Our Team

Steve Maher

Steve Maher, CSP PE

Principal Engineer

Steve Maher, CSP PE graduated from Duke University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering and Carnegie Mellon with a Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering. He has over 35 years experience in the PSM / RMP field. He is currently licensed in the State of California as a Mechanical Engineer and in the State of Pennsylvania as a Chemical Engineer.

Steve has focused his career in heavy industry, mostly oil, gas, and refining and specializes in HAZOP/LOPA facilitation. He is also certified for a number of oil and gas corporations specifically for their HAZOP/LOPA methodologies. He has been an active participant in the Global Congress for Process Safety Conferences for years. He regularly presents at a number of other National Conferences, as well as local engagements, and is a regular presenter for Risk Management Professionals’ webinar series.

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Stephanie Smith

Stephanie Smith, PE

Senior Engineer I

Stephanie Smith, PE graduated from California Polytechnic State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Engineering and the University of Southern California with a Master of Science degree in Environmental Engineering. Stephanie has over 12 years engineering consulting experience; 7 years in environmental remediation and 5 years in process safety consulting. She is currently licensed in the State of California as a Civil Engineer and is also HAZWOPER certified.

She has focused her career growth in the ammonia refrigeration, cogeneration, and municipal industries. Ms. Smith is an active member of RETA and IIAR. She has also served on the RETA Los Angeles Chapter Board since 2015 and is currently involved in the IIAR National Marketing Committee. As part of per duties on the IIAR National Marketing Committee, she leads the subcommittee for the State of the Industry Report, first published in 2018.

She has presented at a number of National Conferences, as well as local engagements, and is a regular presenter for Risk Management Professionals’ webinar series.

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Ivan Cheng

Senior Engineer I

Mr. Cheng graduated from the University of California, Irvine with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering with an emphasis on process safety and reliability. He has specialized in the oil and gas industries during his tenure at Risk Management Professionals. In addition, Mr. Cheng has been actively involved in the development and implementation of safety programs for a number of different industries. He has provided support for a wide spectrum of projects including HAZOP/LOPA Studies, fire/explosion consequence modeling, Quantitative Risk Analysis (QRA), and SOP development.

While Mr. Cheng has experience in diverse product lines, his completed projects have used high-end qualitative and/or quantitative risk analysis techniques for decision-making and are focused within the CalARP / US EPA RMP / OSHA PSM Programs.

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Alexander Metulev

Aleksandar Metulev

Senior Engineer I

Aleksandar (Aleks) Metulev graduated from the University of California, Irvine with Bachelor of Science degrees in both Chemical Engineering and Materials Science and Engineering. During his education he developed an innovative method to study the rheological properties of a fluid moving through a medical syringe needle.

Since joining Risk Management Professionals in 2014, Aleks has been immersed in multiple aspects of Process Safety Management (PSM) Programs and has focused his career in the heavy chemical industries. He is LOPA certified for Phillips 66, and is a qualified facilitator for Andeavor, Valero, and Western Refining.

Aleks has experience in diverse product lines, utilizing high-end qualitative and/or quantitative risk analysis techniques. He has presented several Risk Management Professionals webinar topics, and is involved with AIChE.

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Jasmin Dhaliwal

Project Engineer II

Ms. Jasmin Dhaliwal graduated from the University of California, Irvine with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering and minor in Materials Science Engineering. She has been immersed in multiple aspects of US EPA RMP, OSHA PSM, and CalARP Program development since joining Risk Management Professionals. Ms. Dhaliwal has been involved with HAZOP facilitation support, What-if and Checklist analyses, toxic and flammable gas and liquid dispersion modeling, regulatory Compliance Audits and support, P&ID development, SOP development, and Hazardous Materials Business Plans (HMBPs).

Ms. Dhaliwal has been involved in a variety of engineering projects across several industries, including gas processing and transport, petroleum, geothermal power generation, Selective Catalytic Reduction Systems (SCRs), chemical and materials manufacturing, water treatment and distribution systems, and ammonia refrigeration systems.

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DJ Kumar

Project Engineer I

Mr. DJ Kumar graduated from California Polytechnic State University, Pomona with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering and the University of Texas, Austin with a Master of Science degree in Petroleum Engineering. Mr. Kumar has extensive experience in the Oil & Gas industry both in the upstream and downstream sectors.

His previous experience includes developing simulation models of refineries, chemical and industrial plants to analyze the potential risks and hazards at the facility by performing nodal analysis and assessing the overall impact on overall plant operation. Additionally, he managed several offshore and onshore platforms that produced several thousand barrels of oil per day to perform operations without any lost-time. He conducted pre- and post-operation job safety analyses (JSA) with operators to facilitate safe and proper rig-up and rig-down procedures.

During his graduate studies, he consulted for several major oil companies in the areas of reservoir performance and production forecasting, while analyzing the impact of safety protocols that could affect production in the event of an unplanned shutdown. He has led several technical meetings with senior company executives to deliver key performance indicators for sponsored projects for large research-based teams and has also published and presented technical papers at international conferences hosted by the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE). He maintains an active membership with SPE as a contributor and reviews technical publications for validity.

His process safety experience includes performing updates and providing guidance on the CalARP, USEPA’s RMP, and OSHA’s PSM Programs; knowledge and providing services in other safety programs (i.e., confined space, fall protection, and HAZWOPER; providing training on CalARP, RMP, and/or PSM Programs; conducting Triennial Compliance Audits; and conducting PHAs / HRs.

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Ryan Bray

Ryan Bray

Technical Consultant

Ryan Bray has joined Risk Management Professionals in 2010. He began in industrial / environmental health and safety assisting in technical workshops, marketing activities, and various types of safety plans. Since 2013, Ryan has been a Technical Consultant immersed in multiple aspects of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (CalOES) Hazard Mitigation Plan (HMP) as well as emergency preparedness planning.

His exceptional problem-solving and organizational skills provide a high level of support for all projects to ensure project completion, regulatory compliance, and client satisfaction. Mr. Bray’s extensive HMP experience has focused on Local Emergency Planning, Hazard and Risk Assessment, Benefit-Cost Analysis, Grant Writing and Applications, Urban Water Management Planning, and Debris Management Planning.

Ryan holds an ISO-100 certification and is a regular contributor to the Risk Management Professionals webinar outreach, as well as the key manage for many of our marketing initiatives, such as workshops, conferences, and local events.

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