The Leadership Team
Our professional staff ranges from recent college graduates to professional engineers with our more experienced professionals mentoring our newer staff. Many members of our team are industry leaders, serving in leadership positions on key industry committees. Our principals and employees have actively participated in the development of industry codes and standard practices for engineering and implementation of control and safety-related system solutions.
Kathy Shell, PE
Chief Executive Officer
Kathy has 30 years of industry experience, most of it in business management positions. She is a senior member of the AIChE and is serving as the 2016 chair for the Process Plant Safety Symposium at the AIChE Global Congress on Process Safety. Kathy is a current member of the steering team and past member of the technical advisory committee for the Mary Kay O’Connor Process Safety Center at Texas A&M University. She provides training on LOPA, PHA, and various other safety and risk management practices. Kathy is a licensed Professional Engineer and has a B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Akron in Ohio.
“I share the passion of our company founders to make a real contribution to our clients’ success in managing their process safety risk and making sure their employees go home safely every night. It’s no coincidence that our range of process safety services aligns with the integrated engineering and management practices our clients use to achieve process safety excellence.”
Kathy enjoys bicycling, hiking and going to classic rock concerts whenever possible.
Michael D. Scott, PE, CFSE
Founder & Executive Vice President of Global Process Safety Technology
Mike has over 25 years of experience in risk analysis, safety instrumented systems and control systems engineering. He has performed conceptual design, detailed design, configuration, commissioning and startup on many projects in the process industry. Mike is a licensed Professional Engineer in four states, a Certified Functional Safety Expert (CFSE), an ISA Fellow, a voting member of both the ISA 84 and IEC 61511 committees on safety systems, chair of the ISA 84 fire & gas working group, and liaison to the America Boiler Manufacturer’s Association (ABMA) and NFPA 86. Mike is co-inventor of 6 patents on safety system lifecycle tools and implementation. He has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Maryland and a Masters of Engineering from the University of South Carolina.
“I am extremely passionate about leveraging the safety lifecycle to allow an end user to cost effectively remove risk from their business. The IEC 61511 standard can be summarized in three words: execute, monitor and sustain. Unfortunately, many companies who have committed to the IEC 61511 journey are solely focused on the execution of safety lifecycle documentation (i.e., SIL verification calculations, Safety Requirements Specifications, etc.). This rather myopic approach will result in their not realizing the full benefits of a cost effective risk management program. In addition, without development of a holistic multi-year plan for safety lifecycle compliance, end user companies can expect to incur significant regret costs and schedule delays as they attempt to change the safety culture of their organization around adoption of IEC 61511. aeSolutions has developed a proven roadmap for efficient and cost effective safety lifecycle compliance and risk management which emphasizes the use of an evergreen work process to support the concepts of execute, monitor and sustain.”
Mike is an avid fisherman, and his 14 year old son is even more fanatical. Living in Alaska allows them both to feed their fishing addiction in the land of the midnight sun chasing salmon, trout, pike, and more. Mike also enjoys hunting and basketball.
Ken O'Malley, PE, CFSE
Founder & Executive Vice President of Engineering Technology
Co-founder of aeSolutions, Ken is currently serving as the company’s Executive Vice President of Engineering and Technology. Ken is a registered professional engineer with almost 30 years of experience working on large capital projects with major industrial manufacturing companies in a diverse range of market sectors. He has in-depth experience as a lead engineer executing SIS and automation lifecycle projects from conceptual and preliminary development to detailed design and construction/commissioning activities. Ken has participated in the development of numerous PLC-based products for fire and gas and burner management system applications, and several of these products are now available with FM approval. In his current role, Ken leads the company’s pursuit of operational excellence through a strong focus on culture, core values, and individual accountability. He is the creator of the company’s industry leading “Calibrate Your Career” competency management program. Ken drives the company to continually improve through innovative technology, valuably-automated processes and, most importantly for lasting change, an emphasis on people and culture. Ken is a licensed Professional Engineer and a Certified Functional Safety Expert (CFSE). Ken has a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from Auburn University in Alabama.
“My passion is sustainability. I strive to create business processes that leverage technology to minimize human action and reduce error and variability.”
Ken’s hobbies include running and trail running, deer hunting, back packing, and motorcycles.
Mike Davenport, PE
Vice President of Program & Project Services
Mike has more than 25 years of industry experience in control systems engineering, project management, engineering management, and operations in the process industries. He is a licensed Professional Engineer with a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of South Alabama.
“I have been a design engineer or project manager on a wide variety of projects. My entire career has focused on project services delivery. My passion is the planning, logistics, and execution of a successful project.”
Mike enjoys getting outdoors for fishing, hiking, golfing, mountain biking, and skiing. He also enjoys reading and listening to music.
Craig Shell, PE
Director of Process Safety
Craig has 30 years of experience in facility management, process design, production, and process safety. He is an experienced process hazard analysis facilitator, layer of protection analysis (LOPA) facilitator, facility siting assessor, and detailed consequence modeler. Craig has a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Akron in Ohio and is a licensed Professional Engineer.
“My passion is to see how I can support operating facilities recognize and implement risk reduction and the implementation of process safety programs and independent protection layers to minimize the risk of personnel injury and business protection.”
Craig’s hobbies and interests include bicycling, hiking, beach vacations, and international travel.
John Cusimano, CFSE, CISSP, GICSP
Director of Industrial Cybersecurity
John has over 20 years of experience and has performed many control system cybersecurity vulnerability and cyber risk assessments. He is a member of the International Society of Automation (ISA) and is a voting member of the ISA 99 cybersecurity standards committee. As part of that committee, he is the chair of the zones and conduits working group, and co-chair of the product development working group. He is the developer and primary instructor of the ISA courses on cybersecurity. John is a Certified Functional Safety Expert (CFSE), a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), and a Global Industrial Cyber Security Professional (GICSP). John has a B.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Clarkson University in New York.
“I am passionate about helping the process industries mature in their understanding and ability to manage operational (i.e. control system) cybersecurity risk by developing and applying engineering discipline to the process. Recognizing that operational cybersecurity risk is a subset of process safety risk, my goal is to leverage and align existing process safety management processes with operational cybersecurity management processes. I have been focused on developing, applying and sharing what I have learned with industry via client projects, standards committees and training since 2009.”
John has played guitar since he was 10 and was in bands throughout high-school and college. He has been in duets the last five years and has recorded dozens of original songs that he has co-authored with friends and professional lyricists. He’s also a food enthusiast (foodie) and enjoys both preparing and consuming great food, especially ethnic and regional foods. His favorite aspect of traveling is seeking out establishments that serve amazing food unique to that area.
Chris Hickling, PMP
Alaska Business Development & Marketing Manager
Chris has over 20 years of experience in project management, fire & gas systems engineering, and alarm rationalization. He has served as lead engineer and project manager on many projects. He is a Certified Project Management Professional (PMP), member of the Project Management Institute, and has earned the North Slope Safety Training Certificate (NSTC). Chris has a degree (British Technical Engineering Certification) in Control Electrical Engineering from the Royal Navy Weapons Engineering School.
“My passion is to provide high quality process safety improvements to protect plant and personnel on time, on budget, and in accordance with the defined scope.”
Chris has a woodworking workshop in a converted garage and enjoys building furniture for family and friends. He also enjoys fishing and hiking with his dogs.
Carolyn Presgraves, CFSE
Senior Director of Software Products
Carolyn has over 20 years of experience designing and implementing automated control systems. Her project management experience includes managing product development, engineering design teams, and managing capital projects. Carolyn’s background also includes systems engineering and integration of automated controls with data acquisition software, databases, and web based applications. Carolyn is a Certified Functional Safety Expert (CFSE), a member the International Society of Automation (ISA), and the co-inventor of six aeSolutions’ patents. Carolyn has a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Clemson University in South Carolina.
“My passion is to find ways to allow high value engineering resources to do more engineering and less paperwork, furthering the “work smarter not harder” philosophy. I have been applying database solutions to these kinds of problems since I was in college working summer internships. Since joining aeSolutions I have been focusing on simplifying the burden of maintaining compliance with ISA 84/IEC 61511. It is extremely rewarding to not only work with industry leading subject matter experts to solve these complex problems, but to also implement these solutions in the concrete form of our software. Being able to then share these solutions with so many others through our software is really taking our mission to reality every day. To have a part to play in accomplishing this mission is truly an honor.”
Carolyn enjoys hiking and camping. She is a quilter and has two commercial level sewing machines. She and her husband are “old house” people and live in in their 3rd full renovation.
Director of Business Development
Ged has 30 years of experience working with users, engineering firms, and vendors at senior levels in the process industries. Ged has a degree in Electronic, Electrical and Pneumatic Instrumentation and Control from Longlands College in Middlesbrough, England. He also as a BS equivalency in Instrumentation Technology from the University of Houston in Texas. Ged is a TÜV FSEng and a Senior Member of the International Society of Automation (ISA).
“I have the pleasure of working with an energetic and motivated team of professionals who deliver best in class solutions to a wide variety of customers.”
Ged enjoys bicycling both road race and mountain bikes. He’s also very much into sports cars and Formula 1. He was elected President of the Ferrari Club of America Houston Chapter for 2016-2017. He participates in several race track events each year driving his Ferrari F430 F1 Spider.