Throughout his career, Bob has held
responsibilities for orientation of new engineers, managers and technical
staff. During onsite assignments he conducts pre-commissioning training for
operations and maintenance staff. He has also been consistently chosen to
chose and assign mini-projects for summer interns, for mutual benefit of the
firms and the interns. Narrative below weaves his academic and training
roles into a chronology.
Training Industry Staff,
Academic Faculty Role
Bob's undergraduate degree is in
Chemical and Materials Engineering at
University of Auckland, a member of the
He worked three summers as an intern: for N.Z. Roads, for North Broken Hill
Ltd., and for Shell Oil in Geelong, VA. After graduating with Honours, Bob
was industrially sponsored for a Ph.D. in "Expert Systems in Steelmaking"
part-time, while teaching at University of Auckland.
In 2002 American University appointed him as a "
Researcher-in-Residence", principally to set up GIS bench strength
at the Faculty and graduate program level through AU's "Center
for Teaching Excellence". He helped co-write plans for
PSM (Professional Sciences Masters) program in 2003 which won Sloan
Foundation funding, hosted Professional MS
briefings, and featured on their brochure cover.
Bob migrated to USA in 1972, then was invited urgently back to NZ in 1983 to
become a Senior Lecturer for "Process Design" and "Process
Analysis and Economics". His predecessor had been seconded to Shell's
NZ Refining Company to deal with an urgent $1 billion upgrade project
Iran-Iraq war in
Bob served on Auckland University's
curriculum redesign, designed and built a six-station "Computer-Based
Training" lab for process design, served on campus-wide technology
committee, and taught Materials Engineering to the Skipper who took the
America's Cup from USA!
In 1985 Mobil asked the University Chancellor to release him to
mentor new engineers for the
commissioning of N.Z. SynFuel. In 1990 Bob transferred to Mobil R&D Corp in
Princeton where his role included mentoring co-op Drexel interns. He trained
staff globally on Mobil "Crude Oil Assays" software in 1992, in "GENIE"
best practices tools for EH&S 1996-1997, and Korea Gas engineers on API,
ASME and ASTM design codes in 1997.
In 2003 and 2004 he was summer technology advisor to the
School of Public Service
in DC for 40 top high school students from across the US wanting to pursue a
career in public service. Spring 2006 he was adjunct at Western Washington
Introduction to Planning plus a GIS course including the Birch Bay
town center study, photo-map history of Bellingham harbor.
In 2008 he was invited to provide peer review to Rice University's Chemical
Engineering Design Project re-accreditation.