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Bob Andrew: Summary of His University Roles

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This summary is an index to five pages detailing phases of Bob's academic life as undergrad, postgrad, design faculty, adjunct researcher, adjunct teacher, advisor
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click Period Name of University My Role at that time Reference
1965-1969 University of Auckland Under-graduate Student Dr. Geoff Tegg
1970-1971 University of Auckland Post-Grad & Jr. Lecturer Dr. Merv Jones
1983-1985 University of Auckland Senior Lecturer - Design Prof. J J J Chen
2002-2004 American University-DC Researcher-in-Residence Dr. Dennis Crow
2006 Western Washington U. Adjunct - 2 GIS courses Prof. Brad Smith
2008 Rice University, Houston Industry Design Advisor Prof. Ken Cox

Above are web-page links, detailing each of these periods, each with a reference contact name.

Below are brief overviews of each academic period, with timeline graphic placing all in context.
See full career chronology for details of periods not covered in this academically-focused page.




In 1970 graduated with honours from University of Auckland, NZ, in Chemical & Materials Engineering, then worked towards doing a Ph.D. on "Expert Systems in Steelmaking" for two years, before emigrating to the USA where I worked in consulting engineering; eight years at PetroMAS in Texas doing EPC for refineries, product storage terminals, chemical plants and environmental projects; then Forster-Morrell in Colorado on energy conservation.

In 1983 I was invited to return as Senior Lecturer in the C&M department, took over teaching of "Process Analysis & Economics" plus final year "Process Design" course and Project. I taught for three years, before N.Z. SynFuel requested permission of the Vice-Chancellor for me to train and supervise an1985 intake of new graduates needed to commission the $1.2 billion complex.

In 1990 my career with Mobil (who were the technology partner in N.Z. SynFuel) took us from central New Zealand into their Princeton R&D campus, where I headed teams in process advisory systems for refineries, environmental R&D demo projects with PERF, and also served on API Technical Committees on Air Pollution MACT. In 1995 I moved to Mobil's Fairfax VA global HQ, managed Mobil's global "GENIE" intranet project for HSE best practices.

In 1998 we didn't move with ExxonMobil merger, instead chose to stay in DC until both our kids graduated. I joined DynCorp - later bought out by CSC - supporting EPA's Oil Spill program and became ESRI Business Partner for CSC Federal. GIS role was an outcome of my system architect role in Redistricting; plus I initiated the CSC geospatial "Center of Excellence"; was also project manager for EPA Emergency Operations Centre upgrade.

From 2002-2004 I was a part-time adjunct "Researcher-in-Residence" at American University, in Washington DC. I held three roles over those years: one with Faculty on how to use geospatial tools in their teaching, a major role helping to develop curriculum for "Professional Science Masters" new degree, and lastly technology needs for international health promotion.

In 2005 my wife and I chose to return to Texas; her to be with aging parents, and for me to get back into the EPC line of work I had done in the 1970s. My first project assignment was for BP's Cherry Point refinery: while there in 2006 I taught Spring semester as Adjunct in Planning and GIS courses at Western Washington University in their Huxley College of the Environment.

From mid-2006 on I worked on low-sulfur gasoline in Virginia, a major grass-roots U.S. refinery project in Louisiana,  offshore platform project near Abu Dhabi, onshore oil project on Sakhalin, refinery up-grade in Texas, and an integrated petrochemical project in Saudi Arabia. 

During our time in Houston, through AIChE South Texas section I was involved for a semester in 2008 in re-accreditation of Rice University's Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering design.

In 2009 I emigrated to UAE to work for Petrofac, first on a giant sour gas full-field and pipeline development near Yoloten, Turkmenistan then a sweet gas processing facility in Shetland. A highlight at Petrofac was being Knowledge Trustee for "Technology at Petrofac" intranet.

In 2012 I returned to Houston with Petrofac to support O&M for Chevron Wheatstone LNG. R&D roles included smart procedures best practice at Texas A&M, industry forum participation