Aztec Engineering LLC

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Aztec Engineering LLC was formed in 1989 by Richard Martin to provide chemical and combustion engineering services for the refining and petro-chemical industries with specific emphasis on low NOx burner design and application. Following is a listing of experience and achievements.


  • BS, Mechanical Engineering, University of Tulsa, 1965
  • MS, Mechanical Engineering, University of Tulsa, 1967
  • Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, University of Tulsa, 1971  


  • Eighteen years with John Zink Company in various engineering and management positions
  • Ten years with Callidus Technologies as Vice President of the Burner Division and Chief Technical Officer
  • Six Years at Oral Roberts University as Professor of Engineering
  • Certified Department of Energy PHAST Specialist and Senior Instructor.


  • Fourteen years teaching the John Zink Burner School for engineers and operators.
  • Ten years teaching the Callidus Technologies Burner School for engineers and operators.
  • Over two thousand students have attended the above schools
  • Developed the original written instructional materials for both burner schools.
  • Developed the Trainer© fired heater simulator and accompanying instructional materials.
  • Six years teaching thermodynamics, heat transfer, and fluid mechanics at Oral Roberts University.

U.S. Patents*:

  • 10,690,339    "Burner for Furnace and ..."

  • 10,240,779   "Low NOx Burner For Ethylene ..."

  • 9,272,905    "Optimization of Downfired Reforming ...."

  • 9,238,199    "Flow Mixing, Tempering and Noise Supression ...."

  • 9,194,579    "Aerodynamic Radiant Wall Burner"

  • 8,017,084    "Ammonia Injection Grid for a SCR System"

  • 7,399,458    “Fired Equipment with Catalytic Converter and ..”
  • 6,875,008    “Lean Pre-Mix Low NOx Burner”
  • 6,672,858    “Method and Apparatus for Heating a Furnace”
  • 6,007,325     “Ultra Low Emissions Burner”
  • 5,993,193    “Variable Heat Flux Low Emissions Burner”
  • 5,984,665    “Low Emissions Surface Combustion Pilot and Flame Holder"
  • 5,073,105     “Low NOx Burner”
  • 4,902,484     “Oxygen Injector Means for Secondary Reformer”
  • 4,505,666     “Staged Fuel And Air For Low NOx Burner”
  • 4,383,649      “Fuel Oil Atomizer”
  • 4,347,052      “Low NOx Burner”
  • 4,245,980      “Burner For Reduced NOx Emission And Control ….”
  • 4,166,834      “Air injection Nozzle For Secondary Reformer”
  • 4,152,108      “Steam Injection To Zone Of Onset Combustion …..”
  • 3,958,922      “Duct Burner Assembly”

* Patents are assigned to John Zink Company and Callidus Technologies