Dan Summers is the Tray Technology Manager for Sulzer Chemtech, USA. After graduating from SUNY at Buffalo in 1977, he started his career with Union Carbide’s Separations Design Group in West Virginia. He has since worked for Praxair, UOP, Stone & Webster Engineering (now Technip), and Nutter Engineering. For the past 38 years, Dan has been involved in the development, design, operation, and troubleshooting of all forms of tower internals in the hydrocarbon, specialty chemical, refining, air separation, fuel ethanol and natural gas industries. He is the author of over 60 papers on distillation and a listed inventor on two US patents. His specialty is high capacity tray devices.
Dan is the Chair of FRI’s Design Practices Committee, was the Co-Chair of AIChE's Tower Internals Testing Procedure re-write committee, is the vice chair of AIChE’s Separations Division Area 2a, is a registered professional engineer in both NY and OK, and a Fellow of AIChE.