Mark DeLuca P.E.
51 Dawn Road
Levittown, PA 19056
OBJECTIVE: Seeking projects that involve current Good Manufacturing Practice (cGMP) or The International Conference on Harmonization (ICH) Q7A regulated, automated, chemical and/or biological processes with the opportunity to design, start up, commission and/or validate: computer systems, automated processes and process equipment.
Del-Engineering Contract Engineer (6/92 –present)
Wrote and executed IQ and OQ protocols for generic solid dosage manufacturing equipment including metal checkers, tablet presses, capsule fillers, coating tanks, V-blender, fluidized bed dryer, sieve shakers, fluidized bed dryer bag filter washer and checkweighers, label checkers and bar code scanners. Output was validated equipment.
Wrote Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) for the plant. Walked down the process with the operators and modified the SOPs to accommodate the equipment and processes needed to make Sam Adams Style Beer. Photographed equipment labeling the elements that the operators would use. The output was SOPs and training manuals.
Developed a manual cleaning procedure that was repeatable and not operator dependent. Tested cleaning steps, wrote SOPs, validated the cleaning process. Development involved soiling parts and cleaning them. Testing included swabbing parts for bio-burden and TOC. Collaborated with an independent laboratory to develop recovery factors for the surfaces and soils under consideration. The output was a validated and approved backup procedure to wash parts when the automated equipment was not available.
Closed out outstanding issues on protocols for validation of electronic data collection from the clinical trial scale solid dosage manufacturing equipment including wet mixers, granulator, tablet presses and other clinical scale equipment. The output was signed and approved IO OQ protocols.
Wrote the Factory Acceptance Test (FAT), Site Acceptance Test (SAT), IQ and OQ protocols for a Programmable Logic Controller (PLC) controlling a Clean in Place (CIP) system for a veterinary vaccine plant.. The output was protocols for the client to execute.
Analyzed and sized condensers for alcohol recovery to comply with air permits using AP42.
Wrote and executed commissioning, IQ and OQ protocols for an Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient (API) inhaled anesthetic manufacturer.
Part of a three-member team doing a GAP analysis for the Ortho Clinical Diagnostic (OCD) division’s validation documents to evaluate their compliance with current standards. Reviewed all the equipment documents. Served as document librarian for the duration of the project. Organized a validation records center for faster document retrieval. Evaluated each document for compliance to current cGMPs (21 CFR parts 11, 21 CFR 58, 21 CFR 210, 21 CFR 211, 21 CFR 640, 21 CFR 820). Identified areas based on their criticality to the process to determine where additional validation efforts may be required to stay compliant with current regulatory environment. Output was a newly created database with each piece of cGMP equipment listed and a risk based rating of the state of the supporting documents for that equipment.
Validated and qualified equipment used for the Bristol Myers Squibb Co. Clinical Supply Operations Department for compliance with cGMP and European Union Regulations. Equipment included table presses, encapsulators, pan coating equipment, automatic checkweighers, a Glatt fluidized bed and various sizing, milling and grinding units.
Validated and qualified API synthesis facilities. Equipment included a breathing air system for operators, portable vessels and reactors that plugged into an S-88 based Delta V Distributed Control System (DCS) system.
Qualified high containment laboratory facilities. Equipment included two walk in containment hoods, operator breathing air, compressed air, laboratory nitrogen distribution utilities, clean steam and process vacuum system. Output was qualified and validated equipment.
Output was qualified equipment.
Qualified a laboratory monitoring system that phoned responsible personnel to notify them of alarm conditions. Output was qualified equipment.
Merck West Point, PA – Engineer
Wrote Factory Acceptance Test (FAT) protocols for a Delta V system for Merck’s Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) vaccine facility. This S-88 based facility included Clean in Place (CIP), Steam in Place (SIP), media/buffer prep and standard recipes. Output was signed validation documents ready to be executed.
Jacobs Engineering Conshohocken, PA – Engineer
Performed on site engineering for Jacobs’ clients: Merck, Wyeth, Kimberly-Clark, Eli-Lilly, and Schering-Plough.
· Startup and validation of a Wyeth project which was a two year 600 million dollar Biotech facility at GI in Andover, MA. Operation of Wyeth’s new cell culture plant involved multiple PLCs controlled by SCADA that ultimately was directed by an MES system. The design followed S-88 practices. Processes validated included: clean steam, De-Ionized (DI) water, Water for Injection (WFI) water, filtered potable water, glycol and chilled water cooling utilities, plant CIP and SIP, bioreactors, media and buffer prep, filtration and chromatography.
· Merck project included validation of Apogee building automation system and process compressed air for a varicella-zoster virus (VZV) HHV-3, vaccine facility.
· Kimberly-Clark project validated a sample tracking system for a product stability testing facility.
· Eli-Lilly project included IQ and DQ for an upgrade to the Humulin facility, which split a WFI water system into two independent loops.
· Schering-Plough project was to organize preventive maintenance records for an audit.
Merck West Point, PA – Computer Validation Quality Assurance Associate
Reviewed computer systems for compliance with cGMP and 21 CFR Part 11, 21 CFR 210 and 21 CFR 211 requirements. Audits included PLCs, Building Automation Systems, SCADA, LIMS, chromatography systems and custom software. Output was audit reports showing state of compliance.
Applied Control Engineering Inc. New Castle, DE – Process Control Engineer
Applied Control Engineering Inc. is a system integrator serving the chemical and pharmaceutical industries. Programmed three Allen-Bradley PLC-5s adding new I/O and associated control logic for a specialty chemical plant.
BioKinetics Philadelphia, PA – Automation Engineer
BioKinetics is a design/build engineering firm serving the biotech and pharmaceutical industries. Prepared Functional Requirement Specifications (FRS) and Valve Sequence Tables (VST) for a project with sixteen Allen-Bradley PLC-5/80s.
Merck Westpoint, PA – Chemical Engineer
Wrote FDA regulated automation documents including FRS, Detailed Design Specification (DDS), IQ, OQ, SAT, and FAT. Supervised, as part of a team, the construction of a $170 million pneumonia vaccine manufacturing plant. Had complete responsibility for a half million-dollar skid within the fermentation suite. Shared responsibility with five engineers for automating the $40 million fermentation suite. The fermentation suite was controlled by both Allen Bradley PLCs and a DCS system. Output was a working vaccine production facility.
Rohm & Haas Philadelphia, PA – Process Engineer
Responsibility was a $1.5 million automated tank farm renovation. Ran the project from design through startup while full-scale manual production was taking place. Prepared P&IDs taking them through multiple approval cycles and reviews including production approval, safety, health and environmental approval and business team capital expenditure approval. Supervised detailed design. Coordinated the efforts of a team of piping, instrument, electrical and structural designers in preparing all the drawings and details. Involvement with system startup including tuning loops, stepping through sequences, water runs and chemical startup.
Output was a working tank farm feeding a herbicide manufacturing operation.
Added INIT alarms to the HMI card and tested the change. Programmed in Pascal. Tested code in CL. Output was code changes and all the supporting software life cycle documentation.
Epsilon New Castle, DE – Controls Engineer
Epsilon is a polypropylene manufacturer. Responsibility was to review the as-built programming for three Honeywell IPC-623 PLCs against license. Output was as-built drawings.
American Cyanamid Parkersburg, WV – Senior Process Engineer
Assembled and installed six different pilot scale (~25 gpm), ultra filters (UF) and Reverse Osmosis (RO) units from three different vendors for evaluation of their effectiveness in recovering trace levels of antibiotic remaining in the process waste water. Output was a report recommending the best RO unit for this operation.
Ecochem New Castle, DE – Senior Process Engineer
Ecochem was a DuPont and ConAgra joint venture to make biodegradable plastics. Responsibility was to supervise the 12 to 8 am shift of the startup team for a $25 million plant. The team included four technicians and three mechanics. Tuned controllers on the Bailey Infi 90, Programmed Modicon 984-685 PLC. Output was a small scale facility that provided data to show a larger facility was not worth further investment.
Direct Employee (6/82 - 6/92)
Chessell Inc. Newtown, PA – Product Development Engineer
Programmed in C, in a UNIX environment, developing software for industrial equipment.
Output was embedded software for the company’s products.
EG&G Princeton Applied Research Princeton, NJ – Engineer
Programmed in Forth, developing hardware and software for laboratory equipment.
Output was embedded software for the company’s products.
Rohm & Haas Bristol, PA – Process Development Engineer
Production plant engineer responsible for troubleshooting and de-bottlenecking processes. Output was daily technical support to a manufacturing operation.
EDUCATION & TRAINING
Stevens Institute of Technology Masters of Pharmaceutical Manufacturing through the Mechanical Engineering department GPA 4.0/4.0 (2012)
Villanova University completed Project Management certificate program (2002)
New Jersey Institute of Technology completed 96 credits out of 130 needed toward a BS in Electrical Engineering GPA 3.9/4.0 (Night School 1987-1992) Tau Beta Pi
Polytechnic University BS Chemical Engineering GPA 3.0/4.0 (1982) Omega Chi Epsilon
Professional Engineer (1992) Licensed in PA, NJ and DE