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Seattle, Washington, 98105, United States
Posted:
May 29, 2010

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Eric J. Hukkanen

****B NE **th Street

Seattle, WA 98105

abmqqs@r.postjobfree.com

Home Phone: (206) ***-****

Mobile Phone: (425)-***-****

Qualifications

I am a chemical engineer looking to contribute to a fast-paced,

collaborative work environment that brings products from concept to market

and processes from lab to manufacturing. I believe that my expertise and

experience in process development and process optimization is invaluable

for working at early stage process development and scale-up. I apply a

Quality by Design and systematic approach to process and product

development and optimization. This method enabled me to optimize and

control free radical polymerization of methyl methacrylate, in bulk and

suspension. Additionally, I have applied experimental design and model

development techniques to various applications, including pharmaceutical

crystallization, pharmaceutical formulations, microencapsulation, oil sand

tailings, and copper electrodeposition.

Expertise

- Experimental design

- Model development and validation

- Optimal control and process optimization

- Quality by Design

- Polymerization

- Crystallization

Work Experience

Product Manager, Particle System Characterization, Mettler-Toledo AutoChem,

Jan 2009 - present

- Product manager for Mettler-Toledo FBRM and PVM Technologies

- New product development for in-process probe-based particle system

characterization technologies for pharmaceutical and chemical

industries

- Project management for market release of new products

- Successfully released 3 software products and 1 hardware product

Technology and Application Consultant, Mettler-Toledo AutoChem, Sept 2004 -

Dec 2009

- Application consultant specializing in particle size characterization

for:

o Crystallization and precipitation (batch, continuous, cooling,

anti-solvent, reactive)

o Solid-dosage formulations (granulation, tablet

dissolution/disintegration)

o Liquid-dosage formulations/solid-liquid suspensions

o Liquid-liquid emulsions (suspension polymerization, oil-water)

o Oil industry upstream operations (crude oil emulsions, drilling

muds, methane gas hydrates, asphaltene precipitation)

- Areas of expertise

o Crystallization and supersaturation control

o Homogeneous and suspension free-radical polymerization

o Process understanding, process development, and process

optimization

o Experimental design and process modeling

o Reaction engineering and kinetics

o Process control and optimal control

- Business technology and new application development for oil and gas

industry

o Drilling and drilling equipment

o Natural gas hydrates

o Crude oil emulsions

o Oil sands extraction and tailings

Graduate student, Dept. of Chemical & Biomolecular Eng., UIUC, August 2000

- Sept. 2004

- Identified bulk polymerization kinetics using in situ ATR-FTIR

spectroscopy and gel permeation chromatography

- Identified breakage, coalescence, and growth kinetics during suspension

polymerization using in situ laser backscattering and process video

microscopy

- Simulated the molecular weight distribution and particle size

distribution during suspension polymerization using parallel

programming and high resolution finite volume techniques

- Derived new parameter sensitivity analysis algorithms with application

to the coupled kinetic Monte Carlo-finite difference simulation of

copper electrodeposition

- Identified kinetics and constructed models for single-molecule pulling

experiments from atomic force microscopy data, to biological and

nonbiological molecules

Graduate Student, Dept. of Chemical Engineering, U. Minnesota, Sept. 1999 -

August 2000

- Designed and constructed millisecond contact-time reactor for the

production of syngas from liquid hydrocarbons using an automobile fuel

injector

- Obtained high hydrocarbon conversion and syngas selectivity

Summer Intern, Corporate R&D, Dow Chemical, Midland, MI, June 1999 - Sept.

1999

- Operated a reactor for the production of glycol ethers

- Screened catalysts to yield high conversion and selectivity with low

polymer formation

Education

Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering, Univ. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign,

September 2004

Thesis: A Systems Approach to the Modeling and Control of Molecular,

Microparticle, and Biological Distributions

Advisor: Richard D. Braatz

Masters of Chemical Engineering, University of Minnesota - Twin Cities,

August 2001

Thesis: Liquid Fuel Delivery by Automotive Fuel Injectors in Millisecond

Contact Time Reactors

Advisor: Lanny D. Schmidt

B.S. in Chemical Engineering, University of Minnesota - Twin Cities,

December 1999

B.S. in Chemistry, University of Minnesota - Twin Cities, December 1999

Book Chapters

1. E. J. Hukkanen, J. G. VanAntwerp, and R. D. Braatz. Identification and

control of polymerization reactors. In R. S. Sanchez-Pena, J. Q. Casin,

and V. P. Cayuela, editors, Identification and Control: The Gap Between

Theory and Practice, Springer-Verlag, London, 2007.

Selected Journal Papers

1. T. M. Pappenfus, J. D. Raff, E. J. Hukkanen, J. R. Burney, J. Casado, S.

M. Drew, L. L. Miller, and K. R. Mann. Dinitro and quinodimethane

derivatives of terthiophene that can be both oxidized and reduced.

Crystal structures, spectra, and a method for analyzing quinoid

contributions to structure. J. Org. Chem., 67:6015-6024, 2002.

2. E. J. Hukkanen and R. D. Braatz. Measurement of particle size

distribution in suspension polymerization using in situ laser

backscattering. Sensors & Actuators B, 96:451-***, ****.

3. E. J. Hukkanen, J. A. Wieland, A. Gewirth, D. E. Leckband, and R. D.

Braatz. Multiple-bond kinetics from single-molecule pulling experiments:

Evidence for multiple NCAM bonds. Biophys. J., 89:1-12, 2005.

4. E. J. Hukkanen and R. D. Braatz. Worst-case and distributional

robustness analysis of the full molecular weight distribution during

free radical bulk polymerization. Automatica, accepted.

Proceedings Papers

1. R. D. Braatz, M. Fujiwara, E. J. Hukkanen, J. C. Pirkle, Jr., T.

Togkalidou, and R. Gunawan. A holistic approach to chemical process

design and development. Proc. of the ASEE Annual Conf. and Exposition,

Salt Lake City, Utah, Paper 1413.1, June 20-23, 2004.

2. E. J. Hukkanen and R. D. Braatz. Identification of particle-particle

interactions in suspension polymerization reactors. Proc. of the

American Control Conference, ACC, 2:925-***, ****.

3. E. J. Hukkanen and R. D. Braatz. Worst-case and distributional

robustness analysis of the full molecular weight distribution during

free radical bulk polymerization. Proc. of the American Control

Conference, ACC, 5:3115-3120, 2005.

4. E. J. Hukkanen, J. A. Wieland, D. E. Leckband, and R. D. Braatz. Maximum

likelihood estimation of multiple-bond kinetics from single-molecule

pulling experiments. Proc. of the American Control Conference, ACC,

5:3245-3270, 2005.

Selected Conference Presentations

5. T. M. Pappenfus, E. J. Hukkanen, D. D. Graf, and K. R. Mann. "Unique

oxidation of a sexithiophene molecule to its tetracationic state."

Abstr. Pap. Am. Chem. Soc., 219:122-INOR Part 1 (2000).

6. E. J. Hukkanen, T. O. Drews, R. C. Alkire, and R. D. Braatz. "Parameter

sensitivity analysis for stochastic simulation codes, with application

to a multiscale simulation code." AIChE Annual Meeting, Indianapolis, IN

(2002).

7. E. J. Hukkanen. "Suspension polymerizations: Theory and experiments."

UIUC ChBE GSAC Student Symposium, Urbana, IL (2003).

8. E. J. Hukkanen and R. D. Braatz. "Nonlinear control of suspension

polymerization: Theory and experiments." AIChE Annual Meeting, San

Francisco, CA (2003).

9. E. J. Hukkanen and R. D. Braatz. "An HPC approach to the simulation and

parameter estimation of polymerization reactions." AIChE Annual Meeting,

San Francisco, CA (2003).

10. E. J. Hukkanen and R. D. Braatz. "Worst-case and distributional

robustness analysis of the full molecular weight distribution during

free radical polymerization." Robert Bohrer Workshop for Student Papers

in Statistics, Urbana, IL (2004).

11. E. J. Hukkanen and R. D. Braatz. "A Systems Approach to the Modeling

and Control of Molecular and Microparticle Distributions." AIChE Annual

Meeting, Austin, TX (2004).

12. E. J. Hukkanen and B. Smith. "Optimization of Crystallization

Experiments Using In-Process Particle Size Characterization: Lasentec

and PVM." First International Symposium on Process Chemistry, Kyoto,

Japan (2008).



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