Mr. / Ms. Sulfur™ Club
Membership in the "Mr./Ms. SULFUR™ Club" is an acknowledgment of "EXCEPTIONAL KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE with extensive contributions to the sulfur/amine process industry".
Membership to the "Mr./Ms. Sulfur™ Club" is given to those people who are peer-recognized for demonstrating exceptional knowledge and experience in the fields of sulfur recovery and amine treating. They are also distinguished for going above and beyond by publicly contributing to the betterment of the industry. Often, this involves participation in industry committees along with publication and presentation of important technical papers that inform the industry as a whole.
During the last six years, "Mr./Ms. Sulfur™ Club" membership has been awarded to 19 members of our industry. These recipients include experts from operating companies, vendor/supply companies, and academia. Along with the conventional awarded memberships, there are also honorary and special achievement recipients. Typically, one or two memberships are awarded each year, chosen through nomination and voting by the existing club members.
The "Mr./Ms. Sulfur™ Club" is the brainchild of Philip Oberbroeckling of Houston Refining. After being nicknamed “Mr. Sulfur” by the Sulfur Complex Modernization/Expansion Project Team at his refinery in 2011, Phil had the idea to share this concept of industry recognition and expand it beyond the borders of his plant into the sulfur/amine industry as a whole.
As Club President, he developed the club organization and voting policies and has conducted the awards ceremony every year since its beginning in 2012 at the Brimstone Vail Sulfur Symposium. Philip also created the iconic trophy “Mr. Sulfur Hat”, given to every new member at each annual awards ceremony. Although the awarding of membership originated at the Brimstone Vail Sulfur Symposium, it is not limited to attendees of that conference. Nor is it limited to those from North America: we expect to reach out and begin nominating members on a global basis in the near future.
When considering potential club members, an emphasis is given to recent contributions coupled with career-long achievements. An example would be the tremendous recent efforts made by many people to the API/ANSI 565 Standard Development on Thermal Reactors.
Phil Oberbroeckling "Founder"
Mr. "Sulfur" 2012
Philip is the Manager of Strategic Process Technology and the Subject Matter Expert of Sulfur Recovery and Treating for the LyondellBasell Houston, Texas Refinery. Over Philip’s 28 years of service in the refining industry, he has held numerous engineering and management positions in Technical, HSSE and Operations including 5-year tenure as the Operations Superintendent of the Houston Refinery Sulfur Recovery Complex (SRC), the Chief Engineer for the SRC 2011-2013 Revamp and Expansion Project, and Technical Consultant to the Berre France Refinery TGU Project. Philip holds a B.Sc. degree in Chemical Engineering from Iowa State University and is a registered Professional Engineer in Montana and Texas. He has authored over 40 conference papers and presentations on sulfur recovery and refining topics. Philip is a member of the Brimstone Sulfur Recovery Symposium Advisory Committee, a Task-Group leader for the API 565 Standards Committee on SRU Thermal Reactors, and a member of the Amine Best Practices Group. He is married to Michaele, has two daughters Kyra and Kacy, and resides in Kingwood, TX.
Mr. "Sulfur" 2013
Lon has worked in gas treating, sour water stripping and sulfur recovery for over 45 years. He began his career with Shell Oil Co. and worked 40 years in various assignments for Shell before starting his own consulting business. He was a treating and sulfur recovery processes Subject Matter Expert at Shell for many years. Among his responsibilities was providing training to operations and technical staff in the areas of sulfur recovery and gas treating. He has a degree in Chemical Engineering from Texas Tech University. He is a licensed Professional Engineer and member of various industry-wide organizations such as the Amine Best Practices Group.
Mr. "Sulfur" 2013
Peter Clark was born in London, England and received B.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in chemistry from the University of Hull. After an initial period in the pharmaceutical industry in the UK, Peter migrated to Western Canada taking up the challenge of R&D in the energy field with an emphasis on the chemistry of sulphur recovery from fossil fuels. From 1995 to 2017, Professor Clark served as Director of Research of Alberta Sulphur Research Ltd. (at the University of Calgary. During that time, he built the company into an international organization recognized for its expertise in a wide array of sulphur chemistry and technology. Professor Clark’s research interests include most aspects of sour gas production, sulphur recovery, sulphur handling and energy efficient methods for petrochemical production. He is also examining links between fossil fuel, high-intensity agriculture and industrial commodities production. Professor Clark has published extensively in both the academic and applied literature and has been recognized by the Society for Chemical Industry, the Canadian Catalysis Society and the Gas Processors Association.
Mr. "Sulfur" 2013
Dr. Dowling is a Senior Research Scientist and Project Manager with over 27 years experience with Alberta Sulphur Research Limited, specializing in corrosion, high-temperature Claus furnace and catalytic stage chemistry and plant modeling. He has over 50 publications in these areas and is a recipient of the CGPA William Rea Memorial Award. He is responsible for high temperature and corrosion related projects.
Mr. "Sulfur" 2013
Dr. Robert Marriott is the Director of Research, NSERC ASRL and Industrial Research Chair (IRC) in Applied Sulfur Chemistry at the University of Calgary. He also serves as the Director of Research at Alberta Sulphur Research, Ltd. Rob is an experimental thermodynamicist with research interests in high-pressure sour gas properties and sulfur chemistry. His research group focuses on optimizing gas conditioning in the presence of H 2 S, bulk fluid separation by ionic liquids, water-hydrocarbon mixture chemistry (including hydrates) and fundamental properties of elemental sulfur under industrial conditions. Research projects are carried out in collaboration with ASRL researchers at the University Research Centre and in many cases complement and augment the Core Research Program. Prior to taking his faculty position, Rob spent eight years with ASRL as a Research Scientist and Project Manager with interests in understanding elemental sulfur deposition during the production of sour gas, sulfur solvent properties, water content for acid gas mixtures, sulfur degassing mechanisms, reservoir mineral interactions, and pVT properties for SO 2 and H 2 S mixtures.
Don Watson "Honorary"
Mr. "Sulfur" 2013
Mr. "Sulfur" 2014
Retired from Shell Oil, where he held the position of Principal Engineer, Treating and Sulfur Recovery, Michael Huffmaster is now consulting in the areas of gas treating, sulfur recovery, and tail gas treating. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering and is a registered P.E. in Texas. Michael has over 40 years experience working in the sulfur recovery and gas treating industry that include production systems, gas conditioning, gas processing and liquids recovery, sulfur recovery and tail gas treating, among others. His technical expertise areas include process selection and design, along with process troubleshooting for many sulfur-related processes.
Mr. "Sulfur" 2015
Mike Anderson is the President and Technical Services Manager of Brimstone-STS Limited. He has worked as a research engineer at Unocal’s Science & Technology Division for nine years, specializing in sulfur and gas treating process development and technical support for Unocal refineries and gas processing facilities. In 1998, he joined Western Research & Development as the process engineer, doing field performance evaluation testing. Four years later, Mike co-founded Brimstone and has been involved with sulfur recovery operations since. He has a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from USC and a Master of Science in Chemical Engineering (in molecular thermodynamics) from the University of Illinois. He has authored a number of publications in the areas sulfur recovery, tail gas treating and gas processing.
Mr. "Sulfur" 2014
Al Keller was Director of Sulfur Processing for Phillips 66, ConocoPhillips and Conoco from 1993 to 2017. He assisted with the first COPE (II) sulfur plants at the Conoco Lake Charles Refinery. From 1985 to 1993, he led the development of the HSSX®, HCX™, and SSX™ offered by MPR Services. From 1998 to 2006, Al developed the catalytic SPOC™ process replacing Claus reaction furnace and novel improvements to Claus sulfur recovery. From 2006 to 2017, Al developed the ICOn™ sulfur degassing process offered by CSI-Ametek. Al is a Member Emeritus of the Amine Best Practices Group and an adviser to several sulfur conference and research committees. He currently holds 32 US and several foreign patents.
Mr. "Sulfur" 2015
Greg has worked in many aspects of gas and liquid treating and sulfur recovery for over 40 years, from laboratory testing and monitoring of the processes, to commissioning and start-up of some of the largest upstream and downstream facilities in the world, to design and operation of many of these same facilities. He was the treating and sulfur specialist in Shell Canada for over 18 years. One of his key roles during much of his career has been the training and mentoring of operations, engineering and maintenance personnel on the process chemistry, the unit operations and the optimization of the various treating and sulfur processes.
Mr. "Sulfur" 2015
John began his sulfur/gas treating work in the Fort McMurray GCOS Oil Sands and Fox Creek, Alberta, Canada sour gas plants. The next 25 years involved EPC and commissioning work in a number of related projects including Waterton, Table Rock and Evanston Wyoming etc. For the last 20+ years he has been active in training and consulting. With the late Robert N. Maddox, he coauthored the textbook ‘Gas Treating and Sulfur Recovery.’ He is an enthusiastic and experienced instructor. John is a Denver-based chemical engineer with degrees from the University of London and Colorado School of Mines. His committee work included the Editorial Review Board of the Gas Processors Suppliers Association and Senior Advisory Board of the Laurance Reid Gas Conditioning Conference. He has moderated the Brimstone Sulfur Symposium Q&A sessions for over 20 years and performed other similar moderator activities. He is Chairman Emeritus of John M Campbell/PetroSkills which often takes him to locations to deliver training where English is a second language.
Mr. "Sulfur" 2016
Jim is a Principle Engineer in the Manufacturing Support and Excellence Group for Shell Oil Products US based in Houston Texas. Over the past 25+ years, Jim has held numerous engineering and management roles in the Oil & Gas Industry and the Chemicals Processing Industry including facility management, maintenance and turnaround management, operations support and central engineering office management and supervision. Jim holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical & Petroleum Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh. Jim has co-authored over 25 papers for various publications and conferences on Gas Processing and Sulfur Recovery. Jim is married to Stephanie, has one son Wyatt and resides in Houston Texas.
Mr. "Sulfur" 2016
David A. Sikorski is based in the Head office of HEC Technologies/HEC International Inc./HEC Canada Inc. located in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. David is the President and Products Manager handling HEC’s corporate, legal and administration activities along with technical reviews and commercial oversight. David has over 40 years of experience in combustion and heat exchange equipment technologies and has been involved in SRU combustion equipment for over 38 years pertaining to gas plants and refineries. David holds a B.A.Sc. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Calgary. David is a member of the Brimstone Sulfur Recovery Symposium Technical Advisory Committee, Alberta Sulfur Research finance subcommittee member, former ASR president, and a Mr./Ms. Sulfur Club member.
Ms. "Sulfur" 2016
Ms. "Sulfur" 2017
Susan is a Senior Consulting Engineer with the Ortloff Technology Group in Midland, Texas. Susan has held numerous process engineering positions in the oil and gas industry including research engineer for Exxon Production Research (1979-1981), project engineer for Exxon USA (1981-1985), and process engineer for Perry Gas Processors (1987-1989). She finally got to work with sulfur plants when she joined Ortloff in 1989. Susan holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from Tulane University and is a registered Professional Engineer in Texas. Susan has co‑authored several conference papers and presentations on sulfur recovery and natural gas processing topics. Susan is a member of the Laurance Reid Gas Conditioning Conference Advisory Committee, a leader for the task group developing the new ANSI / API Standard 565 on SRU Thermal Reactors, and a member of the Alberta Sulphur Research board of directors. Susan is married to Lee and resides in Midland, Texas.
Mr. "Sulfur" 2017
Jay is the Network Leader for Sulfur Processing for Chevron where he is located at the Pascagoula, Mississippi Refinery. Following graduation from Mississippi State University in 1990 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering, Jay has worked in numerous process engineering, process control and capital project positions at Shell Oil and Chevron. Jay currently serves as Task Group Chairman for the new Standard covering Sulfur Unit Thermal Reactors – API 565, member of the Board of Directors for Alberta Sulfur Research Ltd, and a member of the Amine Best Practices Group of Sulfur Industry leaders. Jay received his Safety Yellow hat and was inducted into the Mr. Sulfur Club in 2017. Jay’s hobbies include long road trips, triathlon training, and spending quality beach time with his wife of 28 years, Kim. Jay and Kim reside in their hometown of Lucedale, Mississippi where they are surrounded by lifelong friends and family.
Mr. "Sulfur" 2018
Elmo Nasato is a senior process engineer specializing in sulphur recovery, amine treating and sour water processing. He has over 25 years’ experience in the sulphur recovery industry including experience with design, retrofit, start-up and optimization of sulphur recovery units, sulphur handling units, amine units, sour water stripper units, and tail gas cleanup units. He has prepared and reviewed operating manuals, operating procedures and has provided technical support for P&ID reviews, HAZOPs and safety related reviews. On-site field activities have included support of construction activities, turnaround assistance and operator training.
He graduated from the University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada with a B.Sc. Chemical Engineering in 1987 with an option in Management Science. He currently serves on the Technical Advisory Committee for the Laurance Reid Gas Conditioning Conference, Brimstone Vail Sulfur Recovery Symposium Advisory Committee and was a member of the Board of Directors for Alberta Sulphur Research. He has been awarded six patents for SRU operation, oxygen enrichment and sulphur degassing technologies, has published 26 papers and has made over 40 presentations at conferences worldwide
Mr. "Sulfur" 2018
Bart is the Network Leader for Amine and Sour Water Treating for Chevron where he is located at the Pascagoula, Mississippi Refinery. Following 1991 graduation with a degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of South Alabama, Bart has held numerous positions in leadership, process engineering, process controls, and capital projects at Chevron. Bart currently serves on the Advisory Board for Brimstone Sulfur Symposium – Vail and the Laurence Reid Gas Conditioning Conference. Bart is also a member of the Amine Best Practices Group of Sulfur Industry leaders. Bart and his wife Becky have been married for 28 years where they reside in Mobile, Alabama. They have two children, Jessica, 20, is in her third year at the University of Alabama majoring in English Education and Sam, 16, is a Junior at St. Luke’s Episcopal School. Bart’s hobbies include exercise, hiking, reading, British mystery TV Shows & Superhero movies with the kids.
Mr. "Sulfur" 2018
Gene is currently the owner and principle consultant at Goar Sulfur Services & Assistance where he has resided for the past 15 years. Gene has a vast career in the sulfur recovery industry that has spanned over 60 years. Most notably, Gene was the Co-Founder, President and Senior Consultant of Goar, Allison & Associates totaling 27 years of which he held the Presidency for 25 years bring to market invented technologies such as COPE ® and D’GAASS ® , and designer/licenser of a vast technology portfolio including the first SUPERCLAUS ® in Canada/North America. Prior to this he worked at various operating and EPC companies. He is a Chemical Engineering graduate from the University of Texas and is a registered Professional Engineer in Texas. He has written and published over 150 technical papers, contributed to 3 books, holds several patents, and taught many seminars throughout the world. He received the Chemical Engineering Kirkpatrick Award in 1987, and the British Sulphur and GPA Lifetime Achievement Awards in 2000 and 2016, respectfully. Gene has an adult daughter and resides in Tyler, Texas.