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Pedro Tarafa Pedro Tarafa
Email: 
pedro.tarafa@upr.edu
Oficina:
CI-104C 

Horas de oficina: W 10:00-12:00pm, 1:30-4:30pm
Ext: 2136
Web: 
Área: Ingeniería Ambiental y Recursos de Agua 

 BIOGRAFÍA:

 

 INTERESES:

Interest in Environmental Engineering, Environmental Sciences, Bioengineering and Supercritical Fluids

 

 PROYECTOS:

 

 RESUME:

Education: PhD Chemical Engineering / Bioengineering (2010)
                University of South Carolina, Columbia SC

                MS Environmental Engineering (1999)
                University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez PR

                BS Chemical Engineering, Cum Laude (1997)
                University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez PR

Skills:
            • Strong communication skills as author, lecturer, and teacher.
            • Excellent interpersonal, writing, verbal and research skills.
            • Proficient user of word processors, spreads sheets, and graphics (AutoCAD)
            • Fully bilingual (English and Spanish)


Professional Experience:
09/10-present    University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez, PR
Position: Assistant Professor
Responsibilities:
• Teach undergraduate and graduate courses for environmental/chemical/civil engineers.
• Planned lectures and administered examinations.
• Provide professional advice and collaboration with colleagues in curriculum development and research for Bio-engineering and environmental engineering.

01/06-05/10  Dense Phase Fluids Lab, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC
Position: Research and Teaching Assistant
Responsibilities:
• Conduct and develop a novel technique for processing metallic biomaterials.
• In charge of safety and environmental matters in the research group.
• Design and supervise projects for undergraduate students and summer internships.
• Assist professors in lectures, laboratories and grading.

02/02-07/05       Pfizer Inc., Arecibo, PR (former Pharmacia Corp.)
Positions: Process Engineer II; Interim Supervisor (12/02-06/03); Acting Manager (04/04-07/04)
Responsibilities:
• Implemented and maintained compliance with Federal and local regulations (EPA, EQB, OSHA, cGMP), and corporate policies for the Chemical Warehouse operations.
• Implemented and monitored elements of the Process Safety Management regulation and applicable environmental regulations (RCRA, Water and Air) for the Chemical Warehouse operations.
• Provided support and assistance with HON LDAR program, MACT and SARA.
• Led and performed deviation investigation reports.
• Developed and reviseed SOP’s.
• Provided technical support for Engineering projects.
• Provided technical support for Chemical Plant processes, technology transfer, solvent recovery, and waste disposal.


10/00-12/01     Carlos E. Pacheco- Ingenieros Consultores,CSP, San Juan, PR
Position: Environmental Consultant Engineer.
Responsibilities:
• Project Manager for the design of the Expansion of San Sebastián Wastewater Treatment Plant.
• Preparation of Environmental Analysis.
• Back up for the supervision of wastewater treatment plant operations.

07/99-10/00 Lilly del Caribe Inc., Carolina, PR
Position: Environmental Technical Services Engineer.
Responsibilities:
• Assured plant compliance with federal, local, and corporate regulations and policies.
• Provided technical and regulatory support in environmental projects, such as: Ammonia Scrubber for the biochemical plant, Carbon Adsorber for alcohol recuperation, Odor Scrubber for the fermentation process, emergency electrical generators, and vacuum and filter bag selection for a capsule room.
• Preparation of SARA reports (311, 312, 313).
• Spill response.
• Back up for the Solid Waste Management (RCRA).
• Environmental Analysis preparation and Permits application.

Certificates:
• Workshop on Active and Cooperative Learning
• Process Safety Management
• Process Hazard Analysis Leader Training
• 40 hrs Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response
• TapRoot Advanced Investigation Team Leader Course
• DOT-Hazardous Materials Transportation Training
• 40 hrs Seminar for wastewater treatment plant operators

Special Courses:
• Anatomy and Physiology for Biomedical Engineers
• Membrane Separation Process
• Environmental Microbiology Engineering
• Fundamentals of Transport and Remediation in Subsurface Environments
• Fundamentals and Design for Air Pollution Control
• Hydrology Fundamentals

Publications:
• Tarafa et al., Removing endotoxin from metallic biomaterials with compressed carbon dioxide-based mixtures, J. Supercrit. Fluids 55 (2011) 1052-1058.
• Tarafa PJ and Matthews MA, Phase equilibrium for surfactant Ls-54 in liquid CO2 with water and solubility estimation using the Peng-Robinson equation of state, Fluid Phase Equilibria 298 (2010) 212-218.
• Tarafa et al., Compressed carbon dioxide for decontamination of biomaterials and tissue scaffolds, J.Supercrit. Fluids 53 (2010) 192-199.
• Tarafa et al. Supercritical CO2 for disinfection and processing of biomaterials and tissue scaffolds. Proceedings of the 9th International Symposium on Supercritical Fluids (2009).
• Tarafa P and Tang N. Leachate Recirculation within the Landfill. Hazardous and Industrial Wastes. Proceedings of the 32nd Mid-Atlantic Industrial and Hazardous Waste Conference (2000).

Presentations:
• Solubility of E. coli Endotoxins and Removal from Metallic Biomaterials Using Water-in-CO2 Microemulsions. 2010 American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) Annual Meeting, Salt Lake City, UT. November 11, 2010.
• Phase Equilibrium for Surfactant Ls-54 in Liquid CO2 with Water and Solubility Estimation. 2010 AIChE Annual Meeting, Salt Lake City, UT. November 8, 2010.
• Removing Endotoxin from Metallic Biomaterials with Compressed CO2-Based Mixtures. Poster presented at the 2010 Society for Biomaterials Annual Meeting, Seattle WA. April 21-24, 2010.
• Reverse Microemulsion System in Compressed CO2: Phase Behavior and Applications for Cleaning Biomaterials. PhD Dissertation Defense, University of South Carolina, Columbia SC. March 25, 2010.
• Processing Endotoxin-Contaminated Metallic Biomaterials with Compressed CO2-Based Mixtures. Poster presented at the 2009 South Carolina Bioengineering Symposium, Columbia SC. April 14-15 2009.
• Liquid and Supercritical CO2 for Decontamination of Biomedical Materials. 2008 American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA. November 21, 2008.
• Processing of Contaminated Metal Surfaces with Compressed CO2: Applications to Medical Biomaterials. Poster presented at the 2008 SEAGEP Annual Conference, Gainesville FL. May 2008.
• Processing of Contaminated Metal Surfaces with Compressed CO2: Applications to Medical Biomaterials. Poster presented at the 2008 Graduate Student Symposium, Columbia SC. March 2008
• Processing of Contaminated Metal Surfaces with Compressed CO2: Biomedical Applications. Poster presented at the AIChE 2007 Annual Meeting, Salt Lake City UT. November 2007.
• Removal of E. coli Endotoxin using Compressed CO2 and CO2-Based Mixtures. Poster presented at the USC School of Medicine Undergraduate Research Internship Program, Columbia SC. August 2007.
• Novel Processing of Materials for Improved Biocompatibility, Center for Fuel Cells Poster Presentations, Columbia SC. October 12, 2006.
• Transport of Explosive-Related Chemicals in Different Soils Under Variable Environmental Conditions, 25th Puerto Rico Interdisciplinary Scientific Meeting and 40th Junior Technical Meeting, UPR-Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, March 12, 2005.
• Transport of Landmine-Derived Chemicals in Different Soils Under Variable Environmental Conditions, Real Time Explosive Specific Chemical Sensors: in Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI) Annual Meeting, Jackson Hole, Wyoming, October 3-4, 2004.
• Physical Modeling of Explosive Chemicals Diffusion In Soils Under Variable Environmental Conditions: in Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI) Annual Meeting, Jackson Hole, Wyoming, October 3-4, 2004.
• Leachate Recirculation within the Landfill: in FoPER Symposium, Mayagüez, Puerto Rico, February, 1998.

Affiliations:
• Board of Engineers and Land Surveyors of Puerto Rico (2000-present)
• Institute of Chemical Engineers of Puerto Rico (2000-present)
• American Institute of Chemical Engineers (1994-present)

Honors:
• Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship (2007-2009)
• NSF- South Eastern Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate Fellowship (2006)
• Honeywell Fellowship (2006)
• Puerto Rico Industrial Development Company Fellowship (1997-1999)
• Alliance for Minority Participation Scholarship (1995)

 

 PUBLICACIONES:

  1. Tarafa et al., Removing endotoxin from metallic biomaterials with compressed carbon dioxide-based mixtures, J. Supercrit. Fluids 55 (2011) 1052-1058.
    1. Tarafa PJ and Matthews MA, Phase equilibrium for surfactant Ls-54 in liquid CO2 with water and solubility estimation using the Peng-Robinson equation of state, Fluid Phase Equilibria 298 (2010) 212-218.
  2. Tarafa et al., Compressed carbon dioxide for decontamination of biomaterials and tissue scaffolds, J.Supercrit. Fluids 53 (2010) 192-199.
  3. Tarafa et al. Supercritical CO2 for disinfection and processing of biomaterials and tissue scaffolds. Proceedings of the 9th International Symposium on Supercritical Fluids (2009).
  4. Tarafa P and Tang N. Leachate Recirculation within the Landfill. Hazardous and Industrial Wastes. Proceedings of the 32nd Mid-Atlantic Industrial and Hazardous Waste Conference (2000).

 
 
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