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Engineer Manager

Deer Park, TX
November 11, 2018

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KBR – Houston, TX

**/**-*/** ******* Director, Project Definition

As Chief Technology Engineer Utilities, developed and maintained global guidelines to ensure consistent quality conceptual design for utilities and OSBL including steam, water, cooling water, flare, air and nitrogen systems

Provided project oversite by conducting process audits

Process Lead for engineers developing water, waste water and fuel systems designs for Angolan 200,000 BPD refinery FEED

Process Lead for engineers designing utility systems for Canadian 10 MTPA LNG FEED

Commissioning Manager responsible for training management, maintenance, and operations personnel at chlor-alkali and 2200 TPD ammonia production facilities

Coached and mentored 6 young engineers, and participated in Discover Engineering Committee STEM programs and Aspire Women’s Leadership Council.

Delivered bases of design, balances, Utility Flow Diagrams, and equipment load sheets


11/07-10/09 Project Manager, Gasification New Product Introduction (NPI)

As Integration Leader, managed 10 projects, providing the latest gasification technology for the Chinese market

Managed GE gasification plant baseline design update and drawing revisions

Coordinated project work performed by 40+ engineers in GE offices globally using gated project methodology

Developed schedule and resource requirements for launch of a Powder River Basin coal customer. Led development work for feasibility study.

Defined customer and stakeholder objectives, project scope, schedule, execution and risk management plans, budget, and resource requirements for GE commercial proposal development

12/03-10/07 Technical Sales Manager, Environmental Solutions

Sold NOx, SOx, Hg, and particulate matter emission reduction technologies for stacks, boilers, gas and steam turbines in a six state territory

Represented multiple GE Business Units: Boiler Optimization, Continuous Emission Monitoring Systems, Gas and Steam Turbines, and Particulate Matter Control with a portfolio containing over 20 technology offerings

Provided technical support to North American Sales Force

Sold $3.5MM in final year


11/00 - 7/03 Technology Sales Manager, North America

Marketed proprietary environmental technologies to refining and petrochemical industries in North America. Processes included removal of SOx, NOx, and VOCs as well as the production of Ammonium Thiosulfate

Worked with process engineering, technology, research, catalyst and commercial divisions in Houston and Denmark to specify and develop customized quotations

Part of a team responsible for first U.S. Refinery FCC SCR sale and major advances in SOx (WSA and REGESOX) technology marketing for grass root plants valued up to $35MM


4/98 - 11/00 Senior Regional Project Controller

Managed multiple projects totaling almost $10MM at several sites for Lyondell and Equistar in new alliance with Jacobs Engineering

Lead contact for Kvaerner Processing, the firm chosen to design and construct numerous capital projects up to $50MM in support of three Lyondell plants

Member, Vision Council (diversity)

Transitioned E&C functions from Lyondell and Equistar plants to contractors by improving procedures, systems, Marcam/SAP and a shared website

11/96 - 3/98 Engineering Design Supervisor

Supervised 25 designers and 8 document control technicians

Responsible for manpower planning and scheduling to meet engineering work order needs in all plant areas

Managed plant documents, databases, standards, drawings, plant easements and stewarded departmental budget

Performed project engineering work for installation of an acetone pipeline

Prepared and stewarded the 5 year, $150MM plant maintenance CAPEX budget

7/95 - 11/96 Senior Project Engineer

Managed multiple capital and expense projects up to $3MM from design through construction. Focused on reliability, safety, and environmental enhancement projects

Designed and installed two miles of pipeline to supply feedstock gases to entire plant site as well as a 20 mile product pipeline network

Raised BDO unit reliability from 80% to 98.6%, and saved $1MM in annual and capital costs in 1997


8/94 - 7/95 Operations Engineer

Managed production of 750 ton/day spent acid regeneration unit in support of the EXXON Baytown Refinery. Duties included: production support, process troubleshooting & engineering support, project execution, preventative maintenance and co-generation optimization using an induction generator.

Supervised 15 unit operators as well as several draftsmen working on Process Safety Management Program

Managed plant capital budget. Prepared and executed capital projects for the plant

5/93 - 8/94 Process Engineer - Technology Group

Performed engineering capacity and debottlenecking studies to support six U.S. plants using Aspen and Lotus simulations

Aided in the coordination of uniform design practices among all the plants

11/88 - 5/93 Production Engineer - Virgin Sulfuric Acid, Utilities and Regeneration Units

Supervised 15 unit operators

Managed 750 TPD spent acid regeneration unit, incineration of hazardous wastes, and 140 TPD liquid sulfur dioxide unit

Managed 2,400 TPD virgin sulfuric acid, 40 TPD 5% oleum unit, co-generation and utilities

Managed projects and contractors during frequent turnarounds

Steering committee member for Houston Accident Prevention Process

Earned First Grade Stationary Engineer's License, to bring the plant into compliance with City of Houston regulations and saved $500/day in fines


10/87 - 9/88 Product Development Coordinator – PREVEX® FR Polyphenylene Ether Resins

EDUCATION B.S. in Chemical Engineering earned May 1987

(Minor in Chemistry)

University of Massachusetts at Amherst

PROFESSIONAL Member, American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE)

ACTIVITIES Member, Women’s Energy Network: 2011-2016

Elected, Education Foundation of Harris County: 2011-2016

Elected National SWE Ethics Committee Chair: 2014-2017

Elected SWE Section Representative: 2003-2017

CFO of Global Institute for Engineering and Technology (GIFTE): 2005-2017

Judge Advisor, FIRST Robotics non-profit educational foundation: 2000-2017

Elected National SWE Audit Committee Chair: 2006-2008

Appointed Texas A&M University Academics Advisory Board: 2001-2003

President, Brookwood Community Homeowners Association: 2001-2002

Elected SWE National Treasurer and CFO: 1999-2000

Treasurer, 1998 Society of Women Engineer (SWE) National Convention, Houston

Elected SWE Gulf Coast Director: 1997-1999

Member, San Jacinto College Engineering Drafting Advisory Board: 1997

AWARDS Society of Women Engineers’ “Fellow 2012”

Society of Women Engineers’ “Gulf Coast Region Distinguished Service 2012”

Federation of Houston Professional Women’s “2002 Woman of Excellence”

University of Massachusetts “Women in Engineering Outstanding Alumna” 2001

University of Massachusetts “Outstanding Engineering Alumni” 1998

National Society of Women Engineers’ "Distinguished New Engineer" 1997

Houston, Society of Women Engineers’ "Young Engineer of the Year" 1997

CERTIFICATION Certified GE Project Management University 9/2009

Certified Six-Sigma Green Belt 1/2009

Licensed First Grade Stationary Engineer for the City of Houston 6/1992


Author, “SWE Fellow Marie Laplante Tells Her FIRST Story” SWE All Together 3/2018

Author, “How Low Can You Go? … Catalytic NOx Reduction in Refineries” World Refining 3/2002

Author, “First Haldor Topsoe WSA Plant in North America is Commissioned” for Stone & Webster’s 13th Refining Seminar 10/2001

Author, “Sulfur Management by Haldor Topsoe’s Wet gas Sulfuric Acid Process” for Sulfuric Acid Today Fall/Winter 2001 issue

Author, "Paying Your Dues” SWE Magazine 4/1998 issue

Career profile, "Engineering Design Supervisor", Vocational Biographies 2/1998

Profiled in Houston Chronicle & Business Journal, 2/1997


“SWENext and FIRST – A Formula for Success”- SWE National Conference 10/2018 and 10/2017

“Women in Instrumentation and Measurement” panel member – IEEE International Instrumentation and Measurement Technology conference 5/16/2018

“Lessons Learned from Motivating and Managing Volunteers by Nonprofit Founders” – SWE National

Conference 10/2016

“Leadership Skills for Technical Professionals” – SWE National 10/2104 and Gulf Coast 2/2016


“Work and Graduate School” panel member – SWE Gulf Coast Conference 2/2014

“Refinery NOx Reduction: Optimizing SCR and SNCR” - NPRA Conference 10/2006

“Awards and Recognition – the Selection formula and the Acceptance Process”, SWE-HA/SPE Professional Development Conference 10/2003

“Working Globally” panel member for 12th International Conference of Women Engineers and Scientists - Ottawa, Canada 7/2002

“First Haldor Topsoe WSA Plant in North America is Commissioned” Stone & Webster’s 13th Refining Seminar 10/01 and ICWES12 7/2002

Keynote Speaker, “Creating Your Own Engineering Community” AIChE Annual Meeting Student Awards Brunch 11/2001

“Been There, Done That: Technical Women Tell Their Stories” panel member University of Massachusetts - Amherst 2/2001

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