Staff Engineer I

Years of Experience: 4

Education & Licenses:

  • Bachelor of Science, Corrosion and Reliability Engineering, The University of Akron, Akron, OH

Areas of Specialization:

  • FFS Evaluations of Piping and Fixed Equipment in HTHA Service
  • Root Cause Failure Analysis and Metallurgical Evaluation
  • Mechanical Integrity Gap Assessments
  • API 579 Fire Damage Review
  • Hot Tap Parameter Optimization

Overview:

Mr. Kowalski joined E2G | The Equity Engineering Group, Inc. in 2017 as a Materials & Corrosion Engineer.  With E2G, Mr. Kowalski has performed dozens of metallurgical failure analyses and has provided recommendations to mitigate similar occurrences in the future.  He has been a part of several mechanical integrity gap assessments as well as leading several of his own, ranging from single process units to entire refineries.  Additionally, Mr. Kowalski has audited the main process piping and pressure vessel equipment of 15 process units for HTHA risk considering current and historical/future operating conditions.  Mr. Kowalski has performed over 40 HTHA FFS evaluations of critical fixed equipment and main process piping, ultimately establishing a life-cycle management program for each component.  He specializes in maintaining materials and corrosion engineering practices for the Fertilizer Industry (currently NH3 and Urea).  In his day-to-day responsibilities, Mr. Kowalski routinely provides materials and corrosion guidance, both internal to E2G and external to clients.  Several peer-reviewed publications are credited to Mr. Kowalski in addition to several presentations at industry conferences (AiChE and NACE) as well as instruction of multiple training courses.

Before joining E2G, Mr. Kowalski worked as a Materials and Corrosion Engineer for Duramax Marine with focus on the heat exchanger product line.  He conducted several metallurgical failure analyses to determine the root cause of failure and recommended changes to operations to prevent failure in the future.  Additionally, Mr. Kowalski investigated key variables related to brazed joint integrity as well as designing experiments to provide further understanding.

Mr. Kowalski has also worked as a Corrosion Engineer for Dominion East Ohio Gas, where he focused on Risk-Based Inspection in the storage field.  Mr. Kowalski provided expert input on recommending inspection locations as well as determining optimized Corrosion Monitoring Locations (CMLs).

Mr. Kowalski previously worked as a Process Engineer for Swagelok in the Valve Services Group (VSG), where he led process improvements for increased efficiency.  Additionally, he designed new valve testing components utilizing SolidWorks 3D, which led to improved workflow and reduced testing times.