus Brun, Dr. Rainer Kurz

Room 401-402

Clark TCVC Troubleshoot Frame and Running Gear

Ken Atkins, Forrest "Richie" Reid, Danny Vickers

11:00am – 1:00pm

Exhibits & Lunch

Convention Center (Level 2) Exhibit Hall B

Lunch served in the exhibit hall for all Conference registrants.

12:00pm – 2:30pm

Spouse/Guest Tour

Riverboat Cruise & Lunch - Boarding 12:00 p.m./Departs 12:30 p.m.

Riverboat Cruise & Lunch - Boarding 12:00 p.m./Departs 12:30 p.m.

1:15pm – 2:00pm

Technical Papers

Room 302-305

Diversity & Leadership

Manny Angulo, Brenna Geswein

Room 406

Torsional Damping Benefits for Reciprocating Compressors

Sonny Noon, Dr. Klaus Prenninger, Thomas J. Stephens, PE, Charles W. Yeiser

Room 407

Field Demonstration of Improved DLE Gas Turbine Control Algorithm to Reduce Part Load Emissions for Less Restrictive Load Following

Luke Cowell, Chris Nowak, James Roesch

Room 401-402

An Economic Study of Cat G3600 Series Engines, from A3 to A4

Charles Schmidt

2:15pm – 3:00pm

Technical Papers

Room 302-305

Maximizing compressor output by utilizing excess cooler capacity.

Jesse Kahle, Jeremy Osborne

Room 403-405

Design Considerations Associated with Reverse Flow Retrofitting

Phillip Bohannon, Kelsi Katcher, Chester Whinery

Room 406

GMRC Project: Wet Gas Reciprocating Compressor Performance Testing

Dr. Klaus Brun, Ryan Cater, Dr. Rainer Kurz, Sarah Simons

Room 407

Performance, Durability, and Reliability Benchmark Testing Guidelines for High Speed Reciprocating Compressor Valves

Randy Dal Molin

Room 401-402

Development of enhanced liquid separation technology for On Skid Application and Protection of Recip Compressors

Ralph Harris, Christine Scrivner, Joshua Shaver

Paper not available for distribution.

3:15pm – 4:30pm

Technology Updates

Room 302 - 305

How to Utilize an Industrial IoT Platform to Monitor, Protect, Control and Optimize a Compression Fleet

Elizabeth Karam

Room 302 - 305

The Effects of Reducing Emissions Utilizing a Closed Loop Rich Burn Air-Fuel Ratio Control System Combined with a Premium Three-Way Catalyst Loaded with High Concentration of Precious Metals

Nick Klosinski

Room 302 - 305

Caterpillar Technology Update

Jesse Kahle

Room 302 - 305

Product Improvements on High Speed Reciprocating Compressors

Gary Tas

Room 302 - 305

A new approach for a smart compressor lubrication system

Dr. Gunther Machu, Dr. Matthias Richtig

Room 302 - 305

Methane Emissions: Measurement and Reduction

Sarah Simons

Room 302 - 305

Free Piping Vibration Risk Software for Industry

Mena Ghattas, Jordon Grose

Room 302 - 305

Modular Compressor Stations

Ken Rumsey

4:45pm – 6:30pm

Exhibits & Reception

Convention Center (Level 2) Exhibit Hall B

Open to all conference registrants and spouse/guests.

7:00am – 12:00pm

Registration

Convention Center (Second Floor) Concourse B

7:30am – 12:00pm

Spouse/Guest Program

Westin Hotel (Level 2) Butler Room

Breakfast will be served for registered spouse/guest only

8:00am – 8:45am

Technical Papers

Room 302-305

Case Study: Evaluation of Combustion Anomalies on a High Pressure Fuel Injected Clark TCVC-20M

Mitchell Grace, Steven Hawley, Doug Tillison

Room 403-405

Retrofitting Existing Compressor Stations

Cesare Ferrero, Sajeed Islam, Mitchell Mauch

Room 406

Using Business Intelligence Tools to Drive Asset Performance Management Improvements

Mark Brennan, Alesio Lanzara, Philippe Loustau

Room 407

PRCI Research Updates

Gary Choquette

Room 401-402

Wet Gas Formation and Carryover in Compressor Suction Equipment - Part 1

Griffin Beck

9:00am – 9:45am

Technical Papers

Room 302-305

How to select Filtration Guidelines - Chronic Obstructive Inlet Filtration (COIF), a New Acronym for the Natural Gas Transmission Industry

Eric Babler, William (Bill) A. Couch, PE

Room 403-405

Starting Methods for Large Electrical Motors

Michael Glasbrenner, Peter Lilje

Room 406

Effects of Modeling the Kinematics of an Articulated Crank to Match In-Cylinder Compression Pressures and Port Timings

Kelsey Fieseler, Dr. Timothy J. Jacobs, Mark Patterson

Room 407

Purchasing and Execution Considerations for Turbomachinery Equipment

Sharzad Winkelmann

Room 401-402

Systemic Fluid Flow Excitations of Piping Systems

Eugene "Buddy" L. Broerman, III, Sarah Simons, Benjamin A. White, P.E.

10:00am – 10:50am

Technology Updates

Room 302 - 305

The New VHP Engine for Gas Compression

Ryan Krafcheck

Room 302 - 305

Maximize compressor throughput with automated VVCP capacity control

Dr. Gunther Machu

Room 302 - 305

Neuman-Esser Update

Scott DeBaldo

Room 302 - 305

Novel Technique for Addressing Liquids-Rich Compression Applications

Jeremy Pitts

Room 302 - 305

BasicMicro - The Evolved Compressor Control Panel

Ryan Fitzgerald, Charles Huizenga

Room 302 - 305

Lubrizol Update

11:00am – 12:45pm

Exhibits & Lunch

Convention Center (Level 2) Exhibit Hall B

Lunch served in the exhibit hall for all Conference registrants.

1:00pm – 4:00pm

Short Courses

Room 302-305

Air Regulatory Update 2017

James (Jim) McCarthy

Paper not available for distribution.

Room 403-405

Pulsation and Vibration Control for Reciprocating Compressors

Eugene "Buddy" L. Broerman, III, Kelsi Katcher, Benjamin A. White, P.E.

Room 401-402

Turbocharger Fundamentals: Performance Evaluation and Monitoring

Nick Brumbaugh, Eric Figge, Byron Jones, Dustin Malicke

Room 407

API 541 5th Edition -Practical instruction of the newest industry specification for AC induction motors

Mark Chisholm, Bart Sauer

Room 406

Field Performance Testing and Instrumentation of Reciprocating and Centrifugal Compressors

Tim Allison, Hector Delgado, Nathan Poerner

4:15pm – 5:00pm

GMRC Annual Membership Meeting

Westin Hotel (Level 2) Cambria Room

5:30pm – 8:00pm

Reception & Closing Dinner

Westin Hotel (Level 3) Allegheny Grand Ballroom

Tim Allison

Southwest Research Institute
Manager of the Rotating Machinery Dynamics Section

Dr. Tim Allison is the Manager of the Rotating Machinery Dynamics Section at Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio, TX. His research at SwRI includes finite element analysis, modal testing, instrumentation, and performance testing for applications including high-frequency piping vibration, centrifugal compressors, gas turbines, turboexpanders, reciprocating compressor valves, and test rigs for rotordynamics, blade dynamics, and aerodynamic performance. He holds a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, and has authored over 30 technical papers related to turbomachinery and vibrations.

Adrian M. Alvarado

Southwest Research Institute

No bio available.

Manny Angulo

The Williams Companies

No bio available.

Gregg Arney

Southern California Gas

No bio available.

Ken Atkins

Engineering Dynamics, Incorporated (EDI)
Senior Staff Engineer

Ken Atkins is a Senior Staff Engineer at .  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 tutorials and short courses. He joined the Turbomachinery Advisory Committee in September, 2012.

Mr. Atkins received a B.S. Degree in Engineering Science from Trinity University in 1978, graduating as a University Scholar.  He is a member of ASME, several API committees, and is a Registered Professional Engineer in the State of Texas.

Eric Babler

CLARCOR Industrial Air

No bio available.

Mathieu Barabe

Wood Group - Vibration, Dynamics & Noise

No bio available.

Griffin Beck

Southwest Research Institute
Engineer in the Propulsion & Energy Machinery Section

Mr. Beck is an engineer in the Propulsion & Energy Machinery Section at Southwest Research Institute where his responsibilities include design and analysis tasks to support the development of machinery systems as well as the design, analysis, and execution of unique testing programs for a wide variety of machinery. His experimental experience includes work on wet gas centrifugal compressors, tests involving liquefied natural gas, various machinery performance tests, and testing with high pressure natural gas foam for hydraulic fracturing applications. His analytical experience includes thermal/fluid design, analysis, and simulations tasks for several machinery and process related applications. Mr. Beck earned his Mechanical Engineering degree from the University of Texas at San Antonio in December 2012.

David E. Bell

HOERBIGER Engine-Altronic
Senior Vice President - Sales and Service - BU Engine Applications North America

Mr. Bell is the Senior Vice President - Sales and Service for HOERBIGER ENGINE-EEAT North America.  He carries both undergraduate and graduate degrees from Youngstown State University.  David joined the Altronic organization in its Engineering Department in 1984.  After serving in a number of different positions within the company over the last three decades, he is currently charged with business development and sales for the end-user segment - inclusive of Distributor channel management - and with the packager and lease fleet customer base.

Greg Beshouri

HOERBIGER Engine Division

Mr. Beshouri received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan, in 1979 and a M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California-Berkeley in 1980. He then worked for Enterprise Engine Company (a manufacturer of large bore high output marine diesel engines) as a Field Service Engineer, Research Engineer, and then manager of the R&D, Service and Controls departments. During his career at Enterprise, Mr. Beshouri worked on a wide variety of State of the Art projects related to engine performance optimization, emissions reduction and design improvement.

In 1988, Mr. Beshouri, with other industry experts, founded Advanced Engine Technologies Corporation (AETC) focusing on the application of "State of the Art" technologies to reciprocating engines and other combustion sources. This includes the application of parametric emissions monitoring, combustion performance monitoring, engine control technology and new technology development for large bore engines.

In 2011 Mr. Beshouri joined HOERBIGER to support its efforts in establishing a worldwide reputation as a premium supplier of engine technologies and retrofit engine systems.

Mr. Beshouri has authored numerous papers on engine modeling, testing and analysis. He is a member of the ASME-Internal Combustion Engine Division and Society of Automotive Engineers.

Rocky Bleier


Keynote Speaker

Rocky Bleier’s life story - a gripping tale of courage on both the football fields of America and the battle fields of Vietnam – has held audiences in rapt attention for years. Yet, the motivational message behind it, detailing how ordinary people can become extraordinary achievers, defines success in the new American century.

With the same optimism, sense of humor and steadfast determination that were his trademarks as a Pittsburgh Steelers running back, Rocky Bleier takes audiences from his early years through his professional career and talks about the lessons he learned along the way...lessons that we all can benefit from.

Not falling within the ideal of what a running back should look like, Bleier had to run harder and play smarter to be able to stand out. Despite his drive and ability to make the big play, the Pittsburgh Steelers only considered him a late round pick. But before the season ended that first year, he was drafted again this time by the United States Army. At the height of the Vietnam War, Bleier was thrust into combat early and was seriously wounded when his platoon ran into an ambush. Receiving wounds from both rifle fire and grenade fragments in his legs, he was barely able to walk and his professional football career seemed to have ended before it began.

For more than two years, he drove himself. Little by little he overcame obstacles and fought his back. He not only made the Pittsburgh Steelers, but also eventually became a starting running back on a team that won four Super Bowls and became the greatest football team of the 20th century.The hard lessons Rocky Bleier learned early in his life, which helped him, overcome adversity and reach his goals, have paid off after football. What makes Rocky Bleier so popular as a speaker is his ability to translate core values in his speech, “Be the Best You Can Be”. With real-world practicality, he points out ways to reach new levels of inner-confidence.

Whether it is career development for corporate executives, enhancing sales and marketing skills for sales teams, offering inspiration for young professionals or practical advice to student athletes, Bleier’s delivery is a winner. His message consistently brings audiences to their feet and re-energizes them for personal and work challenges ahead. His advice is not about avoiding life’s twists and turns but conditioning one’s self to lean into them and to incorporate the resulting energy in realizing goals.

Phillip Bohannon

TransCanada
Senior Project Manager

Phillip Bohannon is a Senior Project Manager at TransCanada where he is responsible for the implementation of various projects in support of the company’s U. S. natural gas assets.   Past projects have included silencer upgrades at compressor stations, pipeline relocation projects, and the construction of a 25 mile lateral in Oregon for a new power plant.   Currently he is working on a system wide program to evaluate pulsation issues at 10 stations on the ANR pipeline system and install the recommended solutions ranging from installing bracing on vessels or installing orifice plates , all the way to removing existing pulsation bottles and installing new larger units.  Mr. Bohannon is a licensed Professional Engineer in the state of Texas and had experience in the refining side of the industry working with pressure equipment design and has been on the pipeline side now for 20 years.

Ben Boutin

HOERBIGER Corporation of America, Inc.
Vice President of OEM Engineering

Ben graduated from the University of Calgary in 1986 with a B.Sc. in Engineering.

From 1986 to 2006 he worked in the field of machinery diagnostics developing both portable and continuous monitoring systems for engines, compressors and rotating equipment. His experience includes diagnostic system specification, field testing of new diagnostic methods with machinery analysts, teaching machinery analysis classes, product management, and leading product development teams.

Ben joined HOERBIGER Corporation of America in 2006 providing Field Support to OEMs and compressor operators.

He is currently Vice President of OEM Engineering and is responsible for Application Engineering and Drafting in HOERBIGER’s Pompano Beach and Houston facilities.

Wally Bratek

Wood Group - Vibration, Dynamics & Noise (formerly BETA Machinery Analysis)

No bio available.

Mark Brennan

Wood Group - Vibration, Dynamics & Noise

No bio available.

Eric Brink

Williams

No bio available.

Eugene "Buddy" L. Broerman, III

Southwest Research Institute
Principal Engineer in the Fluid Machinery Systems Section

Eugene L. Broerman, III is currently a Principal Engineer in the Fluid Machinery Systems Section at Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) in San Antonio, TX.  He is a 2001 graduate of Texas A&M University-Kingsville with a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering.  He has over 15 years of experience in the fields of mechanical vibrations, compressor and piping system design, acoustics, finite element analysis, and thermal piping stress. 

Nick Brumbaugh

Baker Hughes, a GE Company

No bio available.

Dr. Klaus Brun

Southwest Research Institute
Machinery Program Director

Dr. Brun is the Machinery Program Director at Southwest Research Institute where he leads an organization that focuses on R&D for the energy industry.  His past experience includes positions in engineering, project management, and management at Solar Turbines, General Electric, and Alstom.  He holds seven patents, authored over 250 papers, and published two textbooks on gas turbines.  Dr. Brun is a Fellow of the ASME and won an R&D 100 award in 2007 for his Semi-Active Valve invention.  He also won the ASME Industrial Gas Turbine Award in 2016 and ASME Oil & Gas Committee Best Paper/Tutorial awards in 1998, 2000, 2005, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2014, and 2016.  He was chosen to the "40 under 40" by the San Antonio Business Journal in 2007.  Dr. Brun is the past chair of the ASME-IGTI Board of Directors, the past Chairman of the ASME Oil & Gas Applications Committee, and the current chair of the ASME sCO2 Power Cycle Committee.  He is also a member of the API 616 Task Force, the Asia Turbomachinery Symposiums, the Fan Conference Advisory Committee, and the Supercritical CO2 Symposium Advisory Committee.  Dr. Brun is the Executive Correspondent of Turbomachinery International Magazine, an Associate Editor of the ASME Journal of Gas Turbines for Power, and an Associate Editor of the Elsevier Solar Power Journal.

 

Ryan Cater

Southwest Research Institute
Research Engineer

Mr. Ryan Cater is a Research Engineer at Southwest Research Institute. He has extensive experience performing a spectrum of work on rotating and reciprocating compressors including field work, design of experimental test setups, testing, and data analysis. Some of his past work on reciprocating compressors includes measuring plate valve motion, recording compressor performance parameters, and wet gas compression as well as seal design work.

Jaehee Chae, P. Eng

Wood Group
Sr. Engineer - Vibration, Dynamics & Noise

No bio available.

Mark Chisholm

Siemens Industry, Inc.
Principal Business Development Manager

Mark Chisholm graduated with honors from Loughborough University with a Bachelor of Technology degree in Mechanical Engineering. Mark began his career with GEC in Rugby, England where he held engineering positions associated with the design and manufacture of motors and generators. Mark became a Regional Sales Manager in the UK for GEC in 1986 and then moved to the USA in 1988 to assume responsibility for GEC as national sales manager for medium voltage motors and generators. Mark was the Business Unit Manager during GEC's transition to GEC Alsthom and then ALSTOM. In 1999 Mark became the Program Manager with GE for the Peterborough large motor facility. His role developed into building and managing a global team of application engineers as Global Director of Field Application Engineering within the rotating machines segment of GE Power Conversion.  Mark joined Siemens Industry, Inc. in 2015 and now has North America responsibilities for the Berlin “Dynamowerk” facility and the air separation industry. Mark is a Senior Member of the IEEE and is an author of numerous IEEE PCIC papers. Mark is a voting member of and actively participates in API 541, 546 and 547 task force meetings.

Gary Choquette

PRCI

Gary Choquette has worked in the natural gas transportation industry for more than 30 years. He has experience in facility design, project management, construction, technical support, hydraulic modeling, compression performance, noise, vibration, pulsation and controls, software design, SCADA, gas measurement, and gas control. He has served in management roles in gas measurement, engineering design, construction and right of way, operations software development and SCADA support, and gas control. Mr. Choquette earned a bachelor degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Nebraska and is a registered professional engineer in the state of Texas.

Trenton Cook

Southwest Research Institute (SwRI)
Engineer in the Fluid Machinery Systems Section

Trenton Cook is an Engineer in the Fluid Machinery Systems Section at Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) in San Antonio, TX. He has received a B.S. degree in Aerospace Engineering from Texas A&M University. He currently supports a variety of machinery design activities, such as mechanical, thermal, and acoustic/pulsation analyses of fluid machinery piping systems.

William (Bill) A. Couch, PE

PECOFacet

For over twenty years Bill has been involved in many activities associated with the Gas Machinery Research Council as a member of GMC Project Supervisory Committee and the GMC Planning Committee. Bill was Chairman of the 2012 GMRC Gas Machinery Conference in Austin, Texas and received the GMRC’s Edward N. Henderson Distinguished Service Award in 2014.  He has written and presented numerous technical papers and short courses on natural gas related topics as well as non-tradition subjects of relevance to Engineers, Managers and Professional Engineers within our industry.

From 2005 to 2012 Bill Chaired the Compressor and Pump Station Technical Committee for the Pipeline Research Council International, Inc. (PRCI).  During Bill’s tenure with the committee he oversaw the challenging transition from ‘entitled’ research funding to the more competitive ‘vote your dollars’ research funding by the PRCI member companies.

For many years Bill was actively involved in natural gas industry research and Engineering education performed at Colorado State University’s Engines and Energy Conversion Laboratory.  He also worked with the Kansas State University’s National Gas Machinery Laboratory, advancing their educational and natural gas research activities.

The majority of Bill’s professional career was spent with El Paso Natural Gas and Tennessee Natural Gas where he held various positions in Design Engineering, Project Management and Management.  He is presently employed with PECOFacet as their Training Manager in their Technology Center in Mineral Wells, Texas, providing filtration related training for employees, distributors and customers worldwide.

Bill holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from California State University Long Beach and Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from New Mexico State University.  Bill is a registered Professional Engineer in New Mexico and Texas.

Luke Cowell

Solar Turbines Incorporated
Manager in Solar’s Combustion Engineering Group

Luke Cowell is a manager in Solar’s Combustion Engineering Group.  In this role he has responsibility for the introduction of new combustion systems for gas turbine products to enhance fuel flexibility and reduce pollutant emissions.  In the past 32 years he has had a variety of engineering and leadership positions within the Engineering and Product Development groups designing and implementing gas turbine combustion systems.  He has been a leading contributor to the introduction and product improvements to Solar’s SoLoNOx gas turbines.   He has a Masters Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University where he specialized in gas turbine combustion and fuels.

Randy Dal Molin

HOERBIGER Corporation of America, Inc.

Randy graduated from the University of Calgary in 1990 with a B.Sc. in Computer Science. From 1991 to 2006 he worked in the field of engine and compressor diagnostics developing both portable and continuous monitoring systems. Randy joined HOERBIGER Corporation of America in 2006 providing Project Management for new product introductions. His experience includes Product and Project Management, Manufacturing Engineering, Field Testing, and Product Market introduction.

Meera Day

Southwest Research Institute
Engineer in the Rotating Machinery Dynamics Section

Meera Day is an Engineer in the Rotating Machinery Dynamics Section at Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio, TX. While at SwRI, her research has included instrumentation, performance testing, control systems, and rotordynamics analysis intended for applications such as turboexpanders, centrifugal compressors, and utility-scale cycles. She has Bachelor of Science degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Mathematics from Southern Methodist University. She is currently working on her Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering, with a specialization in controls and dynamic systems.

Scott DeBaldo

Neuman-Esser

No bio available.

Hector Delgado

Southwest Research Institute

Hector Delgado is a Group Leader at Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) working on many projects, including turbomachinery root cause failure analyses (RCFA); rotordynamics studies; critical speed analyses; machinery field testing; structural and thermal analyses; and design analyses to assess fatigue remaining life prediction of mechanical components. Mr. Delgado received B.S. and M.S. degrees both in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Nuevo Leon in Mexico and UTSA, respectively. Mr. Delgado’s research interests are in the areas of turbomachinery dynamics, RCFA, and mechanical design. Mr. Delgado has significant experience in the study of mechanical vibration, especially related to the applied analysis of the blade and impeller dynamics. His experience also includes diagnosing causes, predicting consequences, and recommending solutions for turbomachinery and pipeline pulsation and vibration control and mitigation.

Kelly Eberle

Wood Group - Vibration, Dynamics & Noise (formerly BETA Machinery Analysis)

No bio available.

Benjamin Emerson

Turbine Logic

No bio available.

Cesare Ferrero

Nidec ASI

No bio available.

Francisco Fierro

Southwest Research Institute (SwRI)
Research Engineer for the Fluid Machinery Systems Section

Francisco Fierro is currently a Research Engineer for the Fluid Machinery Systems Section at Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) in San Antonio, TX. He is a 2004 graduate of New Mexico State University with a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering and a 2007 graduate with a M.S. in Mechanical Engineering. He has over 9 years of experience in the fields of mechanical vibrations, compressor and piping system design, finite element analysis, thermal piping stress and acoustics.

Kelsey Fieseler

Advanced Engine Research Laboratory at Texas A&M University

Kelsey Fieseler is a Masters student in Mechanical Engineering at Texas A&M University. She currently works in the Advanced Engine Research Laboratory at Texas A&M on a project funded by Pipeline Research Council International (PRCI) to model stationary large-bore, spark ignited, natural gas engines with an emphasis on studying the effects of variable fuel composition. During her undergraduate degree, she conducted research on diesel emissions under varying combustion modes including low temperature combustion and also completed three internships in the oil and gas industry in the document control, mechanical engineering (reciprocating equipment), and piping departments. Her interests include thermodynamics, energy conversion, computer modeling of internal combustion engines, and natural gas. She is also a member of the ASME Petroleum Division Collegiate Council to develop ways to increase interest in the oil and gas industry among college students.

Eric Figge

Kansas State University

Eric Figge is the engineering manager with the National Gas Machinery Laboratory. He received his associate degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology from K-State Salina and his BS degree in Mechanical Engineering from Kansas State University. Eric has worked with the NGML for the past 20 years. During that time he has been actively involved with design and installation of mechanical, electrical and automation systems, as well as hundreds of turbocharger tests. He is also currently part of a team at ScavengeTech that is turning laboratory projects into commercially available technology.

Gerry Fischer

AETC

No bio available.

Ryan Fitzgerald

Basic Systems, Inc.

No bio available.

Guy Gendron

Wood Group - Vibration, Dynamics & Noise

No bio available.

Brenna Geswein

Caterpillar

No bio available.

Mena Ghattas

Wood Group - Vibration, Dynamics & Noise

No bio available.

Bill Gillette

Logilube, LLC
Founder & CEO

No bio available.

Michael Glasbrenner

Voith Turbo GmbH & Co. KG

Michael Glasbrenner studied mechanical engineering and received the degree as graduate engineer (Dipl.-Ing.) from the University of Stuttgart, Germany in 2005. Since 2005, he has been working for the Voith AG. In 2008, he became head of mechatronic engineering for hydrodynamic superimposed gearboxes of Voith Turbo Wind GmbH & Co. KG. In 2014, Michael Glasbrenner took over the responsibility for Control & Electrical Engineering, Variable Speed Drives, of Voith Turbo GmbH & Co. KG.

Mitchell Grace

TransCanada Pipeline
Mechanical Specialist - ANR Southeast Mainline

Mitch Grace of TransCanada is based out of Thompson’s Station TN. Mitch has been with TransCanada/GLGT/ANR since 1981. He started as an Operator and has held several different s positions. He currently is a Mechanical Specialist working primarily on the ANR Southeast Mainline.

Jordon Grose

Wood Group - Vibration, Dynamics & Noise

No bio available.

Kent Hanson

Dresser-Rand

No bio available.

Ralph Harris

Mueller Environmental Designs, Inc.

No bio available.

Steven Hawley

Dresser-Rand Enginuity (DRE)
Principal Automation Specialist

Steve has been a member of the Dresser-Rand Enginuity (DRE) organization for the last 18 years as a Principal Automation Specialist, and was employed at Woodward Governor for the previous 18 years as a Control System Engineer. Steve has worked in the application of numerous control system platforms for fuel injection, condition monitoring, emissions reduction, and general automation products on diesel and natural gas fired engines used in the Natural Gas Pipeline Compression and Power Generation industry. Steve is a past presenter at the Gas Machinery Conference.

Benjamin Hellmig

EagleBurgmann
Product Manager for Compressor Seals

Benjamin Hellmig graduated with a degree in Business Engineering (Innovation Management) at the University of Applied Sciences in Weingarten, Germany, in 2006. He has been working at EagleBurgmann for 10 years. He started as an application engineer, and for the past 4 years has been a product manager for compressor seals.

Dwayne Hickman

ACI Services, Inc.
VP of Compressor Performance Technology

Dwayne graduated from The Ohio State University, taught college courses in Mathematics and Computer Science for 13 years, designed and published educational software, and has spent the last 25 years in the Reciprocating Compressor Industry.

Mr. Hickman has developed several reciprocating compressor performance software packages, including software for seven major OEMs.

Dwayne has presented numerous technical papers and short courses at the GMC, IPC, GSRMS, and EGCR, and has written many articles for both COMPRESSORTechTwo and Pipeline & Gas Journal.

Currently, Dwayne is the VP of Compressor Performance Technology for ACI Services, Inc., located in Cambridge, Ohio.

Robin (Linjie) Hu

DCL International, Inc.

No bio available.

Charles Huizenga

Basic Systems, Inc.

No bio available.

Sajeed Islam

Kinder Morgan

No bio available.

Dr. Timothy J. Jacobs

Texas A&M University
Associate Professor / Steve Brauer, Jr. ’02 Faculty Fellow - Dept of Mech Engineering

Dr. Timothy J. Jacobs is an associate professor and the Steve Brauer, Jr. ’02 Faculty Fellow in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Texas A&M University. He also holds the Eppright University Professorship of Undergraduate Teaching Excellence. Dr. Jacobs conducts experimental and model based studies of internal combustion engines, with particular noted expertise in alternative fuels such as biodiesel, advanced modes of combustion such as low temperature combustion, and natural gas engines. Within this framework he specifically studies thermodynamic aspects of engines, including the role of mixture properties, heat transfer, combustion phasing, and the influences of system interactions (e.g., turbocharging systems) on engine efficiency and emissions. Recent research activities have centered on the study of natural gas combustion, particularly in 2-stroke applications for oil and gas applications. Specific areas of emphasis in this realm include integrating chemistry models of variable natural gas fuel compositions into engine simulations for engine control and exploration of combustion modes to simultaneous decrease nitrogen oxides and hydrocarbons. Dr. Jacobs teaches courses on thermodynamics and internal combustion and currently serves as Director of Interdisciplinary Engineering for Graduate and Undergraduate Programs.

Byron Jones

Kansas State University

No bio available.

Jesse Kahle

Caterpillar Inc.
Product Definition Manager

Jesse Kahle is the Product Definition Manager for the Gas Compression product segment within
Caterpillar's Oil and Gas business unit. With over ten years of product development experience in
multiple industries, he has worked on projects ranging from quality control to product strategy. Since
joining Caterpillar in 2008, he has held positions of increasing responsibility within the engineering
organization responsible for reciprocating engine design, development, and support.

Elizabeth Karam

Detechtion Technologies™
Product Manager

No bio available.

Kelsi Katcher

Southwest Research Institute
Engineer for the Fluid Machinery Systems Section

Kelsi Katcher is currently an Engineer for the Fluid Machinery Systems Section at Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) in San Antonio, TX.  She is a 2013 graduate of the University of Colorado at Boulder with a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering.  Kelsi supports a variety of machinery design activities, including acoustic/pulsation analyses of machinery piping systems, Strouhal analyses, thermal analyses, field testing and modal design analyses.

 

 

Sam Kirk

DCL International, Inc.

No bio available.

Nick Klosinski

GE Distributed Power

No bio available.

Ryan Krafcheck

GE

No bio available.

Dr. Rainer Kurz

Solar Turbines Incorporated

Rainer Kurz is the Manager, Systems Analysis at Solar Turbines Incorporated, in San Diego, California. His organization is responsible for predicting compressor and gas turbine performance, for conducting application studies, and for field performance testing. Dr. Kurz attended the Universitaet der Bundeswehr in Hamburg Germany, where he received the degree of a Dr.-Ing. in 1991.   He joined Solar Turbines in 1993, and holds his current position since 1995.

Dr. Kurz  is the  chair of the ASME/IGTI Oil and Gas Applications Committee, a member of the Gas Machinery Research Council Project Supervisory Committee, the GMC Conference Organizing Committee,the Texas A&M Turbomachinery Symposium Advisory Committee, the Middle East Turbomachinery Symposium Advisory Committee, and the SDSU Aerospace Engineering Advisory Committee. He  was elected ASME Fellow in 2003

He has authored numerous publications about turbomachinery related topics, with an emphasis on compressor applications, dynamic behavior, and gas turbine operation and degradation. Many of his publications were considered of archive quality and were accepted for publications in Engineering Journals. He has received  several ‘Best Paper’ and ‘Best Tutorial’  Awards at the ASME TurboExpo Conferences and is the recipient of the 2013  Industrial Gas Turbine Technology award.

 

Alesio Lanzara

Wood Group - Vibration, Dynamics & Noise

No bio available.

David T. Lepley

HOERBIGER Engine-Altronic
Head of Business Unit Engine Applications

Mr. Lepley is Head of Business Unit Engine Applications for HOERBIGER's Engine Division.  David has a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering and a Master’s degree in Business Administration - both from Youngstown State University.  Starting in 2007, David has spent much of his tenure at Altronic in support and development of gas engine ignition and control systems.  Today he is responsible for the development and growth of the Engine Applications Business Unit.

Tim Lieuwen

Turbine Logic

No bio available.

Peter Lilje

Moeller & Poeller Engineering GmbH (M.P.E.)
Lead Engineer

Peter Lilje was born in 1970 in South Africa. He holds the degrees Ph.D. in power systems, B.Sc. Electrical Engineering and B.Com. Business Management. He works as Lead Engineer at the consulting company M.P.E. GmbH. His main activities include studying the integration of renewable energies in electrical power systems. He has specialised knowledge in the modelling and analysis of utility- and industrial power systems.

Philippe Loustau

Wood Group - Vibration, Dynamics & Noise

No bio available.

Dr. Gunther Machu

HOERBIGER Ventilwerke GmbH & Co KG

No bio available.

Martin Maculo

Williams

No bio available.

Dustin Malicke

Baker Hughes, a GE Company

No bio available.

Hans Mathews

HOERBIGER Engine Solutions

No bio available.

Mitchell Mauch

Kinder Morgan

No bio available.

Gary Maxwell

Wood Group - Vibration, Dynamics & Noise

No bio available.

Marybeth McBain

Kinder Morgan
Senior Pipeline Engineer in the compression group

Mrs. Marybeth Mcbain works as a Senior Pipeline Engineer in the compression group at Kinder Morgan, supporting primarily the KM midstream group and the NGPL pipeline assets.  Marybeth’s primary functions involve sizing new compressors for prospective projects, recommending retrofits and compressor modifications, and supporting new compressor stations currently in the design or construction phase.  Mrs. Mcbain previously worked at Southwest Research Institute for ten years in the pulsation analysis and turbomachinery groups as well as Apache Corporation for four years.  She holds four patents mainly related to innovative pulsation control concepts and has published over thirty publications related to natural gas machinery.  Her career is supported by a BSME from the University of Texas at Austin and an MSME from Georgia Tech.

James (Jim) McCarthy

Innovative Environmental Solutions, Inc.
President

Jim McCarthy is the President of Innovative Environmental Solutions, Incorporated (IES) and has 30 years of experience in the air quality and energy field.  IES supports natural gas industry efforts to strategically resolve air quality and greenhouse gas emission issues.  Jim’s specialties include the characterization and control of NOx, air toxic, and GHG emissions from combustion and process equipment in the energy industry, and facilitation of natural gas industry efforts to integrate best science principles into federal and state regulations.  Prior to IES, Jim led the Gas Research Institute air quality R&D program.  Jim has a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of California, San Diego.

Bill Mermoud

Caterpillar

No bio available.

Stephen Mish

Cook Compression

No bio available.

Sonny Noon

Markwest/Marathon

No bio available.

Chris Nowak

Kinder Morgan

No bio available.

Chas Ogden

Logilube, LLC
Chief Engineer

No bio available.

Jeremy Osborne

Pegasus Optimization Managers, LLC
Chief Legal Officer

Jeremy Osborne is a cofounder and the Chief Legal Officer for Pegasus Optimization Managers, LLC.
Jeremy has a decade of experience working with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and private
sector oilfield services clients. He is a frequent writer and speaker on various oil and gas topics. Jeremy
holds a BS from Texas A&M University and a JD, magna cum laude, from Georgetown University Law
Center. He is licensed to practice law in Texas and the District of Columbia.

Tonya Page

JW Energy Inc.
District 4 Sr. Inventory Analyst

Tonya Page joined J-W Power as the District 4 Sr. Inventory Analyst in 2011.  She is responsible for all aspects of material analysis, control, and planning in support of field operations.  Past experience includes management, compliance, and continuous improvement positions in the manufacturing, risk management and drug testing industries.  Ms. Page holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Texas at Tyler, Texas.

Carol Palynchuk

Wood Group

No bio available.

Rajesh Parmar

DCL International, Inc.

No bio available.

Mark Patterson

GE Oil & Gas
Manager of New Production Introduction Engineering

Mark Patterson is currently the manager of New Production Introduction Engineering at GE Oil and gas. Mark graduated in 1991 with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Iowa State University, and he went on to earn a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from the University of Wisconsin in 1997, specializing in CFD simulation and analysis of internal combustion engines. He applied CFD as an engine design tool for 2 years at Daimler Benz research and for 5 years in Caterpillar engine research, focusing on improving engine performance and reducing emissions in heavy duty diesel engines. He joined Cameron in 2009 in the Compression Systems division, and has applied advanced combustion modeling techniques to 2-stroke natural gas engines to improve the efficiency and reduce emissions in large-bore low-speed engines. In 2011, Mark became manager of engine and technology new product development, and in 2012, he moved up to his current position as manager of new product development for process and compression systems at Cameron, and that role became the engineering new product introduction manager at GE Oil & Gas. In July of 2016, he became a consulting engineer / technologist, guiding the technology strategy for reciprocating compression, and he continues in this role currently at Baker Hughes, a GE Company.

Christopher Perullo

Turbine Logic

No bio available.

Greg Phillippi

Ariel Corporation
Director of Process and Market Development

Greg Phillippi is director of process and market development for Ariel Corporation in Mount Vernon, Ohio. Greg began his career at Cooper Energy Services in 1978 as a design engineer, joined Ariel in 1985, moved to ACI Services Inc. in 2000, and back to Ariel in 2004. Greg received a bachelor of science in mechanical engineering from Ohio Northern University in 1978 and a master’s in business administration from Ashland University in 2000. Greg has spent his entire 39 year career involved with various aspects of reciprocating compressors. Experience includes developing a thorough understanding of gas compression thermodynamics and compressor cylinder mechanical design, and an appreciation for marketing and sales.

Jeremy Pitts

Hicor Technologies

No bio available.

Nathan Poerner

Southwest Research Institute
Senior Research Engineer in the Fluid Machinery Section

Nathan Poerner is a Senior Research Engineer in the Fluid Machinery Section at Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio, TX. He earned B.S. and M.S. degrees in Mechanical Engineering at Texas Tech University. His work experience has primarily been in field measurements and troubleshooting mechanical systems, specifically pulsation and mechanical resonance issues. This work is supported by mechanical and fluid simulations and modeling. And he is involved in numerous research projects focused on rotating and reciprocating machinery.

Dr. Klaus Prenninger

Geislinger GmbH, Austria

Education

2003 - 2008                     Doctoral theses, Graz University of Technology, Austria

1995 – 2003                    Study of mechanical engineering, Graz University of Techn., Austria

Professional experience

Since Oct. 2014               Manager Torsional Vibration Calculation and Measurement Engineering, Geislinger GmbH, Austria

2012 - 2014                    ROBEL Bahnbaumaschinen GmbH, Germany
                                      Head of Business unit rail-maintenance equipment

2008 - 2012                    Engineering Center Steyr, Magna Powertrain, Austria

                                      Commercial vehicle engineering

2003 - 2008                    Scientific assistant, Graz University of Technology, Austria

Special knowledge

ProALPHA (ERP), MS-Office, Creo Elements, CATIA V5, MARC, Matlab

Project management, QM, FMEA, DoE, 7-Step,

Ramin Rahnama

Wood Group - Vibration, Dynamics & Noise (formerly BETA Machinery Analysis)

No bio available.

Forrest "Richie" Reid

Universal Plant Services Midstream Division
Project Engineer and Facility Operation Manager

Forrest “Richie” Reid has spent the past 30 plus years involved with maintenance, overhaul, and repair of reciprocating and rotating machines in the refining, petro-chemical, power generation, and gas transmission industries. His career has included turnarounds, grassroots, and maintenance projects in roles to include supervision, project management, and engineering support.

His experience includes various RCFA projects upon a wide variety of machine components where a primary role has been research and conventional stress analysis to help determine failure mode and support root cause findings.

Richie is project engineer and facility operation manager with Universal Plant Services Midstream Division (UPSM) to continue his experience with the gas transmission industry upon slow-speed and high-speed reciprocating compressors. Before beginning work at UPS, Richie spent a major portion of his career with Technical Compression Services (TCS)/Universal Compression in Belle Chasse, Louisiana. Richie received his Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from LSU.

Dan Rem

Enbridge

No bio available.

Dr. Matthias Richtig

HOERBIGER Ventilwerke GmbH & Co KG

No bio available.

Angel Rivera

Kinder Morgan
Manager of the Engineering Design group

Angel Rivera is currently the Manager of the Engineering Design group at Kinder Morgan in Houston, TX. He is a 1996 graduate of The University of Texas at San Antonio with a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering. His area of expertise includes the fields of mechanical design, mechanical vibrations, conducting field studies on various natural gas systems (including dynamic pulsation and strain data), compressor and piping system design and analysis, finite element analysis, compressor station layout design and pipeline design.

Florence Rodriguez Ramos

Enbridge

No bio available.

James Roesch

Solar Turbines Incorporated

No bio available.

Ken Rumsey

Solar Turbines Incorporated

No bio available.

Bart Sauer

Siemens Industry, Inc.
Market Segment Manager, ANEMA Motor Products

Bart is a 27 year veteran of AC induction motor design and manufacturing to complement is Mechanical Engineering degree. His career includes 17 years as an application engineer, reviewing specifications and providing quotations, and 8 years in customer development with major oil and gas end customers. He serves as a primary technical and commercial leader for Siemens with regard to API 541 and 547 specifications. Bart is a Senior Member of the IEEE and is an author of multiple IEEE papers

Charles Schmidt

EMIT Technologies Inc.

No bio available.

Scott Schubring

Williams Gas Pipeline

No bio available.

Christine Scrivner

Kinder Morgan

No bio available.

W. Norm Shade, Jr., PE

ACI Services, Inc.
Sr. Consultant & President Emeritus

W. Norm Shade is Sr. Consultant and President-Emeritus of ACI Services Inc., headquartered in Cambridge, OH. He received BME and MSME degrees from The Ohio State University, graduating Summa Cum Laude in 1970, and he is a registered professional engineer in the States of Ohio, Oklahoma and Texas.

Before leading ACI from 2004 through March of 2013, he spent 32 years in various engineering, management and executive positions with Cooper Cameron Corporation including Director of Engineering, General Manager, and VP - Product Development. In 2003 he started his own Houston, TX based consulting company that continues to provide market research and technical services to companies in the oil and gas industry and related fields. He has authored nearly 400 published articles and technical papers, serving as a regular columnist and Contributing Editor for COMPRESSORTechTwo magazine. His new book, Gas Compression: A Primer on Compression Equipment and Technology, is being published one chapter at a time in the monthly issues of Gas Compressor Magazine, and he is a frequent speaker at industry conferences and training events. His current work with ACI includes development of a revolutionary linear motor reciprocating compressor in conjunction with Southwest Research Institute and the U.S. Department of Energy, as well as leading an industry-wide Gas Machinery Research Council program to develop the guideline for high-speed reciprocating compressors in field gas services.

Shade is Past-Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Gas Compressor Association (GCA) and is active in the Gas Machinery Research Council (GMRC), Interstate Natural Gas Association of America (INGAA), the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), and the Gas Electric Partnership, having held many positions and committee chairmanships. He is an ASME Fellow and has received a number of other awards including the GCA Distinguished Service Award, the GMRC Edwin N. Henderson Award for service to the gas compression industry, the ASME Distinguished Service Award, the Ohio State University E.G. Bailey Entrepreneurship Award, nominee for the Association of Ohio Community Colleges Friend of Community Colleges Award and Honorary Associate in Public Service Degree from Zane State College. He currently serves on advisory committees for the Ohio State University Department of Mechanical Engineering and the Zane State College Energy Technology and Gas Compression Programs. He has taken leadership roles in churches and other community organizations wherever he has lived. He enjoys singing in church and community choirs, playing his 12-string guitar and watching college athletics in any spare time. Norm and his wife of nearly 50 years, Patricia, have 2 daughters, 1 son (deceased) and 6 grandchildren.

Joshua Shaver

Atmos

No bio available.

Sarah Simons

SwRI
Research Scientist in the Fluids Machinery Systems Section

Ms. Simons is a Research Scientist in the Fluids Machinery Systems Section at Southwest Research Institute.  In this position, she performs acoustic and thermal analyses of compressor and pump piping systems along with reciprocating compressor pulsation filter bottle design.  She is also involved with compressor and flow pulsation control research.  Additionally, Ms. Simons has presented short courses, tutorials, and technical papers on acoustics, pulsations, and vibrations at various industry conferences. 

Andreas Soderberg

NextSeal
CEO

Mr. Andreas Soderberg is the CEO of Nextseal. In this position he is responsible for the formulation and execution of the company’s strategy, reporting to the board of directors made up of highly successful entrepreneurs, former C-level executives from the compressor-, and related industry, as well as highly renounced academia professors. After having graduated with double degrees in Industrial Engineering (MS) and Business Administration (BS) from UC Berkeley and Lund University, Mr. Soderberg has been focused on the commercialization of the Nextseal technology. Prior to joining Nextseal, Mr. Soderberg was working in the Swedish and U.S. construction industry with a focus on environmental certifications and lean project delivery.

Greg Sorge

GE Distributed Power

No bio available.

Alex Sosnowski

Wood Group - Vibration, Dynamics & Noise

No bio available.

Thomas J. Stephens, PE

Ariel Corporation
Senior Equipment Specialist

Thomas has B.S. degree in Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines, and has obtained a PE certification for the state of Ohio in 2004 and Category IV vibration certification from the Vibration Institute in 2005.

Thomas has worked with Ariel Corporation since 1998 primarily working with vibration and performance related issues on high speed reciprocating compressors. He has published several papers regarding torsional and lateral vibration at multiple machinery conferences.

Gary Tas

Dresser-Rand, A Siemens Business

No bio available.

Patrick Taylor

HOERBIGER Corporation of America, Inc.
OEM Field Support Manager and regional xCOM Products Manager

Patrick Taylor serves as the OEM Field Support Manager and regional xCOM Products Manager for HOERBIGER Corporation of America. He started at HOERBIGER in 2005 as a compressor controls engineer working with the HydroCOM and eVCP product lines. Prior to HOERBIGER, Patrick worked in the maritime industry as a marine engineer and holds a First Assistant Engineer’s license. During his maritime career he worked on various break bulk freighters, oil tankers, and offshore drilling platforms. Patrick also served in the Persian Gulf as a civilian mariner during the Second Gulf War.  Patrick is a 1997 graduate of the US Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, NY and served in the US Naval Reserve from 1997 to 2005.

Jon K. Tice

DCP Midstream
Principal Reliability Engineer

No bio available.

Doug Tillison

TransCanada Pipeline
Analyst - ANR Southeast Mainline System

Doug Tillison of TransCanada, based at the ANR Pipeline Compressor station at Shelbyville IN. Doug has been with TransCanada/ANR since 1992.  He started as a mechanic and started running the analyzer equipment in 1997. He has been a full time analyst since 2001 covering mostly the ANR Southeast mainline system.

James Trent

Kinder Morgan

No bio available.

Danny Vickers

Universal Plant Services Midstream

No bio available.

Jim Virginillo

Apache Corporation

No bio available.

Scott Waughtal

HOERBIGER Corporation of America, Inc.
COO and Head of the Valve Exchange Business Unit

Scott graduated from Texas A&M University in 1984 with a B. Sc in Mechanical Engineering and in 1986 with a M. Sc in Mechanical Engineering. From 1985 to 1991, he worked as a Propulsion/Thermal Engineer at LTV Missiles. Scott continued his education at Northwestern University earning an MBA and Masters of Engineering Management in 1993. In 1993, Scott joined Owens Corning as Plant Superintendent. In 2003, Scott joined HOERBIGERCorporation of America where his current position is COO HOERBIGER Corporation of America and Head of the Valve Exchange Business Unit.

Chester Whinery

Southwest Research Institute
Senior Engineering Technologist in the Fluids Machinery Systems Section

Chester Whinery is a Senior Engineering Technologist in the Fluids Machinery Systems Section at Southwest Research Institute where he supports and manages machinery design activities, including acoustic/pulsation analyses of machinery piping systems using the Transient Analysis Pulsation Solver (TAPS) acoustic simulation design analysis tool. Healso manages and performs field pulsation, vibration,torsional,and modal studies with the field service group, and provides work instructions to technical support staff. Mr.Whinery has experience performing mechanical piping restraint reviews and thermal and structural design analyses with the aid of the CAESAR II and ANSYS software packages, respectively.2 / 2

Benjamin A. White, P.E.

Southwest Research Institute
Manager for the Fluid Machinery Systems Section

Benjamin A. White, P.E., is currently the Manager for the Fluid Machinery Systems Section at Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) in San Antonio, TX.  He is a 1995 graduate of Texas A&M University with a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering.  He has over 20 years of experience in the fields of mechanical vibrations, compressor and piping system design, finite element analysis, thermal piping stress and acoustics.

Sharzad Winkelmann

S&B Enterprises

Sharzad Winkelmann is the founder of S&B Enterprises based in San Diego California. Before starting her own business, she was employed at Solar Turbines Incorporated for 26 years. During those years she held positions with increasing responsibilities including gas turbine performance testing, Applications Engineering, Customer Services Management as well as Project Management positions in both, Oil and Gas and Industrial Power Generation sectors. Mrs. Winkelmann’s work experience enabled her to gain exposure to domestic and international markets from Europe and Asia to North and South America as well as applications from Arctic to Tropical, including off-shore and on-shore tenders.  Mrs. Winkelmann holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from UC San Diego and an MBA from the University or Redlands.

Charles W. Yeiser

Rotor Bearing Technology & Software, Inc. (RBTS)
Principal Engineer

Charles W. Yeiser is a Principal Engineer at Rotor Bearing Technology & Software, Inc. (RBTS), a software and consulting services company, specializing in rotating systems, in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania.  His responsibilities include modeling, analyzing, and measuring the performance of rotating systems.  Mr. Yeiser has been extensively involved in the development and implementation of computational solution algorithms related to rotordynamics, torsional vibration, and fluid-film/rolling element bearings.  Prior to working at RBTS, he was employed by the Franklin Research Center (formerly the Franklin Institute Research Laboratories), as a mechanical engineer.  His fields of expertise include torsional vibration, rolling element bearings. rotordynamics, finite element analysis, and customized field test/sensor development (strain gages. proximity probes. accelerometers. data acquisition, etc.).

Mr. Yeiser has a B.A. degree (Physics) from Franklin and Marshall College, and B.S.E. and M.S.E. degrees from the University of Pennsylvania.  He has authored numerous technical reports and papers for private industry and government agencies.

Pawel Zajac

Caterpillar Inc

No bio available.

Rienk Zwerver

Gasunie

No bio available.