The MSI team is trained to perform both advanced field-based testing and in-office computational analysis. Whether it’s pre-installation problem prevention, post-installation remedies, or lowering maintenance costs, MSI presents practical and timely solutions that are clearly explained in understandable reports.
Mr. Marscher has spent his career of nearly 40 years involved in the design, development, and troubleshooting of mechanical components and systems, including pumps, fans, compressors, and turbines. His capabilities and experience include finite element analysis, rotordynamic analysis, experimental modal analysis, vibration testing, predictive maintenance, the mechanical design of turbomachinery, and the development and application of advanced (including magnetic) bearings and seals.
As President, Mr. Onari has extensive experience in resolving rotating machinery problems. He used to be a reliability engineer too, so intimately understands and appreciates the issues our clients are dealing with. His special expertise includes field testing and associated capabilities in instrumentation, data acquisition and analysis equipment, and analysis of vibration and other dynamic machinery data.
As Technical Director, Mr. Kelly performs and manages much of MSI’s advanced finite element analysis (FEA) work. He has also managed several innovative research projects funded by the Department of Defense. His engineering career of 30 years has spanned multiple industries with the common thread being the application of advanced finite element analysis techniques to evaluate the static and dynamic structural performance of components and systems.
Chief Financial Officer
Vice President of Fluids Engineering
Director of Structural Analysis
As Director of Structural Analysis, Mr. Boyadjis has nearly 25 years of diverse experience in the analysis and design of rotating equipment. An expert user of Pro/Engineer, his specialty is complex 3-D solids modeling of pump and compressor casings for stress and vibration analysis using advanced finite element techniques.
Director of Software Engineering
As Director of Software Engineering at MSI, Dr. Frolov is heading the VibVue® product development and other computer vision projects. He brings over 20 years of experience leading research and development of products and technologies in different areas. His expertise spans several industries, including software development, aerospace, renewable energy, broadband communications and semiconductor manufacturing.
Prior to joining MSI, Dr. Frolov led product development of solar-powered unmanned aircraft and related programs at Sunlight Aerospace. He also designed and implemented a new flight control system for autonomous formation flight at high altitudes. Before that, he was the VP of Sunlight Photonics where he created and patented new high-efficiency thin-films solar cells and other renewable power systems. Before Sunlight, Dr.Frolov was the Director of Device Design at Inplane Photonics, leading optical design efforts in integrated planar lightwave circuits and waveguide amplifiers. Prior to Inplane, Dr. Frolov worked at Bell Laboratories, Lucent Technologies as a principal researcher and a member of technical staff. He led studies of optical and electronic processes in novel materials using various advanced spectroscopic tools such as ultrafast laser spectroscopy. Dr. Frolov holds an MS degree in Applied Mathematics from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology and a PhD degree in Physics from the University of Utah. He has authored more than 30 peer-reviewed publications and currently holds over 60 US patents.
Mr. Paul Behnke is owner and principal engineer of Behnke Pump Technologies, LLC., providing engineering services to Equipment End Users, EPC Contractors, service providers, and manufacturers. His expertise includes:
Mr. Behnke’s 40-year career in the pump industry has included employment with ITT Goulds Pumps as Executive Director where he led associates in Product Engineering, R&D, Hydraulic Design Technology, Materials Technology, Customer Service, and successfully developed new product designs and new technologies on a global basis. Before joining ITT, Mr. Behnke was employed by Bechtel as Manager Mechanical Equipment/Senior Principal Engineer, where he worked with multiple project teams around the world to solve equipment and system problems in Oil & Gas, Electrical Power Generation, and Water Infrastructure businesses. Prior to Bechtel, he worked for Flowserve, Ingersoll Dresser Pump, and Ingersoll Rand in a wide variety of roles ranging from Product Design Engineer to Chief Engineer to General Management with P&L responsibilities.
Mr. Behnke is a licensed Professional Engineer by the State of New Jersey and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, an inventor with 14 US Patents, and author of numerous technical publications. He serves as Vice President of Certification Programs and Performance Technical Section Leader at the Hydraulic Institute. He serves as Secretary Task Force Pumps (API 610 Standard) at American Petroleum Institute. He is a past board member at the Turbomachinery & Pump Users Symposium, Vice President of Certification Programs, Performance Technical Section Leader, and committee chairperson at the Hydraulic Institute, Section Leader for American Water Works Association (AWWA E103).
Mr. Behnke holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Rutgers University and an MBA in Business from Lehigh University, as well as MSME studies at Lehigh University.
Mr. Bishop received his BS in Mechanical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
In his senior year at RPI, Jim was tasked with engineering, fabricating and testing a continuous purge system for General Electric. This system was designed to prevent the collection of nano-sized water droplets present in superheated steam from forming on the tips of instrumentation installed in their steam turbines. The completed system was installed and tested at the GE steam turbine facility in Schenectady, NY and a refined version of the original design was put into production and is currently in use today.
Jim also held a 3 year position in the Combustion and Energy Systems Laboratory, a research group in the Mechanical, Aerospace, and Nuclear Engineering Department at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. The purpose of this work was to perform unique research in the areas of combustion, energy, and propulsion with the aim of understanding complex reacting systems via the application of advanced experimental techniques. His primary role was head machinist and fabricator in addition to assisting with testing. He worked with the research teams, providing input from a manufacturing feasibility standpoint, to design and create any test devices, fixtures, or structural supports needed for the test rigs. Major fabrication projects included a water cooling system for a small scale rocket engine and a combustion chamber with viewing window.
Previous work experience includes 6 years in high voltage substation design, wind farm and solar power generation collection system engineering, and AC and DC power transmission up to and including 765 kV. Following this, he worked for 3 years in renewable energy and combined cycle power plant design, equipment specifications, and project development and siting.
As a motorcycle and automobile repair and restoration enthusiast as well as an avid Do-It-Yourselfer, Jim has developed a wide variety of hands-on skills including metal fabrication, welding, plumbing, electrical wiring, masonry, and wood working. At MSI, he puts these skills to use as manager of the Albany Test Cell facility where he coordinates with project teams located nationwide to develop designs, then fabricates the test rigs and conducts testing.
Ms. Reshmee Bissundyal is the Marketing Manager at MSI. She possesses a Bachelor of Arts degree in marketing, and a minor in psychology from Pace University. She has over 12 years’ experience in content strategy, digital/social media marketing, graphic design, creative development, market research, and business development.
Reshmee is strategic, and creative with an understanding of the latest marketing trends and technologies. She believes marketing is not only about selling and telling but about educating and engaging. Describing the story behind a company and educating about the products and services, using cross-channel marketing, leads to long-term customers invested in MSI’s mission, products, and services.
At MSI, Reshmee is in charge of developing and marketing digital content through promotional videos, email campaigns, CRM, blogs, case studies, and various social media platforms. Her area of focus is MSI’s Field Testing & Troubleshooting, Mechanical Analysis, and Fluids Engineering lines of business, focusing on the water/wastewater, power generation, and Oil & Gas sectors.
A Principal Engineer at MSI, Mr. Chapman has been involved with development, testing, and evaluation of machinery systems throughout his career. At Mechanical Technology Incorporated (MTI) he held various engineering positions involved in development of Stirling engines and related mechanical systems. In 1998 Mr. Chapman joined Foster-Miller Inc. (FMI, now Qinetiq North America) when MTI sold much of its technology business to FMI. At FMI, Mr. Chapman was the principal designer of foil bearings and magnetic bearings for a variety of rotating machines ranging from miniature blood pumps and micro gas turbines to energy storage flywheels and high speed blowers. Recently, Mr. Chapman joined MSI following MSI’s April 2009 purchase of the foil bearing business from FMI. He received his BSME Cum Laude from Union College. He is a Certified Category II Vibration Analyst per ISO 18436, a Licensed Professional Engineer, and holds several patents.
Mr. Coppola earned his Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from The College of New Jersey. During his time there, he took part in a program funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) which brought together students from their respective majors with the goal of designing and building a non-human conductor capable of leading an orchestra, using a combination of robotics and screen-based interfaces. Jason’s main contribution was in the development of robotic movement and synchronization.
At MSI, Jason has had extensive experience with FEA software such as Pro/Engineer, Pro/Mechanica, ANSYS Multiphysics, and ANSYS Workbench. He has performed stress, modal, fatigue, and seismic analyses for various turbomachinery applications. Jason has also been an active member in the development of MSI’s active RPG defeat system. His contributions include construction and analysis of lab and field test hardware.
Outside of the office, Jason has acquired experience with field testing and data acquisition methods, including the use of MSI’s 52 channel B&K Pulse system, accelerometers, strain gauges, microphones, and optical probes. Jason has also gained experience using LabVIEW software for data acquisition as well as writing some custom code.
Erik is a Senior Technical Specialist with a degree in applied sciences and a concentration in photo and video imaging. He is responsible for running high speed cameras for use with the VibVue® vibration analysis system, using video to diagnose vibration issues. He also has a vast knowledge of automotive and machine fabrication with over 20 years experience as a technician.
Mr. Grant received his MSc. in Computer Science from the New Jersey Institute of Technology. He is a software developer and engineer with 10 years of experience designing, optimizing, and building software/hardware solutions.
At MSI his area of focus is on creating applications enabling Real Time Communication over the web (webRTC), as well as developing computer vision algorithms utilizing data acquired by high speed sensors.
Mr. Guthrie came to MSI with a background in electrical and hydraulic equipment, obtained while he was serving in the U.S. Navy. Following his Navy activities, Paul graduated from the Chubb Institute, where he majored in computer and networking technology. While employed with MSI, Paul has become skilled in the use of the ROMAC rotordynamics computer programs, and the ANSYS Multiphysics and Pro/Mechanica 3D finite element programs. At MSI, Paul has been involved in military projects, and was a the lead technologist in one of MSI’s nonlethal projectile projects involving magnetorheological fluid viscosity changes in the presence of variable strength magnetic fields. Most of Paul’s efforts have been in the commercial area, and have focused primarily on computer-aided analysis, and onsite modal and ODS vibration and acoustic testing of turbines and compressors at worldwide locations.
Mr. Hurrell graduated from the Chubb Institute, where he majored in computer system technical support, maintenance and network administration. His computer hardware and software skills have played a key role in many projects that MSI has performed on behalf of worldwide customers. Chris’s extensive testing and analytical experiences at MSI have included on-site and remote testing of 64 high speed data channels troubleshooting a large steam turbine for a Southeast Asia power plant, 3D Finite Element Analyses using Pro/Engineer and ANSYS, rotordynamics evaluations of all types of rotating machinery using ROMAC RotorLab, and performing site ODS & impact modal testing and post-test data animations with ME’scope.
Chris participates in many of MSI’s field troubleshooting projects and assists in a variety of commercial and defense analytical projects. He has constructed various types of apparatus for laboratory tests, from biomedical equipment seal tests to nonlethal projectile tests. Along with his lab and field duties, Chris is also Assistant Administrator of MSI’s high speed network and Itanium parallel processing/ Intel servers.
Mr. Ivashchenko is a graduate of Cornell University with a BS in Mechanical Engineering and an MEng in Aerospace Engineering. He also studied abroad for a semester at Berlin’s Freie Universität. At MSI, he works on a variety of projects, including pump structural and CFD fluids analysis, machinery diagnostics through acoustic imaging, and munitions development. He has good knowledge of various CAD and FEA major software programs, including Pro/Engineer Wildfire, Pro/Mechanica, and the ANSYS Workbench suite, and is also at home in the laboratory. Artem is a licensed Professional Engineer in the states of New Jersey, Colorado, Tennessee, and California.
While English is his first language, Artem is fluent in Russian and Ukrainian.
As Director of Client Solutions at MSI, Mr. Japs is responsible for ensuring that our clients’ desired outcomes are met. He works closely with both the MSI’s sales team to define the requirements of the project and with MSI’s project engineers to ensure the timely and successful completion of the project.
Mr. Japs has over 20 years of experience in the design and application of large centrifugal pumps ranging up to 60,000 HP fabricated volute pumps used in large irrigation projects. Prior to joining MSI, Mr. Japs worked for Flygt A-C Pump (formerly ITT A-C Pump and Allis Chalmers) as the Global Applications Manager. He was the Applications Engineering Manager at Fairbanks Nijhuis Pump (formerly Fairbanks Morse) where he developed a risk assessment tool and review process. His application experience ranges from the municipal water and wastewater, flood control, and power industries. Mr. Japs holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Marquette University.
Throughout college, Mr. Stefan Klics has worked between semesters as an Electric Motor and Field Service Technician for Integrated Power Services (IPS). He gained valuable hands on experience in the disassembly, assembly and testing of ac induction motors along with their respective gearboxes, fans, pumps and blowers. In the field, he performed troubleshooting, failure analysis, system installations and precision laser alignments.
Stefan holds a bachelor’s degree in Electro-Mechanical Engineering Technology from Pennsylvania State University. Upon graduating, he spent time as a Service Sales Specialist at SEW Eurodrive. SEW Eurodrive is a worldwide manufacturer of electric motors, gear units and inverter technologies. He focused on developing preventative maintenance programs to increase operations efficiency for existing client facilities.
Recreationally, Stefan enjoys Formula 1, snowboarding, weightlifting and tinkering with project cars.
As Director of Computational Fluids Engineering, Dr. Kubrak brings extensive background in CFD and simulation driven design optimization to MSI. He began his career as an aerodynamicist for Formula 1 racing cars in England. Subsequently he held roles at cd-adapco/Siemens Digital Industries in various functions from CFD code validation to technical consulting at Siemens' global engineering services division with Fortune 500 clients in the automotive, power and aerospace sector. He is specialized in deploying Multi-disciplinary Design Optimization and implementing design and analysis software tools and processes for customers. Dr. Kubrak holds a PhD degree in Direct Numerical Simulation from Brunel University in London.
Mr. Lebo received his BS in Chemical Engineering from Rutgers University and started his career in the oil patch doing well construction, including logistics, job design, and planning, and then in-house customer service, support, and sales for O&G operators.
He has also worked as an Application Engineer/Sales Engineer role for pump systems in the Upstream/Midstream O&G, Refinery, Chemical, Power, and Marine industries, where he excelled at finding tailor-made solutions for major multinational corporations, government contractors, foreign state-owned companies, and mid-sized businesses. He has made a career of building partnerships with customers that know it is worth it to take the time to do things right the first time.
At MSI, his focus is on showing the industry the invaluable diagnostic tool of VibVue® and eliminating vibration problems in rotating equipment before they even happen, as well as after.
Mr. Lerche has nearly 20 years of experience in the design, testing, analysis (fluid and structural), and troubleshooting of mechanical equipment and machinery. In addition to his analysis and testing/troubleshooting experience, he has led product development teams in the research and development of new products. He has worked in both research and production environments and is skilled at producing products using a variety of manufacturing methods, including 3D printing and multi-axis machining. He is experienced in the areas of turbomachinery, high pressure fluid control equipment, and shipboard electronic equipment. He has extensive experience with flow-induced vibration of turbomachinery blades, as well as shock and vibration testing and analysis of shipboard electronic equipment. Mr. Lerche has authored and presented several technical papers in the area of turbomachinery and holds two patents in the areas of reciprocating and centrifugal compressors. He holds a B.S. and M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin and the University of Texas at San Antonio, respectively. At Mechanical Solutions, Inc., Mr. Lerche is responsible for business development and providing solutions to the most challenging issues with industrial machinery.
As an MSI consultant, Mr. Netzel has more than forty years of experience in the design, application and troubleshooting of mechanical seals and sealing systems for rotating equipment. This experience includes twenty years of service as chief engineer for John Crane Inc. His project work has included all types of seals for liquid as well as gas applications for pumps, compressors and pressure vessels. He has authored chapters for the McGraw-Hill Pump Handbook, Centrifugal Pump Handbook, and Compressor Handbook, and numerous presentations and technical papers published through the International Pump Symposium, STLE, ASME, BHRA, AISE, SAE and various trade publications. His primary professional focus has been on improving equipment reliability. He is a Fellow of the Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers (STLE), and a past member of the Board of Directors of STLE. He is also past chairman of the ASME/STLE International Tribology Conference, and past chairman of the Seals Technical Committee for STLE. He is a long time member editorial advisory board for three trade publications, including Pumps & Systems magazine. He holds a BSME from the University of Illinois, and five patents in seal technology.
A Senior Staff Engineer at MSI, Mr. Olasin, began his career at Picatinny Arsenal performing munitions development, and over the last 25 years has gained experience in a wide variety of analysis and test validation projects, much of this effort on behalf of Defense and Aerospace prime contractors. Mr. Olasin has also held engineering positions at Allied Signal Aerospace, where he preformed finite element stress/vibration analyses of Hubble Space Telescope and Space Shuttle electronics; at G.E./Lockheed Martin Missiles and Space Co., where he performed satellite structure finite element analyses that included coupled loads and thermo-elastic stress; at Howmedica, Inc., where he assessed skeletal-implant fatigue via combined finite element analysis and testing, as well as non-linear and super-element techniques; and at KDI Triangle, Inc., where he assessed thermal stress of microwave telecommunications equipment. At MSI, Mr. Olasin has led MSI’s nonlethal penetrator program for the Army, and is manager of MSI’s project to develop advanced thermo-electric energy conversion modules for fire protection systems and energy recovery systems. He holds a BSME degree from the New Jersey Institute of Technology, and a Master of Mechanical Engineering degree from Stevens Institute of Technology. He is Past Chair of the North Jersey Section of ASME.
Ryan Oleksy received his ME and BS in Mechanical Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology. While there, Ryan tuned his abilities in problem solving and critical thinking through courses that spanned various engineering topics. He acted as a lab design assistant during his graduate year. This gave him a passion for helping others through troubleshooting and optimization. At MSI, Ryan does what he loves, which is assisting those that have machinery vibration problems.
Ryan enjoys game design, and digital art. Both of these require artistic skills which Ryan translates over to the engineering side of his career, creating outstanding models and other elements.
Mr. Olson is a recognized leader in the turbomachinery industry, with nearly 30 years of experience in both technical and business development capacities. His present areas of focus include turbomachinery troubleshooting and turbomachinery design and analysis. In a previous position at Concepts NREC, Mr. Olson established a space propulsion turbomachinery design and development business. Other business focus areas included design and analysis of centrifugal pumps and compressors, gas and steam turbines, air dynamometers, (for testing of turboshaft gas turbines), and automotive fan clutches. Prior to Concepts NREC, Mr. Olson worked at Ingersoll-Dresser Pump (now Flowserve) as a Field Engineer, Sales Engineer, and eventually Regional Manager. He also was Dresser Pump’s Chicago-based Aftermarket Regional Manager with responsibility for all parts, repairs, and revamps for the western half of North America. He holds a BS in Marine Engineering from the California Maritime Academy where he earned an unlimited horsepower 3rd Assistant Engineers Merchant Marine license for vessels using diesel, steam turbine, and gas turbine propulsion systems. He is a multi-year short course speaker at the Texas A&M International Pump Symposium.
Dan Owens has an excellent background in off-road vehicle construction, operation, and design improvements. Dan has played an important role in hardware construction for MSI’s successful RPG (Rocket-Propelled Grenade) Defeat project for the U.S. Marine Corps. funded through the Office of Naval Research.
Dan’s hands-on work includes rig and prototype construction, and on-site testing. He is an excellent machinist, fabricating aluminum and steel components in MSI’s Prototype Machine Shop. Dan also uses MSI’s 35-channel PULSE FFT analysis hardware and software to determine vibration levels and frequency spectra for pumps, turbines, compressors, and all types of turbomachinery operating in the field.
Dan has an Associates Degree in Science.
A Senior Principal Engineer at MSI specializing in laboratory and field testing, Mr. Prisco has 30+ years of experience in the development and test of all types of machinery and electrical equipment. He has managed the design, manufacturing, testing, and field service start-up of gas and steam turbine electric power generator sets. He also has experience in the design and test of standby power generators, cogeneration systems and switchgear from his prior tenures at Mechanical Technology Incorporated (MTI), Foster-Miller Inc., and Sulzer Turbosystems International. At MSI, his focus is on developing new business opportunities for turbine-generators and foil bearings, and performing field service and troubleshooting activities on turbines, generators, and other plant and process equipment. Mr. Prisco has a BSEE degree from Lowell University and holds three patents.
Drew received a BS in mechanical engineering from the Pennsylvania State University and an MBA from Lehigh University. He is a licensed professional engineer in the state of Pennsylvania. He served as a submarine officer in the US Navy and was deployed on the USS Gato (SSN-615). He also taught tactics at the submarine school in Groton, CT. After the Navy, Drew was a pump engineer for Ingersoll Dresser Pumps, Flowserve, and Curtiss-Wright. He performed FEA and rotordynamics analyses for large commercial circulating water pumps and power plant high-pressure pumps. He designed several pumps for US Navy special applications and supported all phases of manufacturing and qualification testing.
Drew also worked for Lutron where he supported design and manufacturing of electric lighting controls. He also served as a planning engineer for Buckeye Pipeline where he defined scope and cost for various petroleum pipeline construction and maintenance projects. While at Buckeye, Drew was the subject matter expert for gasoline vapor handling through combustion or re-liquification (recovery). He was responsible for planning the company-wide capital and expense annual budget and cashflow forecasting, as well as streamlining the individual project AFE (Authorization For Expenditure) cost estimate and approval system. Drew has worked for Air Products as a development engineer and project manager for high-speed cryomachinery expanders and was also responsible for departmental S&OP resource planning and forecasting.
Drew has provided engineering field service for customer support, maintenance, troubleshooting, training, and commissioning at each of his previous jobs.
Andrew received a BS in Mechanical Engineering Technology from the University of Akron. During his time in college, he worked at Stride Tool Inc. managing quality control processes on manufactured equipment and utilized engineering design programs to render HVAC and hand tool parts. After graduation, he worked in the energy industry as a Distribution Utility Design Engineer at Davey Resource Group where he developed make-ready engineering designs and pole loading analysis for aerial line cable construction.
At MSI, Andrew problem solves rotational machinery problems in field testing and troubleshooting.