National Professional Engineers Week: February 18th through February 24th
Gulf Coast Environmental Systems is proud of the superior team of engineers and pollution control experts that we employ. Not only are they the who’s who of industry experts but they are truly wonderful people who are engaged in their communities, families and of course their careers. With this being National Professional Engineers week there is no better opportunity to introduce a few of our team members.
Education: Vanderbilt University, Bachelor of Engineering (BE) in Mechanical Engineering (ME)
What is your favorite GCES product or service? Our Engineering Services because we are able to make the most positive impact with customers by improving people’s lives both at work and at home. The equipment we design and supply brings it all together making the work we do within our engineering team and services come to fruition.
What is the best part of working at GCES? Being able to bring an idea from paper to operation.
As our Technical Director, Chad Clark, has developed many of our internationally recognized BACT (Best Available Control Technology) air pollution control systems including the breakthrough patent pending Aqueous Regenerative Thermal Oxidizer (RTO). Mr. Clark is a graduate of Vanderbilt University with a degree in Mechanical Engineering and has spent most of his career in environmental protection engineering. Mr. Clark is a sought after speaker and thermal oxidizer expert who is regularly sought out for this knowledge on air pollution control technologies and remediation best practices. Having recently developed a line of Thermal Oxidizers that can be operated through heat recovery, natural gas or electric, Mr. Clark has once again lead the field in technological development and best practices.
When Mr. Clark is not immersed in work and on the road visiting customers, he enjoys continuing his worldwide travel with his wife of 15 years and 3 beautiful children. He finds it exciting to view different cultures and experiences through a child’s eyes. Mr. Clark believes there can never be too much time on a golf course.
Education: Texas A & M University, Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering and Harvard Business School, Strategic Marketing Management Program
What is your favorite GCES product or service? As with many things in my life I have realized that there is no one thing that is “the best”, be it children (although each one of them would all argue that they are the favorite) or pollution control equipment. I enjoy the complex abatement challenges where we combine multiple technologies to deliver a solution that makes operational sense for our customer.
What is the best part of working at GCES? As the VP Operations at GCES I have the privilege of working closely with the engineering, manufacturing and service departments ensuring that each customer and project has a successful experience implementing a GCES pollution control solution. At the end of the day, when our team has delivered a solution that matches our customers operational needs with those of environment, I can honestly say ‘it was a good day’. Only the lucky ones get to say that about their job.
Jay Swoboda, a proud Aggie, husband and father, is the VP of Operations and oil that greases the GCES wheels. His approach is hands on and needless to say it works. He can regularly be found on the shop floor checking in on production and his team. Mr. Swoboda continually strives for improvements that enhance the customer experience. Mr. Swoboda has degrees from Texas A & M and Harvard Business School, over three decades of operations and manufacturing engineering and holds United States Patent Number 4,384,901 for Method and Apparatus for Cutting and Beveling Pipe that is being used today by many industries.
Education: Mining and Metallurgical Engineer
What is your favorite GCES product or service? The Regenerative Thermal Oxidizer (RTO) is my favorite GCES product. Our RTO often is the most long term cost effective solution for destroying containments. With comparatively low operating costs and high destruction efficiency an RTO is a superior pollution control solution under the right operating conditions.
What is the best part of working at GCES? GCES is an organization focused on improvement. Whether it be continually innovating and developing new approaches to pollution control abatement, improving partnerships with our customers, or growing as an individual, GCES management encourages growth and development. This provides opportunities to improve as an individual and an employee.
Mr. Santillan is a 25 plus year mining and natural gas veteran who has published over 20 technical papers in Australia, China, Columbia, UK, Germany, India, Mexico and the United States. Mr. Santillan is internationally recognizes as a CMM, CBM and VAM expert specializing in resource recovery and assessment including underground mining planning, design and operations. Mr. Santillan manages energy projects in Mexico, Latin America and Coal Mining Worldwide with a primary emphasis on the technical assessment and development of gas resources. Among his many successes he developed and register the first CDM project in UNFCCC in the coal sector in Latin America. Mr. Santillan is about to celebrate his 30th anniversary with his wife, whom he shares three children with. He is an avid bass fisher and considers himself a very lucky man that God that he has provided him the honor of a beautiful family to take care of.
Education: Polytechnic Institute, Kiev, Ukraine, MS in Mechanical Engineering
What is your favorite GCES product or service? Any project, which is a challenge, so I could break my brain over it.
What is the best part of working at GCES? The responsibility. You are responsible for your work, and you cannot pass your work to someone else.
Mr. Burda began working at age 17 and has not yet slowed down. Celebrating his seventh year with GCES he is truly a perfectionist and the end results show in the hundreds of pollution control solutions scattered around the globe that he has helped to design and engineer. Mr. Burda is avid reader who can often be found with his nose in a non-fiction history book or the occasional science fiction novel. Most summers he can be found enjoying an international vacation and discovering the world with his wife whom he’s been married to for 42 years. He has one son who has blessed him with two grandchildren that are his pride and joy.
Education: Instituto Tecnológico de Tijuana, Licentiate Degree in Biochemical Engineering
What is your favorite GCES product or service? That would be the Regenerative Thermal Oxidizer. Although every product is equally important, I believe the RTO is a reliable, rugged and efficient solution for a wide array of industries. Pollutants go in, CO2 and H2O go out, the same compounds we flush out when breathing.
What is the best part of working at GCES? When I decided to major in Biochemical Engineering, it was because of a desire to better understand nature and to learn to use the principles of science, technology and innovation to solve problems. GCES gave me the opportunity to apply that knowledge working alongside people of all backgrounds to do our part in the common goal of developing and providing solutions that contribute for a greener, cleaner future for the generations to come. It’s also very encouraging how much I learn from the people I work with.
Mr. Gama is one of the newest members of the GCES engineering team. His current goal is to become an honest, reliable, knowledgeable and experienced professional, so that when he is assigned a difficult task all parties involved will rest assured that he will see it through to the best of his ability. Passionate about knowledge, be it science, philosophy, sociology or history, Mr. Gama loves learning new things and sharing that knowledge. His hobbies included reading, cult classic films, fine arts including charcoal drawing and painting, homebrewing (yes we all want an invite to his house) and meeting new people of diverse thoughts and cultural backgrounds.
Education: Zheng Zhou University of Light Industry, Zhengzhou, China, Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering
What is your favorite GCES product or service? The Thermal Recuperative Oxidizer (TRO) is simple yet efficient and economic with relatively low operating costs which makes it my favorite.
What is the best part of working at GCES? Being able to work with great people, and the realization that we are working towards the good of the earth makes working at GCES a wonderful experience.
As the resident Foodie at GCES, Mr. Lu spends his weekends exploring the wonderful cuisine in the greater Houston area. Celebrating nearly six years as a GCES engineer he has developed a substantial list of both local haunts and Houston legendary meals that can’t be missed. If you are ever in the area make sure to ask Mr. Lu for a dinner recommendation, you will never be disappointed. Mr. Lu dreams of traveling the world to continue his exploration of cuisines, cultures and history.
Education: McNeese State University, B.S. in Mechanical Engineering
What is your favorite GCES product or service? I enjoy designing very large RTO’s. They are more challenging to design but it’s fun seeing these large, imposing structures come together.
What is the best part of working at GCES? Being new to the workforce I’m very grateful for the experience and many learning opportunities available here. Whatever the future holds I know my time here is being well spent. Plus seeing the ideas I sketch out on the computer become real things that can go out and serve an important purpose is a pretty incredible feeling.
Cars are a big passion of Mr. Smith’s. He has been working on them since he was little and that is the reason he got into engineering. He also really enjoys playing his trumpet as often as he can and traveling with friends.