2018 Board of Directors
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Chairman, Emerson Global Users Exchange
Joel Holmes is the Site Electrical Reliability Engineer at the Monsanto Manufacturing Facility in Muscatine, Iowa. In addition, he promotes and provides enterprise support for AMS. He has been employed with Monsanto over 21 years and prior to his current role has held a variety of positions, including maintenance, project, and controls engineering. Joel holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from California State University, Long Beach. He has experience with multiple control systems including DeltaV™, PRoVOX™, Allen-Bradley, and Modicon. Joel and his electrical reliability team are the proud recipients of the 2012 HART Plant of the Year award, an international recognition for their demonstrated ingenuity and advanced capabilities in the application of HART Communication for real-time operational improvements, including lower costs and increased availability.
Joel currently resides in Muscatine, Iowa with his wife, twin boys (13) and daughter (10). Outside of work, he enjoys spending time with his family and friends, kids sporting activities, outdoor activities, and being an assistant high school varsity football coach.
Vice Chairwoman, Emerson Global Users Exchange
Midhu Varghese is Controls Engineering and Validation Manager in the AbbVie R&D Pilot Plant in North Chicago, IL. She is responsible for managing external and internal resources to support small to large projects, new products and/or sustaining projects. In addition, she served as Project Manager and Engineer on DeltaV Migrations. She joined Abbott/AbbVie in 1998 and supported capital projects and manufacturing operations in North Chicago. Prior to joining Abbott, Midhu was a Systems Engineer at Fisher-Rosemont Systems, Austin, Texas.
Midhu has a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Texas A&M University *whoop* and raises (manipulates and referees) four children in the suburbs of Chicago.
Mike Allen is a Sr. Control Systems Specialist for LyondellBasell. He has worked at the company’s La Porte, Texas facility since 1991. The first half of his career was spent working in instrumentation, first as an Instrument Technician, and later as an Instrumentation Specialist. In 2004 he moved into the Control Systems Engineering group, supporting automation projects and control system upgrades. Mike spent a couple of years in the company’s central engineering automation group, supporting Alarm Management and Operator Interface work for the company’s North American plants.
Currently Mike serves as the plant’s control systems lead for a brownfield HDPE plant that is under construction for a 2019 startup. The first of its kind plant will employ the company’s new Hyperzone technology.
Mike currently resides in Houston, TX with his wife and two sons.
He is an avid, yet long-suffering Houston sports fan, and is reluctantly making the transition from basketball to golf.
Perry is the Director of New Product Development for Fisher digital instrumentation. He holds a BSME degree from California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo and an MBA from Iowa State University. Perry started his career over 25 years ago at Caltrol in Los Angeles, the Local Business Partner for Emerson. There, he was responsible for valves, regulators, safety relief valves and systems sales with focus on the Los Angeles refineries. In 1999 he moved to Marshalltown, Iowa as a Product Manager and managed the release of the FIELDVUE DVC6000 and DVC2000 series of digital valve controllers. His career has remained focused on bringing innovative products and solutions to the market. Perry and team are currently working on the next generation of digital valve instrumentation.
Perry lives in Ames, Iowa with his wife and has 3 children. He is an avid volleyball player who enjoys cultivating bonsai and crafting the perfect home brew.
Executive Director, Emerson Global Users Exchange
Carmen Chang is the Manager of the Customer Events Group for Emerson. With over 13 years of experience in the process control industry, her background includes engineering roles in automation projects, hardware, software and proposals, and business roles as project controller, commercial business analyst and strategic pricing manager. During her professional tenure, she has simultaneously held various creative roles, including starting and managing her own custom gifts and embroidery business. Her current role as Customer Events Group Manager allows her to knit her diverse skillsets together, creating a rare combination of technical, business, and creative innovation. She holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a MBA from Kennesaw State University. She currently resides in Austin, Texas, where you will frequently find her crafting, doing do-it-yourself projects around home, planning parties for friends, and volunteering in the community.
Curtis started his career at RE Mason – Emerson Local Business Partner, as a systems engineering co-op in 1999. He later joined RE Mason as a full time Application Engineer in 2003 after graduation from NC State University. While attending NC State, Curtis achieved a double major in Computer Engineering and Electrical Engineering, Curtis transitioned in 2006 to a Solutions Consultant where he spent a large amount of time serving mainly the Chemical and Pulp and Paper Users. In 2015, Curtis accepted a role as Manager – Lifecycle Services and Business Development where he leads the team of Lifecycle Engineers as well as assists the Solutions Consultants in their efforts to provide valuable Lifecycle Solutions and Services to their customers.
In addition to his Management role, Curtis has led many initiatives including hosting the REM Users Exchange, driving the Legacy Modernization Program, and Leading a Wireless Sales and Implementation Strategy.
Curtis currently lives near Charlotte, North Carolina with his wife Kelly and daughters, Emily and Courtney. During time away from work he enjoys many outdoors activities such as camping, hunting, coaching a showcase fastpitch softball team, and watching his daughters participate in various sports.
Sushil Dudani is a Corporate Process Control Engineer for International Paper. He has worked as a Process Controls Engineer and Consultant since 1996. The first half of his career was spent working as a Process Controls Engineer, at Matrikon Consulting, and later as a Process Controls Engineer/Manager at Weyerhaeuser (Canada). In 2009, he moved to the United States, supporting the Weyerhaeuser Port Wentworth mill. Sushil has also worked as a consultant (Maverick Technologies) and worked with cutting edge APC technologies in a number of oil and gas and chemical companies.
Currently Sushil works as a Corporate Process Controls Engineer for international Paper and travels to International Paper mills, all over the U.S., Canada, Brazil, Europe and India.
Sushil currently resides in Savannah, GA with his wife Kanchan. He has two children, Sanya and Vidhaan. Outside of work, he enjoys spending time with his family and friends, the kids’ sporting activities, outdoor activities, and volunteering for non-profit organizations.
Occidental Oil & Gas Corporation
James (Jim) Haw is a Sr. Automation Engineering Advisor for Occidental Oil & Gas Corporation supporting major projects worldwide. He has been employed with Oxy for 7 years, and his career spans 29 years in various engineering and management roles in the Instrumentation, Electrical, and Automation fields, in the paper, plastics, refining, and oil & gas industries. Jim currently serves as Oxy’s Program Manager for the worldwide upgrade of Oxy’s SCADA system to Iconics Genesis64. This two-year project entails the development of state-of-the-art high-performance HMI’s for thirty production locations in three countries.
Jim holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Electrical Engineering (BSEE) from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. He is a career member of ISA, and currently serves as the Education Chairman of the Texas Channel Section, and on the ISA International Executive Board as Board Member. He is a registered Professional Engineer (PE) in the state of Texas, a Certified Maintenance and Reliability Professional (CMRP), and a Project Management Professional (PMP).
Jim resides in La Porte, TX with his wife. They have three children, ages 27, 23 and 19. Jim has been an avid woodworker for over 40 years, enjoys motorcycling, and is an ostensible drummer.
Executive Sponsor, Emerson Global Users Exchange
Dave Imming is the Executive Sponsor for Emerson Global Users Exchange. The Executive Sponsor’s role is to provide guidance and support to the User-led Emerson Exchange organization, and to manage Emerson’s resources in producing the annual Emerson Exchange conference. Dave has extensive experience in Services Management, Customer Relations, Product Management and Project Management. Dave has over 20 years of experience with Emerson Automation Solutions and has held a variety of positions at Emerson including operations, sales, service, marketing and management. His responsibilities have included domestic as well as international and global assignments. Dave has worked with users in a wide variety of industries and in all world areas. In addition to his Emerson work experience, he worked at Proctor and Gamble doing new product formulation, at Applied Automation doing software development and advanced process control, and at Zebra Imaging managing their service and operations functions. His educational background includes a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from Oklahoma State University and a Masters in Business Administration from St. Edward’s University in Austin.
Dominion Energy, Inc.
Todd Kifer is an Instrumentation & Controls (I&C) Engineer for Dominion, one of the nation’s largest producers and transporters of energy. Todd has approximately 18 years of experience in engineering, and 12 of those are pertaining to I&C. He supports multiple sites for Dominion, but mainly focuses on two facilities: Mount Storm Power Station & Bath County Pump Storage Station. He has been a Lead Engineer on many modernization projects, which include migrating from Provox to DeltaV. He has also completed many projects incorporating systems/devices controls into the existing DCS, including design from field all the way to HMI.
Todd holds a B.S. in Computer Engineering & Electrical Engineering from West Virginia University.
Todd currently resides in West Virginia with his wife and daughter. He enjoys spending time with family and friends, and is an avid outdoorsman.
Equipment & Controls, Inc.
Armando serves as Vice President of Systems and Solutions, as well as Reliability Solutions for Equipment & Controls, Inc. (ECI), Emerson’s local business partner in the Western Pennsylvania, Eastern Ohio, West Virginia, and Western Maryland. Armando started his automation career in 1988 with Computer Task Group & Scientific Systems Services in Pittsburgh, PA. In 1989 he was contracted to ECI and began working in the software engineering group, joining ECI as a full time employee in November of 1991.
While working at ECI, Armando has held a variety of automation roles including: systems engineer, PSS outside sales engineer, Account Manager, Dir. Of Business Development, and now Vice President of Systems and Solutions, and Reliability Solutions. These roles have enabled Armando to combine his passion for both people and technology to bring value to the industrial automation business.
Armando has been a regular attendee of the Emerson Exchange for 20+ years and has not missed an Exchange since 2000. Armando holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Computer Science & Math from the University of Pittsburgh, as well as two associate degrees in Computer Science & Business from CCAC. He also studied Mechanical Engineering while attending “La Universidad del Zulia” in Venezuela before moving to Pittsburgh in 1983 and starting his new life.
Armando has two wonderful children, Armando & Amanda, and resides with Donna, his wife of 30+ years in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Outside of family & work, he enjoys boating, being a beach bum, and travelling the world. One of the many bucket list items includes walking Camino de Santiago (France to Spain).
Michael Olivier works for Emerson as the Director of Product Management for Rosemount Pressure products. Michael started his career with Emerson as an engineering co-op student in 2003 and has been with the company full-time since 2005. During his tenure, he has spent time in various marketing and product management roles with Rosemount DP Flow, DP Level and Pressure Transmitter products. He has lead and supported numerous new product launches over the years including Rosemount 3051S Electronic Remote Sensors and the Rosemount Wireless Pressure Gauge. His current role includes leading a great team of product managers that oversee the product lifecycle of the main Rosemount pressure transmitter portfolio.
Michael has a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from North Dakota State University and an MBA from the University of Minnesota. He lives in Minnesota with his wife, two young children and two rescue dogs. Before experiencing the joys of fatherhood, Michael enjoyed running marathons, playing the cello in a symphony orchestra and constantly being disappointed by the Minnesota Twins/Vikings/Timberwolves/Wild/Gophers. His new hobbies now include potty training, losing to his daughter at Candy Land and watching children’s programming on TV.
Tim Olsen is an AIChE Fellow and has 27 years’ experience in the refining industry, of which 19 years have been with Emerson Automation Solutions. He is a refining consultant within Emerson’s global refining industry solutions group, where he supports the company’s technical and business strategy. Prior to Emerson, Tim was with UOP for eight years as a technical advisor on refinery startups around the world.
Tim is a past chair for the AIChE Fuels & Petrochemicals Division, and was the Meeting Program Chair for the 2014 AIChE Spring Meeting in New Orleans, LA. He is also a member of the AFPM Operational Planning, Control & Automation Technologies Committee. He has a B.S. in chemical engineering from Iowa State University with emphasis in industrial engineering and process control, and an MBA from the University of Iowa.
Savannah River Nuclear Solutions
Joe Riddle is the Manager of the Savannah River Nuclear Solutions – Tritium Process Control and Automation Engineering located at the United States Department of Energy’s Savannah River Site in Aiken, SC. Currently, Joe leads a team of scientists and engineers in the development and maintenance of Distributed Control Systems in support of the Department of Energy, National Nuclear Security Agency – Savannah River Tritium Enterprise. This assignment includes providing leadership to implement a ten-year project to replace four control systems with Emerson Delta V and SIS computer systems. Joe has more than 40 years of experience with the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) and the United States Department of Energy (DOE) as an engineering aide, process control engineer, project manager, and engineering manager implementing process automation systems in nuclear process facilities.
Joe and his wife Jeannie live in Augusta, Georgia. They have three grown children, a son and two daughters. Joe and Jeannie enjoy history and they are remodeling an 1870 cottage in Beaufort, SC. Joe is a compatriot in the Governor Paul Hamilton Chapter of the South Carolina Society – Sons of the American Revolution.
S & B Engineers and Constructors, Ltd.
Arthur has over 15 years of experience in the engineering field. He is currently with S & B Engineers and Constructors as a Controls System Engineer focusing on design and execution of major production such as Refining, Petrochemical and Fractionation. Arthur began his career with Northrop Grumman Ship Systems as a Technical Engineer working two contracts to design and build an Amphibious Assault ship and an Experimental Destroyer for the United States Navy. Later, he transitioned into the oil and gas industry where he sized, designed and procured instrumentation and control equipment for both small and large projects. Arthur provides service to local and international teams of Engineers, mentoring new Engineers and providing value engineering solutions to clients. He has utilized various technologies on projects with experience in HAZOPs, FAT / iFAT, requisition of equipment, field support, sizing and selection of equipment, man-hour estimates, review of mechanical and instrumentation vendor packages, ensuring safety in design and developing project proposals.
Arthur holds a M.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of South Alabama, a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Southern University at Baton Rouge, and a B.S. in Physics, from Xavier University of Louisiana. He has formally presented for the National Science Foundation and Emerson Exchange on the topic of EPCM Company using DP Flowmeters for Cost-Saving and Easy Installation. He also served on the NCEES Control System Engineering Professional Exam Committee. Arthur currently lives in Houston, TX with his wife and four children. He enjoys spending time outdoors, cooking authentic New Orleans cuisine and perfecting his grilling techniques.
Barrick Gold Corporation
Paul Yaroshak is a Chief Process Control Engineer with Barrick Gold Corporation. He is currently working at Barrick’s Pueblo Viejo site, a gold mine and processing facility located in the Dominican Republic. Paul has been integrating, developing and optimizing process control and information systems for the past 16 years. His focus for the past 6 years has been maximizing the potential of the DeltaV system. Prior to joining Barrick, Paul worked for MinnovEX Technologies integrating expert systems for mine sites around the world.
Paul holds a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from McMaster University in Canada. He enjoys cooking, kitesurfing and spending quality time with his wife and two young boys.
Emerson - Latin America
Guido Mangieri is a Chemical Engineer and MBA. He has over 12 years in the instrumentation and process control field with focus on asset optimization and digital plant architecture. Guido started his professional career as marketing analyst and Asset Management System specialist. After four years, he was promoted to PlantWeb Business Manager for the Southern Cone and in his role, Guido supported technology users to measure and document the return on investment of digital technologies. After four years as marketing and business development manager for the Southern Cone and belonging to the Emerson’s Industry Solutions group representing Latin America, Guido was promoted as Latin America marketing director. He currently lives in Sunrise, Florida, where he enjoys playing soccer, painting and traveling.
Michael McCarty is the Vice President of the Fisher Instruments Business and Advanced Research within Emerson Automation Solutions. Michael is responsible for business growth and new product development of Fisher brand process control instrumentation including the FIELDVUE family of products. He is also responsible for leading the Advanced Research organization to develop new technologies to integrate into and expand the Fisher flow controls product portfolio.
Michael began his professional career as a Process Engineer designing fluidized-bed boilers with Combustion Power Company, Menlo Park, CA. Michael McCarty joined Fisher Controls in 1994 as an Applications Engineer of control valve solutions. Michael continued his career with Fisher, holding positions in Product Engineering, Mechanical Design Engineering and New Product Development. Among other accomplishments, Michael led the development teams that brought WhisperFlo™ technology and the GX valve platform to market. He holds more than 35 US Patents for innovative mechanical products and new acoustic and anti-cavitation technologies.
Michael received bachelors degrees in Energy Engineering and Mechanical Engineering from the University of Arizona, an Engineering Master’s degree in Systems Engineering from Iowa State University and an MBA from the University of Iowa. He currently resides in Marshalltown, Iowa with his wife Evelyn.
3M Materials Resource Division
Rob Sentz is an instrumentation and controls engineer for 3M Company and supports 3M’s internal specialty materials division. He graduated with a BS in Electrical and Electronics Engineering degree from North Dakota State University in 1989 and is a registered Professional Engineer in Minnesota. He started his career working for a local Emerson business partner executing control systems projects for a variety of customers using Provox and RS3 DCS systems. Rob moved to 3M in 1997. He started with the corporate Process Instrumentation and Control Systems department. Rob implemented and managed control systems projects for multiple divisions within 3M using a variety of PLC’s and Provox DCS systems. In 2005, Rob moved to a manufacturing facility and focused on supporting operations by resolving process equipment and control systems issues. He started his current position with Manufacturing Technology in 2008. In this roll, Rob supports process equipment and control systems at all division manufacturing facilities. He is driving new instrumentation, control system technology and standards for the division and is the program manager for modernizing legacy control systems to DeltaV. Rob lives in Burnsville, MN with his wife and children. He is active supporting his children, local school teams and activities and enjoys outdoor activities and travel.