Dr. Harry H. West, PE
Consulting Chemical Engineer
Summary of Experience
Over thirty years experience in education, consulting and technical project
management for the oil, gas, chemical, government facilities and pipeline
industries, with particular emphasis on process safety automation technologies.
Specialist in analysis of accidents that occur in chemical or petroleum
Bucknell University, B.S. Chemical Engineering 1965
Oklahoma University, Ph.D. Chemical Engineering 1968
1986 - present SHAWNEE ENGINEERS, Principal Engineer
TEXAS A&M Process Safety Center, Adjunct Professor of Chemical Engineering
Engineering consultancy with emphasis on process computer automation
technologies, most recently focused on the application of Process Safety
Management concepts. Conducting short courses on Process Safety Management
/ Safety Instrumented Systems / Quantitative Risk Analysis at University
Continuing Education Center.
Incident investigation and subsequent root cause analysis, with special
emphasis on the role of computer control in accident events. Provided
testimony in many cases.
1980 – 1986 ENGINEERING DESIGN GROUP
President of engineering subsidiaries, Corporate Director, and
Dr. West was a technical leader of the management team which transformed
EDG from a small engineering consultant to an international control system
engineering/contracting firm with billings in excess of $15MM per annum.
Dr. West was responsible for the full service engineering office in Houston,
conducting SCADA/DCS design engineering projects. Additionally, Dr. West
was responsible for establishing a Middle East operating subsidiary.
1977 - 1980 ENERGY ANALYSTS, Co-founder, Principal Engineer
EA (later renamed Quest Consulting) was formed to provide consulting
services for fire safety automation and environmental monitoring systems.
Dr. West directed the development of one of the first computer-based environmental
monitoring stations. Process safety training services for petrochemical
and LNG/LPG facilities was also a significant part of the business. Consequence
analysis and fire hazard reviews were conducted for a wide variety of
1970 - 1977 UNIVERSITY ENGINEERS, Principal Engineer
UNIVERSITY OF OKLAHOMA - Flame Dynamics Laboratory
Dr. West provided engineering consulting services to the petrochemical
and petroleum production industries. As a member of the LNG/LPG group,
Dr. West was involved in over 20 peak-shaving or baseload LNG plants worldwide,
ranging from conceptual design to regulatory approval to operational troubleshooting
assignments. He was responsible for developing the running-film vaporizer
from concept through ASME code certification to commercialization. Dr.
West was a member of a group that developed fire-fighting techniques (Dry
Powder and High Expansion Foam) for LNG. Analysis of new processes for
venture capital organizations was also among Dr. West's consulting assignments.
Under a concurrent appointment as adjunct Professor of Chemical Engineering,
Dr. West was involved in graduate research supervision. Dr. West also
taught graduate courses in chemical process control.
1969 - 1970 CHEMSHARE CORPORATION, Member of founding group
Dr. West was responsible for development of the chemical process computer
simulation program, DESIGN, one of the most widely used software products
of its class, demonstrated by continuing popularity today.
1968 - 1969 UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH
Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering
In addition to research and teaching chemical process control theory,
Dr. West was concurrently involved as a consultant to Westinghouse Power
1965 - 1968 UNIVERSITY OF OKLAHOMA RESEARCH INSTITUTE
Dr. West participated in several research projects involving fire and
flammability control systems, including a thesis on optimal feedforward-feedback
1964 - 1965 MOBIL OIL
As a summer intern, Dr. West was involved in simulation studies of process
equipment at the Paulsboro refinery.
LICENSES & SOCIETIES
Registered Professional Engineer, Pennsylvania
Registered Professional Engineer, Texas
American Institute of Chemical Engineers
System Safety Society
National Academy of Forensic Engineers
Instrument Society of America
Oklahoma Energy Advisory Council
DOE geothermal energy task force, 1976/77
Federal Power Commission, LNG task force 1975
Over eighty technical papers in chemical process control, safety computer
systems, SCADA, process safety analysis, fire & flammability and reliability.
One patent on hydrocarbon tank fire control system
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