Andre R. Da Costa

Andre R. Da Costa

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  • Professor, Chemical Engineering
  • Herbert H. Dow Chair in Chemical Process Safety
  • PhD, Chemical Engineering, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia
  • MS, Chemical Engineering, DI Mendeleev University of Chemical Technology of Russia, Moscow
  • Executive Program Certificate, Stanford University, Graduate School of Business

Biography

Dr. Andre Da Costa joined the faculty at Michigan Tech as a Professor of Chemical Engineering and Herbert H. Dow Chair in Chemical Process Safety in the Fall of 2017 following a 20+ year career in the Chemical, Mineral Processing and Oil and Gas industries across 5 continents. His industrial experience includes R&D, engineering and operations. He has expertise in membrane technology, technology of inorganic compounds and fertilizers and process safety.

Da Costa was a Director and Chief Process Safety Strategy at Pacific Gas and Electric Company where he led the development of the Process Safety function. Prior to this position, he was a Chemical Engineering Manager with Corning Incorporated to re-build the Chemical Engineering function across the corporation globally. He held different positions at Chevron, including Engineering Manager for a North America exploration and production Business Unit. Prior to Chevron, Da Costa was a Process Development Manager at Membrane Technology and Research, Inc., where he led research and development of membrane separation processes for natural gas, refining, and petrochemicals and was Principal Investigator on competitive research grants from NSF, DOE and EPA. Da Costa also worked for Fluor Corporation on a variety of multi-billion-dollar oil and gas and mineral processing capital projects for Fortune 500 companies. In addition, he was a guest Lecturer in Mass Transfer and Separations at San Jose State University for 5 years.

Da Costa is named co-inventor on 14 U.S. patents and is co-author of 30 journal and conference presentation papers. He is a Fellow of AIChE, IChemE and Engineers Australia. Da Costa served AIChE as: member of the Board of Directors and Treasurer; member of the Career and Education Operating Council; chair of the Executive Board of the Program Committee; co-chair of the 2006 Annual Meeting; chair of the Separations Division; chair of the Northern California Section; member of the Managing Board of CCPS; member of the CCPS Technical Steering Committee; member of CEP Editorial Board. He was a referee for the Journal of Membrane Science for 14 years and was a co-founder and chair of the American Gas Association Process Safety Sub-committee. Da Costa served on the Industrial Advisory Board of the Biomedical, Chemical and Materials Engineering Department at San Jose State University and the Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering at the University of Nevada, Reno. Da Costa has received numerous honors and awards for his leadership and technical contributions to the chemical engineering profession.

Courses Taught

  • CM4990/5900 – Membrane Separation Fundamentals and Applications
  • CM4310 – Chemical Process Safety/Environment

Research Interests

  • Membrane Separation Technology
  • Membrane Integrity: Water Treatment and bio/pharma processes
  • Membrane Fouling and Module Design
  • Process Safety: Inherently Safer Design
  • Quantitative Risk Analysis
  • Process Safety Management Systems

Publications

  • K.A. Lokhandwala, I. Pinnau, Z. He. K.D. Amo, A.R. Da Costa, J.G. Wijmans, R.W. Baker, "Membrane Separation of Nitrogen from Natural gas: A Case Study from Membrane Synthesis to Commercial Deployment", J. Memb. Sci. 346 (2010) 270-279.

  • A.R. Da Costa and A.G. Fane, “Net-Type Spacers: The Effect of Configuration on Fluid Flow Path and Ultrafiltration Flux,” Ind. Eng. Chem. Res. Vol. 33, No. 7 (1994).

  • A.R. Da Costa, A.G. Fane and D. Wiley, “Spacer Characterization and Pressure Drop Modeling in Spacer-Filled Channels,” J. Memb. Sci. 87, 79 (1994).

  • A.R. Da Costa, A.G. Fane and D. Wiley, “Ultrafiltration of Whey Protein Solutions in Spacer-Filled Channels,” J. Memb. Sci. 76, 245 (1993).

  • A.R. Da Costa, A.G. Fane, C.J.D. Fell and A. Franken, “Optimal Channel Spacer Design for Ultrafiltration,” J. Memb. Sci. 62, (1991).

Patents

  1. A.R. Da Costa, R. Daniels and A.D. Jariwala, “Liquid-Phase Separation of Low Molecular Weight Organic Compounds”, U.S. Patent 7,479,227 B2, Jan. 20, 2009
  2. R. W. Baker, A.R. Da Costa, and K. A. Lokhandwala “Carbon Dioxide Removal Process”, U.S. Patent 6,648,944 B1 Nov. 18, 2003
  3. R. W. Baker, K. A. Lokhandwala, J. G. Wijmans, and A.R. Da Costa, “Nitrogen Removal from Natural Gas Using Two Types of Membranes”, U.S. Patent 6,630,011 B1, Oct. 7, 2003 
  4. I. Pinnau, Z. He, A.R. Da Costa, K. D. Amo, and R. Daniels, “Gas Separation Using Organic-Vapor-Resistant Membranes and PSA”, U.S. Patent 6,592,650, July 15, 2003
  5. R.W. Baker, I. Pinnau, Z. He, K. D. Amo, A.R. Da Costa, and R. Daniels, “Nitrogen Gas Separation Using Organic-Vapor-Resistant Membranes”, U.S. Patent 6,579,341, June 17, 2003
  6. R.W. Baker, I. Pinnau, Z. He, K. D. Amo, A.R. Da Costa, and R. Daniels, “Carbon Dioxide Gas Separation Using Organic-Vapor-Resistant Membranes”, U.S. Patent 6,572,680, June 3, 2003
  7. R.W. Baker, I. Pinnau, Z. He, A.R. Da Costa, R. Daniels, and K. D. Amo, “Gas Separation Using Organic-Vapor-Resistant Membranes in Conjunction with Organic-Vapor-Selective Membranes”, U.S. Patent 6,572,679, June 3, 2003
  8. R.W. Baker, I. Pinnau, Z. He, K. D. Amo, A.R. Da Costa, and R. Daniels, “Hydrogen Gas Separation Using Organic-Vapor-Resistant Membranes”, U.S. Patent 6,544,316, April 8, 2003
  9. R.W. Baker, A.R. Da Costa, and R. Daniels, “Membrane-Augmented Manufacture of Cumene”, U.S. Patent 6,525,236, Feb 25, 2003
  10. R. W. Baker, K. A. Lokhandwala, J. G. Wijmans, and A.R. Da Costa, “Two-Step Process for Nitrogen Removal from Natural Gas”, U.S. Patent 6,425,267, July 30, 2002
  11. R.W. Baker, A.R. Da Costa, and R. Daniels, “Membrane-Augmented Manufacture of Propylene Derivatives”, U.S. Patent 6,414,202 B1, July 2, 2002
  12. I. Pinnau, Z. He, A.R. Da Costa, K. D. Amo, and R. Daniels, “Gas Separation Using Organic-Vapor-Resistant Membranes”, U.S. Patent 6,361,583 B1, March 26, 2002
  13. I. Pinnau, Z. He, A.R. Da Costa, K. D. Amo, and R. Daniels, “Gas Separation Using C3+ Hydrocarbon-Resistant Membranes”, U.S. Patent 6,361,582 B1, March 26, 2002
  14. R.W. Baker, A.R. Da Costa, R. Daniels, I. Pinnau, and Z. He, “Membrane-Augmented Polypropylene Manufacturing”, U.S. Patent 6,271,319 B1, August 7, 2001