Robert D'Alessandro

Robert D'Alessandro

Robert D’Alessandro has over 35 years of experience in chemical engineering as department manager, project manager, process engineer, and technology specialist. This experience includes process development, process improvement, process troubleshooting, process debottlenecking, process hazard analyses, process design during the conceptual, basic, and detailed engineering phases of capital projects, and process plant startups. Employments include large and small CPI corporations in operating companies, process technology companies and engineering & construction companies.

He recently retired from Evonik Corporation after more than twenty-three years of service in various positions. In his last position at Evonik, he served as the Director of the Process Technology Department where he led a team of more than 40 engineers and technicians in providing process engineering services at Evonik sites in both North America and South America to improve existing process plants and to design new process plants.

Robert received his BS in Chemistry and Mathematics from Fordham University in 1976, his BS in Chemical Engineering from Columbia University in 1978, and his MS in Chemical Engineering from Manhattan College in 1981. He is a Registered Professional Engineer in the State of Alabama and a Fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE).

Robert has been an active member of the AIChE Design Institute for Emergency Relief Systems (DIERS) Users Group since its inception in 1986. Since 2004, Robert has served as the elected secretary of this organization. He is on the editorial board of Process Safety Progress, a peer reviewed journal published by the AIChE. And he teaches the AIChE course on Emergency Relief System Design Using DIERS Technology.

Position Statement:  DIERS Operating Committee - Outreach Chair

As the Outreach Chair, I am planning to increase the visibility of DIERS at related organizations in the government, the industrial sector, and the education system both domestically and internationally. In each of these related areas, presentations, short descriptions, and letters will be prepared and distributed in order to increase awareness of the DIERS organization and the benefits it delivers. Ultimately this increased awareness will help increase participation and financial support.