March 13, 2008 | Barb Carr

Summit Best Practice Presenter: Marco Flores

Marco Flores will be presenting: Lecciones Aprendidas en 3 Decadas en el Desarrollo de la Tecnologia en Reduccion Directa y Arranque de Plantas (Lessons Learned in 3 Decades in the Development of Technology in Direct Reduction and Plant Start-up) during the 2008 Summit Spanish Sessions in Las Vegas.

From his youth, Marco Flores has dedicated himself to explore the limits. In 1965, during his school days he was a member of the International Society of Interplanetary Studies, and the University Society for Experimental Rocketry. While at M.I.T., coursing a Master’s Degree in Aeronautics and Astronautics, he was part of the Innovation Center and the Commission for Hispanic Rights, dedicated to defend the human rights of the Spanish-speaking prisoners in Massachusetts. While at the Innovation Center he produced the famous “Phantom Potential Racer” and the “Automatic Banana Peeler,” that took center place in the news in Boston, and was interviewed by Eye Witness News for the banana peeler, and by Boston Public Television on the impact of automation on rural unemployment in Latin America and migration to the United States.

For 25 years he endeavored in the development of technology, start-up and troubleshooting for direct reduction plants worldwide.

Today he is the President of TECMEN, a consulting company dedicated to develop solutions material handling and process under extreme conditions that go from automated “taco” shell handling, to high temperature components applied to chemical and nuclear processes. He has produced multiple worldwide patents for different companies. He has traveled extensively, lately spending most of his time between Australia, Germany and South America. He has been a TapRooT® instructor for seven years and is co-translator of the TapRooT® course materials into Spanish and Portuguese, and has applied the TapRooT® method for innovation, project planning, and systematic failure and accident analysis frequently.

He paints, writes poetry and wrote a play on the role of women in Mexican History.

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