Dr. Eric Scharpf , PE, CFSE
Dr. Scharpf has thirty years of professional experience and is widely recognized as an expert in process and machine safety, efficiency analysis and optimisation. He has led many safety lifecycle projects and independent assessments in chemical processing, energy and machine automation applications. He has developed and teaches several of the exida functional safety engineering courses and is the technical lead for the consulting business in Australasia. He has published numerous reviewed journal articles and presentations as well as leading textbooks on SIL target selection, LOPA, risk analysis, functional safety assessment, and HAZOP. He developed several of the cryogenic gas processing, combustion, and separation techniques currently used for hydrogen, synthesis gas, and power generation. He was formerly a Process Chemical Engineer with a Fortune 200 gas and chemical processing company.
His principal work responsibilities have included research and development, project execution, and operations / manufacturing efficiency, safety, and reliability improvements in the bulk gas and specialty chemicals industry. He previously conducted research and development for a major international oil production and processing corporation. He also teaches several process, energy, and safety related courses at the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand. He has authored more than 15 US and international patents. Dr. Scharpf has a B.Ch.E. from the University of Delaware, a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Princeton University, and has held his CFSE since 2003.