Daniel M. Coombs is executive vice president of Manufacturing, Refining, Projects and Technology for LyondellBasell, one of the world's largest plastics, chemicals and refining companies.Coombs joined the company in 2015 and has additional responsibility for Procurement in his current role. Previously he led the Global Intermediates & Derivatives and Olefins & Polyolefins businesses with LyondellBasell.Prior to joining LyondellBasell, Coombs held various executive positions with Chevron Phillips Chemical Company including, senior vice president of Manufacturing; senior vice president Specialties, Aromatics and Styrenics; vice president Corporate Planning & Development and vice president Qatar and deputy general manager Qatar Chemical Company Ltd.Coombs serves on the board of the United Way of Greater Houston.Coombs holds a Bachelor of Science in chemical engineering from The Ohio State University and a Master of Science in the same field from the University of Tulsa. He also holds a Master of Business Administration from Texas A&M University.
Gabor Kenessey currently acts as GM SCM at Orpic (www.orpic.om). SCM at Orpic is managing the hydrocarbon feedstock supply, inbound logistics, planning and optimization, scheduling, outbound logistics and sales and marketing of the refined petroleum products and petrochemicals.
Gabor Kenessey worked for more than 12 years with MOL, a Hungarian integrated oil and gas company. His most recent role was Vice President, Supply Chain Management of the MOL Group. In this role, he was accountable for the optimization of the downstream and petrochemical segments of the business, including 5 refineries and 2 petrochemical complexes. His earlier assignments were VP Hydrocarbon Logistics, Manager Hydrocarbon Inventory.
Before joining MOL, Gabor Kenessey worked for an independent inspection company as manager of the Chemical Department, as well as in the academic sector, conducting research and lecturing at the Technical University of Budapest, Hungary.
Gabor holds a B.Sc. in Chemical Engineering and M.Sc. in Biochemical Engineering as well as Ph.D. from Technical University of Budapest and has a C.Sc. in Chemistry from the Hungarian Academy of Sciences.
Scott is responsible for managing the licensed technologies and consulting services business associated with Amec Foster Wheeler's Oil, Gas and Chemicals Business Line, based in Houston, TX. He is a senior business executive and technology specialist with 37 years of experience in the refining and petrochemical industries.Prior to joining Amec Foster Wheeler Scott worked for 21 years with UOP, followed by nine years with Lummus Technology/CDTECH and two years with Merichem.Scott holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin.
Antonio Pietri is President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of AspenTech, and also serves on the company's Board of Directors. Prior to his appointment to President and CEO, Pietri served as Executive Vice President, Worldwide Field Operations, where he led global Sales, Sales Operations, Professional Services and Customer Support & Training. He previously served as Senior Vice President and Managing Director, Regional Operations, Asia Pacific, based in Singapore and Beijing, China.
Pietri joined AspenTech through the company's acquisition of Setpoint, Inc. in 1996. At Setpoint, Pietri held a range of sales, services implementation, and consulting roles, where he oversaw integration of AspenTech solutions at European refinery and process manufacturing sites. In 2002, he relocated to Singapore as Vice President, Business Consulting, and was subsequently promoted to Managing Director of the Asia Pacific region.
Pietri began his career at ABB Simcon as an applications engineer focused on advanced control and multi-variable controllers for refining. Pietri holds an MBA from the University of Houston and a BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Tulsa.
Josh Fredberg is AspenTech's Executive Vice President of Products and Marketing, responsible for product strategy and product management. Prior to joining AspenTech in 2015, Fredberg was Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer at the engineering simulation software company, Ansys. Before joining ANSYS, he was Senior Vice President of Product and Market Strategy at Parametric Technology Corporation (PTC), where he worked on industry strategy, marketing and business development. Prior to joining PTC, he held leadership roles with ARIBA and Andersen Consulting Strategic Services.
Fredberg holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Tufts University, a Masters of Science in Systems Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania and a Masters in Business Administration from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.
Steve Williams is AspenTech's Vice President of Product Management, Manufacturing & Supply Chain and oversees all products under this domain. Williams has worked at the company for 16 years holding leadership positions in marketing, product management, development and sales. Prior to joining AspenTech, he was the Managing Director of Cambridge Control, a UK based control engineering company. He has a PhD from Cambridge University and a MBA from the London Business School.
Lorenz T. (Larry) Biegler is currently the Bayer University Professor and Head of Chemical Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University, which he joined after receiving his PhD from the University of Wisconsin in 1981. His research interests lie in computer aided process engineering (CAPE) and include flowsheet optimization, optimization of systems of differential and algebraic equations, reactor network synthesis andalgorithms for constrained, nonlinear process control. Prof. Biegler has been an institute fellow at the National Energy Technology Lab, a visiting scholar at Northwestern University and Lehigh University, a scientist-in-residence at Argonne and Sandia National Labs, a Distinguished Faculty Visitor at the University of Alberta, a Chang Jiang scholar at Zhejiang University, a Gambrinus Fellow at the University of Dortmund, a Fulbright Fellow at the University of Heidelberg, a Distinguished Jubilee Lecturer at IIT-Bombay and the Hougen Visiting Professor at the University of Wisconsin. He is an author on over 300 archival publications and two books, and has given numerous invited presentations at national and international conferences.
Dipankar Das joined Accenture in October 2007 as a part of the newly formed Plant & Asset Business Services Team. He is now the Managing Director, responsible globally for Commercial Optimization Business Services. Commercial Optimization is an Accenture specialty offering for Risk Managed Value Chain Optimization across Energy, Chemicals and Utilities aided by trading and execution management. Mr. Das has more than 30 years of experience in Petroleum & Petrochemical industry in Plant & Terminal Operations, Corporate Planning, energy economics, Management Consulting, modeling and implementation of optimization and simulation applications, change management.
Vikas Dhole first joined AspenTech in 1997 and serves as Vice President of Engineering Product Management and is responsible for aspenONE Engineering suite. His responsibilities include strategy, direction and business performance of aspenONE Engineering suite and previously held a variety of leadership positions in product management, technology development and consulting services. Prior to joining AspenTech, Vikas was Technology Director with Linnhoff March Limited, UK (now part of KBC limited) and Lecturer at the Department of Process Integration at University of Manchester, UK.
Throughout his career Vikas has championed innovative technology and software solutions in the areas of conceptual design, energy management and process optimization for design and operations. He has authored several publications on these industry topics. Vikas has a B.Tech. in Chemical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Mumbai, India, and a PhD in Process Integration from the University of Manchester, UK.
Don leads a global team functionally responsible for process design, safety engineering, and facilities layout for major upstream projects ranging from conventional oil and gas to oil sands to liquefied natural gas since 2009. In 2016 the group was also assigned supporting process engineering for upstream assets worldwide. Don began his career with Exxon Production Research Company as a facilities engineer in 1981 and advanced through a series of operations, design, and project management positions in the United States, Malaysia, and Russia. He also participated in venture developments for Indonesia and Qatar. Don stewards ExxonMobil Development Company's FEED toolkit and work practices, its project risk assessment and management system and, in conjunction with Exxon Mobil Research and Engineering, the ExxonMobil Layout Center of Excellence. Don is a Chemical Engineering graduate of the University of Connecticut.
Michael Harmse is a well know innovator and technology champion in the process industry. He has been active in the Analytics, Asset Performance Management and APC arena since 1986 and has worked in project execution, research and development, and product management roles, publishing over 20 papers and registering multiple patents during this time. He developed the world's first fully automated constrained step testing algorithm in the year 2000. This breakthrough technology was incorporated into the Aspen SmartStep product, which has revolutionized the way APC applications are built and maintained.
Michael completed several post graduate qualifications in process control and taught system theory and computer programming at several universities during the 1990's. During his 35 year career, he has built more control and optimization applications on multiple process unit that include oil refining units, coal gasification reactors, NGL trains, Coal to Liquids facilities, and specialty chemicals units.
Michael completed his engineering education at the University of Pretoria in South Africa, and then worked for SASOL where he successfully deployed state of the art adaptive control strategies on coal gasification reactors. Michael joined Aspen Technology in 1997. During 2010, he spent a year in the beautiful coastal city of Cape Town, attending the University of Stellenbosch business school on a full-time basis, working towards an academic MBA degree. Over the past 5 years, he has lived in Houston TX, working with the Asset Performance Management (APM), Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES) and Advanced Process Control (APC) development team on multiple new technology innovations.