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"Our company is geographically dispersed, and the VHQ intranet is a key communications tool to keep our 200+ offices tuned in and up to speed on current initiatives. What I like best about it though, is that I don't have to rely on our IT department to make changes or modifications. We built it so that I'm completely self-sufficient - if I need to upload a new story, announce a new project or even change an address - I can do it myself in just a few seconds."
Mary Wiggins
Manager, Corporate Communications
Encompass Services

Management Team
Rajul Rastogi
Astron International
Executive Vice President and Co-Founder
Rajul is responsible for business processes, technology, and software development at Astron International. A chemical engineer by training, Rajul has over 20 years of experience in software development, engineering design, and operations.

Rajul has a M.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Akron, Ohio a B. E. in Chemical Engineering from the Birla Institute of Technology & Science at Pilani, India and attended Graduate courses in business administration at Tulane University at New Orleans, Louisiana.
Atulya Saraf
Astron International
President and Co-Founder
Atulya Saraf is responsible for the expansion of Astron International's application development, and consulting services. Atulya has over 20 years of experience in software services, chemical engineering, and business administration.

Atulya has a M.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Akron, Ohio, a B. Tech in Chemical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology at New Delhi (IIT-D), India and graduate courses in business administration from Tulane University at New Orleans, Louisiana.

Atulya has published several papers in the field of Fluid Catalytic Cracking (FCC) and 3 papers on other reaction engineering/catalysis topics. He also has U.S. Patent No. 5,435,906 (issued in July 25, 1995) - The Process for Catalytically Cracking Feedstocks Paraffin Rich Comprising High and Low Concarbon Components.

CJ Farley
Astron International
Vice President, Refining Consulting

CJ Farley has been working in the refining industry for 18 years.  He is an FCC specialist with general knowledge in other refining areas.  

He started his career in the Marathon organization, working several FCC units, with heavy tech service and operations experience.  He then went to work at MW Kellogg (now KBR) in the FCC design and service area.  In 2001, he joined BASF and eventually became the Marketing & Technical Service Manager for their FCC team.

CJ joined Astron International as Vice President of the 'Refining Consulting Division'.  As part of Astron International he will provide consulting services to BASF and other companies in the refining industry and participate in software development projects.

CJ has a BS degree in Chemical Engineering from Purdue University.

Scott A. Jacobson
Astron International
Vice President, Operations
Scott provides the vision, strategies and management necessary to deliver software solutions and services.

Scott has over 10 years experience in architecture and application project management. Scott accepted the position of Vice President, Operations for Astron International in September 2000. Scott has a B.Arch. and an MBA from Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Professional Memberships include the Society of Petroleum Engineers, and Association of IT Professionals.
Our Staff
Astron International

Chemical Engineers founded Astron International with experience in Oil Refining and Chemical industries. This combined with software skills and experience offers a unique advantage in providing digital applications and services to the oil refining and chemical industries.

The Industry Expertise of our staff covers Oil Refining/Chemicals/Manufacturing/Software Development that includes but is not limited to: Technical Service Solutions, Technical Data Management and Analysis, Web Based Applications, Knowledge Management, Fluid Catalytic Cracking, Hydroprocessing, and Consulting.

Astron International is a Microsoft Certified Partner with Microsoft Professionals on staff.

Astron International is very highly experienced with Microsoft technologies including the .NET Framework, Active Directory, Microsoft Internet Information Server, Microsoft SQL Server, Microsoft SharePoint Server, and Microsoft BizTalk Server. Developers at Astron International and its subsidiary use Visual Studio .NET for building solutions.

GE Betz Knowledge Base Intranet
 Case Studies
FCC Operations Benchmarking: A Valuable Tool for Identifying Opportunities for Improved Profitability
Criterion Catalysts presents benefits of Microsoft SharePoint solution co-developed by Astron International
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