I started my chemical engineering career by attending the University of Cincinnati where I graduated with a B.S. in 1999. I then attended Auburn University and worked with Dr. Mahmoud El-Halwagi in the area of process integration. During his time there I maintained a Presidential Graduate Research Scholarship for his research achievements, and graduated with a M.S. in Chemical Engineering in 2002. After receiving my Master’s I went to Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, where I worked for four (4) years as a Research Associate in the NSERC Environmental Design Chair – Process Integration in the Pulp and Paper Industry with Dr. Paul Stuart and Dr. Marianthi Ierapetritou.
For the last nine (9) years, I have worked in the Process Engineering Group of the Process Plants Business Unit at Wood Group Mustang that is managed by Ed Palmer, where I am currently is a Senior Process Consultant. I have worked on multiple complex projects from both a technical and project execution point of view and I am one of the groups Lead Process Engineers. I have experience working in various refinery and syngas conversion projects. In 2008, I became a Professional Engineer in Texas. In 2013, he was a nominee for Wood Group Mustang President Safety Award.
For the last three years Ian has been a Director for the Fuels and Petrochemical Division (F&PD). I also serve F&PD as the Refining Area (T7) co-Chair over the past two years, and will become the Chair for the area programming for the 2016 and 2017 National Spring Meeting. I also remain active with my local section (South Texas) be serving as the overall conference Co-Chair for the Southwest Process Technology Conference (SPTC) which I have done since 2013.
Currently I am a canidate for the Second Vice-Chair for F&PD, and look forward to the opportunity to continue to lead and serve AIChE and F&PD.