AUSTIN J. CROOKS, P.E. – Project Engineering Manager

Austin is a chemical engineer with over 10 years’ experience in process engineering design, project engineering and production engineering. Duties as a process engineer have included process design including control and flow scheme definition, equipment specification, hydraulic modeling and vacuum system modeling for conceptual and detailed design for petrochemical and chemical projects. Recent activities have focused on engineering design and management for chemical plant engineering and construction projects.


Domtar Paper (Ashdown, AR), Process/Project Engineer – Led effort for pulp additive delivery system design including metering pump/tank specifications, relief valve analysis for caustic system, and hydraulic evaluation of complete piping system. Evaluated multiple steam delivery scenarios to minimize capital investment for supplying 160 psig steam to new paper machine. Relief valve specification using principles from API 520 and ASME for various steam and high-pressure water utility systems. Responsible for creation and maintaining project equipment list. Served as project engineer for submittal review and technical coordination with all disciplines and equipment suppliers.

National Gypsum (Anniston, AL), Process Engineer – Developed equipment specification and bid tabulation for packaged boiler system. Conducted facility steam survey to evaluate relief protection for each major piece of equipment. Developed scope for correcting relief protection deficiencies as prescribed by API and ASME. Performed relief device calculations for protecting new stock dispersing system. Assisted in development of P&IDs, and other process deliverables.

MeadWestvaco (North Charleston, SC), Process/Project Engineer  – Designed and built Crude Tall Oil sulfuric acid transfer system, improving maintenance costs and eliminating leaks. Rehabilitated caustic system/improved safety throughout crude plant by upgrading 35 valves, circulation pumps, and preventing future leaks in system by improving tracing system. Provided design, procurement, and construction management for two new sulfuric acid tanks and associated piping system, improving long-term reliability and safety of overall process. Provided design, procurement, and construction management for new drumming system for asphalt emulsifiers. Developed relief valve calculations per API 520,521 and ASME VIII for new drumming system to protect against pump overpressure. Responsible for budgeting, management, and schedule of over $1.5 million of capital improvements in the Charleston plant. Served as PHA facilitator resource for the entire plant, conducting PSM revalidation PHAs and numerous MOC driven analyses.

EDUCATION/TRAINING  B.S., Chemical Engineering, Clemson University, Clemson, South Carolina, 2006.

PSM PHA Facilitator Training, 2012.

REGISTRATIONS                 Registered Professional Engineer – South Carolina

CERTIFICATIONS                  Member American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE)