Joe de Souza joined R2E in 2010. An innovative and committed operations excellence professional, he brings 30+ years of experience in process operations management and optimization in the energy and chemicals industries. He has led transformative projects driving dramatic profit improvements for clients by leveraging technologies such as advanced process control, real-time optimization, advanced planning & scheduling and operations management dashboards. In 12+ years at AspenTech he filled many roles including business development, product management and utilities optimization services. At R2E, he led the development of the Refinery Operations Economic Optimization (ROEO) priority optimizer technology (patent pending). Joe was born in South Africa and is of Portuguese descent. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering and a master’s degree in Control Engineering, both from the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa. He moved to Texas in 2000 and lives in Austin with his wife. He has 4 grown children.