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About Dr. Theodore Sumrall

DR. THEODORE SUMRALL IS A CHEMICAL ENGINEERING EXECUTIVE and is the senior vice president of engineering at GeoGenCo, LLC. GeoGenCo, LLC, is a new geothermal generating technology (A Salton Sea company) with its first plant for output into the Imperial district. Dr. Theodore Sumrall manages all the engineering related aspects of Geothermal and Waste Heat Recovery power generation projects within the US and internationally and has more than 30 years of experience in domestic as well as international business.

He has over 30 years of domestic and international experience in the chemical, geothermal, oil and gas (upstream, (onshore and off-shore), midstream and downstream), petroleum, renewable energy, precious metals mining and defense industries.

Doctorate in Chemical Engineering from one of the top ten globally ranked Universities for Chemical Engineering (University of Tokyo). Undergraduate degree is a Bachelor’s in Chemistry.

Specialties: Chemical Formulation Optimization / Process Engineering / Petroleum Engineering / Drilling Operations / Drilling Fluids/ Renewable Energy / Product Development / Design & Specifications / Intellectual Property / R&D Leadership / Product Innovation / Production & Testing / Project – Program Management / Quality / Process Development / International Liaison / Safety Team Leadership / Energetic Materials / Hazardous Materials / Mining and Metals Recovery

 

Experience

·     Senior Vice President for Engineering

 

GeoGenCo, LLC

2016 – Present

 

San Diego, CA Area

Location

Responsible for all Engineering related aspects of Geothermal and Waste Heat Recovery power generation projects within the US and Internationally.

·     Product Manager / Sr. Site Engineer – Oil, Gas & Geothermal Operations

 

Buckman

2012 – 2016

 

Memphis, TN

Product Manager for Performance Chemicals – senior technical leader between R&D and external sales team for Performance Chemicals (Oil and Gas Chemicals (biocides, corrosion inhibitors, scale inhibitors, etc.), Water Treatment Chemicals, Paints, Coatings, Plastics, Wood Treatment, and Agriculture) for privately held ISO- certified, international specialty chemical company with revenue of more than $750M per year. Responsible for: rapid trouble shooting of field related issues; identification and team leadership for all technical aspects of Performance Chemicals Group for existing and new applications, as well as development of new products to meet customer’s ongoing and future needs.

Had highest year over year profit growth for Strategic Marketing Group (2014-2015).

 

·     VP Engineering and F&A (Former Concurrent Position)

Institute for Energy Independence

2007 – 2012

 

San Diego, California Area

R&D of novel renewable power generation technologies including: geothermal; solar; thermal; pyrolytic gasification; and waste heat recovery. As Chief Engineering Officer developed unique “closed loop” geothermal technology, which does not require indigenous water supplies. Also responsible for project ECM and associated F&A for projects.

 

·     Consulting Chemical Engineer (Former Concurrent Position)

Daicel Safety Systems America

1999 – 2010

11 yrs

US and Japan

Consulting and Liaison Engineer between Japan/Europe/US and Oceana for energetic materials Basic R&D including: gas generators for automobile air bags and rocket propulsion.

 

·     VP Engineering and F&A (Former Concurrent Position)

Novel Engineering Solutions

2003 – 2009

 

Destin/Fort Walton Beach, Florida Area

Principal Engineer and Principal Investigator for Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) Program converting waste heat to electricity in order to replace thermal battery. Multi-year multi-million dollar project. Also responsible for F&A related activities for government contracts.

 

·     Adjunct Professor of Engineering (Former Concurrent Position)

University of Florida

2004 – 2006

 

University of Florida

Functioned as liaison (via Intergovernmental Personnel Act through the International Office of the US Air Force Office of Scientific Research) between US and International Universities, Research Laboratories and Private Industry in identification, funding and transfer of technologies of interest to the US.

 

·     Associate Principal Engineer

JacobsEngineering

1994 – 2002

 

Worldwide

Energetic Materials Engineering, Research, Development, Sensitivity, Performance Testing and Integration.

Technical/Programmatic liaison between U.S. Government, Japanese Government and Private Industry for International Cooperative Research and Development Projects.

Provided key technical propulsion related support for Advanced Project Group. Technical lead on evaluation of various engineering alternatives for advanced systems.

• Technical and Programmatic liaison between U.S. Government, Japanese Government and Private Industry for International Cooperative Research and Development Projects
• Energetic Materials Engineering, research, development, sensitivity, performance testing and integration
• Provided key technical propulsion related support for Advanced Projects Group
• Full oversight and Technical Lead on evaluation of engineering alternatives for 3 major military projects:
o A new ground-launched air breathing missile for the U.S. Army Missile Command
o A hybrid rocket air launch missile for the Air Force that tripled the range of a traditional AMRAAM
o Development of a new ejection seat program for the Air Force improving pilot safety

 

·     Sr. Energetic Materials Engineer/Principal Investigator

ATK

1986 – 1993

Huntsville, Alabama Area

ATK (formerly Thiokol Tactical Division) is one of the world’s top producer of solid rocket propulsion systems and explosives, flares, decoys; and energetic materials and related technologies.

Performed complex process safety and/or hazards analysis chemical and engineering assignments in support of the development, testing and production of highly hazardous materials for solid rocket propellants and military explosives. Responsible for scale up and process engineering of highly dangerous chemical formulations (explosives and rocket propellants). Often functioned in a consulting role or project leadership role in important design, development and manufacturing projects. Primary role was to apply a chemical based approach to risk identification and mitigation requiring considerable technical experience and ability. Prepared/supported Q/D analyses, concept, design and process hazards analyses, technical analyses in response to contract data item requirements, end item safety analyses, ground operations and support hazards analyses and engineering change proposals. Provided technical basis for safety waivers and regulatory interpretations, deviations and explosives hazard classifications. Supported and defended the critical review of the analysis effort in all review forums up to and including executive leadership.

Led Insensitive Munitions IR&D Project scoring highest in the corporation for 3 years in a row.

·     Research Chemist

Chevron

1984 – 1986

 

North Salt Lake City, UT

Advanced Analysis, Research and Development, of shale oil from semi-works project having shift responsibility for in-depth structural interpretation and formulation composition obtained from analytical data, identifying gaps and holes in the data and planning next steps to obtain the needed data to complete the project goals.

Limited shift responsibility for understanding, interpreting and drawing conclusions on the data collected for the project requiring application of advanced theories, concepts and techniques, requiring strong organic knowledge and understanding.

Conducted in-depth analytical analysis and structural research, while adapting to changing projects/information and prioritizing projects and multitasking. Recorded and interpreted data. Demonstrated communication skills through reports and technical presentations to senior project leaders.

Closely collaborated with analytical experts, senior chemists and product line technical experts including providing presentations at technical meetings as requested.

Research new methods for analysis and/or improvements on current method and assisted in the development of less experienced employees and provided limited work direction to others.

·     Drilling Fluids Engineer

 

Baker Hughes

1982 – 1984

 

CA, NV, MN, WY, ND, CO, NM, TX and UT

Provided onsite services associated with measuring and testing the drilling fluids and supervising the mixing and pumping operations. Activities also included performing technical analyses and making informed recommendations for controlling fluid properties.

Responsibilities also included:

• Reviewing of fluids program in order to prepare orders and mixing plans.
• Write procedures for mixing and handling of products.
• Gathers samples and performs tests to determine trends and identify contaminants.
• Records test results to identify trends.
• Interprets property-test data to establish required treatment or action.
• Determines cause of fluid, hole, or system problems to assist in treatment recommendation.
• Determines chemical treatments required to optimize drilling parameters.
• Advises clients on potential treatments or improvements to the fluid system based on data analysis and mud testing.
• Recommends solids-control processes to ensure economic removal.
• Supervises rig personnel performing chemical additions and recording drilling fluid parameters.
• Manages product inventory to ensure availability.
• Maintains required environmental discharge and consumption records.
• Monitors daily drilling operations to reduce or eliminate problems associated with drilling fluids.

·     MWD Field Engineer

Schlumberger

1981 – 1982

 

Gretna, LA and Offshore Gulf of Mexico

Responsible for maintenance and installation of MWD equipment on offshore drilling operations as well as data collection/analysis, log generation, quality control and reporting of anomalies to proper authorities in a timely manner.
The data gained from these measurements made it possible to evaluate the formation, maximize drilling performance and help ensure precise wellbore placement. The data obtained during LWD and MWD services also enabled customers to make informed decisions that help to reduce time and costs.
Other duties include, but are not limited to:
Building tools required to make drilling and formation evaluation measurements and for transmitting information to the surface while drilling the well
Assisting the directional driller in drilling the well horizontally or through multiple reservoirs to maximize the potential of the well
Reading and interpreting formation well logs, directional survey information and other wellsite data
Maintaining equipment inventory and supervising movement to and from the wellsite, as well as performing rig-up and rig-down duties
Checking equipment and advising on repair requirements
Maintaining a computer database for ongoing jobs, daily reporting and end-of-well reports
Promoting safety awareness and environmental consciousness, and complying with all applicable safety and environmental procedures and regulations according to Schlumberger Health, Safety and Environmental (HSE) regulations and guidelines

Education

  東京大学 / The University of Tokyo

Doctorate

Chemical Engineering

 

Activities and Societies: University of Tokyo Judo Team

·      Graduate Diploma

 

·     Brigham Young University

 

Bachelor’s

Chemistry

Activities and Societies: Judo Club Captain

 

·     University of Florida

 

Associates

Chemistry & German

Activities and Societies: Honors Student – Department of Chemistry. Scholarship recepient.

 

Publications

Dr. Theodore Sumrall has 10 publications

  • Leaching of Gold: A Technology Review of Lixiviants
  • Concentration of Placer Gold Ore
  • Development of micro robots and launching mechanism for survivors survey in rescue operation;
  • Micro Hopping Robot with IR Sensor for Disaster Survivor Detection
  • Large-Scale Fragment Impact Sensitivity Test Results of a Melt Castable, General Purpose, Insensitive High Explosive
  • Large-Scale Fast Cook-off Sensitivity Results of a Melt Castable General Purpose Insensitive High Explosive
  • Performance Test Results of an Economical, High Performance, Melt Castable IHE
  • Dissertation on the Study of Insensitive Highly Energetic Materials
  • Development of Micro Rescue Robot- Human Detection
  • Review by Theodore (Ted) Sumrall of: Introduction to Fireworks by T Yoshida and D Ding

Certifications

Dr. Theodore Sumrall has been awarded with 9 certifications

  • NEBOSH International General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety
  • Fluids for Fracturing Petroleum Reservoirs
  • SAP Training and Education
  • Dimensions of Professional Selling
  • OSHA GHS Hazard Communication Standard Training
  • Rocket Systems Analysis and Design Certification
  • Drilling Fluids Engineer
  • Transportation Worker Identification Credential
  • Secret and Top Secret Clearance

 

Courses

Dr. Theodore Sumrall has completed 5 courses

  • Dimensions of Professional Selling
  • Downhole Scale Control
  • Minitab
  • Positioning for Success
  • Six Sigma

 

Languages

Dr. Theodore Sumrall speaks 4 languages

  • English
  • German
  • Japanese
  • Spanish

 

Organizations

Dr. Theodore Sumrall is associated with 4 organizations

  • Produced Water Society
  • Society of Petroleum Engineers
  • Japan Explosives Society
  • National Association of Corrosion Engineers

Honor & Award

Dr. Theodore Sumrall has 1 honor

  • Full Graduate School Scholarship Recipient

 

Accomplishments

Dr. Theodore Sumrall has 12 patents registered on his name

Patents

  • Microbiocides and uses thereof
  • Microbiocides et utilisations de ces derniers
  • Systèmes et procédés de génération d’haloamines et leurs applications dans des exploitations de pétrole et de gaz
  • Microbiocides et utilisations de ces derniers
  • Systems And Methods For Generating Electricity Using Heat From Within The Earth
  • Systems and Methods for Generating Electricity Using a Stirling Engine
  • Aluminized eutectic bonded insensitive high explosive
  • Systems and Methods for Generating Electricity Using a Thermoelectric Generator and Body of Water
  • Systems and methods for power devices with a thermoelectric system
  • Systems and Methods for Generating Electricity Using a Thermoelectric Generator and Body of Water

 

 

Systems and methods for power devices with a thermoelectric system

United States

Filed

Miniaturized robots, also mown as micro-robots, may be used in numerous situations and locations to receive and transmit data communications and perform various other requirements. Micro-robots may be positioned in remote locations to either transmit images or sounds or other types of data. Micro-robots may be used for commercial or military applications. For instance, in a commercial application, micro-robots may be used to locate and identify personnel trapped within buildings as a result of earthquake or terrorist attack. The micro-robots are sufficiently small enough to maneuver within the collapsed structure and navigate within very small confinements. Micro-robots may use various methods for maneuvering to its destination, including but not limited to hopping, vibrating, and rolling. Micro-robots currently rely upon “button batteries” for power supplies. The operational time for which such traditional button batteries can supply power is measured in hours. Therefore, without an improved system or method for providing extended power to the micro-robots, the use of micro-robots becomes extremely limited. In order for the micro-robots to operate over a long period of time, it will be necessary for the micro-robots to be able to recharge their batteries within the environment for which they are located. For example, within a collapsed structure, the only source of reliable power is heat. Optimally, a number of potential heat sources should be available to ensure rapid location of such power supplies.

Inventors:

·      Aluminized eutectic bonded insensitive high explosive

United States 5,411,615

Issued

An insensitive high explosive is obtained by using a dicyandiamide (DCDA), ammonium nitrate (AN), guanidine nitrate (GN), ethylene diamine dinitrate (EDDN) eutectic melt binder in combination with ammonium perchlorate (AP) oxidizer, fine RDX (1 .mu.m to 10 .mu.m particle size), and aluminum metal as a fuel. The fine RDX particles improve performance, boosterability, and sensitivity. The inclusion of AP greatly improves air blast by adding oxygen to the reaction and insuring complete combustion of the ingredients. The aluminum extends the pressure pulse. The ratio of materials is formulated to obtain the lowest known processing temperature.

Inventors:

·      Systems and Methods for Generating Electricity Using a Thermoelectric Generator and Body of Water

United States

Filed

A system for producing electrical power a thermoelectric generator including a thermopile, a hot junction, and a cold junction. A high temperature source may be thermally coupled to the hot junction wherein the high temperature source includes heat from within the earth’s surface. A low temperature source may be thermally coupled to the cold junction wherein the low temperature source comprises cold water from a body of water. The thermopile generates electricity from a temperature gradient between the hot junction and the cold junction.

Inventors:

·      Systems and Methods for Generating Electricity Using a Thermoelectric Generator and Body of Water

Europe WO 2007064406 A3

A system for producing electrical power a thermoelectric generator including a thermopile, a hot junction, and a cold junction. A high temperature source may be thermally coupled to the hot junction wherein the high temperature source includes heat from within the earth’s surface. A low temperature source may be thermally coupled to the cold junction wherein the low temperature source comprises cold water from a body of water. The thermopile generates electricity from a temperature gradient between the hot junction and the cold junction.

Inventors:

·      Systems and methods for generating electricity using a stirling engine

Europe WO 2008036814 A3

A system for generating power including a Stirling engine, and a high temperature source thermally coupled to a hot chamber of the Stirling engine wherein the high temperature source comprises heat from below the earth’s surface. In an embodiment of the system, the high temperature source may be a dry hole, oil well, or gas well.

Inventors:

·      Systems and Methods for Powering Devices with a Thermoelectric System

United States US 20070112467 A1

A system for powering a micro-robot including a thermoelectric system integrated with the micro-robot wherein the thermoelectric system includes a thermopile. A rechargeable battery operatively connected to the thermoelectric system to recharges the rechargeable battery using electricity generated by the thermopile from an environmental temperature gradient.

Inventors:

·      Systems and Methods for Generating Electricity Using a Stirling Engine

United States US 20080209904

Issued

A system for generating power including a Stirling engine, and a high temperature source thermally coupled to a hot chamber of the Stirling engine wherein the high temperature source comprises heat from below the earth’s surface. In an embodiment of the system, the high temperature source may be a dry hole, oil well, or gas well.

Inventors:

·      Systems And Methods For Generating Electricity Using Heat From Within The Earth

United States US20080223032

Issued

In one embodiment of the invention, a system may include a power generating means comprising a hot junction and a cold junction, a pump station, a high temperature source, and a low temperature source. The high temperature source may be thermally coupled by a first pipe system to the power generating means, wherein the high temperature source comprises heat from within the earth’s surface. The low temperature source may be thermally coupled by a second pipe system to the cold junction, wherein the low temperature source comprises water from a body of water. The pump station is operable to cause a heat transfer medium to descend through the first pipe system to the high temperature source within the earth’s surface and then to ascend through the first pipe system to the hot junction, generating electricity responsive in part to a temperature gradient between the hot junction and the cold junction.

Inventors:

·      Microbiocides and uses thereof

United States http://www.google.com/patents/US20160029634

Issued

The compositions and methods for control of microbial growth, for example, in oil and gas field fluids. The present invention also relates to microbicides, and more particularly, to the use of biocides in gas and oil field fluids.

Inventors:

·      Systèmes et procédés de génération d’haloamines et leurs applications dans des exploitations de pétrole et de gaz

Europe WO 2016010621 A1

Issued

La présente invention concerne des systèmes et des procédés de génération sur site (par exemple au niveau d’opérations de forage de puits de pétrole, d’opérations de fracturation hydraulique de puits de pétrole, de systèmes de transport d’eau d’appoint par pipeline et d’opérations de raffinage de pétrole et de gaz) de la chimie d’haloamine, telle que des chloramines et/ou des bromamines. L’invention concerne également l’application des haloamines produites pour réguler des microorganismes tels que des bactéries ainsi que leurs sous-produits nocifs tels que le sulfure d’hydrogène et d’autres substances indésirables trouvées dans les industries du pétrole et du gaz

Inventors:

·      Microbiocides et utilisations de ces derniers

Europe WO 2016010621 A1

Issued

The present invention relates to systems and methods for the on-site generation (for example at oil well drilling operations, oil well hydraulic fracturing operations, makeup water pipeline transportation systems, and oil and gas refining operations) of haloamine chemistry such as chloramines and/or bromamines. The invention also relates to the application of the generated haloamines to control microorganisms such as bacteria as well their harmful byproducts such as hydrogen sulfide and other undesired substances found in oil and gas industries

Inventors:

·      Microbiocides et utilisations de ces derniers

Europe WO 2016019092 A1

Issued

La présente invention concerne des compositions et des procédés de lutte contre la croissance microbienne, par exemple, dans des fluides de gisements de pétrole et de gaz. La présente invention concerne également des microbicides, et plus particulièrement, l’utilisation de biocides dans des fluides de gisements de pétrole et de gaz

Inventors: