For over 20 years, Dr. Matonis has been at the forefront of traditional and alternative energy technology as a R&D senior and principal chemical engineer, onsite asset and process operations engineer in crude refining and natural gas midstream plants, incident root cause team member (gas booster station fire, dehy-bed collapses, acid gas injection well leak), process design, simulation and engineering for expansion, reconfiguration and greenfield plant design projects using Hysys, Aspen Plus, Chemcad & BR&E ProMax and in research and development of new gas phase contaminant removal technology in Natural Gas and Coal Industries, application of Computational Fluid Dynamics modeling (CFD – Comsol, in-house), written numerous public engineering application software packages including applied neural network software for Big Data, as well as an impressive record of academic achievement.
For example, while at GTI, Diana formed and successfully headed several Joint Industry Partnerships (JIP) with one being internationally recognized as she successfully identified a new reaction kinetics of H2S scavenger and completed a software package to predict and optimize field scavenger injection rates in onshore and off-shore natural gas pipelines.
She founded her first company in 2004, Flucomp Enterprises, Inc., that began as a small custom engineering software and process modeling consultancy which has grown to support many full-time employees and expansion to new markets by forming partnerships to introduce equity investments through a “spin-off” 50:50 company in the area of financial trading.
Her latest company, UIPST, works exclusively with intellectual property creation through patent submission and acts as an agent provided by the company’s founders and shareholders and additional technical advisers collective knowledge and experience needed to achieve the quickest and best value results for other entrepreneurial inventors and small businesses in collaborative ventures. The founder’s include academia, private sector and small business subject matter experts in chemistry, biochemistry, physical chemistry, polymer engineer, mechanical engineering, chemical engineering, computer engineering and Engineering Management specializing in Big Data and Technology Portfolio Management.
She holds B.S. in Chemistry with a minor in Mathematics, a MChE and a Ph.D. degree both in Chemical Engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology and a MBA from University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. She holds B.S. in Chemistry with a minor in Mathematics, a MChE and a Ph.D. degree both in Chemical Engineering and a MBA. As part of her PHD thesis she wrote one of the first 3-dimensional multiphase (gas, liquid, solid permutations) computational fluid dynamics (CFD) programs that was validated by comparing predicted results to actual data from a large pilot-scale three-phase fluidized bed.
Dr. Matonis served as Chair of the Management Division of the International American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AiCHe) for several years, remains, but stepping down, Chair of the Chemical Engineering and the Law Forum and appointed on the Bylaws Committee for the new AIChE Center for Innovation and Entrepreneuring Excellence. She has been an invited speaker on several occasions, to both domestic and international audiences including the Energy Institute in London. She is the author or co-author of a number of professional papers and a regular reviewer for Elsevier’s Chemical Engineering Science submitted manuscripts.