The Asia Turbomachinery and Pump Advisory Committee is a group of dedicated industry experts who volunteer their time to oversee the success of the symposium. Advisors are respected leaders in their companies and fields who select the technical program for ATPS each year.
Dag O. Calafell, II has 46 years of experience in management, engineering, projects, and operations in O&G with Exxon, Praxair, Koch Industries, ExxonMobil, and key machinery OEMs. In 2017, he retired as the Chief Machinery Engineer at ExxonMobil Upstream. Dag has his B.S. and M.S. from Clarkson University and post-grad studies at Columbia University. He is the Chair of Asia Turbomachinery & Pump Symposium (ATPS) since 2017, serves on the TPS Advisory Committee, and the TAMU TEES Advisory Board. He has been on TAMU’s Multi-Phase Pump Users Group Advisory Board and on American Petroleum Institute (API) committees for machinery standards. Dag has served as Associate Editor for the Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers (STLE), as a member of the Hydraulic Institute (HI), the Society of Reliability Engineers (SRE), the Society for Maintenance and Reliability Professionals (SMRP), and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). He has published papers on machinery and flow phenomena and holds several patents. He was a keynote panelist at the 2017 ASME Turbo-Expo and a panelist at the Global Power & Propulsion Forum in 2018.
S. P. Asokan is graduate Mechanical Engineer, has 30 years of vast industrial experience, worked in large petrochemical industry for 15 years in the field of design & development, equipment erection & commissioning of large process plants then become specialized in Mechanical seals and systems for another 15 over years in seal industries. His passion and innovative solutions counted more than 300 dry gas seal systems engineering & executions until today for wide range compressor seal applications. Asokan currently Directs the Engineering Director, Global Support Systems and Filtration for John Crane and is located in Singapore.
Urs Baumann graduated with a Diploma in Mechanical Engineering from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich, Switzerland. In 1988 he joined the Sulzer Corporate Research and Technology group, Sulzer Innotec, in Winterthur, Switzerland. For several years he was in charge of the machinery dynamics group, which was responsible for development, design impro-vement and trouble shooting on a wide range of Sulzer products. In 1996 he joined MAN Energy Solutions (Sulzer Turbo at that time) in Zurich as head of the mechanical development department. In 2003 he took over the responsibility for the R&D department which comprises aerodynamics, mechanics, rotordynamics as well as the high-speed development which includes the development of the electric MAN high-speed motors and the MAN magnetic bearings. Urs Baumann still holds this position today. In 2021 Urs Baumann was additionally appointed head of the engineering of the MAN owned magnetic bearing manufacturer MECOS. This allows these companies to benefit from a variety of synergies.44
Vasanth Bhat is a Reliability Manager at Singapore Refining Company (a joint venture refinery between Chevron & Petro China). During his last 6 years with SRC, his main role has been support all technical and asset management issues with regards to rotating machinery in the refinery. Prior to this, Mr.Vasanth has over 19 years of experience in various roles as consultant , sales , reliability & maintenance engineer in organizations in India, Middle East and Singapore. Mr. Vasanth has a B.E. degree (Mechanical Engineering, 1989) from Manipal Institute of technology – India and is a certified Category IV Vibration specialist by Vibration Institute USA.
Mantosh Bhattacharya is designated Subject Matter Expert on Turbo-machinery in Petrofac Intl. located in UAE. A graduate Mechanical Engineer from India with more than 27 years of experience, he is entrusted to evaluate of design and selection of rotating machinery with view to machinery stability and criticality. He also renders support to analyze and solve machinery related issues to various projects at site and OEM works. He has good skills in machinery dynamics as certified vibration analyst as CAT III, a chartered engineer CEng (MIMechE-UK),Int. PE (UK), a member of ASME, Vibration Institute and ISCM – (BINDT UK). He is in the board of directors of MFPT (Society for Machinery Failure Prevention Technology) USA. He has published and presented several technical papers in journals and conferences and filed a U.S. patent.
Klaus Brun Dr. Brun is the Director of Research & Development at Elliott Group where he leads a group of over 60 professionals in the development of turbomachinery and related systems for the energy industry. His past experience includes positions in product development, engineering, project management, and executive management at Southwest Research Institute, Solar Turbines, General Electric, and Alstom. He holds nine patents, authored over 350 papers, and published three textbooks on energy systems and turbomachinery. Dr. Brun is a Fellow of the ASME and won an R&D 100 award in 2007 for his Semi-Active Valve invention. He also won the ASME Industrial Gas Turbine Award in 2016 and 11 individuals ASME Turbo Expo Best Paper awards. Dr. Brun is the chair if the 2020 Supercritical CO2 Power Cycles Symposium, past chair of the ASME-IGTI Board of Directors, the ASME Oil & Gas Applications Committee, and ASME sCO2 Power Cycle Committee. He is also a member of the API 616 Task Force, the ASME PTC-10 task force, the Asia Turbomachinery Symposiums Committee, and the Supercritical CO2 Symposium Advisory Committee. Dr. Brun is currently the Executive Correspondent of Turbomachinery International Magazine and Associate Editor of the ASME Journal of Gas Turbines for Power.
James Bryan After graduating from Univ. of Ark. 1979 with BScME, James began career with Brown in Root in 1980 in marine engineering. This led to a long career focused mainly on offshore turbomachinery evolving to large and high pressure pumping and compression equipment. James has worked for various contractors in many countries with the later part of his career with Technip Malaysia. His current role is an acting general expert for centrifugal compressors and rotating equipment advisor.
Siva Kumaran Chidambram has a Mechanical Engineering and a MBA from University of Malaya. He has over 22 years of experience in mechanical engineering, and has worked with OEMs, EPCs and operators in the oil and gas industry. Siva is the Technical Authority Level 1 for Rotating Equipment Engineering for Upstream Deepwater and Conventional Oil and Gas facilities for Shell Malaysia. He has played roles as Design and Engineering Lead and also Start Up Lead for offshore facilities. He has published papers in Offshore Technical Conferences (OTC) on compressors and gas turbines energy efficiency and incipient surge testing offshore. He is also the professional engineer with practice registered with Board of Engineers, Malaysia and a corporate member of Institution of Engineers, Malaysia.
Venkatesan Gopalakrishnan is a lead rotating equipment engineer with KBR Singapore. With 27 years of experience he has handled API 617, API 618 & API 619 process compressors, gas & steam turbines and pumps from major suppliers in oil and gas industry including petrochemical, refinery, power, chemical and pharmaceutical projects. He has handled projects for BP, Chevron, Maersk, ADMA, ONGC in the upstream offshore; and SABIC, Oil & Energy majors in India in the downstream area. Chevron, ADMA.have extended appreciations to Venkat for his excellence in technical work and leadership.
Armando Guerrero is currently the Managing Director of Petronasia Energy based in Singapore. His position includes for providing consulting services to both process machinery users as well as governmental bodies involved in the importation of specialty cryogenic liquids and gasses. He has over 30 years of experience within the turbomachinery industry including senior positions within Atlas Copco, Mafi-Trench and Philadelphia Gear. Mr. Guerrero managed both the sales and service operations for a major turbomachinery supplier where he successfully executed field assignments in more than 25 countries. He presented at the first METS conference, published in Turbomachinery International, and is actively involved as an international member of the Gas Processors Suppliers Association.
Tasaki Hataya is the General Manager of engineering and design division in Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Compressor Corporation (MCO), responsible for compressors applications including mechanical drive steam turbines, auxiliary equipment and control systems. He has extensive technical knowledge over more than 20 years’ on upstream and downstream applications for various oil and gas projects. Tasaki-san has comprehensive experience in engineering service for machinery maintenance, diagnosis, on-site trouble-shooting, repair and reliability improvement. He has B.S and M.S degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Kyushu University, Fukuoka, Japan. He joined the Advisory Committee beginning 2022.
Minhui He is a Machinery Specialist with BRG Machinery Consulting LLC, in Charlottesville, Virginia. His responsibilities include vibration troubleshooting, rotordynamic analysis, as well as bearing and seal analysis and design. He is also conducting research on rotordynamics, hydrodynamic bearings and annular seals. Dr. He received his B.S. degree (Chemical Machinery Engineering, 1994) from Sichuan University in China. From 1996 to 2003, he conducted research on fluid film journal bearings in the ROMAC Laboratories at the University of Virginia, receiving his Ph.D. (Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, 2003). He is a member of ASME and STLE.
Girish Kamal is currently working as Principal Rotating Equipment Engineer with the Centre of Excellence Division of PETRONAS Carigali Sdn. Bhd. in Kuala Lumpur. He hasmore than 30 years of extensive and diversified experience in the Oil and Gas Industry in the fields of rotating equipment management for onshore and offshore applications including specifications, design approvals, witness testing, inspection, commissioning, installation, maintenance and technical services. Prior to joining PETRONAS Carigali, he worked with Dolphin Energy Gas Plant in Qatar as Head of Machinery Reliability, with PETRONAS Carigali in Peninsular Malaysia Office as Unit Head for the Condition Based Maintenance department, with Engineers India Limited as Deputy Manager (Rotating Equipment) and also with Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Limited in India as Executive Mechanical Engineer. He holds a BE degree in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA qualification. He is also a Certified Reliability Professional. Girish has authored and presented many technical papers on Rotating Machinery Condition Monitoring and Reliability improvements in number of International and Regional Conferences including Turbomachinery & Pump Symposia (TPS)-Houston, Middle East Chapter-METS as well as the Asian Chapter-ATPS.
Pankaj Karia is Working with SBM Offshore, Malaysia office as a Department Manager- Mechanical Equipment. He is graduated in Mechanical Engineering and has more than 24 years of experience in the field of Upstream, Midstream and Downstream projects in various countries such as India, Middle East, Thailand and Malaysia. His main experience is the selection of the Rotating equipment, Technical bid evaluation, negotiations with vendors, vendor documents review, inspection and testing. Also providing technical support during the construction, commissioning and root cause analysis of the Rotating Equipment failure.
Eyad Khateeb is a Turbomachinery Consultant having over 25 years of experience with the world’s largest company in oil & gas production and refining & petrochemicals: Saudi Aramco. He is currently the Chairman of Saudi Aramco’s Compressors, Gears & Steam Turbines Standards Committee, and lead many teams for optimization of specifications and achieving the highest value through a balance of cost and risk. He also worked on numerous mega projects, lead several technologies relevant to turbomachinery, and a member in International Committees on machinery standards and specifications. Eyad was also a founding member of the Middle East Turbomachinery Symposium (METS) and continuously served on its Technical Advisory Committee (MTAC). Dr. Al-Khateeb earned a Bachelor of Science degree with highest honors (HRH Award) in Mechanical Engineering from King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals (Saudi Arabia) and a Ph.D. degree from Texas A&M University in College Station, TX (USA).
Shin Konomi has been the Director of Compressor Engineering for Elliott Group in Sodegaura, Chiba, Japan since 2010. He has more than 17 years of experience in centrifugal compressor engineering at Elliott Group. After earning both B. S. (Mechanical Engineering) and M. S. (Mechanical Engineering) degrees from Keio University, Kanagawa, Japan, Mr. Konomi began his career in the Aerodynamics Machinery Division of Ebara Research Company, Ltd.
Arun Kumar is working with HPCL- Mittal Energy Ltd., India, as Head of Maintenance & Reliability and is responsible for Maintenance & Reliability of a 9 MMTPA high complexity Refinery complex, Guru Gobind Singh Refinery at Bathinda, India. Arun has over 29 years of experience in the areas of erection, commissioning, maintenance, equipment reliability, turnaround planning and execution, troubleshooting and performance improvement of Rotating Equipment, in Process Plant/ World Class Oil Refinery, with best practices in Maintenance Management, Operation & Safety systems. He managed a wide spectrum of Machinery & utilities. Arun is mechanical engineering graduate with post-graduation in business management. He has presented number of technical papers at international venues and lectured at the Turbomachinery and Pump Symposia, including both tutorial and case studies.
Rainer Kurz is the Manager, Systems Analysis at Solar Turbines Incorporated, in San Diego, California. His organization is responsible for predicting compressor and gas turbine performance, for conducting application studies, and for field performance testing. Dr. Kurz attended the Universitaet der Bundeswehr in Hamburg Germany, where he received the degree of a Dr.-Ing. in 1991. He joined Solar Turbines in 1993, and holds his current position since 1995.Dr. Kurz is the chair of the ASME/IGTI Oil and Gas Applications Committee, a member of the Gas Machinery Research Council Project Supervisory Committee, the Texas A&M Turbomachinery Symposium Advisory Committee, the Middle East Turbomachinery Symposium Advisory Committee, and the SDSU Aerospace Engineering Advisory Committee. He was elected ASME Fellow in 2003He has authored numerous publications about turbomachinery related topics, with an emphasis on compressor applications, dynamic behavior, and gas turbine operation and degradation. Many of his publications were considered of archive quality and were accepted for publications in Engineering Journals. He has received several ‘Best Paper’ and ‘Best Tutorial’ Awards at the ASME TurboExpo Conferences and is the recipient of the 2013 Industrial Gas Turbine Technology award.
Wai Lam LOH, PhD, is currently Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering of National University of Singapore and also the Programme Manager (Subsea Systems and Transportation) for the Centre of Offshore Research & Engineering (CORE). He has been involved in the oil & gas industry for more than 25 years. Before joining NUS in 2006, Prof Loh has worked for more than 16 years in the UK for several Oil & Gas and related companies, in the capacities of Senior Project Engineer, Project Manager, Consultant and Head of R&D. During this time he has led and managed numerous multi-disciplinary consortium R&D projects for the Oil & Gas Industry relating to Oil & Gas production, processing and transportation, etc. He is a Chartered Engineer and a Member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers. He has also successfully invented, patented and developed numerous novel devices and systems for the Oil & Gas Industry. Through his innovative work, Prof Loh has received several prestigious international awards including THE ROYAL SOCIETY Esso Energy Award and Gold Medal in 1998 and the Special Meritorious Award for Engineering Innovation at the OTC 1999 from Hart’s Petroleum International, USA, in 1999. Prof Loh graduated from University of Manchester in UK, for his BEng, MSc and PhD. His research areas are Subsea Processing, Multiphase jet pumps, Multiphase pumping, Multiphase flow metering and Multiphase oil/water/gas separation.
Hideaki Maeda is presently the general manager of pump engineering 1st department, engineering division with Torishima Pump Mfg. Co., Ltd. in Osaka, Japan. He joined Torishima in 1993 and has been worked in R&D department until 2015, and mainly researched in regard to the improvement of pump performance, the vibration issue due to cavitation in mixed flow pump and the impulse turbine performance improvement for wave power energy conversion. He received Dr. Engineering degree for the research result of the improvement of impulse turbine performance for wave energy conversion in 2002. From 2009 to 2015, He organized R&D department as general manager and developed several the high performance pumps.
Gaspare Maragioglio is currently leading the Engineering and Product Management Teams at Baker Hughes Power Transmission. He has 19 years of experience in rotating equipment and shaft line integration for turbo-compressor, motor-compressor and turbo-generator units. His experience embraces technical selection and design verification of flexible and rigid couplings, load gears and auxiliary equipment (like torque converters – clutch – turning gear – GT starting system), as well as train rotor-dynamics, torsional and lateral. In this role Mr. Maragioglio is responsible of the multi-year products life-cycle strategy for gearboxes and couplings, and the development of new products, with special attention to industrial applications arising from the Energy transition. His responsibility is also providing technical support to the manufacturing/test department for no load and full load string test, as well as to the site commissioning activities and troubles shooting. He is currently a member of API SOME and ATPS Advisor Committee, since July 2014.
Eric Petersen is the Director of the Turbomachinery Laboratory at Texas A&M University. Petersen has been with the Turbo Lab for 10-plus years and is the Nelson-Jackson Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. His research encompasses gas dynamics, propulsion, combustion, shock waves, chemical kinetics, optical diagnostics and spectroscopy, laminar and turbulent flames, and rocket combustion. He has authored more than 400 journal and conference papers in these areas. He is vice-president of the Institute for Dynamics of Explosions and Reactive Systems (IDERS) and an associate editor of the Journal of Engineering for Gas Turbines and Power and the Journal of Propulsion and Power. He is a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and a member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), The Combustion Institute and the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE). Petersen holds three degrees in mechanical engineering: a bachelor’s from the University of Central Florida (1988), a master’s from the University of Florida (1990) and a doctorate from Stanford University (1998). Before coming to Texas A&M, Petersen taught at the University of Central Florida. Prior to becoming a professor, he was an analytical engineer in the combustion group at Pratt & Whitney for three years, and a research scientist in the propulsion science group at the Aerospace Corporation for four years.
Srithar Rajoo is an associate professor at the Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM). His research interest is in the areas of turbocharging, internal combustion engines and waste heat recovery – with specific focus on low carbon technologies for transport applications. He works closely with Imperial College London and major turbocharger industry leaders on research collaborations and publications. More information can be found at www.utm.my/locartic
Luis San Andrés is the Mast-Childs Chair Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Texas A&M University. He conducts research in fluid film bearings and seals for turbomachinery, gas foil bearings for high temperature oil-free turbomachinery, hybrid fluid film bearings for turbopumps and squeeze film dampers for aircraft jet engines. His computational codes, benchmarked against test data, are standards in the rotating machinery industry. San Andrés and his students have authored over 160 journal papers and 80 conference papers, several of which have earned Best Paper awards. San Andrés is a fellow of ASME and STLE.
Andrew Sanderson started his career at Sulzer Pumps, Leeds, UK in 1982 as an apprentice engineer and now has 37 years of experience within the industry. He moved into the applications and tendering role during 1986, predominantly for the Oil & Gas markets of Upstream, Midstream and Downstream. In 1992 he transferred to Sulzer Singapore in various roles but all related with applications, tendering and sales primarily in the Oil & Gas markets as well as the Power Generation market. Besides Sulzer he worked with ClydeUnion Pumps from 2008 to 2016 in various sales and tendering roles. The last position he held at ClydeUnion Pumps was Sales Director for APAC for new business and aftermarket. Andrew returned to Sulzer during 2016 and is presently the Head of Tendering APAC for the Energy Business Unit.
Sunil Sharma has a Post Graduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from IIT Roorkee, India, and has 45 years of working experience in the field of rotating equipment applied to the Oil & Gas industry and Ammonia/Urea plants. Sunil has worked with various engineering companies involved in conceptual, FEED and Detailed Engineering work of upstream oil & gas and fertilizer production facilities. Present role with Aker Solutions is development of standardised procurement specifications for gas compressors and gear units for use by O&G operating companies worldwide in future under Joint Industry Programme, JIP33, of IOGP.
Naohiko Takahashi is the chief engineer in Turbomachinery R&D Center of Hitachi, Ltd., in Japan. His research interests are in the areas of rotordynamics, magnetic bearing and control system. He has been a member of the ISO TC108/SC2/WG7 committee for magnetic bearing standards since 2005.
Teo Woon Lip graduated from National University of Singapore with a Mechanical Engineering Degree in 2003. He started his Career in the Manufacturing Industry and later joined ExxonMobil Singapore as a Machinery Engineer, and had supported several business units across both the Refinery and Chemical plant over the last 13 years. He is experienced in machinery troubleshooting and diagnostic, root cause failure analysis, machinery design improvements, development of reliability improvement strategies, turbomachinery overhauls and major project commissioning. He currently leads a team of Engineers as the Machinery Section Supervisor in the Engineering Services division of ExxonMobil Singapore.
Karl Wygant is Vice President of Engineering for Samsung Techwin and Director of the Turbomachinery Research and Development Center located in Houston, TX. He has been with Samsung Techwin since 2012 leading the design of new engineered product lines including: LNG compressors, high-pressure-high temperature compressors, and the SE compressor line. Previously he was Director of Mechanical Engineering for Concepts NREC where he lead the development of turbomachinery for: rocket turbo-pumps, gas turbines, industrial compressors, and turbochargers. Dr. Wygant holds an MBA (2005) from Norwich University and Ph.D. (2001) and M.S. (1993) from University of Virginia. He has co-authored 12 technical papers related to bearings and turbomachinery and has taught turbomachinery design courses in US, India, Europe, and Asia.
Jack (Jianguo) Xu is the Asia Sales Manager of Altra Industrial Motion Company’s Ameridrives and Bibby-Turboflex turbomachinery couplings. Jack has 12 years high performance coupling experience, and has previous 5 years turbomachinery engineering experience at PTEC. Jack has a bachelor degree of Thermal Power Engineering at Tsinghua University, and a master degree of Fluid Mechanical at Shanghai Jiaotong University.
Alvin Yap serves on the board of Institution of Engineers, Malaysia (IEM). Dr Yap is a senior academician by profession with Asia Pacific University (APU) and prior to that had over years of experience designing manufacturing solutions in the US. He holds multiple patents, and has been actively presenting research papers in local or oversea conferences. Dr Yap’s research interests includes optimization of Internet-of-Things (IoT) in Turbomachinery and he has been providing knowledge and expertise to the industry. He is the Head of IoT Research Center (CREDIT) at APU, and acts as the regional facilitator for ATPS. He holds a B.Sc. and M.Sc. from University of Arkansas, USA, and has received his PhD from Multimedia University, Malaysia. Dr Yap is a registered Professional Engineer in USA, Malaysia, and a registered Chartered Engineer in UK.
Jihoon Yoon is sales director of Dongyang Chemical Pump Co., Ltd. He has 20 years experiences in pump industries. His main area in DYCP is oversea sales, market research, and product development.
John Yu is currently based in Atlanta, USA with Baker Hughes, a GE company as Senior Technical Manager of Machinery Diagnostic Services at Bently Nevada. After obtaining his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from University of Alberta in 1997, he joined Bently Rotor Dynamics Research Corporation, followed by General Electric – Bently Nevada in 2002. He obtained his BSME and MSME from Shanghai Jiao Tong University. He has performed not only rotor dynamic research but also machinery vibration diagnostics for customers worldwide. He is a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), and has served as associate editor of the ASME Journal of Vibration and Acoustics. He received the 2001 John P. Davis Award by ASME IGTI. He has authored numerous technical papers in refereed journals and conference proceedings. He has also served many times as Session Chair for ASME conferences.