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IHEA 2019 Annual Meeting

Combustion Seminar Speakers

Seminar Chairman: 
Brian Kelly
Honewell Thermal Solutions

Brian Kelly holds a Bachelor’s degree in Aerospace Engineering from The Pennsylvania State University.
Brian has more than 20 years of experience in the industrial thermal processing industry. He currently holds the position of Global Applications Engineering Manager for Honeywell Thermal Solutions to provide their customers with solid and innovative solutions for their thermal process requirements. He started his career in the thermal processing industry at the Hauck Manufacturing Company in 1995 and has held various positions in both the Engineering and Sales departments. Brian serves as Chairman of the Education Committee and Combustion Seminar for IHEA. He has authored numerous articles for the heat processing industry in Heat Treating Progress and Industrial Heating publications.  Prior to working for Honeywell, Brian held professional positions as Project Engineer along with responsibilities as Emergency Procedures Trainer for the F-16 Fighter as part of the General Dynamics Corporation in Fort Worth Texas.

Seminar Presenters:
Bryan Baesel, CEC Combustion Safety
Bryan is a Professional Engineer who specializes in the design and field inspection of combustion equipment. He is a member of NFPA 85 and NFPA 86 along with several Fortune 100 combustion program teams. Prior to joining CEC, Mr. Baesel worked at a foundry and for a natural gas utility.

B.J. Bernard, Surface Combustion
B.J. is President of Surface Combustion, Inc.  Prior to his current position, he served as Director, Technical Services / R&D where he oversaw new product development, new technology implementation, advanced mathematical modeling and metallurgical analysis.  B.J. is also immediate Past President of IHEA and a Board Member of the Center for Heat Treating Excellence.  He holds an M.S. in Materials Science and Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and a B.S. in Physics from Bowdoin College.

Michael Cochran, Bloom Engineering Co., Inc.
After earning a Bachelors and Masters in Mechanical engineering at Notre Dame, Michael worked for a few years at a Furnace OEM before landing at Bloom Engineering in Pittsburgh, PA.  He has been there six years and is currently a Marketing Engineer specializing in combustion systems.  While at Bloom, he has also served as an applications engineer and is interested in thermal modeling of steel furnaces.

Scott Fogle, SCC Inc.
Scott Fogle is a Sales Engineering with Siemens Combustion Controls Inc. He holds a bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering from The University of Akron.  Scott has experience working for a burner manufacturer with burner product management responsibilities.

Ryan McClain, Honeywell Thermal Solutions
Ryan is a Sales Engineer with Honeywell Thermal Solutions. He is based out of Cincinnati, OH. Ryan started his career in 2002 with Maxon Corporation then came to Honeywell through the Maxon acquisition in 2007. Ryan has a BS in Industrial Engineering from Purdue University and an MBA from Xavier University.

Steve Mickey, WS Thermal Inc. 
Steve is a Sales Engineer with WS Thermal Process Technology Inc.  He has been with the company for over 17 years in total.  He holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering from Cornell University.  He is also a member of the IHEA Safety Standards & Codes Committee.

John Podach, Fostoria Process Equipment, division of TPI Corp.
John is the Southeast Sales Manager of Fostoria Process Equipment, a Division of TPI Corp. in Johnson City, TN. He has worked at Fostoria since 1976 in assembly, lab management, R&D and sales manager of custom engineered infrared and hot air ovens and material handling systems.

Max Raffoul, CEC Combustion Safety
Mr. Raffoul is a combustion engineer who specializes in the design and field commissioning of Industrial Process Heating Equipment. He earned his degree in Combustion Engineering from St. Clair College of Applied Arts in Windsor, Ontario in 1974. He is a licensed G1 Gas Tech in Canada and has participated in the development of many US and Canadian standards.

Jason Safarz, Selas Heat Technology Co.
Mr. Safarz is the Sales Manager for Selas Heat Technology Company, LLC in Streetsboro, OH. Jason has over 20 year’s experience in burner and combustion systems including safety inspections, code reviews, training development and delivery, and overall system designs. He holds degrees in Physics and Mechanical Engineering, sits on Codes and Standards committees, and serves on the IHEA Board of Directors. 

Bob Sanderson, Honeywell Thermal Solutions 
Bob is a registered Professional Engineer, and is Honeywell project manager and applications engineer. He has in excess of 25 years industrial installation and practical application experience across a variety of combustion and thermal applications. Prior to joining Eclipse Bob was the primary thermal and applied process expert for a global corporation which built automotive and aerospace assembly plants. Bob holds a Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from The University of Michigan.

Mike Shay, Heat Combustion Solutions
Mike is Director of Sales and Product Support for Heat Combustion Solutions in Cincinnati, Ohio. Heat Combustion Solutions offers technical and field services for combustion systems, installation of combustion systems and sales of combustion systems and controls. Prior to working for Heat Combustion Solutions, Mike was with Hauck Manufacturing Company for 37 years where he worked in Field Service and Engineering. Mike also was Vice President of Sales and served as Hauck’s President.  Mike serves on IHEA’s Executive committee and serves on the IHEA Board of Directors.

Michael Stowe, Advanced Energy
Mike is a Senior Energy Engineer with Advanced Energy in Raleigh, NC. He has over 30 years of experience in manufacturing plants including roles as production manager, maintenance manager, and plant engineer.  Mike has extensive experience with many industrial processes and all types of plant facility systems.  He works with utilities, industrial equipment vendors, and manufacturing plant teams to find the best technical and most energy efficient solutions for industrial processes. Mike has developed and delivered numerous presentations on Industrial Energy Efficiency and other related topics for utilities, industrial trade associations, and technical groups.


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