Rocky Bleier

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 reenergizes 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.

2017 Speakers & Presenters

Tim Allison
Southwest Research Institute
Manager of the Rotating Machinery Dynamics Section

Adrian M. Alvarado
Southwest Research Institute

Manny Angulo
The Williams Companies

Gregg Arney
Southern California Gas

Ken Atkins
Engineering Dynamics, Incorporated (EDI)
Senior Staff Engineer

Eric Babler
CLARCOR Industrial Air

Mathieu Barabe
Wood Group - Vibration, Dynamics & Noise

Griffin Beck
Southwest Research Institute
Engineer in the Propulsion & Energy Machinery Section

David E. Bell
HOERBIGER Engine-Altronic
Senior Vice President - Sales and Service - BU Engine Applications North America

Greg Beshouri
HOERBIGER Engine Division

Rocky Bleier

Keynote Speaker

Phillip Bohannon
TransCanada
Senior Project Manager

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

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

Mark Brennan
Wood Group - Vibration, Dynamics & Noise

Eric Brink
Williams

Eugene "Buddy" L. Broerman, III
Southwest Research Institute
Principal Engineer in the Fluid Machinery Systems Section

Nick Brumbaugh
Baker Hughes, a GE Company

Dr. Klaus Brun
Southwest Research Institute
Machinery Program Director

Ryan Cater
Southwest Research Institute
Research Engineer

Jaehee Chae, P. Eng
Wood Group
Sr. Engineer - Vibration, Dynamics & Noise

Mark Chisholm
Siemens Industry, Inc.
Principal Business Development Manager

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

Luke Cowell
Solar Turbines Incorporated
Manager in Solar’s Combustion Engineering Group

Randy Dal Molin
HOERBIGER Corporation of America, Inc.

Meera Day
Southwest Research Institute
Engineer in the Rotating Machinery Dynamics Section

Scott DeBaldo
Neuman-Esser

Hector Delgado
Southwest Research Institute

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

Benjamin Emerson
Turbine Logic

Cesare Ferrero
Nidec ASI

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

Kelsey Fieseler
Advanced Engine Research Laboratory at Texas A&M University

Eric Figge
Kansas State University

Ryan Fitzgerald
Basic Systems, Inc.

Guy Gendron
Wood Group - Vibration, Dynamics & Noise

Brenna Geswein
Caterpillar

Mena Ghattas
Wood Group - Vibration, Dynamics & Noise

Bill Gillette
Logilube, LLC
Founder & CEO

Michael Glasbrenner
Voith Turbo GmbH & Co. KG

Mitchell Grace
TransCanada Pipeline
Mechanical Specialist - ANR Southeast Mainline

Jordon Grose
Wood Group - Vibration, Dynamics & Noise

Kent Hanson
Dresser-Rand

Ralph Harris
Mueller Environmental Designs, Inc.

Steven Hawley
Dresser-Rand Enginuity (DRE)
Principal Automation Specialist

Benjamin Hellmig
EagleBurgmann
Product Manager for Compressor Seals

Dwayne Hickman
ACI Services, Inc.
VP of Compressor Performance Technology

Robin (Linjie) Hu
DCL International, Inc.

Charles Huizenga
Basic Systems, Inc.

Sajeed Islam
Kinder Morgan

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

Byron Jones
Kansas State University

Jesse Kahle
Caterpillar Inc.
Product Definition Manager

Elizabeth Karam
Detechtion Technologies™
Product Manager

Kelsi Katcher
Southwest Research Institute
Engineer for the Fluid Machinery Systems Section

Sam Kirk
DCL International, Inc.

Nick Klosinski
GE Distributed Power

Dr. Rainer Kurz
Solar Turbines Incorporated

Alesio Lanzara
Wood Group - Vibration, Dynamics & Noise

David T. Lepley
HOERBIGER Engine-Altronic
Head of Business Unit Engine Applications

Tim Lieuwen
Turbine Logic

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

Philippe Loustau
Wood Group - Vibration, Dynamics & Noise

Dr. Gunther Machu
HOERBIGER Ventilwerke GmbH & Co KG

Martin Maculo
Williams

Dustin Malicke
Baker Hughes, a GE Company

Hans Mathews
HOERBIGER Engine Solutions

Mitchell Mauch
Kinder Morgan

Gary Maxwell
Wood Group - Vibration, Dynamics & Noise

Marybeth McBain
Kinder Morgan
Senior Pipeline Engineer in the compression group

James (Jim) McCarthy
Innovative Environmental Solutions, Inc.
President

Bill Mermoud
Caterpillar

Stephen Mish
Cook Compression

Sonny Noon
Markwest/Marathon

Chris Nowak
Kinder Morgan

Chas Ogden
Logilube, LLC
Chief Engineer

Jeremy Osborne
Pegasus Optimization Managers, LLC
Chief Legal Officer

Tonya Page
JW Energy Inc.
District 4 Sr. Inventory Analyst

Carol Palynchuk
Wood Group

Rajesh Parmar
DCL International, Inc.

Mark Patterson
GE Oil & Gas
Manager of New Production Introduction Engineering

Christopher Perullo
Turbine Logic

Greg Phillippi
Ariel Corporation
Director of Process and Market Development

Jeremy Pitts
Hicor Technologies

Nathan Poerner
Southwest Research Institute
Senior Research Engineer in the Fluid Machinery Section

Dr. Klaus Prenninger
Geislinger GmbH, Austria

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

Forrest "Richie" Reid
Universal Plant Services Midstream Division
Project Engineer and Facility Operation Manager

Dan Rem
Enbridge

Dr. Matthias Richtig
HOERBIGER Ventilwerke GmbH & Co KG

Angel Rivera
Kinder Morgan
Manager of the Engineering Design group

James Roesch
Solar Turbines Incorporated

Ken Rumsey
Solar Turbines Incorporated

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

Charles Schmidt
EMIT Technologies Inc.

Scott Schubring
Williams Gas Pipeline

Christine Scrivner
Kinder Morgan

W. Norm Shade, Jr., PE
ACI Services, Inc.
Sr. Consultant & President Emeritus

Sarah Simons
SwRI
Research Scientist in the Fluids Machinery Systems Section

Andreas Soderberg
NextSeal
CEO

Greg Sorge
GE Distributed Power

Alex Sosnowski
Wood Group - Vibration, Dynamics & Noise

Thomas J. Stephens, PE
Ariel Corporation
Senior Equipment Specialist

Gary Tas
Dresser-Rand, A Siemens Business

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

Jon K. Tice
DCP Midstream
Principal Reliability Engineer

Doug Tillison
TransCanada Pipeline
Analyst - ANR Southeast Mainline System

James Trent
Kinder Morgan

Danny Vickers
Universal Plant Services Midstream

Jim Virginillo
Apache Corporation

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

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

Benjamin A. White, P.E.
Southwest Research Institute
Manager for the Fluid Machinery Systems Section

Sharzad Winkelmann
S&B Enterprises

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

Pawel Zajac
Caterpillar Inc

Rienk Zwerver
Gasunie

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.