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José Ramón Lazo de la Vega joined IFDC in 1982. He has over 40 years of experience in production, maintenance, construction, and startup of nitrogen and phosphate fertilizer plants in developing and developed countries. He is skilled in laboratory-scale, pilot-plant, and commercial operations concerning phosphoric acid, nitrophosphates, ammonium phosphates, ammonium sulfate, and NPKs. Lazo de la Vega is experienced in research and product development in fertilizer-related processes as well as compaction/briquetting processes. He is adept in technoeconomic studies. Lazo de la Vega has provided on-site plant assessments and technical assistance to commercial fertilizer plants in many projects for various United Nations organizations, USAID, other foreign aid organizations, government agencies, and private companies in Africa, Asia, North, Central and South America, Europe, and Oceania. Before joining IFDC, Lazo de la Vega worked for Dow Corning and before that was a urea plant manager for Fertilizantes Mexicanos S. A. (FERTIMEX S.A.). He is the author of a publication on the briquetting process. Lazo de la Vega received a B.S. degree in chemical engineering from Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City, Mexico.