Bob grew up a plumber’s son in Pittsburgh, PA and received his B.S. in ChE from the Pennsylvania State University in 1986. He traveled extensively in his first job, performing ceramic membrane pilots in a myriad applications ranging from HPI/CPI to metals finishing and semiconductor. The hands-on plumbing experience and diverse field-based training helped forge his calling as a process engineer who became as adept at PFD/P&IDs as DCF/IRR’s. By 1994, he had mustered enough experience (and courage!) to form a company with two trusted friends where he moved to Houston, TX in 1998 and developed a caustic regeneration process using a licensed crystallization technology.
Over the next seven years, he served as Technical Manager, cultivating a talented team of like-minded, entrepreneur-spirited ChE’s that helped establish the company as the preeminent provider of byproduct recovery services for specialty chemical and refining industries, earning a Governor’s Award in PA and wide recognition in Texas and the Gulf region. The company was sold to USFilter in 2001 where he currently serves as the VP of Engineering and Technology development for Veolia Water America’s Industrial Business Group. Along the way, he has managed to find an angelic wife, have two beautiful children and learn the guitar (I'm a better ChE than guitar player). He still finds time to run with his Doberman and Great Dane (one at time though!) and looks forward to the day when the kids are old enough to go flying radio-controlled airplanes.