2018 Engineering Leader Under 40: Christopher Christie, 36

Refinery Process Control Lead — GEOS NA and SA, Cargill Inc., Wayzata, MN, United States

By McKenzie Burns, Production Coordinator September 13, 2018

Christopher Christie, 36
Refinery Process Control Lead — GEOS NA & SA
Cargill Inc., Wayzata, MN, United States
BS Chemical & Process Engineering, University of the West Indies, St. Augustine
MS Chemical Engineering, Virginia Tech
PhD Chemical Engineering, Virginia Tech 

With over 15 years of experience in Process Systems Engineering and Process Control, Chris has been able to apply his expertise across a broad range of industries including: Mineral Refining, Metals Trading, Agfood Processing, and Biological Control Systems. At Cargill, Chris has developed best-practice control strategies for standardizing Vegetable Oil Processing Operations across the company’s global fleet of oil refineries. He led the identification of Process Operability & Control opportunities for improvement at several oil and tomato processing plants in USA, Germany, and Brazil; as well as developed and implemented an innovative control strategy for Ethanol distillation at two plants resulting in annual savings of over $1M. Chris was also responsible for the evaluation, procurement, and deployment of a continuous Control Loop Performance Monitoring solution at over 40 of Cargill’s manufacturing sites. Growing up in economically-challenged Jamaica, Chris learned at an early age the benefits of attacking problems directly, systematically, and using the best information available to solve them.

Fun Fact: Chris is a native of Jamaica and, as a youngster, loved exploring the island’s mountains, beaches, and other natural wonders.