2018 GMC Keynote Speaker Vinh Giang

2018 GMC Keynote Speaker Vinh Giang
2018 GMC Keynote Speaker Vinh Giang

2018 Keynote Speaker - Vinh Giang

With only 6 months to graduate, Vinh Giang left his degree in commerce and law to become an online magic teacher ultimately building a hugely successful online business, 52kards, which now serves over 800,000 students all around the world. This earned him the award of Top Young Entrepreneur in Australia.

Vinh Giang's real magic journey began when he finally understood what Robert Houdin (an amazing magician) meant when he said: "A magician is an actor playing the part of the magician." Once Vinh understood the meaning behind this quote, he focused all his energy on studying the art of performance and not the art of presentation. He has spent the last 15 years mastering the art of performance-enhanced communication, helping thousands of professionals worldwide to learn these skills.

Vinh is also the CEO of Luminary Productions which produces exceptional video for individuals and companies all around the globe.

Vinh's presentation will bring out the magic in you!

2018 Speakers & Presenters

Thomas Alban
Baker Hughes, GE
Advanced Technology Engineering Manager

Tim Allison
Southwest Research Institute
Manager

Randy Anderson
CECO
Principal Consultant

Nathan Andrews
Southwest Research Institute
Research Engineer

Manny Angulo
Williams
Staff Engineer

Craig Asbill
Caterpillar
Performance Engineering Supervisor

Brandon Baer
IDC Engineering
Lead Engineer

John J. Bazaar
ACI Services Inc
Director, Mechanical Technology

Griffen Beck
Southwest Research Institute
Research Engineer

David E. Bell
Hoerbiger Engine Applications - Altronic
Senior Vice President - Engine Applications - North America

Greg Beshouri
Hoerbiger
Senior Expert Engine Systems

Timothy Bootsveld
Wood
Research and development engineer, anti-vibration products

John Boser
National Fuel Gas Supply Corporation
Engineer 1

Gary Bourn
Anadarko
Sr Staff Facilities Engineer

Eugene Broerman
Southwest Research Institute
Principal Engineer

Nick Brumbaugh
Baker Hughes

Klaus Brun
Southwest Research Institute
Director

Pablo Bueno
Southwest Research Institute
Senior Research Engineer

Jesse Burgey
Siemens
Engineer

Steve Chaykosky
Dresser-Rand
Manager, Valve Engineering

Gary Choquette
Pipeline Research Council International
Sr Program Manager

Mike Clay
Solar Turbines
Program Manager

William Couch
Parker
Marketing Analyst

Wendy Coulson
Innovative Environmental Solutions, Inc.

Shawn Damm
Caterpillar
Performance Engineer

Debarshi Das
Wood
Team lead, structural analysis

Meera Day Towler
Southwest Research Institute
Research Engineer

Carolyn Day
Southwest Research Institute
Engineer

Steven DeCicco
MIRATECH
Chief Operating Officer

Vinh Do
Baker Hughes, GE
Senior Systems Engineer

Michael Dollinger
Siemens
Field Service Engineer

Steve Dussault
GE Distributed Power - Waukesha
Sr. Product Manager

Kelly Elberle
Wood
Principal Engineer

Troy Feese
Engineering Dynamics, Inc.

Francisco Fierro
Southwest Research Institute
Senior Research Engineer

Eric Figge
Kansas State University
Engineering Manager, National Gas Machinery Laboratory

Gerry Fisher
W-Industries
PhD

Eric Forthofer
Caterpillar
Performance Engineer

Jeffrey Fry
National Fuel Gas (NFG) Company
District Manager

Greg Funk
IDC Engineering
Overseer

Mark G. Gerken
Kinder Morgan
Sr. Pipeline Engineer

Brenna Geswein
Caterpillar
Application Engineer

Peter Goretski
Voith Turbo
Product Manager VoreconNX

Diana Grauer
Hoerbiger
Vice President - Engineering

Brad Grieves
Energy Transfer
Reliability Engineer

Jordan Grose
Wood
Product line manager, anti-vibration products

Bryan Hackleman
Colorado State University
Graduate Research Assistant

Ken Hall
Caterpillar

Kent Hanson
Siemens
Senior Mechanical Project Engineer

Ed Hauptmann
Lo-Rez Vibration Control, Ltd.
Director, Engineering

Dwayne Hickman
ACI Services, Inc.
Vice President

Charles Hill
Engineering Dynamics Inc.

Mike Hill
Detechtion Technologies
Senior Vice President - Sales and Marketing

Kevin Hoopes
Southwest Research Institute
Research Engineer

Kyle Howard
Ensite USA

Adrian Huth
Pipeline Research Council International

Bill Johnson
DCP Midstream

Byron Jones
Kansas State University
Engineering Manager, National Gas Machinery Laboratory

Jesse Kahle
Caterpillar

Kelsi Katcher
Southwest Research Institute
Research Engineer

Edward Kelleher
Windrock, Inc.
Senior Sales Application Engineer

Silas Kirst
Parker
Manager Global Market

Ben Kluding
CPI
Inside Sales Engineering Manager

Terry Kreuz
National Fuel Gas
Project Engineer

Rainer Kurz
Solar Turbines
Manager, Systems Analysis and Field Test

John Ladd
Hoerbiger
Solutions REE Engineer

Mario Latorre
Ariel Corporation
Design Engineer

Jerome LeMoigne
Baker Hughes, GE
Senior Product Leader

David T. Lepley
Hoerbiger Engine Applications - Altronic
Head of BU - Hoerbiger Engine Applications

Cesar Lizcano
Shell Oil Product US
Product Application Specialist

Matthew Loy
MIRATECH
Technical Services Coordinator

Tom Lumadue
TransCanada
Manager Air Quality

Andrea Masi
Baker Hughes, GE
Senior Product Configuration Leader

Reagan Mayces
Enbridge
Supervisor - Air Permitting

Marybeth McBain
Kinder Morgan
Senior Pipeline Engineer

James McCarthy
Innovative Environmental Solutions, Inc.

Ronald Miller
Basic Systems Inc.
Exec. Vice-President

Joe Miniot
CECO
Vice President - Sales

Eric Neason
Detechtion Technologies
Senior Vice President Products and Services

Christopher Nowak
Kinder Morgan
Director, Operations

Daniel B. Olsen
Colorado State University
Associate Professor

Mitch Opat
Arch Rock

Matti Paaso
ABB
COG Segment Manager, Drives and Controls

Jeffery Panek
Innovative Environmental Solutions, Inc.

Michael Parlato
Vanec Industrial Silencers
Application Engineer

Greg Phillippi
Ariel Corporation
Director, Process Sales

Alan Puchot
Southwest Research Institute
Senior Research Engineer

Bill Pullin
Reynolds French & Company
Lubrication Systems Product Manager

Ramin Rahnama
Wood
Principal Engineer

Dan Rem
Enbridge
Senior Engineer

Angel Rivera
Kinder Morgan
Engineering Manager

Alasdair Robinson
Wood Group - Vibrations, Dynamics & Noise
Principal Engineer

Keary Rogers
TransCanada
manager of Core Reliability

Eshang Saini
GE Distributed Power
Analytics Engineer

Mary Savalle
DTE Energy Gas Co
Senior Reliability Engineer

Keith Schaffer
TransCanada
Manager, Compression Engineering

Christine Scrivner
Kinder Morgan
Technical Specialist

W. Norm Shade
ACI Services
Senior Consultant & President Emeritus

Sarah Shaffer
Hoerbiger
Engineering Manager

Sarah Simons
Southwest Research Institute
Scientist

Thomas Sine
Siemens
Engineer

Brian Sloan
Sloan Lubrication Systems
CFO

Christopher Sloan
Sloan Lubrication Systems
CTO

Oscar Smith
EQT Gathering, LLC
Sr. Principal

Robert Smith
Tallgrass Energy
Sr. Engineer, Compression

Dr. Tracy Staller
MIRATECH
Director of Product and Process Development

Scott Tackett
Siemens
Director, Midstream Compression

Mike Teter
Williams
Senior Engineer - Asset Performance and Benchmarking

Jon Tice
DCP Midstream
Principal Engineer

Damon Vinciguerra
DCP Midstream

Wenchao Wang
IDC Engineering
Lead Engineer

Benjamin White
Southwest Research Institute
Manager

Michelle Witkowski
Wood
Team lead, machinery analysis

Charles Yeiser
Rotor Bearing Technology & Software, Inc.
Principal Engineer

Crystal Zeller
IDC Engineering
Project Engineer

Jim Zurlo
GE Distributed Power
Consulting Engineer

Thomas Alban

Baker Hughes, GE
Advanced Technology Engineering Manager

No bio available.

Tim Allison

Southwest Research Institute
Manager

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-pressure turbomachinery, centrifugal compressors, gas turbines, reciprocating compressor valves, high-frequency piping vibration, 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.

Randy Anderson

CECO
Principal Consultant

No bio available.

Nathan Andrews

Southwest Research Institute
Research Engineer

Mr. Andrews is a research engineer in the Propulsion & Energy Machinery Section at Southwest Research Institute, with research interests and experience in computational fluid dynamics (CFD), thermal/fluid sciences, and numerical modeling. He is also experienced in mechanical design, testing, and manufacturing specification. Other interests include researching and developing additive manufacturing (AM) applications. His recent research has included phase behavior of reservoir fluid prediction, oxy-fuel CFD combustion for supercritical carbon dioxide applications, development of pressurization systems for liquid rocket engines, and exploring applications for AM to make turbomachinery components. Mr. Andrews acquired his Bachelor’s and Master’s of Science degrees from the University of Utah in 2012.

Manny Angulo

Williams
Staff Engineer

No bio available.

Craig Asbill

Caterpillar
Performance Engineering Supervisor

No bio available.

Brandon Baer

IDC Engineering
Lead Engineer

No bio available.

John J. Bazaar

ACI Services Inc
Director, Mechanical Technology

No bio available.

Griffen Beck

Southwest Research Institute
Research Engineer

Mr. Beck is a research 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 Applications - Altronic
Senior Vice President - Engine Applications - North America

No bio available.

Greg Beshouri

Hoerbiger
Senior Expert Engine Systems

No bio available.

Timothy Bootsveld

Wood
Research and development engineer, anti-vibration products

No bio available.

John Boser

National Fuel Gas Supply Corporation
Engineer 1

No bio available.

Gary Bourn

Anadarko
Sr Staff Facilities Engineer

No bio available.

Eugene Broerman

Southwest Research Institute
Principal Engineer

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 17 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

No bio available.

Klaus Brun

Southwest Research Institute
Director

No bio available.

Pablo Bueno

Southwest Research Institute
Senior Research Engineer

No bio available.

Jesse Burgey

Siemens
Engineer

No bio available.

Steve Chaykosky

Dresser-Rand
Manager, Valve Engineering

No bio available.

Gary Choquette

Pipeline Research Council International
Sr Program Manager

Gary Choquette has worked in the natural gas transportation industry for more than 30 years. He has experience in facility design, 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. He is a full-time research program manager for the Pipeline Research Council International and a principal with Optimized Technical Solutions, LLC.

Mike Clay

Solar Turbines
Program Manager

No bio available.

William Couch

Parker
Marketing Analyst

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 by Parker Hannifin, providing marketing research and filtration 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.

Wendy Coulson

Innovative Environmental Solutions, Inc.

No bio available.

Shawn Damm

Caterpillar
Performance Engineer

No bio available.

Debarshi Das

Wood
Team lead, structural analysis

No bio available.

Meera Day Towler

Southwest Research Institute
Research Engineer

No bio available.

Carolyn Day

Southwest Research Institute
Engineer

Ms. Day is an engineer in the Propulsion & Energy Machinery Section at Southwest Research Institute. Her main responsibilities include analysis, design, and testing for turbomachinery. She has performed thermal and fluid analysis, worked on prototype and test system design, and performed testing for various projects. Ms. Day earned her Mechanical Engineering degree from Texas A&M University.

Steven DeCicco

MIRATECH
Chief Operating Officer

No bio available.

Vinh Do

Baker Hughes, GE
Senior Systems Engineer

No bio available.

Michael Dollinger

Siemens
Field Service Engineer

No bio available.

John Dulas

ABB

John Dulas is Global Market Manager, Synchronous Motors, Oil, Gas, and Petrochemical Industries, at ABB Inc. in Houston, Texas. He has more than 40 years of experience in Design, Product Management, and Sales of large induction and synchronous motors.  John has a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI. He is a member of IEEE Industry Applications Society and currently sits on the API task force responsible for API 541/546/547 motor standards.

Steve Dussault

GE Distributed Power - Waukesha
Sr. Product Manager

No bio available.

Kelly Elberle

Wood
Principal Engineer

No bio available.

Troy Feese

Engineering Dynamics, Inc.

Troy Feese is a Senior Engineer at Engineering Dynamics Incorporated (EDI) in San Antonio, Texas.  He has 28 years of experience performing torsional vibration, lateral critical speed, and rotordynamic stability analyses as well as evaluating structures using finite element methods.  He conducts field studies of rotating machinery, reciprocating equipment, piping, structures, and foundations around the world.

He received a BSME from The University of Texas at Austin, has a MSME from UTSA, and is a licensed Professional Engineer in Texas.  He is a member of ASME, Vibration Institute and contributed to the GMRC torsional sub-committee and previous version API 684.  He is a lecturer at the EDI seminar, has made presentations at Gas Machinery Conference and Turbomachinery Symposium, and written technical papers and articles on torsional vibration, lateral critical speeds, and balancing.

Francisco Fierro

Southwest Research Institute
Senior Research Engineer

No bio available.

Eric Figge

Kansas State University
Engineering Manager, National Gas Machinery Laboratory

No bio available.

Gerry Fisher

W-Industries
PhD

No bio available.

Eric Forthofer

Caterpillar
Performance Engineer

No bio available.

Jeffrey Fry

National Fuel Gas (NFG) Company
District Manager

Jeffery Fye is a District Manager for National Fuel Gas (NFG) Company.  He’s been with NFG since July 2008.  Mr. Fye is a manager in the compressor maintenance group.  He is responsible for compressor analysis, emissions testing, vibration testing and compressor performance.  Mr. Fye supports compressor engineering, compressor maintenance and operations.  He earned an Associates in Mechanical Engineering (ASME) from Penn State University.  

Greg Funk

IDC Engineering
Overseer

No bio available.

Mark G. Gerken

Kinder Morgan
Sr. Pipeline Engineer

No bio available.

Brenna Geswein

Caterpillar
Application Engineer

No bio available.

Robert Goffin

AETC

No bio available.

Peter Goretski

Voith Turbo
Product Manager VoreconNX

No bio available.

Jonathan Goss


No bio available.

Diana Grauer

Hoerbiger
Vice President - Engineering

No bio available.

Brad Grieves

Energy Transfer
Reliability Engineer

As a Reliability Engineer for Energy Transfer Partners, currently working with the company’s Houston, Texas based Operations Technical Support Staff, Brad Grieves is committed to excellence in the development of sound Mechanical Integrity and Equipment Reliability Strategies. Coupled with the belief that superior reliability directly correlates with improved process safety, he has developed a robust Mechanical Integrity Rotating Equipment and Controls Instrumentation Program, for the company’s fast growing gas processing facilities.

Brad joined Panhandle Eastern Pipeline in 1979, conducting performance testing, managing the field Equipment Analyst program as well as, the Equipment Efficiency Monitoring programs.

Brad left the natural gas transmission field and spent twelve years in the Nuclear Industry. He returned to the gas industry in 2002 and now works for Energy Transfer Partners overseeing various Physical Asset and Mechanical Equipment Integrity Projects.

Mr. Grieves is a graduate of Kansas State University, with a degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology, and is an active member of the Compressor and Pump Station Technical Committee for the Pipeline Research Council International (PRCI).

Jordan Grose

Wood
Product line manager, anti-vibration products

No bio available.

Bryan Hackleman

Colorado State University
Graduate Research Assistant

No bio available.

Ken Hall

Caterpillar

No bio available.

Dane Hamilton


Dane Hamilton has been an engineer in the automation and controls department at Dominion Energy Transmission, Inc. (DETI) for four years where he helps to design and maintain the control system for the natural gas pipeline system. Before working at DETI he was a graduate student at West Virginia University where he received a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering. He has experience teaching as a GTA, working with electricians in an aluminum mill, verifying software for the ISS at NASA, and validating the control components of the electric transmission system at First Energy.

Kent Hanson

Siemens
Senior Mechanical Project Engineer

No bio available.

Ed Hauptmann

Lo-Rez Vibration Control, Ltd.
Director, Engineering

Ed Hauptmann, P.Eng., Ph.D. Director, Engineering.
Lo-Rez Vibration Control Ltd. 186 West 8th Ave., Vancouver BC Canada V5Y 1N2

604- 879-2974
[email protected]

• B.Sc. (Mechanical Eng.), University of Alberta (1960).
• Ph.D., Applied Mechanics, Cal. Tech. (1966).
• Head, Mechanical Engineering. U, of British Columbia (1995).
• Professor Emeritus, U. of British Columbia (1996-present).
• Director, Engineering, Lo-Rez (2003-present), responsible for ongoing and new product concepts.

Dwayne Hickman

ACI Services, Inc.
Vice President

No bio available.

Charles Hill

Engineering Dynamics Inc.

No bio available.

Mike Hill

Detechtion Technologies
Senior Vice President - Sales and Marketing

No bio available.

Kevin Hoopes

Southwest Research Institute
Research Engineer

No bio available.

Kyle Howard

Ensite USA

No bio available.

Adrian Huth

Pipeline Research Council International

No bio available.

Bill Johnson

DCP Midstream

No bio available.

Byron Jones

Kansas State University
Engineering Manager, National Gas Machinery Laboratory

No bio available.

Jesse Kahle

Caterpillar

No bio available.

Kelsi Katcher

Southwest Research Institute
Research Engineer

No bio available.

Edward Kelleher

Windrock, Inc.
Senior Sales Application Engineer

No bio available.

Silas Kirst

Parker
Manager Global Market

No bio available.

Ben Kluding

CPI
Inside Sales Engineering Manager

No bio available.

Terry Kreuz

National Fuel Gas
Project Engineer

Terry Kreuz is a General Manager for National Fuel Gas (NFG) Company.  He’s been with NFG since June 1984.  Mr. Kreuz is a General Manager of Compressor Engineering and New Construction.  He’s responsible for managing and controlling the engineering design function for natural gas compression, electrical, automation, processing, measurement and pipeline for transmission and gathering areas. Mr. Kreuz co-manages the daily activities of engineering support and maintenance personnel having responsibility for optimizing the Company’s compression capability. He’s also responsible for managing all capital construction, regulatory compliance, O&M support of all company compression facilities. Mr. Kreuz earned a BSEE from the University at Buffalo. 

Rainer Kurz

Solar Turbines
Manager, Systems Analysis and Field Test

No bio available.

John Ladd

Hoerbiger
Solutions REE Engineer

No bio available.

Mario Latorre

Ariel Corporation
Design Engineer

No bio available.

Jerome LeMoigne

Baker Hughes, GE
Senior Product Leader

No bio available.

David T. Lepley

Hoerbiger Engine Applications - Altronic
Head of BU - Hoerbiger Engine Applications

No bio available.

Cesar Lizcano

Shell Oil Product US
Product Application Specialist

No bio available.

Matthew Loy

MIRATECH
Technical Services Coordinator

No bio available.

Tom Lumadue

TransCanada
Manager Air Quality

No bio available.

Andrea Masi

Baker Hughes, GE
Senior Product Configuration Leader

No bio available.

Reagan Mayces

Enbridge
Supervisor - Air Permitting

No bio available.

Marybeth McBain

Kinder Morgan
Senior Pipeline Engineer

No bio available.

James McCarthy

Innovative Environmental Solutions, Inc.

No bio available.

Ronald Miller

Basic Systems Inc.
Exec. Vice-President

Ron Miller is Executive Vice President at Basic Systems Inc., where he enjoys working with clients and company project teams to implement the design of compression, gas handling, and process facilities for the gas industry.  After graduating from Case Institute of Technology in 1969 with a BSEE, Ron started his career at Cooper Bessemer’s Entronic Controls Division as a project engineer, where he helped develop what may have been the first integrated circuit based unit control system and was later promoted to Manager of Application Engineering.  After leaving Cooper he was an independent controls and power consultant for three years before joining Basic Systems as a project engineer and then becoming Executive Vice President.  Ron is a registered electrical Professional Engineer in several states and enjoys mentoring younger engineers as they gain experience and confidence in their chosen field.

Joe Miniot

CECO
Vice President - Sales

No bio available.

Eric Neason

Detechtion Technologies
Senior Vice President Products and Services

No bio available.

Christopher Nowak

Kinder Morgan
Director, Operations

No bio available.

Daniel B. Olsen

Colorado State University
Associate Professor

No bio available.

Mitch Opat

Arch Rock

No bio available.

Matti Paaso

ABB
COG Segment Manager, Drives and Controls

Matti Paaso is the Chemical, Oil and Gas Segment Manager for the Drives and Controls business at ABB, Inc. in Houston, Texas, and he has more than 20 years of experience in Service, Product Management and Sales.  Matti has a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering and a bachelor’s degree in Automation, both from the Technical College of Kemi, Finland, and he is a member of IEEE Industry Applications Society.

 

Jeffery Panek

Innovative Environmental Solutions, Inc.

No bio available.

Michael Parlato

Vanec Industrial Silencers
Application Engineer

Michael P. Parlato is Sales & Engineering Manager for VANEC Industrial Silencers. Following graduation with a BSME from the State University of New York at Buffalo, he spent two years conducting FEA structural analysis of rotating equipment (blowers / compressors) and then 12 years of industrial silencer application and design engineering for all types of industrial silencers for rotating equipment (blowers, compressors, engines gas turbines), vents and blowdown silencers, including oil & gas production, compression equipment. He has 20 years sales and field service supervision and  30 plus years experience with VANEC Industrial Silencers and, earlier,  Burgess-Manning, Inc. Mike co-authored U.S. Patent No. 6,332,511 B1 – Silencer Assembly Having Single Strand Fiberglass Acoustic Pack Material.

Greg Phillippi

Ariel Corporation
Director, Process Sales

Greg Phillippi is a specialist – product and distributor support 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 40 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.

Alan Puchot

Southwest Research Institute
Senior Research Engineer

Mr. Puchot is an engineer in the Sensor Systems and NDE Technology Section at Southwest Research Institute (SwRI). He has expertise in many aspects of ultrasonic sensor system design and implementation. He has worked in the areas of ultrasonic guided wave sensor design, ultrasonic acquisition electronic design, development of automated acquisition and signal processing techniques, procedural development for ultrasonic inspection techniques, and implementation structural health monitoring systems. Mr. Puchot also acts as the programmatic and technical lead of the Automated Ultrasonic Testing (AUT) Offshore Weld Qualification Program. In this program, SwRI serves as an independent evaluator of AUT vendor performance for the offshore riser pipeline industry. Mr. Puchot earned his Engineering Science degree from Trinity University in August 2006.

Bill Pullin

Reynolds French & Company
Lubrication Systems Product Manager

No bio available.

Ramin Rahnama

Wood
Principal Engineer

No bio available.

Dan Rem

Enbridge
Senior Engineer

No bio available.

Angel Rivera

Kinder Morgan
Engineering Manager

No bio available.

Alasdair Robinson

Wood Group - Vibrations, Dynamics & Noise
Principal Engineer

Alasdair Robinson is a Professional Engineer from Calgary, Alberta with more than 20 years of experience working with compressors and other rotating equipment.  With a background in vibration from Beta Machinery Analysis, he has worked in Sweden with SKF Reliability Systems and in Alberta as Engineering Manager for the Rentals & Retrofit division of Enerflex. Alasdair is currently a Principal Engineer with Wood VDN.

Florence Rodriguez Ramos

Enbridge

No bio available.

Keary Rogers

TransCanada
manager of Core Reliability

No bio available.

Eshang Saini

GE Distributed Power
Analytics Engineer

No bio available.

Mary Savalle

DTE Energy Gas Co
Senior Reliability Engineer

No bio available.

Keith Schaffer

TransCanada
Manager, Compression Engineering

No bio available.

Christine Scrivner

Kinder Morgan
Technical Specialist

No bio available.

W. Norm Shade

ACI Services
Senior 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 more than 400 published articles and technical papers, serving as a regular 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 recent work with ACI included 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 new guidelines for high-speed reciprocating compressor packages.

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), the Gas Electric Partnership and the American Petroleum Institute (API) 11-P Task Force, 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 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 50 years, Patricia, have 2 daughters, 1 son (deceased) and 6 grandchildren.

Sarah Shaffer

Hoerbiger
Engineering Manager

No bio available.

Sarah Simons

Southwest Research Institute
Scientist

Sarah Simons is a Research Scientist in the Fluid Machinery Systems Section at Southwest Research Institute® (SwRI). In her seven years at SwRI, she has led research in the fields of acoustics, vibrations, and compressor operation. In this position, she has acquired extensive experience in test design, setup, and data analysis. She has performed many acoustic, thermal, and modal analyses of complex existing and new machinery piping systems (for both compressors and pumps) with the aid of commercial and in-house digital design tools. Ms. Simons has written and co-authored papers on the subject of acoustics, pulsations and vibrations in compressors and pumps which have been published in industry-leading magazines and conferences.

Thomas Sine

Siemens
Engineer

No bio available.

Brian Sloan

Sloan Lubrication Systems
CFO

No bio available.

Christopher Sloan

Sloan Lubrication Systems
CTO

No bio available.

Oscar Smith

EQT Gathering, LLC
Sr. Principal

No bio available.

Robert Smith

Tallgrass Energy
Sr. Engineer, Compression

No bio available.

Dr. Tracy Staller

MIRATECH
Director of Product and Process Development

No bio available.

Scott Tackett

Siemens
Director, Midstream Compression

Scott started his career in the US Army in 1996 where he held leadership positions as an Armor officer deployed domestically and overseas; after the Army, Scott has worked at several Oil & Gas companies to include GE, Cameron, Rolls-Royce Energy in which he held Marketing, Aftermarket and New Unit Sales related positions dealing in turbomachinery.  His current position is Director of Midstream responsible for compression sales in North America.

Mike Teter

Williams
Senior Engineer - Asset Performance and Benchmarking

No bio available.

Jon Tice

DCP Midstream
Principal Engineer

No bio available.

Damon Vinciguerra

DCP Midstream

No bio available.

Wenchao Wang

IDC Engineering
Lead Engineer

Wenchao Wang, Ph.D., P.E., has a B.S.E. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Xi’an Jiaotong University, M.S.E. degree in Automotive System Engineering from University of Michigan-Dearborn, and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Mississippi State University. His Ph.D. research focused on the vibration mechanics of composite structures. He has been a Professional Engineer since 2016. Wenchao has worked with IDC ENGINEERING since 2012. His job responsibilities include torsional and lateral vibration simulation of reciprocating machine drivelines, and structural and acoustical analyses of reciprocating machine packages. He has authored several papers in the vibration field including "Linear and Torsional Vibration Study for an Engine Driven Compressor System,” presented at the GMRC 2013 Gas Machinery Conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico in 2013. The paper was also selected to be presented at the first Torsional Vibration Symposium, in Salzburg, Austria in 2014.

Benjamin White

Southwest Research Institute
Manager

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. 

Michelle Witkowski

Wood
Team lead, machinery analysis

No bio available.

Charles Yeiser

Rotor Bearing Technology & Software, Inc.
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.

Crystal Zeller

IDC Engineering
Project Engineer

No bio available.

Jim Zurlo

GE Distributed Power
Consulting Engineer

No bio available.