Energy Consulting Firm

Technocrats, Inc.

5500 Five Knolls Drive
Charlotte, NC 28226 USA
ph: 704.236.8284
fax: 704.544.2564


Joseph A. Barsin, Jr.

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Work History


Principal and Chief Technical Officer of Technocrats, Inc. (established in 1983).  A technical consulting firm with extensive world wide expertise in the areas of fossil fuel combustion, including coal, black liquor, and biomass; control of air emissions; the management of solid fuels, ash/slagging alleviation and removal- all related to the generation of steam for power, industry, and pulp/paper. Consultations include the re-powering, upgrade of plants, training, maintenance, and providing of expert testimony.


President and Chief Executive Officer, Magaldi Corporation (Charlotte, NC). Designed, fabricated, and installed novel high temperature (+1900F) bulk material handling systems in North America, as well as traditional conveyor system projects to the cement, lead, lime, foundries, and coal fired utility markets.


Vice President, Operating Plant Services, Kvaerner Pulping (Charlotte, NC) now a subsidiary of Metso Power. Responsibilities included upgrades, retrofits, field service, training, maintenance and replacement parts for not only Kvaerner equipment but for clients owning competitors' equipment.

1964 – 1991

Babcock and Wilcox Company, Barberton, Ohio  (B&W)


Initially in Field Engineering with responsibilities for commissioning new power plants, training operators, demonstrating guaranteed  performance, establishing maintenance programs and implementing field corrections as required to meet guaranteed performance.

Followed by assignments in design engineering with responsibilities for Combustion Systems, Pulverizers, Air Heaters, Ash Removal Systems as technical manager.

Later, as Product Line Manager for Fossil Fuel Systems with technical and financial responsibilities for the above-mentioned engineered products/systems.

General Manager of Industrial Projects-a service business dedicated to the conceptualization/application of upgrades and retrofits to enhance production and reduce emissions. 

Finally. General Manager, Base Business, Diamond Power Specialty Company (Lancaster, Ohio), a subsidiary of B&W.  


  • State University of New York - BS, Marine Engineering
  • Northeastern University, Boston, MA, Executive MDP


  • Fellow American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
  • George Westinghouse Silver Medal-1985 ASME
  • Beloit Prize, awarded 2005 by The Technical Association Pulp and Paper Industries (TAPPI)
  • Technical Award, awarded 2005, Engineering Division, The Techanical Association of Pulp and Paper Industries (TAPPI)
  • Fellow Technical Association of Pulp and Paper Industries (TAPPI) 2006
  • Best Paper Award, 1987 Inustrial Power Confernce ASME


Two awarded in areas of NOx Control and Combustion


  • Fomer Chairman, Engineering Division of Technical Association Pulp and Paper Industries (TAPPI)
  • Former Chairman, Fuels & Combustion Technology (FACTS) Division (ASME)
  • Member, Board of Directors Technocrats, Inc.
  • Former member-Advisory Committees to the USDOE and the USEPA for various programs commercializing low NOx/low SOx combustion systems and the Vision 2020 (Future Environmental/Energy Efficiency tradeoffs) for the US Pulp/Paper Industry
  • The USDOEs Advisory Board on Identifying R&D opportunties in Pulping
  • The University of Toronto, Chemical Engineering Department, Pulp and Paper Center; Research and Development Advisory Board-guidance and direction for basic R&D
  • Former member Executive Committee-Black Liquor Recovery Boiler Advisory Committee (BLRBAC)