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Ti~~sGABRIEL ALBERTO CASTANEDA, M.B.A., M.Eng., P.E., P.Eng. Gabriel.Castaneda@mail.mcgill.ca, (713)

873 1708 Houston TX OBJECTIVE Obtain a process technology manager / lead process engineer position. I like to get involved in the technical part of the design. I am interested in technology licensing, petrochemicals, olefins, offshore, refinery, heavy oil, open pit oil sands, water treatment, gasifiers, cryogenics, FCCU, hydrocracking, alkylation, hydrotreating, reforming, gas plants EDUCATION Master of Business Administration, McGill University, Montreal, Canada Topics reviewed: marketing, finance, resources optimization, operations management. September 2000-May 2002 Master of Chemical Engineering, McGill University, Montreal, Canada Topics: Advanced process design, reactor engineering, computer-based process optimization, polymer engineering, design for manufacturing, linear programming, applied statistics. Developed a model for the film blowing process in Matlab. September 1998 – Dec 1999 Project management certificate, ITESM Monterrey Mexico, 1996 Bachelor of Chemical Engineering, ITESM, Monterrey,Mexico (US ABET substantial equivalent program) Minor in Computer Science, August 1990- December 1994 TECHNICAL COURSES • Upgrading & Refining Processes, University of Calgary, Canada, January-April 2012 Hydrocracking, coking, fluid catalytic cracking, CDU, alkylation, visbreaking, solvent deasphalting • EHY2102 Aspen HYSYS Petroleum Refining: Process Modeling and Optimization for Refinery Unit Operations. Aspentech, Houston TX, October 2012 • Practical Distillation Technology by Henry Kister, Houston TX, March 2014 • Process Compression School, Ariel, Vernon OH, March 2014 • Linde Olefins Academy, Pullach,Germany, May 2014 Process design overview of ethylene cracking furnaces, ethane vs naphtha process, energy consumption, depresurization, materials used in cryogenic and corrosive environments, distillation towers, safety issues, flares, economics, etc • MSMV steam turbine and centrifugal compressor training, Elliott/Ebara compressors, Jeanette PA, October 2014 • Subsea processing and artificial lift course, University of Houston, USA August-December 2014 CONFERENCE/SEMINAR PARTICIPATION AS SPEAKER Advances in Ethane Cracking, AIChE workshops, March 2014, Houston TX Review of advances in ethylene cracking process such as cracked gas compressors with water and oil injection, Ni-Cr tubes for furnaces and cryogenic refrigeration with mixed refrigerants, review of Chevron Phillips Cedar Bayou ethylene cracker flowsheet Refining Canadian Heavy Crude, AIChE workshops, September 2013, Houston TX An overview of changes that refineries need to do to efficiently process Canadian Heavy Oil Safe Process Design, SPE, Calgary, March 2011 An overview of codes and standards (CCPS, NACE, ASME, NFPA, API, CSA and AIAA) was presented. These standards were written to prevent accidents and their application on actual mishaps was shown. GABRIEL ALBERTO CASTANEDA, M.B.A., M.Eng., P.E., P.Eng. Gabriel.Castaneda@mail.mcgill.ca, (713) 873 1708 Houston, TX 2/5 Steam Systems Design, SPE YP, Calgary Fall 2010 An overview of considerations were given to estimate steam demand for a facility, choose a proper boiler, design a steam pipeline system, consider ASME BPVC requirements, establish water treatment process and review guidelines to avoid water hammers by condensation Promising New Technologies for SAGD, SPE YP, Calgary Spring 2010 SAGD is a heavy oil recovery process that is under continuous improvement as many companies are interested in starting or expanding facilities of this kind. Some of the technical advances that have been developed during the last couple of years were reviewed. Separation of oil-water systems using ceramic membranes, use of solvents to enhance recovery, downhole pumps and liners were mentioned. Gas to Liquids and Gasification, SPE YP, Calgary Fall 2009 Review of gasification processes and technologies available; gasification vendors; review of natural gas reforming processes; pressure and temperature effect on gasification kinetics and gas composition; H2/CO separation techniques; Fischer-Tropsch variables, catalyst types and Anderson-Schulz-Flory distribution, reactor types, major cost areas and new technologies to decrease capital costs by more than 20%. Generated report and sold 4 copies to company. Multiphase Pumps, University of Calgary, Spring 2009 Review of existing artificial lift systems and benchmark, review of new multiphase pumps and their applications within the Canadian oil patch, implications and operational cost reductions by using multiphase pumps in SAGD, heavy oil and conventional oil fields Corn to Ethanol Process, University of Calgary, Spring 2006 Review of corn to ethanol process and new technologies, discussed ways to decrease production costs EMPLOYMENT EXPERIENCE Commonwealth Engineering / Zachry, Lead Process Engineer, June 2013-August 2014, Houston TX • Review of equipment changes to be made to fractionation and hydrocracking section after changing Fischer Tropsch multi-tube reactor to slurry bubble reactor in a 1,500 BPD facility. Generated Hysys simulation, sized equipment and compared to existing equipment information • Study of a 3,000 BPD light and heavy crude CDU and vacuum tower, PFDs, Hysys simulations, coordination of crude oil lab tests, BEDD development • IHI Contract: P&IDs, datasheets, for Enterprise propane loading facility; Dominion 750 MMSCFD LNG Cove Point project review of safety hazard issues. Participated in support activities, review of liquefaction area and gave comments on underground tanks, dissimilar materials joints, loading/unloading stations, self-refrigerant effect on vessels, settle-in pressure in compressor systems and others GABRIEL ALBERTO CASTANEDA, M.B.A., M.Eng., P.E., P.Eng. Gabriel.castaneda@mail.mcgill.ca, (713) 873 1708 Houston, TX page 3/5 Ventech Engineers, Process Engineer, July 2012-April 2013, Houston TX Frontier Visbreaker Refinery, South Sudan Defined special materials for CDU, visbreaker and piping, selected double fired heater for visbreaker, pump hydraulics, distillation tower and strippers review, minimum flow in trays concept, heavy oil desalter, requirements for heavy oil pipeline and took Transcanada/Enbridge systems as models Demethanizer Relocation, Texas Reviewed dehydrators and advised changes, reviewed control strategy and advised changes, hot oil system concept development, sizing of equipment and preparation of datasheets, P&IDs development Gas to Liquids Proposal, Nerd, Wyoming Reviewed Haldor Topsoe proposals for hydrocracker and syngas system, modeled proposal in Hysys, talked to vendors Propak Systems, Process/Applications Engineer, November 2010 – June 2012, Airdrie AB • Front End Engineering and Design (FEED) of bids (18 bids) and proposals write-up. Typical systems include distillation columns (fractionation systems), refrigeration plants and stabilizers, sweet and sour systems, heavy oil and gas/LPG systems. • Scope of projects included P&IDs, equipment sizing, calculations, simulations, layouts, piping, flares, vendors, materials, write-up of proposals, liquid and gas hydraulics, coordination of team to supply bids • Sold a $2.7 million dollars design, same strategy helped to sell about $10 million more to same client. • Handling of relationships with clients during FEED development • Hydraulics of 3,500 BPD Husky SAGD plant, emulsions and two phase flows, review of piping materials • Invited key process equipment vendors to give presentations to learn about their technologies • Helped young engineers with technical guidance Altex Energy, Process Engineer Consultant, July - September 2010, Calgary AB • Concept review of bitumen railcar stations and steam heated railcars for bitumen • Chemical/mechanical design of pilot blending process of bitumen and diluent mix • Development of P&ID and isometrics • Identified process instrumentation equipment and piping class requirements • Sourcing of equipment and fabrication shop Fransen Engineering, Process Engineer contractor, March - May 2010, Calgary AB Composite Tailings mixing project for Shell Albian Sands • Development of material balance for aluminum sulfate facility • Review of process requirements by consulting with aluminum sulfate producers • Calculation of hydraulics for pump and control valves and generation of report • Generation of tie-in list and review of process historical data in tie-in points SPEC Engineering, Process Engineer, July 2008 – January 2009, Calgary, AB • Audits of more than 40 Chevron PSVs, designed processes and compared to existing facilities • Process review of compressors, flares, oil and water systems, pumps, separators for offshore platforms • Hydraulic calculations of piping systems using simulation software • Equipment list generation • Reports generation, added legal clauses, sources of information on reports and defined case scenarios • Generation of datasheets and some P&IDs for Pioneer Natural Resources of a conventional O&G facility GABRIEL ALBERTO CASTANEDA, M.B.A., M.Eng., P.E., P.Eng. Gabriel.castaneda@mail.mcgill.ca, (713) 873 1708 Houston, TX page 4/5 Self-Employed, Process Engineer, 2007-2008, Toronto, ON • Reviewed and made comments on datasheets, P&IDs, PHA and designs of a chemical polymer plant to be built for SABIC IP (formerly GE Plastics), improved polymer chemistry understanding • Review of available technologies to decrease operational costs at a chemical plant. Selected technology would cut more than 20% reactor residence time. Vendor technology won Frost & Sullivan Best Practices award Conversion of Corn to Ethanol, Bibliographical Research Project. 2006 Process flows, reactor systems, ethanol/water separation systems (distillation, molecular sieves, pervaporation), enzymes data, equipment vendors, bioethanol technologies, new methods of process control, methods of decreasing operational costs AMEC, Process Engineer, June 2006- February 2007. Calgary AB • Review of process designs for Shell Athabasca Oil Sands Project in the extraction and tailings area • Checkout of calculations: Pipe sizing, pressure drops, control valve sizing, equipment sizing, slurries, review of flotation cells, thickener, cyclones, pumps, review of new process control technology • Provided information to lead and manager about new process technologies to control process • Compiled scientific literature of oil sands/heavy oil and mining processes in the extraction area Nypro, Project Engineer, injection molding, Nov 2004 – May 2005, San Diego USA • Performed project management and startup of about 30 new products in healthcare • Handled relationships with clients • Coordinated efforts between production, quality, supply chain, and engineering departments • Conducted process validations, process window studies, protocol reviews • Performed costing of products and services to clients, shared information with management • Brought quality/process procedures of other plants to San Diego • Developed new procedures to standardize operations: NPI, ECOs, IQ, OQ, PQs etc Maddocks Engineering, Product Engineer, Sep 2003 –Nov 2004, Guelph ON Canada • Managed ISO 9000 quality system, upgraded system to match Honeywell’s requirements • Developed and implemented continuous quality improvement plan • Performed APQP, PPAPS, control plans, DFMEA, PFMEA • Decreased scrap from 8% to 0.5% using six sigma methodology • Performed costing of most important product line • Conducted project management and design of new products, interacted with customers • Improved cycle time by 30% and increased yield during design of a new equipment by using new approach • Wrote Health and Safety manual Dr. J.M. Charrier, Chem. Eng. McGill University, Dec 1998-May 2003, Montreal QC Canada • Educational software development related to polymers and metals processing. Topics reviewed: • injection molding, film blowing, thermoforming, casting, extruders, equipment suppliers, etc. GABRIEL ALBERTO CASTANEDA, M.B.A., M.Eng., P.E., P.Eng. Gabriel.castaneda@mail.mcgill.ca, (713) 873 1708 Houston, TX page 5/5 Philips Lighting, R & D Engineer, February 1997 - August 1998, Monterrey, Mexico • Conducted project management activities to improve products/manufacturing at a 2,000 people facility • Coordinated set-up of new equipment with logistics, production, costs and marketing • Gave regular advice to production to improve and troubleshoot manufacturing processes • Reduced operational costs by US$270,000 over 1 1/2 years • Co-leader of a $2 million dollars production worth line startup, raw materials only • Defined ISO quality specs of products according to manufacturing capabilities and marketing needs • Involved in R&D activities for the North American Market in fluorescent lamps • Served as leader on several quality teams to solve marketing requirements Eastman Chemicals, Distributive Control System Analyst (DCS), January 1995 - April 1996 Columbia, SC, USA and Cosoleacaque, Mexico • Member of a 120,000 metric tons/yr PET Polymer Plant DCS Startup Team • Trained all engineers and operators on the use of DCS (40 persons) • Wrote DCS manual for plant personnel • Reviewed equipment grounding needs in order to prevent electrical noise • Programmed 70% of the DCS: interlocks, cascade controls, split controllers, distillation system, reactors, • conveying systems, etc. • Developed interfaces between DCS, PLCs and other equipment • Proposed and implemented improvements on the main control strategy AWARDS • Philips NIH award (for exceptional problem solving & teamwork) - awarded when invention/rework were prevented, 1998. COMPUTER SKILLS MS Office, Aspen Plus, VMG Sim, Neotec Pipeflo, Korf hydraulics, Flarenet, Hysys, Promax, HTRI, HTFS, Fisher FirstVue, Access, MS Project, Primavera, Windows, Crystal Ball, StatView (JMP, a SAS product), Matlab, AutoCad, Solidworks, Minitab, GAMS, Solver. LANGUAGES English, Spanish, French ADDITIONAL DATA • Canadian Citizen • Professional Engineer in Alberta, Canada, APEGGA member • Professional Engineer in Texas • Society of Petroleum Engineers Young Professionals technical luncheon coordinator/”the Uplift” technical writer, Calgary section 2010 • VP Internal, Junior Chamber International, organize activities/presentations, people networking 2011-2012 • TN Visa to work in USA (job offer letter for 3 years position) • http://www.uscis.gov/working-united-states/temporary-workers/tn-nafta-professionals • American Institute of Chemical Engineers, Society of Petroleum Engineers member tle

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