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Dr. Ockert Van Der Schijff is a chemical and metallurgical engineer with over 28 years of experience in the materials engineering field. He specializes in aqueous corrosion of materials in industrial applications and materials failure analysis in utility, manufacturing, and chemical processing environments.  He has managed and participated in a wide variety of forensic and failure analyses, condition assessments, and litigation support investigations on individual above-ground and buried components such as piping, valves, pumps, tanks, presses, sprinkler systems, reactors, bearings, medical devices, and manufacturing machinery to determine the root cause for in-service failures.

Prior to starting CorrConsult, LLC, Dr. Van Der Schijff was employed at Altran Corporation for a period of 9 years.  In his position as Principal Engineer, he was responsible for business development, project management, failure analysis, and contract research in the materials science disciplines.  From 1984 to 1996 Dr. Van Der Schijff was an Associate Professor in the Department of Metallurgical Engineering at the Potchefstroom University in South Africa. In addition to teaching undergraduate courses in materials science, corrosion, pyrometallurgy and thermodynamics, he conducted research in the field of corrosion.  During this time he also consulted widely to industry in the fields of chemical engineering, materials science, metallurgical engineering, corrosion and wear.

Previously, Dr. Van Der Schijff was employed by the Council for Mineral Technology (MINTEK) in South Africa as a contract researcher where he conducted research into the plasma smelting of directly reduced iron. This led to a Master's Degree in Metallurgical Engineering from The University of Pretoria in 1986.

Dr. Van Der Schijff completed a Ph.D. in metallurgy at the University of Connecticut in 1990 where he worked in the Institute of Materials Science under the advisorship of Prof. Owen Devereux. In 2001 he was awarded an MBA from the Potchefstroom Business School at North-West University.

Dr. Van Der Schijff has been a registered Professional Engineer with the Engineering Counsel of South Africa since 1990.  Since 2005 he has been a registered International Professional Engineer listed in the EMF Register of Professional Engineers.  He is also a NACE International Certified Materials Selection/Design Specialist and and Certified Corrosion Specialist (NACE Certification #: 10186). 

Dr. Van Der Schijff has more than 30 papers and conference presentations to his credit.  In addition, he has published more than 200 technical reports dealing with various aspects of materials, failures, and corrosion.


Mr. Myron Shenkiryk is Regional Manager (Western USA) for CorrConsult. In this position he is responsible for all CorrConsult sales and marketing activities. He holds a BS in Chemistry from the University of California at Riverside and has 12 years experience with corrosion failures, inspection, monitoring, and remediation strategies in water bearing metallic piping systems.

Prior to joining CorrConsult Mr. Shenkiryk held positions with Altran Corporation and HERC Products. With Altran, he assisted with the refinement and marketing of a condition assessment program for fire protection systems. With HERC Products Mr. Shenkiryk participated in the development of a chemical cleaning/treatment process for fire sprinkler systems.

Mr. Shenkiryk chaired the 2002 NACE Corrrosion Symposium on “Issues in Fire Protection Issues” and is a member of NFPA.

 

 
 
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