Vice President, Process Technology
Rasik Patel joined OnQuest as Director of Combustion Technologies in April 2002 and is a principal of the company. He is responsible for all heat transfer design, combustors, and environmental technologies for OnQuest.
With more than 25 years' experience in heat transfer design and optimization of refinery furnaces, reformers and critical high-temperature furnaces, such as ethylene pyrolysis, EDC crackers, and high-temperature steam superheaters, Patel is an acknowledged expert in furnace engineering, highly respected for his knowledge throughout the U.S. and internationally.
Prior to joining OnQuest, Patel worked for 26 years with KTI Corporation, which was acquired by German-owned Mannesmann Corporation in the early 1990s and then by Paris-based Technip in 1999. Before leaving KTI to join OnQuest, Patel was the Senior Manager of Furnace Design, responsible for the design and rating of all fired equipment—both proprietary and commercial technologies—within the Group. Patel was Manager of Thermal Design at KTI from 1980 to 2001, and was Senior Heat Transfer Engineer, from 1978 to 1980. He joined the KTI Group's U.S. office as an engineer in 1976.
Patel is an active member of the American Petroleum Institute's Committee on Fired Heaters and Heat Transfer Equipment, and has chaired sessions at the International Symposium on Combustion Technologies sponsored by the AFRC and JFRC. He is a Member of the Institute of Energy, and of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, and has published technical papers on a range of issues related to combustion technology.
Born in Zambia, Patel earned his Master's in Chemical Engineering from Imperial College of Science and Technology, University of London, in 1975, and completed the American Institute of Chemical Engineering's specialized course on Fired-Heater Engineering in 1977. He received his B.Sc. in Chemical Engineering at University College, University of London, in 1974. Patel became a U.S. citizen in 1985 and lives in Pasadena, Calif.