November 9, 2019 CE – Speaker Bios

Confirmed Speakers

Mr. Daniel W. (Dan) Wood is a Consultant in the Engineering Technology Group of The Chemours Company. He is located in Wilmington, Delaware. He received a B.S. (Mechanical Engineering, 1991) degree from the University of Cincinnati.
Mr. Wood’s current responsibilities include providing pump, mechanical seal, and pumping system technical support throughout Chemours. Mr. Wood is Vice-Chair of the ASME B73 Pump Committee. Mr. Wood sits on the International Pump Users’ Symposium Advisory Committee and participates in Hydraulic Institute committees. In addition, he is a Level III Vibration Analyst. Mr. Wood has published numerous papers that have brought new techniques of problem solving to industry within his 28+ years of experience.

Dr. Zenaida Otero Gephardt is Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering at Rowan University where she has served as Director and Assistant Dean of Engineering. Dr. Gephardt is a Fellow and member of the Foundation Board of Trustees of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) and is a Past President and current Board Member of the AIChE-Delaware Valley Section. She is Past Vice President for Accreditation of the Latin American and Caribbean Consortium of Engineering Institutions (LACCEI). Dr. Gephardt teaches fluid mechanics, unit operations and process dynamics and control. Her major interests are in experimental design, data analysis and multi-phase systems. Dr. Gephardt holds PhD and MS degrees in chemical engineering from the University of Delaware and a BS in chemical engineering from Northwestern University. She is a registered professional engineer in the State of Delaware and conducts workshops and consults in the areas of experimental design and data analysis for the chemical and pharmaceutical industries.

Mr. Michael Foggia is the Business Development and Marketing Manager for Process Combustion Corp in Pittsburgh, PA. He spent 25+ years with Rohm & Haas (now Dow) working in the Specialty Chemicals group, focusing on new product and process commercialization, technical service/customer support, and Sales, Marketing and Business Development for chemical and photo-lithographic technology applications used in the electronics manufacturing sector. In 2006, he entered the air pollution control business, initially specializing in bio-oxidation technologies for the treatment of VOCs from industrial and municipal facilities and then into particulate removal/recovery, thermal oxidation and scrubber technologies.

Mr. Jay Baker has been with BS&B Safety Systems for the past 15 years serving as the North American Sales Manager for Engineering Firms. His duties include technical seminars, specification review, quote preparation, project management, direct sales management, and representative training. He previously worked as a field engineer in the Gulf of Mexico performing hydraulic fracturing and acidizing treatments. As an undergraduate, he worked as an engineering intern for BS&B performing drafting, testing, and design duties for various rupture disks. He received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from The University of Tulsa in 2002 and currently serves as a rupture disk representative for the American Petroleum Institute Standards 520 and 521. He lives in Jenks, Oklahoma and is married with 3 children.

Mr. Roy Cross is a Senior Applications Engineer for Process Combustion Corporation in Pittsburgh, PA. Roy is a Chemical Engineer having spent 30+ years working in Chemical Plants, Steel and Electric Power facilities, and EP&C Firms. For nearly 20 years, he has focused in air pollution abatement systems involving calciners, scrubbers, coal dryers and thermal oxidizers with a strong focus in low-NOx combustion. Roy has also been a member of the International Conference on Thermal Treatment Technologies and Hazardous Waste Combustors (IT3-HWC) since 2000 where he has served 6 years as the Conference Chair.

Mr.Larry Klusmier
Prior to joining Spirax Sarco Larry worked as a Product Development Engineer. Larry Klusmier is the Mid-Atlantic Area Manager with Spirax Sarco. He has 21 years’ experience working with customers to improve their steam systems performance. He provides engineering design services from complete new plant design to small upgrades of equipment. He works with plant energy managers to reduce the energy usage, while also optimizing existing equipment to improve productivity and reliability. These energy improvements benefit the plants core production by lowering the energy usage per pound of production, while also improving the equipment reliability and longevity. Larry provides customers Solutions for the control and efficient use of steam and other industrial fluids. Larry Graduated from Wentworth Institute of Technology with a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering.