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Chemical Process Engineer

St. Louis, MO
March 20, 2018

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Michael R. Howard, E.I.


Engineering Experience:

BASF Wentzville, MO

Field Process Engineer (Contract) March 2017 – February 2018

Developed and implemented new control system to regulate bath chemistry and reduce variance.

Collect and analyze data to determine process failures and potential areas for continuous improvement.

Trained and managed new employees and interns teaching them engineering principles used frequently.

Assisted on projects to increase the throughput by 6% using continuous improvement techniques.

Maintained the schedule for projects focused on health, safety, environmental and process improvements.

Polster Lieder Woodruff & Lucchesi LC Des Peres, MO

Associate Engineer August 2016 – March 2017

Performed technical reviews of patent applications and rejections to the claims.

Drafting patent applications with technical specifications, reviews and drawings.

Performed patentability searches, prepared claim charts, and drafted invalidity analysis.

Senior Design Project Columbia, MO

Production of Tetrahydrofuran (THF) January 2015 – May 2015

Led a team that designed a plant capable of manufacturing an average of 8,400 lbs. per hour of THF.

Prepared process flow diagrams and piping and instrumentation diagrams for the designed plant.

Designed and simulated the process using Aspen with the optimal thermodynamic model.

Reduced operating costs by 27% through heat integration and optimization techniques.

Designed and sized equipment such as heat exchangers, etc. using enthalpy information from the process.

Developed detailed safety tables summarizing hazards associated with the chemical process.

AiChE Student Design Project Columbia, MO

Comparison of Biomass to Bio-Oils Reactor Systems August 2015 - December 2015

Developed heat integration system to reduce operating costs and increase long-term profitability.

Produced detailed equipment and economic/profitability reports including future projections.

Prepared process flow diagrams and piping and instrumentation diagrams. Simulated in Aspen.


University of Missouri in Columbia, MO

Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering; Minor in Business Administration May 2016

Relevant Coursework and Software:

AspenTech, AutoCAD, Matlab, Simulink

Chemical Process Controls

Chemical Reaction Engineering

Process Design and Simulation

Water Treatment and Quality

Pollution Prevention

Polymer Materials and Synthesis

Accounting, Finance and Business Economics

Statistical Data Analysis

Chromatography and Separation Principles

Certificates and Professional Organizations:

E.I.T. – October 13, 2016

Lean Six Sigma Green Belt

High Honor Dean’s List

AiChE Member

Delta Upsilon Assistant Records Keeper

32 Hours of SAChE Safety Certificate

Personal Awards, Experience and Interests

Currently 45% fluent in Spanish according to Duolingo

Interests include ice hockey, snowboarding, skiing, rafting, hiking, camping, and most outdoor activities.

Volunteer at The Magic House, Department of Transportation, Kirkwood Community Center and local food bank. Supporter of St. Jude fund raising events.

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