Joseph A. Witherspoon, P.E., B.S.

Senior Engineer
Emphasis: Chemical / Process Engineering




Curriculum Vitae

Work with Mr. Witherspoon, our experienced process engineer and capital project manager. He has a strong background in analysis, problem solving, and troubleshooting. Mr. Witherspoon also has a strong conceptual and practical understanding of petroleum refining processes, natural gas processing including cryogenics, and other major chemical processes. He is extremely proficient in the operation of process simulation programs such as Pro/II and Aspen HYSYS.

Mr. Witherspoon has a wide range of expertise related to industrial chemical processes, as well as special interest and expertise in carbon fibers, biofuels and bioenergy, renewable energy, and clean energy technologies. His expertise also includes the following:

  • Distillation
  • Hydro-treating
  • Catalytic reforming
  • Isomerization and polymerization
  • Alkylation
  • Amine treating
  • Sulfur recovery
  • Cryogenic separation
  • Gas treating
  • Heat exchangers and fired heaters
  • Pumps and hydraulics
  • Piping systems
  • Compression

Throughout his career, Mr. Witherspoon has performed complete process designs and detailed engineering designs for all aspects of oil refining and natural gas processing systems, adding significant value, reliability, and profitability. He also has experience in the following:

  • PFD design and review
  • P and ID design and review
  • Vessel and equipment sizing and specification
  • Detailed vessel and equipment design
  • Process hazard analyses (PHAs)
  • Pre-startup safety reviews (PSSRs)
  • Process safety management programs and procedures

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