American Flame Research Committee Officers


Vance Varner Chairman

David Schalles Secretary

Dave joined Bloom Engineering in 1985 as a development engineer. He holds an MS in Chemical Engineering from The Pennsylvania State University. He worked in Corporate and Pittsburgh District Sales starting in 1989, and became Pittsburgh District Sales Manager in 1998. In 2000 he was promoted to his current position and holds responsibility for R&D and Engineering Technology activities for the Bloom group of companies, and serves on the Board of Directors for Bloom Engineering Company. He participates in several industrial trade organizations such as Association for Iron and Steel Technology, Industrial Heating Equipment Association, American Society of Mechanical Engineers and currently serves as Secretary for the American Flame Research Committee.

Recent Publications Include:

Flexible and Energy Efficient System for Minimizing Scale Loss in Steel Reheating Furnaces (2010)
Efficient Utilization of Steel Mill By-product Fuels for High Temperature Heating Processes (2007)
Integration of Low NOx Burners into Aluminum Melting Processes using Laboratory Testing and CFD Analysis (2003)
Application of Greenhouse Gas Reduction Technologies in Steel Rolling Mills (2002)
The Next Generation of Combustion Technology for Aluminum Melting (1998)

Charles Benson Treasurer

Mr. Benson is a Managing Partner of etaPartners LLC. His work focuses on the development and application of advanced energy technologies. He specializes in controlling air pollutants, increasing efficiency, improving productivity, and utilizing alternative fuels. Mr. Benson holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Bucknell University and an ME in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Florida. Prior to founding etaPartners, he was a Principal of ENVIRON International Corp., Vice President of Arthur D. Little, Inc., and Managing Director at TIAX LLC. While at Exxon Research and Engineering Company, he led combustion R&D activities, developed industrial burners, designed fired process heaters, and consulted in combustion technology for Exxon's worldwide operations.

Jamal Jamaluddin Symposia Chairman

Goyer Management Meeting Organizer