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Juan Pablo Hurtado Padilla

Juan PadillaPh. D Student
Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Room 4128 Chemistry Building
Building #090
University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742

E-mail: jphp81@umd.edu
Phone: 301-405-3107

Chemical Industrial Engineer

Very responsible and goal focused with great capacity to apply theoretical knowledge in real-life situations.
Passionate about the energy industry and its fundamental role in our society. Equally adept at organized and
efficient work and very respectful of procedures and standards.


  • Universidad Mayor de San Simon, Cochabamba, Bolivia. B.S. Industrial Engineering 2009
  • Northern Virginia Community College. Annandale Campus. English as Second Language. 2010
    - (ESL) and College Composition
  • Universidad Privada Boliviana, UPB, Cochabamba, Bolivia, www.upb.edu
      - Certificate Program in Engineering, Simulation and Optimization of Oil & Gas Processes 2008
      - Certificate Program in Oil & Gas Engineering 2007


  • The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) 2007-2008
      - Welding in Oil pipelines, Natural Gas pipelines, and other pipelines. 2008
      - ASME Section IX: Welding 2007
  • IST LTda
      - Health, Safety and Enviroment Certified Inspector 2007

Areas of Expertise

  • Simulation of oil and natural gas processes and pipelines with specialized software
  • Deep knowledge in Non-Destructive Testing applied to metallic construction
  • Experience in project budgeting and execution up to 1 million US dollars
  • Experience in the supervision of metallic construction, pipelines design and modification, and facilities maintenance.
  • Hands-on knowledge of basic metallic construction procedures as welding, cutting, blast-sanding, etc.

Professional Experience

Conta Oil & Gas Services S.R.L, Cochabamba, Bolivia

  • Pipeline Building Supervisor 2009
    Initially appointed to elaborate the project budget, then promoted to Building Supervisor for a 6 inches, 8-mile pipeline with an elevation variation of almost 1000 meters in mountain terrain and a cost of approximately $125,000 per mile. This job presented several difficulties that were overcome with the elaboration of several specific construction and safety procedures, a very detailed and realistic building schedule, and accurate simulations using Aspen Hysys®.
  • Regional Administrator 2008
    Responsible for the elaboration, follow-up, and control of budgets for several different maintenance projects in pipelines, refineries and other facilities. Average execution of budgets of 90%+.
    IST Ltda, Cochabamba, Bolivia
  • Project Supervisor and HSE Inspector 2007-2008
    Conducted several projects supervision at “Gualberto Villarroel” Refinery in Cochabamba, Bolivia. These projects included the change and modification of product lines, tank maintenance and modification, gas spheres and tanks level control installation, and construction of natural gas measure bridges. Several of these projects included work as HSE supervisor, elaborating security procedures, field supervision, and security budgeting. Also experience was acquired in Non-Destructive Testing procedures such as radiography, magnetic particles, hydrostatic tests, and welding visual inspection.

Research Experience

  • Synthesis of Nanoparticles through aerosol methods Summer 2011
    Nanoparticles Laboratory. Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
  • MoS2 and it applications on Fuel Cells and Lithium Batteries Fall 2011
    Advanced Betteries and Fuel Cell laboratory.Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering


  • Synthesis of hexagonal Molybdenum Oxide nanoparticles through Flame Spray Pyrolysis In Preparation

Profesional Associations

  • American Institute of Chemical Engineers 2010
  • The American Society of Mechanical Engineers, ASME 2007
  • Society of Petroleum Engineers, SPE 2007
  • American Welding Society, AWS 2008


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