Engineering Spotlight: Meet Casey Whalen
Casey Whalen has been with Milliken Infrastructure Solutions, LLC (MIS) for six years now—he recognized an opportunity for leadership with the business during his interview and knew he could use his knowledge and research abilities for composite technologies on a daily basis.
“At MIS, I’m provided with unique challenges that test the limits and capabilities of composite repairs in situations that are far removed from commonplace composite activities,” said Casey.
Casey enjoys the open environment of our Houston office, and the fact that he doesn’t feel like a “structured cubicle engineer” because he is able to assist and supervise unique repairs in the field.
“I like the entrepreneurial atmosphere of the office, and the opportunity for each employee [at MIS] to largely influence the company,” said Casey. “I have the opportunity to create custom designs and equations, and I get to work to find the most ideal solution for any situation presented to me by our customers.”
Casey serves on the ASME PPC-2 committee, where he works to help rewrite and improve industry standards. Currently, the oil and gas industry standards do not provide guidance for dents, wrinkle bends, cracks and crack-like features. Casey enjoys coming up with these solutions based on his experience and knowledge of how composites work to create testing methodology, new equations and current guidelines for internal use.
“We create composite solutions that must be installed in muddy holes, underwater or in extreme temperatures—controlled composites in rough environments. It’s the cutting edge in industry,” said Casey.
His main motivation, and a challenge within the industry, is the competition. Casey maintains a Daft Punk mentality: “I like the strategy of this business, where we learn as a team to work harder, better, faster, stronger…”
He enjoys being able to solve situations and custom designs where other companies cannot. While working with PHMSA, MIS was able to help a company complete more than 30 repairs on seam weld crack-like anomalies when it had no other option, besides shutting down the line and losing millions of dollars.
MIS is also working toward finishing testing of a polyethylene (PE) pipe repair system, which will be able to chemically bond with nonmetallic repairs and create a new marketplace for our business as there are currently limited solutions for PE pipe and coated pipe repairs.
“We are looking to take this huge step in the new market, not a product iteration or a different solution to an old problem,” said Casey. “Strategies like this will propel us in the industry to become a noted provider for nontraditional repair solutions beyond the oil and gas industry. I want to see MIS established in the marketplace as a trusted, reliable solutions provider.”