People

Tom Kalb
Thomas Kalb
Director

Lamar University
Beaumont, Texas
(e) tkalb@lamar.edu
(m) 203-803-7677

Mr. Kalb is an oil and gas executive with 42 years in financial and operating commodity businesses. He spent 35 years serving as an oil and gas focused institutional investor and provider of corporate finance advisory services, and seven years as a petroleum engineer. He is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and the University of Chicago where he earned a BSc (Petroleum Engineering) in 1979 and an MBA (Finance) in 1988, respectively.

Lou
Helen H. Lou
Associate Director-Research

Lamar University
Beaumont, TX
(e) helen.lou@lamar.edu
(o) 409-880-8207

Dr. Lou is a Professor of Chemical Engineering and a Fellow of American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE). In addition to her rich experience in research, development and education, Dr. Lou was a Board Member of the Gulf Coast Regional Center of Innovation and Commercialization (2009 – 2015). She is a graduate of Wayne State University where she earned a PhD (Chemical Engineering) and an MA (Computer Science) in 2001.

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Grace Belaire

Program Coordinator

Lamar University
Beaumont, TX
(e) gbelaire@lamar.edu
(o) 409-880-7097
(m) 409-719-1961

 
Ms. Belaire is a 2020 graduate of Lamar University where she earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in Management. Grace works closely with the Midstream Center's leadership in development and execution of the center's activities and programs.

 

 

Industry Advisory Board

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Ajey Chandra

Managing Partner
and Director
Muse, Stancil & Co.
Houston, Texas

Ajey Chandra is currently a Director of the firm and the Managing Partner of the Houston office of Muse, Stancil & Co. where he also leads the Midstream and Independent Engineering practice areas for the firm. Mr. Chandra joined Muse in 2014 after 28 years of experience in various facets of the midstream industry, including operations, engineering, business development, management, and consulting. Mr. Chandra has had a wide variety of assignments covering all aspects of the energy industry during his career, and has had several long-term expatriate assignments overseas, including Europe and Southeast Asia. Mr. Chandra’s operating, consulting and management experience includes working at Amoco, Purvin & Gertz, Hess and NextEra Energy Resources prior to joining Muse Stancil.
Mr. Chandra has a BS in Chemical Engineering from Texas A&M University and an MBA from the University of Houston. Mr. Chandra has also attended Executive Education classes at Harvard Business School and is a Professional Engineer in Texas.

J.K. Cooper


J. Kevin Cooper
Project Manager/
Engineer
Motiva Enterprises
Houston, Texas

J. Kevin Cooper, PE, F. NSPE is currently a Project Manager/Engineer with Motiva Enterprises located in Houston, TX. He is responsible for large crude oil transportation and storage project development and execution, with a focus on the greater Port Arthur area. He has over 20 years of work experience in the midstream industry, including design engineering, project engineering and management, facility operations, and consulting. Kevin received his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, Honors Program Degree, from Oklahoma State University in 1996. He went on to earn his Master of Science in Engineering and Technology Management in 2002 from Oklahoma State and a Graduate Certificate in Natural Gas Technology from the University of Oklahoma in 2016. He is a Licensed Professional Engineer in multiple states including Texas, Oklahoma, Minnesota, Colorado, Illinois, and Pennsylvania.


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Jeremy Goebel
Executive Vice President-
Commercial
Plains All American
Pipeline, L.P.
Houston, Texas

Jeremy Goebel joined Plains All American (PAA) in 2013.  Mr. Goebel is currently assuming increasing responsibilities with respect to Plains’ commercial activities and was previously responsible for Strategic Planning & Acquisitions.  Prior to joining PAA, he served in various roles for Simmons & Company International’s corporate finance practice, including advisor to PAA on several acquisitions.  Prior to Simmons he served in a number of engineering and business management roles for Chevron and Authentix.  Mr. Goebel holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering and an MBA from the University of Texas.

Falgout
Michelle Falgout, P.E.

Owner/ Senior Consulting Engineer
Falgout Consulting LLC
Beaumont, TX


Michelle Falgout is a licensed Professional Civil Engineer in Texas with over 30 years of engineering specializing in industrial wastewater and stormwater permit compliance, hydrologic and hydraulic analysis and general civil designs and construction. She has worked for environmental and general civil consultants throughout her career and is currently owner of Falgout Consulting LLC. Her focus is primarily on industrial and municipal clients with drainage, general civil and permitting needs. Ms. Falgout has a BS and MES in Civil Engineering as well as a BS in Ocean Technology from Lamar University. Professional Associations include the Sabine Chapter of TSPE, Southeast Texas Branch of ASCE, Lamar University Civil Engineering Advisory Council, and the Southeast Texas Flood Coordination Study group.


Wes Johnson
John W. "Wes" Johnson

Senior Vice President
& Global General Manager
Corrpro - Aegion
Houston, TX

Wes Johnson is a Lamar University College of Engineering alumnus with 20+ years in the energy industry (up-, mid-, and down-stream). He is currently the Senior Vice President & Global General Manager of Aegion’s Corrpro Division, a leading provider of Cathodic Protection and Integrity Management. He has worked in the midstream services sector for 10+ years both internationally and domestically. Wes has worked and has extensive knowledge in mid-stream focal areas such as inspections, coatings, manufacturing, distribution, field services and engineering. Wes and his family reside in Cypress, Texas. Wes earned BSIE and BSIT degrees in 1997 and 1996, respectively, from Lamar University and was a Alpha-Pi-Mu Graduate.

Cardona
Juan Cardona

Sr. Concept Development Engineer
Summit Midstream Partners, LP
Houston, TX


Juan Cardona brings a decade of experience in the midstream oil and gas industry; his primary focus is new products and new application development. He holds an industrial engineering degree from Lamar University, is a certified Six Sigma black belt, and a senior member at IEEE. Juan understands the importance of developing reliable oil and gas midstream infrastructure. Over the past ten years, Juan has managed several facility standardization efforts to enhance the viability of oil and gas midstream projects.


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Ian Glasgow

Director of
Process Technology
International Alliance
Group
Houston, TX

Ian Glasgow is currently the Director of Process Technology at International Alliance Group ("IAG"). He has eighteen years (18) of professional experience with the majority providing project development and process engineering experience for the refining, syngas, and chemical industries. Ian consults on early project and process scope development. This work includes consultation on feasibility studies, technology evaluation, site evaluation, and third party due diligence. Ian has a broad understanding of a wide range of process technologies and units, which allows him to support clients' business, economic, and operational objectives through all project phases. Prior to joining IAG in 2016, Ian was a Senior Process Engineer at Wood Group Mustang for over 10 years and a Research Associate at the Process Integration in the Pulp and Paper Industry Research Chair at Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal for 4 years. Ian is an active member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers where he has Chaired the Executive Board Programming Committee, Fuels and Petrochemical Division, National Spring Meeting Topical of Refining, and Southwest Process Technology Conference. He holds a BS degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Cincinnati and MS degree in chemical engineering from Auburn University.

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Michael Birkett
Director of Operations
Nederland Terminal
Energy Transfer
Nederland, TX

Mr. Birkett has worked 35 years in the petroleum industry and is currently Director of Operations, responsible for all operations at Energy Transfer's Nederland Terminal in southeast Texas. The Nederland Terminal has 28 million barrels of crude storage capacity, 1.2 million barrels of refrigerated propane/butane storage capacity, 800,000 barrels of ethane storage under construction, six ship docks and four barge docks, and is moving forward with 100,000 barrels per day of LPG expansion. He holds a BSc degree in Business Administration from the University of Arizona.


oostendorp  Dirk van Oostendorp
  Director, Engineering
  & Technical Services
  CorrPro - Aegion
  Houston, TX 

 

 
Dirk van Oostendorp is the Director of Engineering & Technical Services for CorrPro, a division of Aegion, located in Houston. Dirk has more than 40 years of global experience in all aspects of pipeline and structural integrity, encompassing cathodic protection, corrosion control, material selection, protective coatings, inspection technologies, and risk assessment. More recent experience includes integrity monitoring, failure analysis, and pipeline integrity issues. He holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in chemical technology and physical chemistry. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, Fellow of the Institute of Corrosion and a NACE Corrosion Specialist. Mr. Oostendorp is the author of 22 technical articles and 36 conference papers.

Anita RiddleAnita Riddle

Anita Riddle is a retired executive from ExxonMobil. During her 28 year career in oil and gas, she led organizations in oil refining, product terminals, data science, and procurement. Anita is a 1984 graduate in chemical engineering from Cornell University. She also earned a Master of Engineering Management degree from Lamar University in 1993 and the Doctor of Engineering degree in chemical engineering from Lamar in 1996. Anita was also a commissoned officer in the United States Army, reaching the rank of Major. She served 12 years on active and reserve duty, commanding units in Explosive Ordnance Disposal and Transportation.

Faculty Advisory Committee

Dean Brian Craig

Brian Craig Dr. Brian Craig, PhD
 Dean of Engineering, Charles and Eleanor Garrett Endowed Chair
 Lamar University
 Beaumont, Texas
 (e) brian.craig@lamar.edu

 

Dr. Tracy Benson

Tracy Benson  Dr. Tracy Benson, PhD
 Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering
 Lamar University
 Beaumont, Texas
 (e) tbenson@lamar.edu
 (o) 409-880-8787

 


Dr. Benson's reasearch thrust is the minimization (or elimination) of industrial wastes including hazardous materials such as H2S, unwanted byproducts, and wasted energies by developing alternate chemical transformation pathways for lipid-based biofuels as well as the conversion of CO2 using catalysis and reaction engineering process development and carbon capture and storage.

Dr. Sujing Wang

Sujit Wang Dr. Sujing Wang, PhD
 Associate Professor of Computer Science
 Lamar University
 Beaumont, Texas
 (e) sujing.wang@lamar.edu
 (o) 409-880-7798




Dr. Wang’s research interests focus on data mining and knowledge discovery, special temporal clustering, geographic information systems (GIS) and geographic computation, big data, and computer modeling and simulation.

Dr. Liv Haselbach

Liv-Jacket-2016-cropped-web.jpg Dr. Liv Haselbach, PhD, PE, Leed AP BD+C
 Chair of Civil and Environmental Engineering
 Lamar University
 Beaumont, Texas
 (e) lhaselbach@lamar.edu
 (o) 409-880-8759


Dr. Haselbach’s research interests focus on infrastructure resilience, sustainable development and transportation, permeable pavement systems, environmental life cycle assessment (LCA), and critical review of LCA treatment of feedstock energy.

 

Dr. Jing Zhang

Jing Zhang Dr. Jing Zhang, PhD
 Assistant Professor of Computer Science
 Lamar University
 Beaumont, Texas
 (e) jing.zhang@lamar.edu
 (o) 409-880-7995

 



Dr. Zhang’s research interests include image/video processing and analysis, machine learning, deep learning neural networks, pattern recognition, medical image analysis, and computer vision.

Dr. Xingya Liu

 

Dr. Liu CS Dr. Xingya Liu, PhD
 Assistant Professor of Computer Science
 Lamar University
 Beaumont, Texas
 (e) xliu@lamar.edu
 (o) 409-880-8677

 


Dr. Liu’s research focuses on cyber security, next generation wireless networks, fog computing, and mobile computing.

Dr. James Curry

Dr. James Curry Dr. James Curry, PhD
 Associate Professor of Industrial Engineering
 Lamar University
 Beaumont, Texas
 (e) james.curry@lamar.edu
 (o) 409-880-7823

 


Dr. Curry’s research interests include optimization, data mining, logistics and scheduling, supply chain management, software development, and natural language generation.

Dr. Berna Eren Tokgoz

Dr. Berna Tokgoz Dr. Berna Eren Tokgoz, PhD
 Assistant Professor of Industrial Engineering
 Lamar University
 Beaumont, Texas
 (e) btokgoz@lamar.edu  
 (o) 409-880-8815

 



Dr. Tokgoz’s research interests include emergency management, complex systems, systems engineering, quantification of resilience, and risk analysis.

Dr. Clayton Jeffryes

jeffryes-index.jpg Dr. Clayton Jeffryes, PhD
 Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering 
 Lamar University
 Beaumont, Texas
 (e) cjeffryes@lamar.edu
 (o) 409-880-7654

 



Dr. Jeffryes's research interests include metallic nanoparticles from phototropic cell culture, innovative bioprocesses, biogeneic nanomaterials, production of pigments and antioxidants, microwave assisted “green synthesis” processes.

Dr. Mien Jao

Mien Jao Mien Jao, PhD, P.E.
 Professor Civil and Environmental Engineering
 Lamar University
 Beaumont, Texas
 (e) mien.jao@lamar.edu
 (o) 409-880-2356

 

 

Dr. Jao’s research focuses on foundation design and analysis, numerical modeling in geotechnical engineering, soil testing/evaluation/improvement, and slope stability analysis.

Dr. Chun-Wei Yao

Chun-wei Yao Dr. Chun-Wei Yao, PhD
 Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering
 Lamar University
 Beaumont, Texas
 (e) cyao@lamar.edu
 (o) 409-880-7008

 

 

Dr. Yao’s research interests include bio-inspired design, microdroplets, surface science and engineering, nano-/microfabrication, fluid science, and thermal science.

Dr. Maryam Hamidi

Maryam Hamidi Dr. Maryam Hamidi, PhD
 Assistant Professor of Industrial Engineering
 Lamar University
 Beaumont, Texas
 (e) mhamidi@lamar.edu
 (o) 409-880-7127

 


Dr. Hamidi’s research interests include waterway operational efficiency and resilience, port and terminal decision making reliability engineering and statistical failure analysis, maintenance optimization game theory, and leasing and outsourcing contract design.

Dr. Daniel Chen

Daniel Chen  Dr. Daniel H. Chen, PhD
 Professor of Chemical Engineering
 Lamar University
 Beaumont, Texas
 (e) daniel.chen@lamar.edu
 (o) 409-880-8786

 



Dr. Chen’s research specialities include air and water monitoring and pollution control (flare modeling, combustion mechanisms, Nox/VOC abatement, sulfer recovery, photochemical treatment of herbicides), process modeling & control (neural network, dynamic simulation, preventive maintenance, model predictive control, and abnormal situation management (monitoring, diagnosis, and alerts based on DCS data.)

Dr. Helen Lou

Helen Lou Dr. Helen H. Lou, PhD
 Professor of Chemical Engineering
 Lamar University
 Beaumont, Texas
 (e) helen.lou@lamar.edu
 (o) 409-880-8207

 


Dr. Lou has been utilizing her combined expertise in chemical engineering and computer science for the sustainable development of chemical and energy industries, i.e., profit increase, reliability and safety enhancement with reduced environmental impacts. Her research interests include big data analytics and process systems engineering, and development of sustainable technologies focused on waste discharge systems, clean combustion, and water treatment.

Dr. Thinesh Selvaratnam

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 Dr. Thinesh Selvaratnam, PhD
 Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
 Lamar University
 Beaumont, Texas
 (e) tselvaratnam@lamar.edu
 (o) 409-880-8712

 


Dr. Selvaratnam’s research interests include energy positive domestic wastewater treatment, bio-remediation of various industrial wastewaters, water treatment and testing systems for emergencies, and food-water-environment nexus.

 

Dr. Qiang Xu

Qiang XU Dr. Qiang Xu, PhD
 Professor of Chemical Engineering
 Lamar University
 Beaumont, Texas
 (e) qiang.xu@lamar.edu
 (o) 409-880-7818

 

 



Dr. Xu leads the Laboratory of Integrated Systems Engineering (LISE) at Lamar. Through modeling, simulation, optimization, control, planning and scheduling, as well as data mining, LISE research focus is to make industrial manufacturing decision makings in terms of increasing profitability, improving operability and safety, saving energy, reducing emission or raw material consumption, as well as making industrial activities benign to local environment and communities.

Dr. Seokyon Hwang

hwang  Dr. Seokyon Hwang, PhD
  Associate Professor
  Construction Management
  Lamar University
  Beaumont, Texas
  (e) shwang2@lamar.edu
  (o) 409-880-7557

 

 

Dr. Hwang’s research interests include infrastructure sustainability, computer-based process modeling and simulation, and statistical modeling and analysis of performance data. He has a particular interest in pipeline resiliency.

Dr. Zhe Fan

Zhe Fan

  Dr. Zhe Fan, PhD
  Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering
  Lamar University
  Beaumont, Texas
  (e) zfan@lamar.edu
  (o) 979-587-2957


 

Dr. Fan’s research interests include mechanical properties and deformation mechanics of materials at bulk and nano-scale, microstructure characterization of materials, in-situ mechanical testing under electron microscropes, radiation damage and defect evolution in ateriuals, thin fabrication, characterization and applications, and design and fabrication of structural materials.

Dr. Sidney Lin

Sidney-Lin-resized.jpg  Dr. Sidney Lin, PhD
  Associate Professor, Dan F. Smith Department of Chemical Engineering
  Lamar University
  Beaumont, Texas
  (e) sidney.lin@lamar.edu
  (o) 409-880-2314

 

 
Dr. Lin utilizes chemical engineering principles in materials development and energy applications. His research interests include electrochemical analysis and mathematical modeling of corrosion, combustion synthesis of energy ceramics for solid oxide fuel cell, thermoelectric power generation and waste heat storage.

Dr. Kelley Bradley

Kelley Bradley  Dr. Kelley Bradley, PhD
  Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Industrial and
  Systems Engineering
  Lamar University
  Beaumont, Texas
  (e) robert.bradley@lamar.edu
  (o) 409-880-7045

 

Dr. Bradley’s research interests include single wall carbon nanotube manufacturing and processing, education in plastics manufacturing, entrepreneurship, smart glasses applications, dry EEG electrodes, and micro/nanoscale additive manufacturing.

Dr. Tianxing Cai

cai-resized-new.jpg   Dr. Tianxing Cai, PhD
   Instructor, Dan F. Smith Department of Chemical Engineering
   Lamar University
   Beaumont, Texas
   (e) tcai@lamar.edu
   (o) 409-880-2197

 

 
Dr. Cai's research interests include quantitative Risk Assessment, Chemical Process Safety, Modeling for Process Safety, Process Measurement and Analysis.