Mike Simard, PE, PMP, CEP

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

General Specialty

Mechanical Engineering

Specialty Focus

Biomass Systems
Capital Cost Estimating
Engineering Design
Feasibility Studies
Heavy Machinery
Industrial Construction
Industrial Safety
Manufacturing Costs
Manufacturing Costs Capital Costs
Manufacturing Processes
Operations Management
Pilot Plant Design
Process Development
Process Scale-up
Project Management
Quality Assurance
Slurry Pumping
Supercritical Fluids
Technical Due Diligence

Primary Areas of Expertise

Engineering and Manufacturing

Cost Estimating

Expertise in engineering design, manufacturing processes, manufacturing costs, industrial construction, heavy machinery, project management, capital cost estimating, quality assurance, and industrial safety. Specific technical skills in industrial plant construction, pilot plants, process scale-up, commissioning & testing, and troubleshooting. Specific technical skills in biomass handling, slurry pumping, supercritical fluids, mixing systems, liquid/solid separation, control valves, compressed-air systems, material handling, and mechanical systems.

Over 30 years of experience in process design and manufacturing for start-ups to Fortune 100 companies in power generation, biomass conversion, and building material industries. Education includes BSME, MSME, and MBA. Licensed Professional Engineer (PE), certified Project Manager Professional (PMP), and Certified Estimating Professional (CEP). Published author, conference speaker, and inventor with multiple patents. Currently a full-time faculty member at Villanova University, having developed courses in mechanical design and engineering economics. Fluent in French, both written and spoken.


Expert Witness Experience:

Experienced in testimony and report writing, retained by both plaintiff and defense counsels, in cases involving manufacturing process design, facility decontamination/relocation, and industrial accidents.



  • B.S. Mechanical Engineering
  • M.S. Mechanical Engineering
  • M.B.A.



  • Professional Engineer (PE)
  • Project Manager Professional (PMP)
  • Certified Estimating Professional (CEP)


Additional Information: 


  • Biomass Processor Banishes Bottleneck. Chemical Processing, April 2016.
  • Scaleup Options and Risk. Chemical Engineering, April 2014.

Conference Presentations:

  • Cost Estimating of Chemical Plant Construction. International Solvothermal and Hydrothermal Association Conference. Valladolid, Spain. 11 September 2023.
  • PMMA hydrolysis in subcritical water: temperature, time and pH effects. 13th International Symposium on Supercritical Fluids. Montreal, Canada. 16 May 2022.
  • Project Management Implementation in a Capstone Design Course. American Society for Engineering Education. 10 April 2021.
  • Scaling Disruptive Technology. Annual Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference. Washington, D.C. 18 June 2013.
  • Engineering the Bio-Based Industrial Revolution. ASME Chapter Meeting. Philadelphia, PA. 8 November 2012.
  • Rheology and Pumping of Woody Biomass Slurries. AIChE Annual Meeting – Particle Technology Forum. Minneapolis, MN. 19 October 2011.


  • Lignin Fired Supercritical Water Generator, System and Method. US 9,518,729B2 – 2016.
  • Energy Recovery when Processing Materials with Reactive Fluids. US 9,328,963B2 – 2016.
  • Method of Transporting Viscous Slurries. US 9,102,885B2 – 2015.
  • Lignin Production from Lignocellulosic Biomass. US 8,663,800B2 – 2014.
  • Self-Cleaning Apparatus & Method for Thick Slurry Pressure Control. US 8,409,357B2 – 2013.
  • Lignin Production from Lignocellulosic Biomass, US 8,404,051B2 – 2013.
  • Lignin Production from Lignocellulosic Biomass, US 8,317,928B1 – 2012.





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