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Materiasl engineer, failure analysis engineer, corrosion engineer

San Jose, California, United States
February 23, 2018

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Karen Li

San Jose, CA, United States

Cell Phone: +1-412-***-**** Email:

Professional Qualifications

Materials selection

New product development and application

Root cause failure analysis

Materials support to Process/ Operation

Materials property testing/characterization

Materials QA/QC

Collaboration with manufacturers, labs…

Fitness for service assessment

Corrosion testing in lab/field

Project management and multi-tasking


University of Alberta, Canada 08/2003 – 01/2006

Master of Science in Materials Engineering

Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics 09/1995-08/1999

Bachelor of Materials Science and Engineering

Working Experiences

Shell Projects & Technology Ltd.

Materials research engineer 02/2013 ~ 07/2015

oCorrosion prediction model application/development for upstream/mid-stream services

Hydrocor model (CO2 and H2S corrosion, MIC etc.) application on pipelines and tubing

Corrosion analysis on casing/tubing and surface facilities.

Materials selection for tubing/casing

oNew drag reduction coating deployment

Technical aspects of the novel coating

Business case development

Coating selection and testing

oMaterials engineering support to coal gasification group

Failure analysis on damaged piping and equipment pieces.

Erosion/corrosion test skid construction for slip stream testing

ER probe application and associated data analysis for corrosion control

Piping inspection package development and execution

Coating assessment for syn gas cooler inlet application

Updating materials selection guideline for coal gasification process

oMaterials engineering support to Shell Cansolv group

Collaboration with research institute to set up both metal and coating testing program

Design and build a large-scale autoclave testing system

Develop/update materials selection guide for Cansolv process by conducting corrosion testing program in a university lab

Air Products & Chemicals 01/2011 ~ 02/2012

Senior Materials engineer

Daily technical support in areas of corrosion, metallurgy, welding, fabrication, inspection and equipment integrity management of hydrogen plants in Gulf Coast region;

Root cause failure analysis on damaged piping, equipments, valves, flexible hoses, tubes…

Materials engineering support to major projects (material selection and corrosion control recommendations based on process H&M balance);

Risk-Based Inspection (RBI) planning and implementation.

New product development: Alumina coating to resist metal dusting

Shell Norco Refinery 10/2007 ~ 12/2010

Site Materials engineer

Selection of both metallic and non-metallic materials for refining process applications.

Failure analysis to determine root causes.

Daily technical supports in corrosion, metallurgy, welding, fabrication, inspection etc.

Remaining life assessments for piping, exchanger tubes and heater tubes etc.

Implementation of ASTM, API and NACE etc standards in refinery.

Materials engineering support to major projects (sulfuric handling, tank replacement etc.)

Risk based inspection planning and implementation.

New products/services development, bid proposals for refining service application.

Development and maintenance of BP&G and supporting documents in refining process

Development of corrosion control strategies including establishing key process variables

Corrosion Control Documents (CCD) development/update

Maintenance of evergreen WHIP, HTHA list

C&M support to maintain IDMS (inspection data management system)

Shell Global Solutions 02/2007 ~ 9/2007

Materials & Corrosion engineer

Graduate selected to Shell global M100 program

Getting ready for Norco refinery assignment

Lion Bridge 07/2006 ~ 01/2007

Project manager

Coordination of software localization process of translation, engineering, and drafting;

Technical documents translation in materials and corrosion field

University of Alberta, Canada 09/2003 ~ 06/2006

Research Assistant

oNear-neutral pH stress corrosion cracking (SCC) of Canadian Pipelines

Project sponsored by Alberta Energy Research Institute, Edmonton.)


X. Li, R.L. Eadie and J.L. Luo, "Effect of Plasticity on Stress Corrosion Cracking Rate of X-52 Pipeline Steel in Near-neutral pH Environment” -in honour of Professor Doug Boyd", Proceedings of the Pipelines for the 21st Century - in honour of Professor Doug Boyd, W. Chen Edt., 44th annual Conference of Metallurgists of CIM, MET SOC, Montreal, Quebec, pp. 379-392, 2005.

XC. Li “The Influence of Plasticity on Corrosion and Stress Corrosion Cracking Behavior in Near-neutral pH Environment” Volume 43, 2008 - Issue 4 Corrosion Engineering, Science and Technology The International Journal of Corrosion Processes and Corrosion Control

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