Webinar Presenter - Bowen EHS, LLC
Link Shumaker earned a BS degree in Chemical Engineering in 2002 and an MS in Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering in 2007 both from the University of Kentucky. In 2007 he moved to Moncure, NC to begin his work in the biodiesel industry with Piedmont Biofuels. After five years with Piedmont biofuels, Link continued working in community scale biodiesel production using restaurant grease as a feedstock through his sole proprietorship, JL Shumaker Consultancy. Between 2007 and 2014, Link worked with eight companies designing, building, permitting, plumbing, operating, optimizing and maintaining biodiesel plants and biodiesel business models. In 2015, after a short stint in the biomass pelletization industry, Link joined RTI International’s Energy Technology Department where he works as Research Chemical Engineer designing, building, plumbing, operating and maintaining next generation energy technologies. Link is licensed as a Professional Engineer (PE) certified as a Manager of Environmental Safety and Health (MESH) in the State of NC and a senior member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers.
EXPERIENCED PROFESSIONAL ENGINEER
Systems | Innovation | Safety | Integration
Skilled engineer licensed in the State of North Carolina with 11 years research and commercial process development experience in the renewable fuel and power sectors . Committed to meaningful contribution to worthwhile projects progressing toward global economic reform and climate change management. Proven skill in building solutions and achieving results.
✓ American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) Senior Member, 2016
✓ Implemented lean process management practices and best practice sharing in the world’s largest biomass pelleting enterprise in 2015
✓ Certified as a Professional Engineer in the State of North Carolina in 2014
✓ Certified as Manager of Environmental Safety and Health (MESH) by NC Dept. of Labor in 2014
✓ Presented technical biodiesel discussions in 2013 and 2014 at the Collective Biofuels Conference
✓ Designed and installed a continuous flash process, a steam distribution system, a production laboratory, good housekeeping and safety practices, standard operating procedures and a quality program in a 100K gallon per year biodiesel production facility from concept to operation in 2013
✓ Standardized production and increased max throughput at three biodiesel plants by initiating and implementing ideas that decreased downtime and increased yields including computerized maintenance management systems, SOPs, quality programs, production progress logs, productivity metrics, mass/energy balances, P&ID’s and team visioning from 2009 to 2013
✓ Trained more than 10 operators and maintenance staff as well as dozens of interns from 2008 to 2012
✓ Hired and managed a team of four that produced over a million gallons of biodiesel in 2008
✓ Intimate exposure to seven biodiesel plants ranging from 50K to 5MM gallon per year production capacity between 2007 and 2014
✓ Achieved a thesis based Master’s Degree in Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering and published peer reviewed technical papers on transesterification heterogeneous catalysis in 2007