A Professional Engineer with a unique combination of Mechanical and Chemical Engineering degrees, Tommy John has broad experience in developing and implementing projects for the process and power industries from conception through commissioning. His experience includes business development, litigation support, public relations, regulatory affairs, environmental management, and process technology licensing.
Education and Training
Bachelor of Science, Mechanical Engineering, Texas Tech University
Masters of Chemical Engineering, University of Houston
Tommy John Engineering – Consulting Engineer
Assignments included project management of waste heat recovery system refurbishment, natural gas power plant repowering, and ultra low NOx package boiler installation; litigation support for gas processing EPC; development of biomass and waste to heat and/or power, biofuels, and chemicals; process and utility optimization for an innovative GTL process; and cogeneration studies including optimization for multiple industrial sites.
Texas Petrochemicals (now TPC Group) – Project Engineering Superintendent
Developed and implemented production rate, efficiency, reliability, and environmental improvements to world scale Catofin isobutylene units. Developed strategy for outsourcing power and steam supply from a merchant power plant to reduce costs and emissions and air permit application for 800 MW combined cycle plant. Developed flare recovery, water recycling, noise reduction, and process licensing strategies.
Waste Management of North America – Manager of Resource Recovery
Directed landfill gas recovery program at multiple sites including public relations program resulting in positive media coverage in three major markets as well as key contacts with public officials, residents and environmental organizations.
Tenneco, Inc – Manager, Business Development for Cogeneration; Senior Process Engineer
Developed cogeneration business for a major energy and industrial corporation, evaluated advanced controls and energy conservation projects for a variety of industries, and developed a major energy conservation and waste utilization project.
Atlantic Richfield – Project Engineer
Responsible for design and construction of additions and modifications to a chemical complex.
Founder and past President of the Gulf Coast Power Association (formerly Gulf Coast Cogeneration Association) and past Chair of the South Texas Section of AIChE.
Licensed Professional Engineer (Texas)