becoming a superintendent with engineering and operations responsibilities for drilling, completions, and well inter-ventions. Following the creation of the Americas Region in 2003, Mr. Cole became completion and wells services engineering manager for the region. Moving back into the technology arena, he then headed up the region’s Technology Planning and Implementation team, with responsibility for developing new capabilities for the region. Prior to his current assignment, Mr. Cole was operations manager with responsibility for three of Shell’s platforms in the Gulf of Mexico. He has a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Mississippi State University and a master’s degree in petroleum engineering from Louisiana State University.
Rob Donnelly, M.B.Ch.B., MFOM, grew up in Perth Scotland and studied Medicine at Edinburgh University. He joined the Royal Army Medical Corps and spent 6 years in a variety of roles, with the infantry in Northern Ireland and London, Army hospitals in Hong Kong and London, and finally a mobile armored field unit in the West of England. He completed training in family medicine before leaving the Army to train in occupational medicine at British Steel in South Wales. After 6 years in a variety of roles in the steel industry, he moved to Shell in Aberdeen, working in the offshore Exploration and Production sector. A move to Houston, Texas, followed, where for 4 years he led Shell Health Services in the Americas. This involved multiple business units in 34 countries. In March 2007 he moved to The Hague, Netherlands, to assume his current position as vice president health for Royal Dutch Shell. He is accountable for 650 staff in 130 countries where Shell has operational interests. A particular area of focus is operations and the potential impact on health of a community. His professional interests include fitness to work and environmental health. He has published a number of articles on occupational medicine and health and the workplace.
Eric J. Esswein, M.S.P.H., is a senior industrial hygienist with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Western States Office in Denver, Colorado. He conducts field-based research in oil and gas exploration and production. Esswein has been a commissioned officer in the U.S. Public Health Service since 1991 when he joined NIOSH as an industrial hygienist with the Hazard Evaluations and Technical Assistance Branch in Cincinnati, Ohio, before transferring to the NIOSH Denver Field Office in 1998. He earned a bachelor’s degree in environmental health and toxicology from Huxley College of the Environment at Western Washington University and a master’s degree in public health with an emphasis in industrial hygiene from the University of Utah.
Richard A. Fenske, Ph.D., M.P.H., is professor and associate chair of environmental and occupational health sciences at the University of