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Shell Technology Forum presenters provided attendees with the latest thinking globally on technology challenges relevant to Australia.
Keith Suter - Guest Speaker
Strategic planning consultant Keith Suter is this year’s guest speaker at the Shell Technology Forum.
Keith Suter is a Global futurist, thought leader, author and media personality, recognised and highly respected in the areas of social policy and foreign affairs. A regular on Seven's Sunrise program, he also appears on radio 2GB program "Talking Politics" and is often asked to comment for the ABC, Sky News and Macquarie Live News.
Visionary and insightful, his presentations range from economics, generational differences between employees, environmental topics, and futurist ideas, including technology and leadership trends.
Throughout his career, Keith Suter has been honoured with a variety of awards. He received the Australian Government’s Peace Medal in 1986 and was voted Australian Communicator of the Year in 1994. The following year he was voted Communicator of the Year by Rostrum, and in 1997, he was made a Rotary Paul Harris Fellow. Perhaps one of the biggest honours of his career, Keith was made a lifetime member of the UN Association in 1999.
Nick Schmitz - B2B Marketing Manager: Shell Australia
Nick Schmitz is currently the B2B Marketing Manager for Shell Australia. In this role he is responsible for developing and executing strategic marketing plans that deliver the business objectives for all 6 Downstream B2B businesses that operate in Australia. These include Lubricants, Commercial Fuels, Chemicals, Bitumen, Marine and Aviation.
Nick has a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering (1st Class Honours) and a bachelor’s degree in Commerce. He joined Shell in 1998 as a Reliability Engineer and for the first 6 years of his career he worked in technical roles including Reliability Engineering Manager and Engineering Projects Manager. During this time Nick developed, and still holds the patent for a unique condition monitoring technique known as FRVA (Frequently Reversing Vibration Analysis).
Over the last 8 years Nick has worked in a range of commercial roles including, Mining Marketing Manager and Supply Chain Development Manager where he worked in London and designed the supply chain for Shell’s world scale Gas To Liquids (GTL) plant in Qatar.
Dan Arcy - OEM Technical Manager: Shell Global Solutions
Dan Arcy is the Global OEM Technical Manager and is located at Shell Global Solutions, Westhollow Technology Center in Houston, Texas.
Dan’s responsibilities include Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) technical support. Dan works closely with OEMs in helping to develop new specifications and lubrication products. Dan is the Shell representative to the heavy duty engine oil technical committees. Dan also works very closely with the media and is the “face” of Shell Rotella.
With over 23 years of experience in the lubricants business, Dan has held a number of positions within Shell including: Product Manager for Heavy Duty Engine Oils, Technical Marketing Manager, Field Technical Service Manager and Director of Business Development. Dan’s responsibilities have included product development, lubricant formulation, public relations and training.
Dan serves as Shell’s representative to the American Petroleum Institute (API) Diesel Engine Oil Advisory Panel (DEOAP), a joint committee of oil marketers and engine manufacturers that manages the new performance category development process. He has held this position as a voting member for over fifteen years and has actively been involved in the development of the last 3 heavy duty engine oil performance categories.
Currently Chairman of the New Category Development Team (NCDT), Dan is responsible for leading the NCDT in defining the PC-11 performance standard. Dan also is a voting member on the ASTM Heavy-Duty Engine Oil Classification Panel (HDEOCP).
Jim Elfter - Divisional Field Service Engineer, High Horsepower: Cummins South Pacific
Jim Elfter has an MBA from the University of Maryland (USA), and joined Cummins South Pacific in May of 2007, in the High Horsepower Service Engineering group.
He currently leads a team of service engineers, tech support manager and fluid analyst in the South Pacific, for all Cummins engine platforms 19 Litre and larger.
Prior to joining Cummins, Jim was part of the Electro-Motive Division of General Motors, locomotive test and field service departments for 33 years. EMD’s core business is the manufacture of diesel engines and diesel electric locomotives.
Jim’s current and previous positions included the performance and reliability of diesel engines and root cause analysis/investigations of engine and product component failures.
Darren Barwick - Technical Mining Team Leader: Shell Australia
Darren Barwick is the Mining Technical Team Leader for the east coast of Australia based in Sydney.
As the Technical Team lead Darren is responsible for a team of Shell technical experts who are tasked with delivering cost reduction and increased productivity strategies to Shell customers.
Previously the senior technical advisor for all Shell’s major mining customers in Asia Pacific Darren has over 11 years experience in technical support roles across mining and transport.
Darren has a Bachelor of Engineering in Manufacturing Systems. Prior to Shell, he worked as a mechanical engineer in the maintenance and asset management division of a bauxite mine and alumina refinery in Australia.
He has been at Shell for eleven years, the majority of that time as a Fuels and Lubricants Engineer servicing Shell’s key customers in Australia and New Zealand.
David Curro - National Technical Manager: Shell Australia
David Curro is the National Technical Manager, based in Queensland, Australia.
David has a qualification in Applied Chemistry from Queensland University of Technology, and has over thirty years’ experience in the Petroleum Industry; all with the Shell Group.
He has worked in Shell’s Lubricants Technology Group for the last ten years, and is currently based in Australia. During this time, he has worked in various countries including Australia, New Zealand, Singapore and Malaysia.
Recently David was Group Manager East for the Commercial Technology Group in Shell, where he was responsible for Lubricants Technology in the Asia Pacific Region. He moved to the role of National Technical Manager in June this year.
Joe Galdes - Shell Global Product Application Specialist Mining Lubricants: Shell Australia
Joes Galdes is the Mining Lubricants Product Application Specialist, based in Perth, Australia.
Joe has a Bachelor Degree in Manufacturing Engineering and Engineering Management from RMIT University.
In 2006 Joe joined Shell Australia in Melbourne working in the Shell Technical Advice Centre before relocating to Perth in 2007 where he undertook the role of Lubricants Technical Advisor. During this time he worked closely with large mining companies such as Barrick Gold and Rio Tinto.
In 2011 Joe moved to Shell Projects and Technology as the Product Application Specialist for Mining Lubricants. In this role he works closely with key Global Mining Houses and OEM’s to find ways to deliver customer value, overcome technically based challenges and identify innovation opportunities.
Prior to starting his career with Shell, Joe worked for a Market Research consultancy where he was responsible for the development, management and delivery of several government and private sector research studies.
Stuart Macdonald - Shell LNG Applications Technologist: The Netherlands
Stuart Macdonald joined Shell in 2008 as Project Leader for Enhanced Experimentation (EE), a role in which he was responsible for discovering, developing and delivering projects in high-throughput experimentation, computer modeling, fast analytical methods, robotics and automation across Shell’s P&T business.
This role involved working with multiple teams internally and externally (business & technical) to ensure that cutting edge tools from outside Shell ensured new technology across Shell could be developed as quickly and efficiently as possible. Delivery by the EE team and portfolio was recognized by Shell’s CTO as a 2010 highlight.
Stuart joined the LNG New Markets team at the beginning of 2012. He is responsible for developing technical co-operations for LNG with key OEM partners in Europe, developing innovative technical solutions for LNG in transport for effective deployment, and LNG Gas Quality.
Stuart completed a PhD in Chemistry from Bath University, during which time he participated in the Biotech Yes Young Entrepreneur Scheme in the UK. Prior to this he completed a BSc. in Chemistry from Loughborough University which included a Diploma in Industrial Studies during a 1 year placement at the pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca.
Bruce Hodgins - Managing Director: Westport Innovations (Australia) Pty Ltd.
Bruce Hodgins received his Bachelor of Applied Science (Honours – Mechanical Engineering) at the University of British Columbia (Canada) in 1986 and has held a wide variety of roles with Westport.
Bruce is co-inventor of the original patents on High Pressure Direct Injection (HPDI) technology developed at UBC in the early 1990’s, which were subsequently acquired by Westport.
Prior to joining Westport, Bruce was also involved in the development of alternative fuel retail stations during his time with a Western Canadian fuel retailer. In 1999 he joined Westport in their Vancouver, Canada, head office and was named VP Business Development in 2001.
Bruce led the formation of Westport’s High Horsepower (HHP) division and was directly involved in developing a relationship with Caterpillar Inc. to co-develop high horsepower engines with HPDI technology.
In 2011 Bruce relocated to Melbourne to initiate the Managing Director role with Westport Australia.
Sean McLean - General Manager Automotive Products: Cummins
Sean McLean is the General Manager Automotive Products for Cummins South Pacific. He oversees product planning and portfolio management for Cummins' engine and after-treatment systems across the Light, Medium and Heavy Duty Truck segments and Bus & Coach markets.
He has a Bachelor of Engineering (Mech) from Monash University and a Masters of Business Administration from Swinburne University.
Sean has almost twenty years of experience with Cummins across Engineering, Account Management, Business Segment Management and Product Planning, supporting markets including Automotive, Mining, Agriculture and Construction.
Phil Webb - Off-Highway & Export Manager: Kenworth
Phil Webb is the LNG project leader for Kenworth Trucks in Australia. His role is to develop and coordinate the LNG system packaging for specific truck models in the Kenworth product range, for targeted LNG users. This role includes a high degree of integration of truck and trailer configurations to achieve desired operational outcomes within length and weight regulations.
Phil has worked in a broad range of engineering and technical sales roles for Kenworth over many years. He has degrees in engineering and innovation.