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Bob is a seasoned (40+ years) engineering consultant, educator, mentor and team leader. He is a dedicated and a professional engineer with published experience in managing / doing process and HSE engineering designs, hand-on startups, optimizations, operations and safety & environmental stewardship. He is an efficient problem-solver; applying information solutions; integrating energy industry business processes with analyses, process and HSE modeing, analytical geospatial and CADD, web best practices and collaborative solutions.

Like so many in Refining/Petrochem/Oil & Gas, his career has paralleled the global price of crude oil. Born and educated as a "Kiwi", he emigrated to the USA, where he spent most of his professional career, except for eight years in the 80's back in N.Z. teaching Process Design then working in a $1.2 billion Synfuels plant. He also worked in the UAE for three years, then returned to Houston.

His career began in 70's & 80's in EPC, teaching Chemical & Materials Engineering then in plant operations; 90's in R&D and Corporate HSE; then federal consulting 1998-2005. Now he's back in Houston doing EPC design and consulting, grounded in VIP and Stage-Gated Design.

Because of the resurgence in demand for clean fuels, refining capacity, and heavy oil projects, Bob was put on the design team for the first new US refinery in 30 years, alongside the last one built. He was HSE team lead for a Middle East gas platform, and onshore arctic oil oil & gas processing.

Bob is a "Society of Industrial Leaders" invited member in oil & gas/refining/petrochem sectors.  He founded Kiwi's Edge, LLC for use as needed in professional consulting and "Expert Witness".

Bob enjoys all of his work, particularly when it involves inter-disciplinary or intellectual challenges. One key to his professional satisfaction was his involvement in technical advocacy of good science supporting sound policy at API - developing Refinery MACT guidance - and managing PERF shared environmental projects & forums.

His skills and intellect are sustained by professional and civic association activity, plus University-level teaching: as Senior Lecturer from 1983-1985, part-time as Research Adjunct in 2002-2004, Teaching Adjunct in 2006, Process Design Curriculum advisor for Rice University in 2008.

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