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Fellows Program Welcomes Second Class of Inductees

Ken Schoeneck and E. Martin Hinchliff inducted into Engineering Fellowship Program.

The Fellows program, established in 2012, honors individuals who have attained the highest level of distinction through significant engineering achievements that have had a global impact on Dresser-Rand by providing competitive advantages in the energy markets and being recognized as an industry expert in their engineering discipline. The program is designed to enhance our focus as a technology company and to recognize, reward and retain the best technical employees who have been practicing engineers for 20 years or more.

“Ken and Martin have both demonstrated exemplary leadership and made significant contributions to establish and maintain Dresser-Rand as a technology leader in the markets that we serve. They are active leaders in professional organizations that serve to advance the industries of gas machinery and mechanical engineering,” said David Nye, vice president of Technology for Dresser-Rand. “They have proven their commitment to developing the future of Dresser-Rand by effectively communicating our mission and earning client loyalty.”

Hinchliff and Schoeneck represent the Company’s second class of inductees in the Fellows program.

KenSchoeneck_siloKenneth Schoeneck

Kenneth Schoeneck is the director of Engineered Solutions at Dresser-Rand. His career in mechanical engineering began 49 years ago as a product design engineer at the Ingersoll-Rand Turbo Products Division in Phillipsburg, NJ. Later he became a development engineer for the same division.

During his six years as a development engineer, Ken developed and commissioned a high-speed, high-pressure ratio compressor specifically designed for offshore oil and gas production platforms. In addition to incorporating new design concepts for industrial turbomachinery, he also developed a two-stage, 125 PSIG centrifugal air compressor incorporating an integral power recovery turbine.

At different times Ken acted as manager of development for both Ingersoll-Rand and Dresser-Rand. In this capacity he designed and organized a number of development initiatives for pipeline compressors, large ethylene plant compressors and the industrial application of magnetic bearings. In 1990, Schoeneck moved into the role of engineering manager for Ingersoll-Rand’s Standard Pump Division. In this  role, he managed the engineering department and worked on a number of product lines, including pump configurator software, magnetic drive seal-less pumps and ProEngineer CAD modeling software.

In 1998, Schoeneck was named director of business development and technical support for Dresser-Rand and was responsible for organizing and growing the turbo compressor revamp and upgrade businesses within the Services operation. He also assumed responsibility for the Olean, NY Operations Services and Technical Support teams. In 2000, he established an applied technology engineering team in Olean that focused on revamping other manufacturers’ turbo compressors.

As director of Engineered Solutions, Schoeneck now oversees the Bethlehem Technology Center in Pennsylvania that houses all engineering and marketing functions for our applied technology turbo compressor revamps.

Schoeneck received a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from Lehigh University and a bachelor’s degree in mechanical and industrial engineering from Iowa State University. He spearheaded the creation of the Bethlehem remote technology center and was at the forefront of multiple mergers joining engineering departments from Ingersoll-Rand and Dresser-Clark. He is a lifetime member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

MartinHinchliff_siloE. Martin Hinchliff

Martin Hinchliff began his career with Dresser-Rand in 1977 as a Product Engineer in Sherbrooke, Quebec. In 1981 he relocated to Painted Post as a project engineer and worked on complex domestic and international reciprocating compressor projects. He was promoted to senior engineer in 1988. In this role, he led the standardization committee to establish the best design practices from Worthington, Clark and Ingersoll-Rand heritage designs. From 1994 to 2000 he led a design team that modernized Dresser-Rand’s line up of process reciprocating compressors.

In 2001, Hinchliff led a group of engineers on a nine-month assignment in LeHavre, France. As the technical support manager, he oversaw compressor revamps and upgrades and worked to improve product reliability. From 2002 to 2007, Hinchliff served as manager of project engineering and led a small department that grew into a team of more than 20 professionals.

Today, Hinchliff is a principal engineer at Dresser-Rand, and is a key technical resource in the design, application and reliability of reciprocating compressors. He has written multiple technical papers and articles and was honored with Dresser-Rand Presidents’ Award in 1996 for leading the engineering team that developed the PBC lineup of process reciprocating compressor cylinders.

Hinchliff holds a master’s degree in business administration from Syracuse University and a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Bradford in the United Kingdom. He is a member of the Project Supervisory Committee for the Gas Machinery Research Council, and a member of the API 688 task force that is writing a standard for pulsation and vibration control of positive displacement machines.

A formal recognition dinner was held in their honor at the Dresser-Rand Worldwide Management meeting held in Houston in February.

Tags: Careers, Engineering Fellowship

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