Dr. Max Gorensek is a Senior Fellow Engineer in the Office of Strategic Development and Innovation of the Savannah River National Laboratory with over 30 years of professional experience and is a Fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE). He holds BS and MS degrees from Case Western Reserve University and a PhD from Princeton, all in chemical engineering. Current research interests include flowsheet simulation and optimization, process development, smart manufacturing, process intensification, nuclear nonproliferation, and hydrogen production. Max is also an adjunct professor at the University of South Carolina and an Associate Editor of International Journal of Hydrogen Energy.
Before joining SRNL in 2002, he was an independent consultant providing flowsheet modeling services. Prior to 2001, Max worked in the Intermediates and Catalysts R&D Group of the former BFGoodrich Co., where his experience spanned the range from bench and pilot-scale process development and catalyst testing, through steady-state and dynamic modeling and simulation of plant processes and flowsheet development, to plant and licensing technical support. He is a licensed Professional Engineer with registrations in Ohio and New Jersey.
Max is currently a Director of the Nuclear Engineering Division, having served as Vice Chair in 2006 and Chair in 2007, as well as a Director of the Central Savannah River Local Section. He has organized a variety of sessions and topicals on nuclear applications and hydrogen production and storage at AIChE Annual Meetings since 2005.
Max is married (Annmarie Hocevar Gorensek, school librarian and teacher at St. Mary School in Aiken) and has two daughters, Annelise (graduate student in biological chemistry at UNC Chapel Hill) and Natalie (undergraduate engineering student at NC State University). His avocation is music - Max is a tenor soloist who has performed with a variety of choruses and church choirs.