Born Kingwood area and chose to attend The University of Oklahoma on a scholarship. I graduated with a degree in Chemical Engineering in 2015 and then promptly moved back to Houston to begin work as a process engineer at ONEOK, a natural gas company. I worked in their fractionation facilities until being promoted to lead process engineer of their underground storage facility. Throughout my time at ONEOK, I was heavily involved in all process safety management activities – such as PHA/HAZOP, MOC, PSSR, Operating Procedures, Cause and Effect, etc. In 2022, I joined the AcuTech team as a process safety engineer and then soon after made the move to Los Angeles.
My role is focused primarily on process hazard analysis (PHA) and Hazard and Operability (HAZOP). I have training and experience as a PHA team leader. Having spent time in a field engineering role that heavily emphasized daily work with operations, I am able to bring a well-rounded perspective for all PSM-related activities.
I find it incredibly fulfilling to be able to work with clients and leave them in a safer position than when I arrived. I came from a long line of engineers that worked in safety and was always taught the importance of safety being your #1 priority, not only for the company, but for your fellow coworkers and the surrounding community.
My advice would be to always be vigilant of cutting corners. Especially after a long period of time of analyzing a particular process, it is important to be diligent in not allowing yourself or your team to normalize deviation or unsafe practices due to fatigue or other reasons. Avoid all normalization of deviation by constantly holding yourself and your perspective to a high standard of process safety.
My favorite part of working at AcuTech is the diversity of work. I love that our projects vary in the scope and industry, as it keeps me on my toes and allows me to have a career where I am constantly learning and expanding my knowledge as a process safety engineer. I also love that I get to be part of such an excellent company with a great reputation in process safety.
I enjoy getting to volunteer with local animal shelters and rescue groups, as well as taking long walks and spending time with friends.