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J. Michael (Mike) Jesionowski is a seasoned project and process engineer, whose experience is based on his long-term career at the Toledo, Ohio refinery of Sunoco, Inc. and subsequent refinery project management work completed during a 3 year contract period in Lima, Ohio and assignments with Becht Engineering.  Mike has extensive expertise in energy conservation and in capital and strategic planning, functions he specialized in at Sunoco.  Selected projects and accomplishments:

  • Refinery Project Engineer and Project Manager   Responsible for a wide variety of refinery revamp improvements including FCC gas plant, Main Fractionator, Debutanizer, Compressors that helped significantly expand capacity of this UOP FCC technology unit located in an Ohio refinery.  Provided process design, project engineering and project management including training of and supervision of less experienced engineers.
  • Energy Optimization   Becht Engineering’s process engineer in a team of client and contract engineers who inspected and provided energy savings recommendations for chemical producing facilities located at the client’s USA and international sites.
  • Lead Process Engineer   Supervised refinery technical services and process design support to the Crude and Vacuum distillation, Propane deasphalting, FCC, Alkylate, Poly gasoline, Reforming, Hydrocracking, Hydrotreating, UDEX, gas plants, Utilities, and Product Logistics units and catalyst evaluation. Supervised process engineering of refinery improvement projects. 
  • Capital Planning Specialist   Developed refinery capital plans and managed a $60 Million annual capital plan which included mandated infrastructure, and profit improvement projects such as sulfur plant expansion, Vacuum Tower Bottoms conversion, manufacture of low sulfur diesel fuel, reduction of gasoline Reid vapor pressure, advanced process control, and BTX manufacture and logistics.
  • Refinery Strategic Planner   Responsible for strategic planning for the Sunoco Refinery. Constructed LP Models used for short-term and long term strategic planning. Developed plans for revamps of major processing units. Coordinated and analyzed Solomon Associates' survey data and integrated conclusions into company strategic plans. Recommended a new yield accounting system that was installed 
  • Energy Conservation   Served 1 year as Sunoco Corporate Energy Coordinator. Identified capital projects and reduced refinery energy consumption by 30%. Projects featured innovative technologies including use of heat pipes to recover heat from flue gas, and novel gas purchasing arrangements that significantly reduced fuel costs.

Mike has his BSChE from Ohio University, and an MBA from Bowling Green State University.  Continuing education seminars include Distillation Theory, Process Heat Transfer, Hydroprocessing, Engineering Management. He has published technical papers in the areas of automated yield accounting and refinery energy consumption.

Mike has been an active member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers for many years, serving as Treasurer, Secretary, Program manager, and Chairman of the local section. He was named Engineer of the Year by his local section in 1991. He has been a member of National Manufacturers' Association, and has served as a member of the committee on Petroleum Measurement of the American Petroleum Institute.

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