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The Principals

+ CHANG-WEI JEN, P.E. President and Technology Director

Mr. Jen has a distinguished career as an entrepreneur with over 35 years’ experience in engineering. In his early career, he joined the pump division of Dresser Industries (now part of Flowserve and Curtiss-Wright Corporations) with responsibilities in new product development, field testing, troubleshooting, vibration and dynamic turbomachinery analysis for all Dresser corporate entities worldwide.

In 1992, Mr. Jen joined Membrex Inc., a former venture start-up company that developed membrane technologies for water and wastewater treatment applications. Membrex was later included in GE’s Water & Process Technologies division through acquisition and integration. At Membrex, Mr. Jen was responsible for research investigation, design and development of novel membrane filtration equipment, employing high shear vortex flow filtration (VFF) from concept to prototype and eventual production. Users of this technology include GM, who utilized VFF at an engine plant to further condense oily wastewater from 30,000 gpd to 200 gpd. While at Membrex, he redesigned the in-house membrane filter cartridge fabrication process and equipment to improve the production rate by 120%.

In 1996, Mr. Jen co-founded Mechanical Solutions, Inc. (MSI), offering an extensive portfolio of engineering services and product solutions for a variety of industries. MSI has accumulated an outstanding record of solving some of the most difficult and challenging technical and engineering problems worldwide for commercial, industrial and government clients. Mr. Jen, as Vice President and Principal Investigator, specialized in microfiltration and ultrafiltration, as well as performing troubleshooting and engineering analysis of process equipment for Utilities and the Petrochemical Industry, adding to his experience with flow machinery and filtration systems, strategic planning and project execution. By 2000, with the successful expansion of MSI, a second company, Filtration Solutions, Inc. was spun-off headed by Mr. Jen.

Mr. Jen’s responsibilities at FSI include filtration system development, company administration and strategic planning. He increased the value of the company from a technical services provider to an equipment/system producer with product lines for fuel and oil purification, water and wastewater treatment. He is a Principal Investigator for U.S. government sponsored Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and other projects with technologies commercialized through SBIRs to include pre-filtration for reverse osmosis, coolant recycling and fuel purification. He also worked as an expert witness providing his expertise in filtration areas in several legal cases.

Mr. Jen has six U.S. patents in filtration related areas and has published 15 papers, which include a 1993 recipient of the Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers (STLE) Walter D. Hodson Award for best technical paper published the previous year.

Mr. Jen earned a B.S.M.E. from the National Chiao Tung University (Taiwan) and a M.S.M.E. from the University of Michigan.

Mr. Jen is a registered and licensed Professional Engineer in the state of New Jersey.

+ JOHN CHAO, Ph.D. Engineering Manager

Dr. Chao is a chemical engineer responsible for filtration R&D projects and large filtration system design. He works closely with sales and field engineers to identify filtration applications and configure desirable filtration processes for customized solutions. He designs lab apparatus for filter media testing to include all protocols to characterize parameters such as permeability, porosity, bubble point and surface properties.

Dr. Chao performed Post-Doctoral and Research at New Jersey Institute of Technology. Projects included characterization of ECTFE (Ethylene Chlorotrifluoroethylene) membrane which has excellent chemical resistance and very good insulation properties and is often used in the chemical and electrical industries. Dr. Chao established all protocols for tests performed, determining the porosity of the ECTFE membrane, studying the sorption behavior of the membrane in various solvents using Cahn C-31 microbalance. He worked with Nano-filtration apparatus to determine the permeate flux for pure solvents and permeate flux and the solute rejection of CMS-7 high flow membrane for solutions containing different dyes. Dr. Chao conducted research into pressure swing membrane absorption for pre-combustion CO2 capture from shifted Syngas (CO2/He). He developed numerical models using MATLAB to predict and validate the experimental pressure swing membrane absorption process results.

Dr. Chao received the North American Membrane Society (NAMS) Travel Award in 2013 and has more than 10 technical papers published and presented to professional organizations and conferences. He is affiliated with the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) and North American Membrane Society (NAMS).

Dr. Chao earned a B.S. Chemical Engineering at the University of California-Berkeley, a M.S. Chemical Engineering at San Jose State University. Dr. Chao holds a Ph.D. Chemical Engineering from the New Jersey Institute of Technology.

+ VINCENT ARDIZZONE General Manager and Senior Engineer

Mr. Ardizzone is a member of the Advisory Board of Filtration Solutions, Inc. He has over 40 years’ experience with turbomachinery and works directly with the President to commercialize proprietary and patented membrane filtration technologies. He provides engineering and administrative services to achieve compliance to industry standards, regulations and contract requirements. He conducts design reviews and provides recommendations to the Principal Engineer to achieve desired mechanical design outcomes.

Prior to joining FSI, Mr. Ardizzone was Director of Engineering for the engineered products group of Colfax Corporation. He created an integrated engineering organization across several business operations in the U.S. and Europe for new product development (NPD) while partnering with independent, innovative and entrepreneurial companies to complement corporate core technologies. Projects competed for company funding and included development of pumps, valves, actuators and control systems. Mr. Ardizzone obtained additional development funding grants from outside the company. His NPD team including key partnering companies, contributed to the development of an automated damage control system intended for new U.S. Navy ship platforms. The company provided components included triple-offset torque seated (TOTS) valves with programmable actuators. The system is based on autonomous distributed control technology with layered architecture to provide a reconfiguration capability. This ensures the ship has the fastest possible response time to any casualty events. The system improves survivability while reducing the number of crewmembers needed for damage control.

Mr. Ardizzone held various positions in marketing, quality, engineering, manufacturing and as Plant Manager for ITT, Ingersoll-Dresser and Worthington. He designed noise quiet pumps for Electric Boat and Huntington-Ingalls and has experience in the development, manufacture, installation, commissioning and analysis of complex turbomachinery, such as multi-stage high pressure barrel pumps for the U.S. Navy, Power, Steel, Paper Mill and Oil & Gas industries.

Mr. Ardizzone served in the U.S. Navy for six years, was Commanding Officer SIMA (Ship Intermediate Maintenance Activity) Detachment, worked on the Army’s M60 Overhaul and M1 Tank Development Programs, the Navy Strategic Oil Reserve and was awarded the Meritorious Unit Commendation, Joint Services Commendation Medal and Combat Action Ribbon. He completed a GE Supplier Six-Sigma Green-Belt program, is a member of the U.S. Naval War College Foundation and the American Society of Naval Engineers.

Mr. Ardizzone earned a B.S.M.E. from the U.S. Naval Academy, a M.S from Polytechnic University (formerly Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn) and an M.B.A. from New York University.

+ NEIL SHAH Research Engineer

Mr. Shah is a Research Engineer responsible for various filtration R&D projects at FSI. He works with various lab apparatus and analytical instruments to carry out tests required for the research and development of filtration technology. He also works in the field to identify and configure filtration processes desired for several projects and customers.

Mr. Shah earned his Masters degree in Environmental Science at the New Jersey Institute of Technology. Among numerous academic projects, one involving the interaction of gaseous oxidized mercury with various atmospheric salts served to sharpen his skills with analytical instruments. He also worked with Colourtex studying the dyeing properties of reactive dyes, gaining experience in performing quality tests like Karl Fisher, cloud point, pH determination, GC, HPLC etc. He was involved in waste water treatment using three membrane filtration: one for nano-filtration and two for reverse osmosis. Mr. Shah also worked with Colourquip in the R&D department, using a common acid-base flocculation method to treat waste water. Additinally, he suggested the use of charcoal to decolorize waste water and capture unwanted gas.

Mr. Shah has extensive experience working with analytical instruments such as gas chromatography, mass spectrometry, UV/Vis spectroscopy, high performance liquid chromatography, atomic spectroscopy, and chemical ionization mass spectrometry.

Mr. Shah earned a B.Tech. in Chemical Technology at the Institute of Chemical Technology from India and an M.S. Environmental Science at the New Jersey Institute of Technology.