Jennifer Morningstar, PE, CFEI, is a licensed professional engineer in South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia, Iowa and West Virginia, and an NCEES Model Law Engineer. Ms. Morningstar is a member of the National Association of Fire Investigators (NAFI) and the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE). She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemical Engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, as well as a Masters of Business Administration from the University of South Carolina.
Background Experience - Ms. Morningstar has 19 years of industrial experience. She spent 16 years working at a polyethylene terephthalate (PET) manufacturer gaining familiarity with all the unit operations. Her experience includes distributed control systems (DCS) and programmable logic controllers (PLC). She is an OSHA-trained Process Hazard Analysis study leader and completed Root Cause Failure Analysis training to become an Incident Investigator. Ms. Morningstar authored Lockout / Tagout Procedures and Confined Space Entry Procedures. She also managed capital expansion projects in excess of $1M and then spent 3 years as an energy management consultant in a variety of industries including mineral extraction, pulp & paper, animal harvesting & packaging (including rendering) and grain milling. Ms. Morningstar worked with both natural gas and coal-fired boilers producing saturated steam and super-heated steam for cogeneration. Other processes in her expertise include air compressors, cooling towers, chillers, multi-stage ammonia-based refrigeration systems, waste water treatment and biogas production.
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Troast Environmental Consulting (TEC) specializes in Toxicolgy Risk and Exposure. Dr. Richard Troast former senior scientist in the Superfund program at EPA is the Principal for TEC. DR. Troast has qualified as a toxicology expert under both Daubert and Frye requirements and has appeared in Court to support litigation. In addition Dr.Troast has been deposed numerous times and has defended his reports. DR. Troast's specialties include identifying lead risks from exposure to lead based paint and other potential sources. Risks from exposures to cadmium, arsenic, and other metallic products containing toxic metals. Risks to populations from releases of dioxins and other industrial chemicals released into the environment contaminating local surrounding areas, and contaminants found/released from other hazardous wastes. Dr. Troast has worked as an independent toxicologist on single issue litigations and as an expert supporting major class action litigations.
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Dr. James C. Norris, Ph.D., DABT, EURT is an Expert Witness in Toxicology and Pharmacology. He has Litigation and Arbitration experience in the United States, United Kingdom and Hong Kong. Dr. Norris has given testimony to government agencies, has acted as a consultant for the media (BBC) and is an Industrial Site Crisis Team Member. He is avaliable for both Plaintiff and Defense.
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Monoj K. Gupta is president of MG Edible Oil Consulting International. After working for thirty-two years in the private sector, Mr. Gupta started his private consulting company to assist the Fats & Oils Processing and the Snack Food industry. A specialist in Edible Oil Processing and Technology, Mr. Gupta offers a wealth of knowledge in the field.
Background: With a Master's degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, Mr. Gupta began his career at Procter & Gamble CO. in 1965. His direct responsibilities included product development, manufacturing and quality assurance. He joined the Anderson Clayton Company IN 1981, where he worked in engineering and productivity improvement in both the domestic and international divisions. Mr. Gupta had direct responsibility for designing and rebuilding oil-processing plants at numerous locations. His final corporate assignment was at the Frito Lay Company as a section manager and technical advisor in oil applications in research and development work and frying application worldwide. Mr. Gupta has worked closely within the past years and continues to have regular contact with the National Sunflower Association, the United Soybean Board, and the National Cottonseed Products Association, in the area of genetic and non-GMO modification of oil seeds, their applications and commercialization.
Monoj Gupta provides Litigation Support Services to attorneys for both Plaintiff and Defense. His expert witness cases include:
Peter Howell has almost 50 years of experience in the Design, Operation, Maintenance and Management of Chemical and Petrochemical Facilities with positions such as process engineer, project engineer, maintenance foreman, technical manager, engineering manager, plant manager and vice president and general manager.
Mr. Howell has extensive experience in developing, implementing and auditing the elements of OSHA's process safety management (PSM) regulation and EPA's risk management plan (RMP). He also has extensive experience in accident and incident investigations involving fire, explosion, and release of toxic and hazardous materials.
W. Tom Thweatt is a Senior Principal with Long International and has over 40 years of engineering, construction, and management consulting experience. He has extensive experience in major U.S. and international refining, chemical, petrochemical, offshore oil & gas development, pipeline, infrastructure, and thermal / hydroelectric power generation projects ranging from US$40 million to US$12 billion. He has worked extensively in projects that were executed by multi-national joint ventures on both the owner’s and the contractor’s sides. Mr. Thweatt has served on Joint Venture and Consortium Executive Committees and has participated directly in claims negotiations and settlement agreements in excess of US$100 million.