Management Team

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Dustin Smith, P.E. | Principal Consultant

Mr. Smith is a Co-founder and Principal Consultant at Smith and Burgess LLC, a process safety consulting firm based in Houston, Texas.  As a consultant, Mr. Smith has extensive experience with helping refineries and petrochemical facilities maintain compliance with the PSM Standard. Dustin has over 25 years of experience in relief systems design and PSM compliance. His experience includes both domestic and international projects.  Mr. Smith is a chemical engineering graduate of Texas A&M University and a licensed professional engineer in Texas.

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John Burgess, P.E. | Principal Consultant

Mr. Burgess is a Co-founder and Principal Consultant at Smith and Burgess LLC, a process safety consulting firm based in Houston, Texas.  As a consultant, Mr. Burgess has extensive experience with helping refineries and petrochemical facilities maintain compliance with the PSM Standard. John has 25 years of experience in relief systems design and PSM compliance. His experience includes both domestic and international projects. Mr. Burgess has been an active member of the API Subcommittee on Pressure Relief Systems for over a decade.  He is a licensed professional engineer in Texas and a BS & MS degreed Chemical Engineer from both Texas Tech University and the University of Missouri.

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Parimal Desai | Director of Business Development

Mr. Desai has experience in various aspects of the oil, gas, and petrochemical industries, including: field development planning, concept selection and design, front-end engineering and design, pressure relief system analysis, extensive process simulation, mechanical integrity, PHA, HAZOP, LOPA, SIL and use of Salus, PS PPM, Pressure Protection Manager® (PPM®), Relief ++ and UltraPIPE® software’s. He has a solid understanding of relief device sizing and installation codes, including ASME, API, and Design Institute for Emergency Relief Systems (DIERS). Mr. Desai has performed projects for many of the major domestic oil and gas companies.

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Dick Baum | Director of Engineering

Mr. Baum is a Senior PHA Consultant with 40 years of experience in the oil/gas/chemical sectors. He has been with Smith & Burgess since 2011, focusing on project management, HAZOP/LOPA facilitation, SIL Analysis, and Risk Management Studies. In his new role, Mr. Baum will be responsible for ensuring the firm’s Engineering Department continues to deliver on the organization’s core values: Customer Service, Expertise, and Integrity.

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Jeremiah McAfoose | Software Product Manager

Mr. McAfoose is a Tech Professional with 15 years experience with startups and Fortune 500 companies in software, hardware, web and mobile technologies. Experienced in due diligence and financing activities which have resulted in $2+ million in startup project funding along with strategic partnerships and various tech institutes. Mr. McAfoose has extensive experience with design, development, project management, quality assurance, and launch of various consumer\corporate software and hardware products. Experienced leading and coordinating work with teams across the United States and globally from Switzerland, UK, Germany, Taiwan, India, Jamaica and Central America.

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