Mihir M. Patel – Chemical Engineer & Project Management Professional
The author Mihir M. Patel, is a Chemical Engineer with a Master’s degree from USA in 1987. He is practicing chemical engineering with 33+ years in process and process safety engineering. Additionally, he is a Project Management Professional (PMP®) from PMI, USA, which gives him a unique overall project perspective in addition to process perspective. Also, he is TUV SUD certified Functional Safety Professional.
He has worked all around the globe, in small as well as mega greenfield and brownfield projects. The projects have been oil & gas, petrochemicals, polymerization as well as chemical plants. The processes have been continuous as well as batch.
He has worked in premium companies in design as well as in operations field.
Foreword by Manoj Shah
Presently: Consultant-Chemical Plants and Technologies.
Previously: Retired as Executive Director (Technical) at IBI Chematur Engineering & Consultancy Ltd., Mumbai, India
Setting up of a Greenfield Chemical Plant is essentially a complex process and a chemical engineer (quite often called a process engineer) has to wear different hats while visualizing and implementing any chemical plant from “Concept to Commissioning”, in a time bound manner. Whereas theoretical understanding of concepts is very important, it is equally critical to have an easy access to the vast pool of Chemical Engineering knowledge in the form of handy design tools, documents and formats which help the process engineer to overcome the challenges of time and cost constraints of a project. “Mihir’s Handbook of Chemical Process Engineering” endeavors to do just that. The author with his vast experience as a “Process Engineer” as well as a “Project Engineer” in the chemical industry, has brilliantly compiled the various practical aspects of process design and project management in this book.
The book does excellent justice to the most common Unit Operations encountered in the Chemical and Petroleum Industry. Besides covering the important theoretical aspects from a more practical viewpoint in various chapters in Volumes I & II, one must note that the Volume III, Chapters 40 to 44 place a very important tool in the hands of the Process / Project engineer by vividly covering the important Process Engineering Calculation Templates, Checklists, Datasheets, Technical Bid Evaluation Formats and Typical P&IDs.
Overall, this is an excellent reference book for Process / Project Engineers of all ages involved in Chemical Process Engineering. I wish Mihir all the success for the launch of this book and complement him for his tireless efforts in compiling and publishing such a useful reference book for chemical process engineers.