Passing the Torch: Alden Names New Gas Flow Systems Engineering Director

david-white-director-aldenAlden Research Laboratory, Inc. (Alden) of Holden, Mass., has announced that it has named David White Director of Gas Flow Systems Engineering (GFSE).  Mr. White has worked at Alden for 13 years, where he has been a leader in project management, modeling and analysis.

The GFSE group grew out of an Alden acquisition in 2001, when Accentech in Cambridge, Mass. sold its DynaFlow group to Alden.  The group was focused primarily on optimization of air pollution control equipment at fossil power plants, using scaled physical flow models to measure air flow velocity distributions, and to develop flow control devices that ensure proper flow profiles for pollution capture in the prototype equipment.  Another strategic area for the group has been designing liquid collection systems in chimneys being retrofitted for wet scrubber technology, from which the group wrote the EPRI wet stack guidelines.  Alden’s existing expertise  in Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) further added capability to the toolbox for optimizing gas flow systems.

Martin Kozlak had been directing the group since 2005.   He had come to Alden from Combustion Engineering (now Alstom Power/GE) a few years earlier.  As Mr. Kozlak transitions into retirement, David White is an obvious choice to take over the reins.  Mr. White also came to Alden from Alstom’s Research & Development Division.  He holds a B.S. and a M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.  His technical expertise is in fluid dynamics and combustion.  He has played a leadership role in expanding the group’s services to include aerodynamics, multi-phase flow simulation, analysis and optimization of plasma coating, biomedical devices, and many other exciting applications. 

“Dave White is a talented leader with finely honed technical skills,” remarked Stuart Cain, Ph.D., Alden President.  “He has been the linchpin for so many projects that made the difference for our clients.  It is with great satisfaction that we announce his promotion to Director.”

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