Dr. James Neale, CMRP
Director, Engineering Energy Research Centre, University of Waikato
James is the Director of the Engineering Energy Research Centre at the University of Waikato, ' the largest energy research centre in New Zealand, with current projects spanning pulp and paper, dairy processing, steel making, food and beverage processing, plastics, packaging and petrochemical industries. James has a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of New South Wales and has 23 years' experience as a professional engineer with expertise in fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, industrial energy efficiency, acoustics and engineering economics in both experimental and numerical modelling applications. The Waikato Energy Research Centre specialises in working closely with industry to deliver real tangible benefits in the form of reduced energy costs and GHG emission reductions, increased plant capacity and improved plant reliability. James' work covers the full spectrum of opportunity identification, problem solving and high-level research, right through to project implementation and staff training. James is a CMRP and current CMRP Exam director, and has worked to establish condition monitoring based maintenance programmes in numerous plant applications and industries. James also regularly consults with a range of industries in New Zealand, Australia and internationally in relation to plant design, process efficiency and maintenance practices. James lives in Hamilton New Zealand, is a happily married father of six children, 2 dogs and 1 cat! Throughout his career, he has enjoyed interactions with prospects and customers solving both technical and business issues by leveraging process, practice, and technology, including signal processing and statistical/predictive analytics. Preston's specialties include condition monitoring systems, signal processing, prognostics, big data infrastructure, and systems engineering. Preston has delivered over 35 papers and presentations at technology conferences and serves on the Board of Directors at the Society for Machinery Failure Prevention Technology. He holds a Bachelor's of Science in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Vanderbilt University and a Master's of Business Administration in Information Management Systems from the University of Texas at Austin. He is also a certified Category III Vibration Analyst and holds the Certified Maintenance and Reliability Professional (CMRP) designation. In his spare time, Preston enjoys cycling, water sports, and soccer. He participates in Olympic distance triathlons and the Austin Men's over 50 soccer league. When working out, he enjoys listening to the Blues genre of music and is fortunate to reside in the live music capital of the world, Austin, Texas.