Norman Edward Sammons, Jr., PhD, PE, CMA
dr.norm.sammons@gmail.com
PO Box 2133, Santa Clara, CA 95055

OBJECTIVE: To utilize my unique combination of expertise in chemical process design and simulation, environmental impact assessment and financial analysis on a consulting basis to solve pressing global problems

Education

Auburn University, Auburn, AL – 2004-2009
Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering and Master in Business Administration

  • Overall GPA 4.00/4.00
  • US-EPA Science to Achieve Results Fellow 2006-2009, annually awarded to 50 students nationwide
  • First student at Auburn University to complete Ph.D. in chemical engineering and MBA simultaneously
  • Presidential Graduate Opportunity Program Fellow, awarded to outstanding minority Ph.D. candidates
  • Thesis title: A Framework for Optimal Biorefinery Product Allocation

Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA – 1997-2003
Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering

Certifications/Examinations

Registered Professional Engineer (CA), License #6597, Chemical Engineer as of December 2012
Certified Mangement Accountant, #54654, Institute of Management Accountants as of August 2017

Selected Publications
  1. Batsy D.R., Solvason C.C., Sammons N.E., Chambost V., Eden M.R., El-Halwagi M.M., Stuart P.R. (2012): “Product Portfolio Selection and Process Design of the Forest Biorefinery”, chapter in Integrated Biorefineries: Design, Analysis, and Optimization, P.R. Stuart and M.M. El-Halwagi, Eds.
  2. Sammons Jr. N.E., Yuan W., Eden M.R., Cullinan H.T., Aksoy B. (2007): “A Flexible Framework for Optimal Biorefinery Product Allocation”, Journal of Environmental Progress.
  3. Sammons Jr. N.E., Yuan W., Eden M.R., Cullinan H.T., Aksoy B. (2008): “Optimal Biorefinery Resource Utilization by Combining Process and Economic Modeling”, Chemical Engineering Research and Design.
  4. Sammons Jr. N.E., Yuan W., Bommareddy S., Eden M.R., Aksoy B., Cullinan H.T. (2009): “Systematic Approach to Evaluate Economic and Environmental Impact of Biorefineries”, Computer Aided Chemical Engineering.
  5. Sammons Jr. N.E., Yuan W., Eden M.R., Aksoy B., Cullinan H.T. (2008): “A Systematic Framework for Biorefinery Production Optimization”, Computer Aided Chemical Engineering.
Experience

DoctorNorm.net, Santa Clara, CA and Atlanta, GA
Techno-Economic Analyst, Consultant, Project Manager (contract basis) – 10/2012-current

  • Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Biosustainability, Copenhagen, Denmark
    • Managed project team consisting of myself and two reports in charge of reconstructing optimization-based model with objective function of maximizing macro-level profitability of chemical industries subject to constraints on market prices, global supply and demand, and chemical conversion factors.
    • Rebuilt database of parameters on process stoichiometry, energy cost, and capital expenditures for pathways previously listed in historical models as well as identifying and adding industrially relevant new pathways and products emerging since publication of original models.
    • Developed library of process models for modeling the energy consumption of production pathways where information is not publicly available as well as estimating capital expenditure of novel processes based on unit operation complexity.
    • Evaluated varying methodologies utilized for the determination of economic profitability and/or environmental impact with an emphasis towards optimization-based frameworks, including reaction network flux analysis and systems integration tools.
  • Codexis, Redwood City, CA: Utilized AspenPlus to model multiple modes of concentration of enzymatic solution for economic feasibility and sensitivity analysis.
  • Ginkgo Bioworks, Boston, MA: Developed flexible, custom process and economic models in Microsoft Excel for evaluation of manufacturing numerous bio-based products while altering productivity, scale, media, feedstock and economic factors to determine most sensitive parameters.
  • Executed similar product development, process modeling and design, financial analysis, and project management contracts for Project Yosemite, American Equipment & Manufacturing, and numerous small and stealth-mode businesses on a consultancy basis.

Applied Materials, Santa Clara, CA
Technical Program Manager III (Senior)  – 6/2018-current

  • Fulfilled role of program manager with market share leader in semiconductor fabrication equipment industry while actively contributing to consistent divisional revenue growth and market performance.
  • Managed cross-functional teams with purpose of bringing product lines to market via established stage-gate framework and improvement on existing products, leading to committed sales exceeding $10MM.
  • Utilized, mastered, and trained managers and team members on project management tools such as SAP, PDP, Accolade, SmartSheet, and worksheet portfolios featuring Visual Basic for Applications (VBA).

Impossible Foods Inc., Redwood City, CA
Techno-Economic Manager – 4/2013-10/2017

  • Led collaborative teams in the areas of comprehensive capital cost estimation, technology evaluation, economic sensitivity analysis, and life cycle assessment (LCA) in relation to the process development and scale-up of production of innovative food products made from plant-based ingredients.
  • Developed batch, semi-batch, and continuous process models in SuperPro and Excel to determine the sizes and corresponding costs of necessary unit operations as well as operating cost factors such as labor cost, utility cost, material cost, and consumables cost related to novel food production technology.
  • Created and utilized cost tracking tools that translate real-time performance results and targets into projected capital expenditures and operating expenses for the purpose of tracking improvements in product cost and capital expense over time throughout the course of process development.
  • Developed life cycle assessment tools to translate a given process and product recipe into environmental impacts for comparative use against previous prototypes for continuous improvement purposes as well as benchmarking against counterpart LCA data for equivalent animal-based products to quantify benefits.

Codexis, Inc., Redwood City, CA
Senior Process Modeling Engineer – 9/2011-10/2012

  • Actively participated in cross-functional teams on projects involving ethanol fermentation, long-chain alcohol fermentation, and carbon dioxide capture.
  • Evaluated techno-economic feasibility of new product development (acetic acid, butadiene, ethylene, biodiesel and other bio-based fuels) based on proprietary directed genetic evolution technology.
  • Developed comprehensive process models, including mass and energy balances, to simulate chemical processes such as carbon dioxide capture, biomass handling and pretreatment, hydrolysis, steam explosion, ethanol fermentation, long-chain alcohol fermentation, saccharification, and purification of value-added chemical products in support of scale-up and commercialization.
  • Created linked systems utilizing Visual Basic for Applications programming code to tie data for mass and energy balances from process models into Excel in order to perform techno-economic analysis, including sensitivity studies, environmental impact assessment, equipment sizing and cost estimation, and quantification of capital expenditures and operating expenses for proposed process modifications.
  • Achieved proficiency in chemical simulation suites SuperPro and ProTreat while expanding knowledge base of ASPEN Plus by participating in multiple, rigorous training seminars offered by developers and expert users.
  • Designed and performed laboratory experiments to emulate industrial-scale product recovery and purification processes such as liquid-liquid extraction as well as vacuum distillation for purposes of determining process proof-of-concept and optimizing operational parameters.

IntraMicron, Inc., Auburn, AL
Research and Development Engineer – 10/2009-7/2011

  • Managed federally funded project as Principal Investigator in multidisciplinary research team charged with developing innovative cathode air filter technology to be used in advanced fuel cell applications.
  • Performed extensive process and economic modeling for pilot and full-scale chemical processes, including Fischer-Tropsch synthesis, gas desulfurization, steam methane reforming, and syngas production using simulation suites ASPEN Plus and VMGSim in conjunction with custom software.
  • Developed full cost accounting models, mathematical process models, business plan, patent disclosures, and informative presentations to build and expand customer base for proprietary air filtration enterprise.
  • Constructed corporate accounting policy and implemented rigorous accounting system, including time tracking, project management, purchasing, and human resources modules, in order to attain successful compliance with Defense Contract Audit Agency (DCAA).