Young Professionals Point of View: Advice for Solving Technical Problems


Process engineers face many technical challenges and, while we can solve some of these problems, others must simply be managed safely. My first technical project was to determine a solution to a liquified natural gas (LNG) plant’s slop-oil disposal problem. The facility’s slop-oil tank was overflowing, causing environmental damage. The original design called for slop-oil incineration, but the incinerator was not functioning, so the slop-oil was trucked to a nearby crude-oil loading facility. This method was unreliable and the tank sometimes overflowed...

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Onochie Okonkwo

Onochie Okonkwo is a graduate student (PhD) in Energy, Environment and Chemical Engineering at Washington University in St. Louis.  He has about three years experience as a process engineer in the oil and gas industry. He is currently interested in exploring nanotechnology for process technology development. Onochie earned his Masters degree in Gas, Petroleum refining and Petrochemicals at the University of Port Harcourt and Bachelors degree in Chemical/Petrochemical Engineering at Rivers State University of Science and Technology, all in Nigeria.

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