Engineering & Operations Team

Engineering & Operations Team 2018-06-08T13:33:45+00:00

Barbara Arnold, PHD, P.E.

Research & Development Executive Manager

Dr. Arnold holds B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in mineral processing from the Pennsylvania State University, specializing in coal froth flotation, fine particle processing, and coal petrology. Her research and development experience has included projects for government – and industry – funded agencies as well as private companies, and has covered the development of a coal cleaning simulator, coal handling and blending, coal cleaning characterizations, and flowsheet evaluations.
Her project management experience includes the development and management of project budgets, project schedules, oversight of project personnel, and reporting functions.

Thomas Porterfield, P.E.

Project Manager

Tom has been vice president of operations for Farnham & Pfile Engineering and Construction for 16 years, specializing in energy-related industrial application/design/build utilizing computer aided three-dimensional interactive design (CATIA).
Prior to his employment at Farnham & Pfile, Tom held project engineer positions with BethEnergy Mines for 17 years, covering nine coal mines and processing plants in Pennsylvania and West Virginia. Tom graduated from the Pennsylvania State University with a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering.
He has a diverse background and is a registered professional engineer in 16 states and the District of Columbia.

John Shoup

Operations and Maintenance Manager

Jack has been a project coordinator for Farnham & Pfile Engineering and Construction for over 10 years. His responsibilities include the coordination of the engineering, purchasing, and construction activities for energy related construction projects. Prior to his employment with Farnham & Pfile, Jack had been involved in the coal, phosphate, and energy industries since 1973, serving as a quality control supervisor, construction superintendent, and construction project manager.
Jack is a graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a B.S. in business administration.