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Doug is Director (Acting), for the Global Refining Industry Solutions Business Area of the PlantWeb Solutions Group of Emerson Process Management. Previously he held senior management and technical positions with MDC Technology, Profitpoint Solutions, Aspen Technology, and Setpoint. In these positions he has been responsible for developing and implementing state-of-the-art advanced automation and optimization systems in refineries and process plants around the world and has published more than fifty technical papers on these subjects. He started his career with Caltex Petroleum Corporation with positions at their Australian refinery and central engineering groups. He has a BChE from the University of Florida, an MS from California Institute of Technology, and an MA and PhD from Princeton University, all in chemical engineering.

Gary joins Emerson as a technical consultant after almost 31 years with UOP LLC, a well known licensor of refining and petrochemical processing technology. Gary participated in refining process unit startups around the world and held roles of increasing responsibility in the process control group, responsible for developing UOP’s standard specifications for process control and guidelines for training new engineers. He acted as the single-point contact for trouble-shooting instrumentation and control systems issues at start-ups, and managed their instrumentation and controls group. 

Tim is a member of the Refining Sales & Marketing Team supporting efforts to penetrate and convert the global refining industry to Emerson. He has been with Emerson since 1998 with solutions focused roles from refining consultant to services marketing manager for consulting, data management, and project services. In addition, Tim has been active with the AIChE Fuels & Petrochemicals Division (FPD); currently he holds the nationally elected position of 2nd Vice Chair for the division of ~1200 members, and the overall FPD programming chair for refinery processing, gas utilization, and aromatics. Before Emerson, Tim worked 8 years for UOP as a Technical Advisor for the start-up of refining units around the world. He advanced to Chief Technical Advisor. His project management and advisor roles also included one year of writing instrument specifications for many of the main refining units, and two field assignments as a Process Control Advisor. Tim holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Iowa State University and an MBA from the University of Iowa

Ed joined the refining Sales and marketing team in 2009 . He has 25 years of Process Controls experience in sales management, marketing, engineering and service management at Emerson, ABB and Foxboro. His 11 years with Emerson have Included positions of: PlantWeb Consultant, Key Account Manager-Marathon Oil, International Paper and Smurfit Stone and Director of Industry Solutions Pulp, Paper & Mining. He has successfully coordinated multiple sales growth programs as part of tenure at Emerson. Ed holds a BS in Chemistry from Western Michigan University and resides in Rochester Hills Michigan.

Beginning his career with Exxon Chemical, Pete has more than 30 years experience in Advanced Process Control (APC).  With experience in both technical and management roles, Pete has covered consulting engagements as well as implementation projects for a wide variety of processes and plants around the world.  He has led consulting studies to help refiners, petrochemical manufacturers, utilities, and polymer plants design and justify major automation projects and control system upgrades. Author or co-author of more than 20 technical papers, Pete also holds three patent applications on abnormal situation prevention techniques. 

James has more than 29 years experience in process control optimization. His areas of expertise include process instrumentation, control strategy analysis and design, control optimization, DCS configuration and maintenance, control valve performance testing, and Advanced Process Control (APC). He has completed control optimization projects for a wide variety of chemical and hydrocarbon processes including hydrocarbon cracking and separation, crude oil distillation trains, polyethylene, polypropylene, waxes and resins, petroleum pipeline control, carbon dioxide, cryogenic air separation, ethylene oxide and glycol, polybutene, pH, gas plants, batch reactors, pulp and paper stock preparation, methanol reformers, partial oxidation processes, polymer oxidation reactors, boiler control, and many distillation processes.

Beginning his career at E.I. DuPont, Patrick has extensive industry experience and held many senior management and technical positions in the process control industry.  Patrick has developed and implemented state-of-the-art advanced automation, optimization, and production management systems in refineries, petrochemical, and chemical plants around the world.  He has led numerous feasibility and benefit studies and provided leadership in the design and implementation of large scale systems integrating control with MES and ERP. Patrick currently specializes in petroleum industry supply chain optimization, logistics automation systems, and Greenhouse Gas regulations.

Lou has more than 30 years experience in the process control industry.  In his more than 25 years with Emerson, he has provided consulting and implementation services on a wide variety of chemical and refining processes in plants around the world.  As a generalist and on-demand specialist, Lou brings together that perfect marriage of strong process engineering and control engineering knowledge.  Lou’s specialty as a consultant is in his ability to quickly assess a problem and help our customers leverage current technology to create a well-defined solution to meet their process and business objectives.