Michael R. Howard, E.I.
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
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
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.