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Powerfect was founded in 1976 and has been servicing the utility industry, both fossil and nuclear for over 40 years offering engineering services and  field/shop maintenance and repair services.  Our founders Dr. Renato Noe and Mr. Michael Catapano were former utility engineers with a strong background in manufacturing and heater fabrication, and  hold over 15 patents including the Individual Tube Hydrotesting System and the Removable/Reusable Mechanical Seal Plugs.  In 1987 Powerfect received a grant from the Department of Energy under the  Energy Related Inventions Program for the hydrotesting system  due to the potential significant energy savings realized from its use.    In 1990 Dr. Noe and Mr. Catapano were named New Jersey Inventors of the year for their vast contributions in energy savings.  They  co-authored  (4) EPRI-sponsored Feedwater Heater publications, and have always been highly regarded in the industry as experts in all aspects of heat exchanger technologies specializing in power plant Feedwater Heaters, Condensers and BOP Exchangers.    



Eric Svensson, President of Powerfect Inc,  joined Powerfect in September 2004. Eric graduated from The Georgia Institute of Technology in 1993 with a Bachelor's Degree in Chemical Engineering. Eric joined the Naval Nuclear Propulsion program shortly after graduation where he received training in Nuclear Power Theory and Operations. While in the Navy, he served on 2 different nuclear powered submarines. In 2000, Eric received a Master's of Science in Operations Management from The University of Arkansas.  


Mary Jane Luddy, President of Powerfect Service Inc. is the daughter of one of the founding fathers, a world renowned expert in his field, Dr. Renato R. Noe.  A graduate of Pace University with a bachelors degree in business administration, she  has been with the company since its inception in 1981 and has been in charge of the administrative,  financial and marketing aspects of both Powerfect, Inc and Powerfect Service Inc.     


Amy Svensson graduated from The Georgia Institute of Technology with a Bachelor's Degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1995.  Prior to joining Powerfect in 2006, she worked at BE Aerospace where she was involved in the design of the galleys for Air Force Two.  As Senior Staff Engineer at Powerfect, she works directly with many of the consulting projects, as well as engineering support for field service.  


Mike Catapano has over 40 years experience in the operation, design, procurement and maintenance of feedwater heaters and other shell and tube heat exchangers.  He has supported EPRI in numerous feedwater heater projects and seminars.  He holds three patents pertaining to feedwater heater testing and repair and was selected as Inventor of the year 1990.  He is a fellow of the ASME and a former Chairman of the ASME Power Division Heat Exchanger Committee. He is also a co-instructor of the ASME continuing education course "Optimizing Feedwater Heater Operation and Maintenance Technology"




Paul Kothe has over 25 years experience in heat exchanger maintenance and repair. An expert in utilizing Powerfect patented testing and plugging equipment, he has been involved in feedwater heater and other heat exchanger custom repairs in the utility and processing industries worldwide. As field service manager, his responsibilities include management and support of total field maintenance activities which involves a "hands on" approach to service problems as well as overseeing technical personnel.  He has  conducted training seminars in the use of Powerfect equipment and proper maintenance procedures. 



1133D Industrial Pkwy, Brick, NJ 08724  (732) 202-1133  Fax: (732) 202-1556