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5 Questions for Operational Certainty Consultant Tiffany Tang

June 06, 2019

Emerson's Dr. Tiffany Tang joins our continuing series, 5 Questions for an Emerson Expert. As an Operational Certainty Consultant, Tiffany works with manufacturers and producers to optimize their processes to improve production, energy & emissions and overall robustness.

Tiffany Tang

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Jim: Hi everyone. I'm Jim Cahill and welcome to Five Questions for an Emerson Expert. Today I'm joined by Tiffany Tang. Tiffany is a digital transformation and production optimization consultant on our operational certainty consulting team. She has an automation degree from Beijing University of Chemical Technology and a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from Texas Tech University. Welcome, Tiffany.

Tiffany: Hi, Jim. It's a pleasure to join you for the podcast today.

Jim: Well, it's great that you're here. So, let's start out. I like to ask all our Emerson Experts, so what made you decide to pursue a STEM-based education?

Tiffany: Well, I love math. When I was a child, you know, when I was 5 I can add and subtract the numbers within 100 within seconds just in my head. My mom was really impressed about my capability in doing math and she told my talent in math to our friends and families. As I grew up I had a lot of encouragement and praise from my family, my friends, and my teachers. That was what made me go further and further along the way in engineer.

Jim: Well, that's interesting. So, from an early age you recognized that talent, and everyone around did all that. And through your university work that you pursued the field of automation, so what led you into automation and then ultimately with Emerson, a process automation company?

Tiffany: So, you know, I have been always interested in doing engineering work and I'm always passionate with process automation. I majored in automation during my undergraduate study. As I learn more and more about automation I found myself falling in love with it. And I want to learn more and more about the technology side and how to apply automation skills into our daily life and change the way things works. And it was a cornerstone that I made the decision to go study abroad to pursue a higher degree in automation. And I came to United States about 11 years ago to pursue my Ph.D. in chemical engineering in Texas Tech University and my focus was on advance process control, process modeling, and simulation. I really love to see how automation technology apply to our daily life and to the world we live in. You can see automation systems everywhere from the small oven you use to cook the cookies and cupcakes for your kids. Those are automation systems. Even an automation pen, that's an automation system involved, and the big to the aerospace control system. You can see automation everywhere in your daily life.

I fell in love with this area and straight out of school I started my first job in an oilfield service company in Houston, Texas. In my first job I designed a state-of-the-art automation system for hydraulic fracturing treatments. It's really a sophisticated and top-tier world-class software automation package which I won two patents on that design. After I accumulated my experience from the oil and gas industry and I joined Emerson as a control performance technical consultant in the advanced control team. And I got a lot of experience working with client from different industries like refining, chemical, and oil and gas. And now I'm a consultant in the operational certainty team and doing production optimization, advanced process control, and the digital transformation projects with our client.

Jim: Well,