Frederick W. Braun P.E

Education  
State University of New York at Buffalo
Professional Engineering Licensed in New York State
Professional Memberships
American Society of Mechanical Engineers
International Society of Automation
Distinction, 1973
License # 50923
ASME
BS Engineering
ISA -- past president
   

Mr. Braun has continued his professional education in Management, Technology, Quality, and Computer Systems. He has also continues to present technical programs at seminars and provides articles for technical newsletters.

Exprience  
JDR Systems
Hands On Technical Training, Inc., Tonawanda, NY
AIC, Inc., Tonawanda, NY
PRAXAIR, Inc., Tonawanda, NY
Union Carbide Corp., Tonawanda, NY
Bell Aerospace Corp., Wheatfield, NY
2000 - 2010
1999 - Present
1993 - Present
1980 - 1993
1974 - 1980
1960 - 1974
   

As President of AIC, Inc., Mr. Braun oversees the implementation of an integrated program of engineering and management consulting services throughout the United States.  AIC provides mechanical, process, and electrical engineering consulting, custom-engineered system design, program management and forensic/failure analysis services to manufacturers, service companies, attorneys and insurance companies.  Typical services have included:

Mechanical engineering consulting – The design of a self-contained mobile modular air compression and drying systems for medium to large manufacturing companies.  The system design and upgrade of a toxic waste remediation system where the system upgrade included the use of an intrinsically safe control system and featured non-electric power supplies and inert gas atmospheres to prevent explosive conditions from occurring during material processing.  Other projects include the conceptual design of a self contained mobile landfill gas purification and liquefaction system for a manufacturer of high-tech equipment, the design of several air separation plants for export to the Far East, and the operational analysis and de-bottlenecking of a high speed line at a beverage filling facility.

Custom engineered system design – Design and build activities include the design and fabrication of an automated pilot plant that produces speciality metals for the Navy.  The metals are explosive requiring thorough gas purging, inert gas powered motors and monitoring systems to prevent material ignition.  Another design and prototype manufacture is a water press system for the removal of entrained water in produce. Additional projects include a series of custom assembly and material handling machines for the medical and manufacturing industries. Machines feature automated computer control and electro-mechanical, pneumatic and hydraulic actuation systems to achieve the performance required to meet client goals.

Program management services – Projects include project management of a NASA program for a major aerospace corporation of a specialized hardware component that is currently performing in the International Space Station Alpha. Other projects include the technical and business assessment of a company which produces industrial equipment and an analysis and recommendation of an air system upgrade for a large metal forming facility designed to ensure reliable operation.

Forensic/failure analysis consulting – Mr. Braun has completed forensic engineering investigations, scene/evidence investigations, engineering analysis, equipment failure analysis, metallurgical evaluation, quality control/ code/ literature search and interpretation, personal injury investigation, fire investigation, explosion investigation, malfunction investigation and simulation, design defect, equipment damage/repair assessment and recommendations, vibration analyses, litigation support and other specialty analyses and numerous other forensic engineering root-cause determinations.  Mr. Braun also served as a Consultant for JDR Systems on a diverse array of forensic engineering projects serving Attorneys, Claims Professionals, Corporations and Insurance Companies.

As the co-founder of Hands On Technical Training Inc.,  Mr. Braun serves as the technical resource for electrical maintenance training of adult learners in the field of basic and advanced control systems including the installation, troubleshooting and programming of PLC (Programmable Logic Controller) based control systems and robotics.  Additionally, he currently serves as the Past President and Trustee of the Niagara Frontier Section of the International Society of Automation and serves on many committees involved in training and scholarship.  He has presented many seminars at their technical meetings.

At PRAXAIR, Inc., Mr. Braun held numerous technical and managerial positions.  Mr. Braun managed a 30-person engineering organization supplying state-of-the-art designs for process gas manufacturing facilities.  He was responsible for specification, evaluation, installation, start-up and problem resolution of all major capital project equipment worldwide.  Additional responsibilities included the development and supervision of technical R&D programs.  Mr. Braun developed a system to optimize both the process design and the equipment selection of new air separation facilities that significantly reduced engineering costs and produced more cost-effective, energy-efficient and reliable plant designs.  He pioneered innovative techniques for predictive maintenance of process equipment that appreciably increased the reliability of the operating facilities, increased the plant on-line time, and reduced maintenance costs.

At Bell Aerospace Corp., Mr. Braun was a Senior Engineer in the Advanced Aerospace Structures Department, where he pioneered the development of mathematical modeling techniques that became known as the Finite Element Method.  Mr. Braun designed aerospace components, developed analytical tools, wrote computer programs, performed analyses, and authored numerous reports as part of the space program.