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Senior Process Engineer

Houston, Texas, United States
October 06, 2016

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Robert M. Papillion, P.E., MChE, MBA

• Cell 832-***-**** • Home 713-***-**** • • Houston, TX, 77055


Innovative problem-solver with extensive process engineering experience in midstream oil & gas and in petrochemicals. Diverse roles at top-tier multi-national firms. Adept at combining knowledge of industry code and practice with expertise in computer simulation of fluid processing to develop cost-effective analysis, design, and optimization results. Exceptional skills in applying process technology to:

• Process equipment sizing with front-end construction capital cost estimation.

• Hydraulic network analysis of multiphase fluid flow in piping and pipelines.

• Heat integration and pressure relief system capacity evaluations.


KINDER MORGAN CO2 COMPANY, Houston, TX 2011 – 2016

Staff Process Engineer

Corporate internal process engineering consultant using expertise in process simulation, feasibility analysis, and failure analysis to develop debottlenecking projects maximizing profitability of Colorado and West Texas EOR facilities:

– Supervised/mentored junior engineers in Aspentech process model development.

– Served as process engineering expert on FEED studies, HazOps, and RCA teams.

– Modeled piping network hydraulics for multiphase and supercritical fluid flow.

– Diagnosed oil & gas (API MPMS 11.1 & 14.3) custody transfer meter errors.

– Solved problems in hydrate & sludge prevention, cryogenics, H2S scavenging.

– Developed EOR CO2 and NGL gas plant process designs & economics.

– Developed H&MB for gas compression and for dehydration & sweetening systems.

– Sized, costed: Phase separators, PSVs, control valves, piping, pumps, towers, etc.

TPC GROUP, Houston, TX 2005 – 2011

Principal Process Engineer

Corporate process engineering consultant developing revamp and expansion projects and assisting site staff to solve costly operational problems:

– Completed site engineering for Houston, Baytown, Port Neches, and Lake Charles.

– Developed Aspen+ design and rating models for projects and business analyses.

– Process lead for $75MM major capital project: Catalyzed propylene oligomers.

– Process lead for $20MM comprehensive multisite pressure relief regulatory compliance project as per ASME B&PV Code and API STD 520, 521, 526 & 2000.

– Specified 40 MMBtu/hr hot oil (Therminol) heater as per API 560, 535, and 556.

– Specified new plant laboratory as per 29 CFR 1910.1450 and NFPA 45 & 496.

– Specified refrigeration requirements for low-pressure LPG storage tanks.

– Designed vapor-balance system for LPG barge unloading saving $3MM annually.

– Completed 40 CFR air and water permit applications to receive TCEQ permits.

THE DOW CHEMICAL COMPANY, Midland, MI 1982 - 2004

(In years prior to 2002, with Dow’s 1999 Union Carbide acquisition)

Plant Production / Improvements Engineer, 1982 – 1997, Texas City, TX:

– Recognized for registering site’s first ISO-9000 compliant Quality System.

– Recognized for Honeywell DCS installation project implementation.

– Supplied comprehensive engineering to ethylene oxide/glycol, surfactants, solvents and resins plants.

– Supervised batch & continuous reaction, distillation, laboratory, and inventory control work processes.

– Developed lean production methods to minimize turnaround and inventories.

– Planned and managed operating budgets, production inventories, vessel & rotating equipment reliability.

Environmental, Health & Safety Leader, 1997 – 1999, Texas City, TX:

– Redesigned and implemented site RCRA/DOT waste management compliance.

SAP R/3 Supply Chain Data Project Coordinator, 1999 – 2001, Houston, TX

– Recognized for lead role in corporate migration from legacy to SAP R/3 ERP.

– Specified SAP master data requirements for business transaction data projects.

Capital Project Construction EH&S Leader, 2001 – 2004, Plaquemine, LA:

– Instituted 30-month EH&S initiative for TX, MI & LA Environmental-Ops Business capital project management group.


• Industrial Management Master of Business Administration, Greater Detroit Area

Baker College Center for Graduate Studies, Flint, MI.

• Master of Chemical Engineering, Rice University, Houston, TX.

• Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering, Rice University, Houston, TX.


• Board Certified Professional Engineer (Chemical Exam), TX License #104749.

• ASQ Certified Quality Engineer, #48498.

• PMI Certified Project Management Professional, #211384.

• Career Affiliations: Society of Petroleum Engrs (SPE), TX Society of Professional Engrs (TSPE); American Society for Quality (ASQ); Project Mgt Institute (PMI).



• Project Planning & Management.

• Aspen HYSYS & Aspen Plus Modeling Courses in: Flare System Analyzer; Pressure Relief Sizing; Kbase/Icarus; Simulation Workbook; Heat Exchanger Design & Pinch Analysis; Distillation; Real-time Optimization; Sequential & EO Simulation.

• Formal API University Course in API 520, 521, and 2000.

• Honeywell Courses in DCS LCN & Engineer Station; Unisim Dynamics.

• Stermole’s course: Project Economic Evaluation.

• Baker Communication’s course: Win-Win Negotiations.

• Computer/IT Skills in: MS Office Professional Suite; MS Project, Visio, Autodesk AutoCAD & Design Review; MS Access/SQL, SAS; VB, C++, Fortran Programming.

• Process Data Archival tools:

GE Proficy, Wonderware Active Factory; Honeywell PHD, Aspentech IP.21.

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