CHME - Advisory Board

Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering Advisory Board

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Advisory Board was established in 1998 as an organization of outstanding individuals who have made significant contributions to the field of chemical and biomolecular engineering. The Advisory Board is responsible for advising the department, the college, and the university on matters related to the chemical and biomolecular engineering undergraduate program.

2015-2016 Advisory Board Profiles

Paul T. Brandt, P.E.
Senior Chemical Engineer, Energy Division
Burns & McDonnell
9400 Ward Parkway
Kansas City, MO 64114
Phone: 816-349-6691

Hometown: Lincoln, Nebraska
Education : BS, Chemical Engineering, UNL, 2007

Paul Brandt is a Senior Chemical Engineer at Burns & McDonnell Engineering Company in Kansas City, Missouri. He works on projects within the Energy sector, with a specific emphasis in air pollution regulations, water/wastewater regulations, and associated control technologies. His experience includes the design, construction, and start-up phases of major retrofit work at various power plants. This work has included design and installation of: selective catalytic reduction reactors for removal of nitrous oxides from boiler flue gas, lime and limestone flue gas desulfurization scrubbers, pulse jet fabric filters, reverse osmosis water treatment systems, and chemical dosing systems for water treatment. He has experience in managing EPC and Owner’s Engineer contracts, as well as developing regulatory and optimization studies for clients in Missouri, Kansas, Florida, Texas, Delaware, Iowa, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Louisiana, and Kentucky. He is licensed as a professional engineer in the State of Missouri.

Paul and his wife Anne both grew up in Nebraska and now reside in Overland Park, KS with their daughter, Gianna, and son, Oliver.

Timothy Carmann
Business Development Engineer
DuPont Sustainable Solutions
6363 College Blvd., Suite 300
Overland Park, KS 66211
Phone: 913-327-3573

Hometown: Grand Island, Nebraska
Education: BS, Chemical Engineering, UNL, 2006; MS, Chemical Engineering, North Carolina State University, 2009; MBA, Washington University, (in progress)
Professional Associations: American Institute of Chemical Engineers

Tim Carmann is a business development engineer with DuPont, where he is responsible for technical sales, licensing and marketing of clean technologies to global customers. Prior to this role, Tim served in operations and new technology commercialization roles with DuPont. He started his career in technology development at ExxonMobil. Tim received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in chemical engineering from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and North Carolina State University, respectively. Tim is also currently pursuing a Master of Business Administration degree from Washington University in St. Louis. Tim enjoys traveling, cooking, home brewing, taking improv comedy classes, and collecting art.

Dr. Michael Cloeter, Ph.D.
Michael Cloeter
Senior Research Scientist, Core R&D, Engineering Sciences, Fluid Mechanics & Mixing Discipline
The Dow Chemical Company
2301 N. Brazosport Blvd., B-1603 Bldg., Freeport, TX 77541
Phone: 979-238-4724

Education: BS, Chemical Engineering, UNL, 1985; MS, Chemical Engineering, UNL, 1987; PhD, Chemical Engineering, University of Houston, 1997
Professional Associations: American Institute of Chemical Engineers, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Institute for Liquid Atomization and Spray Systems (ILASS), American Chemical Society

Michael D. Cloeter is a Senior Research Scientist at The Dow Chemical Company in Freeport, Texas. He joined Dow in 1987 in the Epoxy business with responsibilities for a variety of process R&D related to reaction kinetics, catalysis, and crystallization. In 2002 he moved to his current role in the Engineering Sciences - Fluid Mechanics & Mixing Discipline where he leads the experimental program at the Freeport site. His specialties include physical modeling of industrial processes that are studied using laser diagnostics and visualization methods. Globally-leveraged capabilities include testing of turbulent reacting flows, stirred tank mixing, static mixing, spray technology, and various multiphase systems. He consults with design teams on a wide variety of business technologies, mentors young engineers, and has authored over 100 internal R&D reports

Recognitions include the “Excellence in Science” award given by the Dow Gulf Coast Scientists organization and multiple Technology Center Awards given for projects that meet economic and waste reduction thresholds. He also leads an internal process mixing class given annually to design engineers and researchers. He is certified as a Six Sigma black belt for both MAIC and DFSS and is a practitioner of systematic innovation.

David M. Driscoll
David Driscoll
U.S. Gulf Coast Economist
Dowstream / Refining and Supply Division

Houston, TX

Education: BS, Chemical Engineering, UNL, 2001; MBA, Chemical Engineering, Louisiana State University.

Scott Harmeier
Scott Harmeier
Process Control Superintendent
Archer Daniels Midland Co. (ADM)
3000 East 8th Street
Columbus, NE 68601-9073

Hometown: Columbus, Nebraska
Education: BS, Chemical Engineering, UNL, 1996; MS, Chemical Engineering, UNL, 1998

David J. Hild
David Hild
Senior Vice President and General Manager
  ADS Biotec Inc.
7409 Irvington Rd.
Omaha, NE 68122
Phone: 402-800-3165

Hometown: Plattsmouth, Nebraska
Education: BS, 1981; MS, 1984

David Hild currently serves as Senior Vice President and General Manager of ADS Biotec Inc, where he has global responsibility for all aspects of manufacture and distribution of ADS Biotec products, including consumables, instruments, reagents, and enzymes used in cytogenetic, amino acid, and molecular genetic analysis. Mr. Hild has over 30 years of industrial and manufacturing experience, having held key positions in process and product development, production and operations management.  Mr. Hild received his BS and MS degrees in Chemical Engineering from the University of Nebraska. He holds emeritus status as a registered professional engineer in Nebraska.

Patrick T. Hurlbut, M.D.
Board Certified Orthopaedic Surgeon
Certificate of added Qualification in Hand Surgery

  Prairie Orthopaedic & Plastic Surgery, PC
4130 Pioneer Woods Drive Suite 1
Lincoln, NE 68506

Hometown: Kimball, Nebraska
Education: BS, Chemical Engineering, UNL, 1983; MD, University of Iowa College of Medicine 1988
Board Certification: American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, Certificate of Added Qualification in Hand Surgery
Professional Organizations: American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, American Society for Surgery of the Hand, Nebraska Orthopaedic Society, American Medical Associaton, Nebraska Medical Association, Lancaster County Medical Association

Dr. Hurlbut is a board certified orthopaedic surgeon. He completed his residency at the University of Vermont in 1993, and a fellowship in Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery in 1994 at the University of Minnesota. He subsequently earned a Certificate of Added Qualification in Hand Surgery from the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery. Dr. Hurlbut has been admitted to that American Society for Surgery of the Hand (ASSH), an elite professional society of hand surgeons.  Prairie Orthopaedic & Plastic Surgery, PC and Dr. Hurlbut’s team uses the most advanced treatment options for recovery of maximum mobility, strength, and return of function. Dr. Hurlbut’s passion has been the diagnosis and treatment of shoulder, elbow and hand injuries but he also continues to practice in many areas of orthopaedics including total joint replacement and knee arthroscopy.

Dr. William J. Koros, Ph.D.

Bill Koros
Professor, Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar in Membranes and
Roberto Goizueta Chair in Chemical & Biomedical Engineering

Georgia Institute of Technology
School of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
447 Bunger-Henry
311 Ferst Drive, N.W.
Atlanta, GA 30332-0100
Phone: 404-385-2845

Education: BS, University of Texas at Austin, 1969; PhD, University of Texas at Austin, 1977

Professor Bill Koros is a leader in the development and characterization of specialized morphologies useful for advanced separation membranes. He is currently the Roberto C. Goizueta Chair and Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar in Membranes at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He received his B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering at the University of Texas. He has served on the faculties of Chemical Engineering at the North Carolina State University, The University of Texas at Austin prior to his position at Georgia Tech. He served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Membrane Science from 1991-2008.

Dr. Angela Lueking
Angela Lueking
Associate Professor, Energy & Mineral Engineering
Associate Professor, Chemical Engineering
Pennsylvania State University's
120 Hosler Building
University Park, PA 16802-4400
Phone: 814-863-6256

Hometown: Oxford, Nebraska
Education: BS, Chemical Engineering, University of Nebraska, 1996; MS, Environmental Engineering, University of Michigan, 1998; MS, Chemical Engineering, University of Michigan, 1998; PhD, Chemical Engineering, University of Michigan, 2003

Angela D. Lueking is an Associate Professor of Energy Engineering and Chemical Engineering at Penn State University. She is a past Marie Curie International Fellow for the study of novel materials for sustainable energy applications, and has authored over 40 peer-reviewed research articles in adsorption, catalysis, and surface science. She teaches an interdisciplinary green engineering design course at Penn State, and incorporates consideration of energy and environmental challenges into her teaching of core engineering courses. Prior to her academic career, Angela worked in industry as an Environmental Engineer, where she led several environmental initiatives including chemical management, air-permitting, and environmental training.

Dave Mills
Dave Mills
External Manufacturing Manager
1 Cargill Drive
Eddyville, IA 52553
Phone: 641-969-3739

Hometown: Gretna, Nebraska
Education: BS, Chemical Engineering, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 1988

Dave Mills is currently an External Manufacturing Manager for Cargill. In this role, Dave is responsible for managing and guiding a network of external manufacturers to meet manufacturing strategies of several product lines in the areas of food and pharma. Past roles at Cargill have included project management, plant management, and start-up of the Vitamin E plant. Prior to joining Cargill in 1995, Dave was a process automation engineer with Union Carbide in Seadrift, TX.

Sarah Olson
Sarah Olson
Aftermarket Product Development Manager, Braking
Federal-Mogul Motorparts
44064 Plymouth Oaks Blvd.
Plymouth, MI 48170
Phone: 734-582-5211

Hometown: Pilger, Nebraska
Education : BS, Chemical Engineering, UNL, 1998; MEng, Engineering Management, UNL, 2003
Professional Associations: Member of Project Management Institute
Professional Registration: Project Management Professional (PMP) Certification, July 2007

Sarah Olson began her professional engineering career in 1998 as a Development Compounder for Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company in Lincoln, Nebraska. During her time at Goodyear, she held various positions of increasing responsibility in product and process development.

Sarah joined Federal-Mogul’s Smithville, TN location as a Product Development Engineer and Formulator for brake pads in 2004. Shortly after, she advanced to Application Engineer & Program Manager, transferred to Plymouth, MI where she still resides. In 2008 Sarah received a promotion to her current position of North American Product Development Manager, Braking. Her division develops, tests, manufactures and markets brake pads throughout the region.

Sarah is a member of the Society of Automotive engineers, a mentor for the 3G’s young girl’s STEM group, and has served on the UNL Chemical Engineering Advisory Board since 2003.

Justin Vala, P.E.
Justin Vala

Director, Engineering and Development
Tenaska NG Fuels
1044 N. 115 Street, Suite 400
Omaha, NE 68154-4446
Phone: 402-938-1660

Hometown: Lincoln, Nebraska
Education: BS, Chemical Engineering, UNL, 2003
Professional Associations: American Institute of Chemical Engineers
Professional Registration: Professional Engineer, State of Nebraska, 2012

Justin Vala is currently Director, Engineering for Tenaska, a diversified private energy company headquartered in Omaha.  In this role, Justin has broad responsibilities in:

  • large project development and conceptual engineering;
  • technology evaluation and selection;
  • management of internal and third-party engineering design studies;
  • contracting for supply of engineering services, major equipment, and project construction; and
  • performance/management of due diligence regarding prospective merger and acquisitions.

Prior to joining Tenaska in 2008, Justin spent five years with ExxonMobil Chemical at sites in Baytown and Beaumont, Texas.  Responsibilities included process simulation, pilot plant management, and plant operations support.  Justin is registered professional engineer in the State of Nebraska. Justin and wife (Karamie) have two children and reside in Omaha.

Dr. Melissa A. (Buechler) Ver Meer, Ph.D.
Melissa Ver Meer
Technical Manager - Materials Engineering
National Nuclear Security Administration's Kansas City Plant
Operated by Honeywell Federal Manufacturing & Technologies, LLC
Phone: 816-997-5165

Hometown: Papillion, Nebraska
Education : BS, Chemical Engineering, UNL, 1999; MS, Materials Science and Engineering, Iowa State University, 2002; PhD, Materials Science and Engineering, Iowa State University, 2010
Professional Associations: American Chemical Society (ACS), American Association for the Advancement of Science, Society of Women Engineers

Melissa Ver Meer is a Technical Manager - Materials Engineering at the NNSA's Kansas City Plant, which is managed and operated by Honeywell FM&T. Her work has ranged from polymer synthesis, thermal analysis, elastomer compounding, polymer failure analysis, high temperature polymers and nanocomposites. She joined Honeywell FM&T in 2012 after spending nearly 10 years at Schlumberger in polymer engineering and management.

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