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Manager Project

Alliance, Ohio, 44601, United States
January 06, 2018

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Alliance, Ohio ***** • Mobile 330-***-**** •


Highly skilled Engineer in advanced energy systems, sustainability, and research. Operations leader for research facilities and laboratories, supervising technicians and management of budgets, vendors, construction and marketing. Accomplished project manager and proposal writer. Highly organized and innovative, with a process improvement mindset. Capabilities include:

Operations Manager

Project Manager

Research Engineer

Facility Operation

Capital Project Planning

Safety Management

Mentoring / Training

Project Management

Budget Resources Time

5S / Lean Methodology

Effective Communication

Process Improvement

Chemical Engineering

Contract Management

Alternative Energy

QA Develop Policy & Proc.

Technology Evaluation

Critical Thinking

THE BABCOCK & WILCOX COMPANY, Barberton, OH 1991 to 2017

(NYSE: BW) $1.8 billion global leader in advanced energy and environmental technologies / services for power and industrial.

Manager, Laboratory Operations, B&W Research Center (BWRC) 2016 to 2017

Directed the lab, pilot-scale test facility, and metallurgical lab operations, including: construction, lab maintenance and selection of service vendors for 65,000 square feet space. Managed A $3M expense budget over multiple cost centers and a $2M capital budget for technical and facility improvements. Led a team of 8 of technicians. Assisted the Research Center Director with personnel, facility management and general operations.

Led team to improve measurement and test equipment controls, reducing the number of items with “out of calibration” status from 50% to less than 1%. Expanded program to track chemical and gaseous cylinder stock. Utilized program to develop automated maintenance and Environmental Health & Safety (EH&S) schedule, cutting overhead time by 30%.

Planned and executed budgets for campus capital improvements and operational expense spending over multiple cost centers. Condensed vendor contracts by 50%, realizing a 20% cost savings. Developed and forecasted expense budgets over multiple cost centers and capital budgets for facility improvements.

Managed the design, construction, modification and repair of bench-scale and pilot-plant test facility projects, including review of design drawings to identify project resources, managing project budget and schedule, vendor selection, equipment installation, and troubleshooting.

Saved over $100K in capital costs by sourcing and reallocating equipment and instrumentation, rather than purchasing new, from locations throughout the company. Proactively connected with other facilities to source equipment.

Supervised laboratory and maintenance technicians, including the setting of goals, performance feedback coaching, training, and mentoring.

Planned and executed EH&S activities for Research Center. Responsible for compliance to all codes and regulations.

o Maintained and updated safety procedures and administrative guidelines. Reduced EH&S Manual by 50%, improving employee compliance and satisfaction, while maintaining regulatory standards.

oTrained team to Target Zero compliance and implemented steps to ensure day-to-day compliance by introducing incentives.

oTrained employees on Process Safety Management and Process Hazard Analysis (HAZOP) standards, including oxygen operation, amine solution scrubbing, and membrane separation programs.

Research Engineer, Advanced Energy Systems, BWRC 1991 to 2017

Directed bench-scale and pilot-scale test programs in Combustion and Advanced Energy. Supplied program and contract management for multiple projects throughout the project lifecycle, from initial proposal business evaluation to final project conclusions and recommendations. Provided technical evaluations for company to make business decisions on new technology.

Managed all technical aspects of $13M project to relocate R&D facility from Alliance, Ohio to Barberton, Ohio. Project included all engineering, construction and instrumentation to retro-fit facility.

oWorked with laboratory owners to spec out equipment/instrumentation needs, design the layout of the new lab and office space, perform vendor selection, and oversaw purchasing and installation.

Research Engineer continued….

oDesigned, installed and completed start-up of new $2M pilot-scale test boiler system at Research Center. Maintained budget and completed commissioning on schedule to pass EPA permit test.

oOversaw all components of the construction of the new site, coordinated the move and relocated/set up equipment from old site to new. Planned ‘Open House’ and worked with communications to develop marketing materials.

Directed the technical development of a $10M, multi-year Department of Energy program which involved development of a “next generation” pulverized-coal-fired boiler and emission control system. Included the development of an advanced low-NOx burner from concept to near full-scale testing.

oLed patent design of burner, still the number one selling low-NOx burner for B&W, generating over $135M in sales.

oManaged the budget and schedule for over 50 project resources, across multi-disciplinary teams. Produced numerical modeling, pilot scale testing, construction and engineering analyses.

Provided marketing and publicity for the Research Center, including tours, presentations, brochure development, capabilities pamphlets, and lunch-and-learn meetings. Wrote technical papers and developed content for the website.

Created a variety of proposals, on a wide range of energy and advanced fuel related applications, for the U.S. Government, Utilities and Industry. Performed Failure Modes and Effects Analysis (FMEA) studies to determine proposal feasibility.

Led a team of 6 research-based engineers (Energy Conversion Group) to coordinate project resources, set strategic direction, act as point of contact/liaison with management, and provide training/development.

Managed R&D activities for the study of biomass conversion of utility boilers through engineering analysis, material handling reviews, pulverization studies, and combustion testing for strategic business development opportunities.

Performed market research on “Waste-to-Energy” and “Sustainability” to identify potential business opportunities for B&W. Developed and presented recommendations.

QA Coordinator, BWRC 2003 to 2017

Led the B&W’s Research Center Quality Assurance program to gain certification and maintain ISO-9000 registration, meet government regulations for Nuclear sub-contractor compliance, and create “best standard” engineering practices and training.

Performed internal QA audits and guided external surveillance and re-certification auditors. Oversaw research projects and equipment calibrations to ensure compliance with audit standards. Worked with technicians and engineers to correct issues, which resulted in a record of no major findings over a 14-year period. Supported over 50 engineers, with 20 to 50 projects per year. Positively influenced engineering so that QA became an engrained standard practice.

Developed, maintained, and provided training of administrative, operational and technical procedures (including the Standard Practice Quality Manual) for all Research personnel. Developed a simplified QA process which successfully increased compliance and improved adoption of standardized procedures into practice.


Masters of Chemical Engineering Coursework (non-degreed), The University of Akron, Akron, OH

Bachelor of Chemical Engineering, Youngstown State University, Youngstown, OH


“Pulverized Coal Burner,” U.S. Patent No. 5,829,369


H. Farzan, J. Sivy, J. Boyle, A. LaRue, P. Nolan, “Cost-Effective Control of NOx with Integrated Ultra Low-NOx PC Burner,” presented at the SCR/SNCR DOE-NETL Workshop, Pittsburgh, PA, May 2002.

J.L. Sivy and D.K. McDonald, “Status and Development of the DRB-4ZTM Burner Developed for B&W’s Advanced Coal-Fired Low-Emission Boiler System,” presented at the 1997 International Joint Power Generators Conference, Denver, CO, November 1997.

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