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Steve Strba

Strba_for_speaker_seriesSS Consulting, Inc.
Presentation: Fundamentals of Scale Formation 

Steve Strba has more than 25 years of experience in the chemical industry. His expertise includes work for major chemical service providers, chemical distributors, and chemical manufacturers. Steve's roles have primarily involved troubleshooting, problem solving, and new product development in challenging applications for scale control in Industrial Water (Boiler / Cooling), Pulp & Paper, Mining, Oilfield, Evaporation, and Geothermal. 




Vince Conrad

Vince_Conrad_for_Speaker_SeriesRJ Lee Group, Inc.
Presentation: If You Can’t Measure It, You Can’t Control It - Characterizing Scales and Deposits 

Dr. Vince Conrad is a Consulting Scientist at RJ Lee Group, where he is responsible for coordinating the development of laboratory/technical services and implementation of projects to address the constantly changing needs of the coal, gas, power generation, and water industries. As former Director of Technical Services at CONSOL Energy (R&D), Dr. Conrad used his analytical chemistry background to resolve environmental, maintenance, safety, and supply chain management issues and worked with engineers to develop new processes and procedures to solve operational, environmental, and maintenance problems. Dr. Conrad has more than thirty years of experience directing laboratory support for technical service projects including characterization of Marcellus flowback and produced water, implementing proactive maintenance support for mining equipment, and coordinating analytical support for coal mine fires as well as for research projects that evaluated priority pollutants, fine particulate, mercury, and trace element emissions from power plants.


Pat McKenzie

Pat_McKenzieOLI Systems
Presentation: Electrolyte Simulation to Address Scaling and Corrosion Production

Pat is a principal and the Business Lead in the company Aqueous Process Simulations, Inc. (AQSim). AQSim serves as the Business Development Director for OLI Systems and in that role coordinates OLI technology deployment worldwide. Pat also acts as project manager for simulation studies and for selected OLI and AQSim projects. Pat’s BS degree is in Information Technology, and she has thirty years’ experience in process simulation software development, starting with work at  ExxonMobil with their proprietary flowsheet simulator. Pat is a former lead developer of the OLI software, and now works with clients on application screening and OLI software access.



Keith Wagner

Keith_Wagner_for_speaker_seriesRJ Lee Group
Presentation: Evaluation of Corrosion Products and Methods of Characterization

Mr. Keith Wagner has more than 25 years of experience as a materials scientist. He joined RJ Lee Group, Inc. in 1990 and has supervisory and technical skills that focus on industrial problem solving, materials evaluation and failure analysis for commercial, legal and governmental clientele. He is responsible for project technical oversight and personnel cross training and has managed a variety of failure analysis projects applied to materials and electronics used in consumer, commercial and military applications. He has expertise in industrial problem solving for manufacturing processes and material interactions catering to the automotive, aviation, electronics and biomedical industries. He has also investigated operational and service issues with various components and devices used in the Trident Missile navigation system. He has performed numerous compositional and structural evaluations of polymeric, ceramic and metallic alloy systems. In addition, he is also skilled in optical and electron microscopy, X-ray spectral analysis techniques, mechanical properties testing among other techniques for materials characterization. 


George Ganzer

George_Ganzer_Photo_edited_for_speaker_seriesBWA Water Additives
Presentation: Use of Biocides to Mitigate MIC in Oil & Gas Applications

George Ganzer received his Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from the University of Wisconsin at Madison in 1986. He then spent 2 years as a National Institutes of Health sponsored post-doc at the University of California at Berkeley.  George’s first industrial assignment was at Rohm and Haas, where he worked in the Biocides business unit for 10 years (1989-1999).  He moved over to Union Carbide’s Biocide business in 1999 and then with Dow Chemical from 2001 to 2003.  George is currently an Industry Sales Manager with BWA Water Additives working in both the Industrial Water Treatment and Oil & Gas segments.  George is a member of the ACS, NACE and AWT.  He has presented a number of papers on biocides at NACE, IWC, and EPRI and is currently the Chair of the Biocides Application/Misapplication Committee at NACE.



Jeff Kramer

Jeff_Kramer_for_speaker_seriesBWA Water Additivies
Presentation: Use of Biocides to Mitigate MIC in Oil & Gas Applications

Jeff is Technology Manager for Biocides at BWA Water Additives where he’s involved in new product development and applications research.  He has over 20 years of experience in the use of biocides to control microbiological problems in industrial water systems.  Jeff has published several papers on biocide topics and has been a frequent presenter at the Association of Water Technologies Meeting, the International Water Conference, and the National Association of Corrosion Engineers Conference.  He has a B.S. in Biology from Adelphi University and a Ph.D. in Microbiology from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.




Joe Barone

Joe_BaroneTesla Nanocoatings
Presentation: Attacking the Pervasive Corrosion PRoblem in the Oil and Gas Industry

Joseph Barone knows that even the best product requires keen marketing to drive sales. As a seasoned marketing consultant, Barone has worked for several high-profile advertising agencies, including starting his own firm. Throughout his advertising career, he has spearheaded marketing campaigns for numerous blue chip companies, such as Sunoco Logistics, FMC Corporation, PECO Energy, Deloitte & Touché, and Yale Materials Handling Corporation. Previously, Barone served as an adjunct professor at New York University and the M.B.A. programs at Drexel University and St. Joseph’s University. As president of, the leading online directory servicing the oil and gas industry in the Marcellus and Utica Shale regions, he recognizes the need for anti-corrosion technology within the oil and gas industry.



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