David Rempel (Chair, Steering Committee) is professor emeritus of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco; professor emeritus of engineering at the University of California, Berkeley; and director of the Ergonomics Graduate Training Program at Berkeley. His research focuses on understanding how tendons, muscles, and nerves are injured at work and how workplace tools, workstations, and tasks can be designed to prevent musculoskeletal disorders. He is board-certified in internal medicine, occupational medicine, and ergonomics. In the past 10 years, the graduate students and postdoctoral fellows in his group have conducted laboratory biomechanics and usability studies on tools and devices used in the workplace, and carried out randomized controlled trials of workplace ergonomic interventions in the office, garment, dental, and construction sectors. He is a member of the Board on Human-Systems Integration. He holds a B.A. in bioengineering; an M.D. from the University of California San Diego; and an M.P.H. in epidemiology from the University of California, Berkeley.
Claude Allen, Sr. (Presenter), a Safety and Environmental Management Systems (SEMS) specialist, joined Shell in 2010 after receiving a B.S. in sports medicine from the University of South Alabama and a master’s degree in education with an emphasis on exercise physiology. Early in his career, he worked as a faculty instructor at the University of South Alabama and as medical director for an offshore company. He then moved to a health, safety, and environment (HSE) adviser role offshore and developed the wellness program for a drilling contractor. He later was a contractor with Shell as HSE tech offshore for 6 years, supporting various onshore exploration
and production locations. He then began an assignment as an HSE supervisor and served on the original SEMS team. He assisted with preparation for GoM and Alaska SEMS audits. He then transferred to Alaska, where he began an assignment as an HSE supervisor supporting Alaska projects, including overseeing HSE for the anchor handlers, HSE management systems, and the cap and stack. Currently, he is the senior SEMS specialist in the Gulf of Mexico and is enrolled in a master’s degree program in advanced safety engineering management at the University of Alabama.
Diane Austin (Presenter and Moderator) is a research professor in the Bureau of Applied Research in Anthropology and director of the School of Anthropology at the University of Arizona. She is an applied anthropologist whose research focuses on problems at the human–environment interface, participatory development, and community-level impacts of industrial activity. Since 1998 she has led seven multiyear studies investigating the social effects of the offshore oil and gas industry in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico region. Using community-based, collaborative research approaches, she has developed and maintained long-term, multisectoral partnerships in Native American communities, U.S. and Mexican border communities, and coastal communities along the Gulf of Mexico.
Christian (Chris) J. Beckett (Presenter) served as chief executive officer of Pacific Drilling from April 2008 until August 2017 and as a member of the board of directors from March 2011 to August 2017. Over the past few years, he has been a member of the Executive Committee and the Offshore Advisory Panel of the International Association of Drilling Contractors and a board member of the National Ocean Industries Association. Mr. Beckett has almost 30 years of experience in the energy industry, starting in technical field positions in the seismic industry before taking on increasing management responsibility in various areas of the oilfield services space. Prior to joining Pacific Drilling, he led the Strategic Business Development and Planning group at Transocean Ltd. from 2004 to 2008. He served from 2001 to 2004 at McKinsey & Company, Inc., where he provided strategic and operating advice to global energy companies and governments, and from 1990 to 2001 at Schlumberger Limited in a series of international management roles with increasing responsibilities. In 2014 he was named EY Entrepreneur of the Year, National Energy, Cleantech and Natural Resources. Mr. Beckett holds a B.S. in exploration geophysics from University College London and an M.B.A. from Rice University.
Jody Broussard (Presenter) is president of Prime Resources Management Group, LLC (PRMG). Prior to joining PRMG, he served as executive vice president of Quality Companies USA, LLC, from 2010 to 2017. In that
role, he was responsible for the overall performance and direction of the organization. Previously, he served as the company’s human resources director and risk manager from 2004 to August 2010, during which time he led the development and implementation of a strategic human resources program. Prior to joining Quality, he served as southern regional claims manager for the Gray Insurance Company, where he oversaw claims handling for the southern region and also worked in various other roles for the company. Mr. Broussard is active as a mentor for other professionals and has been a speaker at numerous human resources; health, safety, and environment; and leadership functions.
Christopher Connor (Presenter) is an offshore installation manager at Seadrill International Resources with significant experience in ultra-deepwater semisubmersibles and drillships who applies the concepts of crew resource management and human factors at every opportunity. He came in contact with human factors while auditing bridge resource management courses during the selection process for the most appropriate program to adopt within the Canadian Coast Guard in the 1990s. He gained further experience in human factors while conducting investigations for the Canadian Transportation Accident Investigation and Safety Board and while training as a commercially licensed aircraft pilot. Mr. Connor is active with the Society of Petroleum Engineers and participates in the Human Factors Technical Section as a director at large and webmaster.
Rick Engler (Presenter) is a member of the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB), a position to which he was nominated by President Barack Obama in January 2014 and for which he was confirmed by the Senate in December 2014. Before joining CSB, he was founder and director of the New Jersey Work Environmental Council. He is also the founder of the Philadelphia Area Project on Occupational Safety and Health and served as an elected vice president of the New Jersey Industrial Union Council, AFL-CIO. He has advocated for successful landmark state and national public policies that promote hazard communication, workforce development, chemical incident prevention, inherently safer processes, and whistle-blower protection. Among these policies are the New Jersey Worker and Community Right to Know and Toxic Catastrophe laws and the national 1990 Clean Air Act amendments. Mr. Engler has been a forerunner in collaborative labor–management–community initiatives to help investigate and prevent chemical incidents.
Lillian Espinoza-Gala (Member, Steering Committee) is owner, LEG Exploration Education LLC; secretary for the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) Evangeline Section; director at large on SPE International Human
Factors; and member, American Association of Drilling Engineers. She is a former Gulf of Mexico offshore worker and supervisor (1973–1981) and survivor of a near-fatal accident. She worked as a contractor with the Minerals Management Service and the University of Arizona offshore from 2004 to 2015 and served as a member of the Deepwater Horizon Study Group under the Center for Catastrophic Risk Management in 2010–2011. Her experience in investigating Macondo and Montero led to her current interest in workforce engagement and empowerment of oil and gas professionals at every level, as well as methods for industry and regulators to win the trust of the workforce onshore and offshore in reporting near misses and speaking up when resources and staffing for an operation are less than ideal. In 2013–2014 she assisted a major services provider in conducting a hazard and operability study on riser gas handling and managed pressure drilling systems and researched global deepwater drilling regulations. In fall 2014 she served as an instructor at the University of Louisiana–Lafayette on the six major global offshore blowouts and loss of well control events from 2009 to 2013.
Warren R. “Rick” Farmer IV (Presenter) is currently a managing member of Double R Engineering, LLC, which provides pore pressure evaluation and wellbore design for customers in the Gulf of Mexico. He graduated from Mississippi State University in 1982 with a B.S. in petroleum engineering. He began his engineering career with the Union Oil Company of California, moving on to Petroleum Engineers, Inc., and then Crescent Drilling & Production. Following the Deepwater Horizon incident, he studied to become a registered professional engineer in the state of Louisiana. He spent a year with Century Exploration as senior drilling engineer and drilling and completion manager, and he spent almost 4 years with Stone Energy doing pore pressure and deepwater well design work. He has lectured and taught at several universities. He is a member of and has served in leadership roles for numerous professional organizations. In 2013 he received the Meritorious Service Award from the American Petroleum Institute, Delta Chapter.
Rhona Flin (Member, Steering Committee), Ph.D, FBPsS, FRSE, is professor of industrial psychology, Aberdeen Business School, Robert Gordon University, and emeritus professor of applied psychology, University of Aberdeen. Her work examines human performance in high-risk work settings, such as health care, aviation, and the energy industries, focusing on leadership, safety culture, team skills, and cognitive skills. Topics addressed by current projects include product safety culture, managers’ safety leadership, and nontechnical skills in safety-critical tasks.
Michael Fry (Presenter) is president and CEO of Deepwater Subsea, a company that specializes in subsea operational excellence, compliance verification, and competency development training. He joined the industry in 1998 after a 10-year career in the U.S. Navy, where he worked on nuclear submarines. During his oil and gas career he has held various leadership roles, ranging from technical superintendent, to corporate subsea subject matter expert, to subsea manager.
Philip (Phil) Grossweiler (Member, Steering Committee) is Human Factors Technical Section chair, Society of Petroleum Engineers, and principal consultant for risk management, LNG Projects, M&H Energy Services. He has more than 35 years of experience in the upstream oil and gas industry, including a 25-year career at ExxonMobil in domestic and international assignments. His consulting work for various companies has included liquid natural gas (LNG) supply chain and shipping logistics, LNG business strategies, offshore LNG terminals, LNG tanker designs, concepts and designs for compressed natural gas shipping, and field decommissioning studies. He retired with the rank of commander from the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve in 1993. He holds a B.S. in marine engineering from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, M.S. degrees both in naval architecture and marine engineering and in mechanical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and an M.B.A. from Houston Baptist University.
Donald (Don) Holmstrom (Presenter) recently retired after 17 years with the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB). He served as director of CSB’s Western Regional Office and managed roughly two-thirds of CSB’s investigators. He helped establish the recommendations program at CSB and earlier in his career managed that office. He participated in more than 70 major accident investigations and supervised a number of notable CSB investigations, including the 2005 BP Texas City refinery, 2010 Deepwater Horizon, and 2012 Chevron refinery incidents. Prior to joining CSB, he worked for Total Petroleum Inc. and for Ultramar Diamond Shamrock Inc. for 19 years. He has extensive experience in chemical process operations, process safety management, emergency response, occupational health and safety, and incident investigation. He graduated from Stanford University in 1974 with a degree in human biology and English. He received his JD from the University of Colorado School of Law in 1978.
Bill Hoyle (Presenter) was investigations manager and later senior investigator for the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) prior to his retirement in 2014. He directed CSB’s investigation of more than 30 major incidents, including the inquiry into the 2005 BP Texas City Refinery fire and explo-
sion that killed 15 and injured 180. He also investigated the Deepwater Horizon disaster that killed 11 and caused a massive oil spill.
Andrew S. Imada (Presenter) is macroergonomics consultant, A.S. Imada & Associates, specializing in human and organizational change. He works with people and organizations to help them change their safety cultures, respond to scalability demands, implement technological systems, and survive generational transitions. He assists them in achieving these successes by balancing productivity, safety, quality, and human needs.
Stan Kaczmarek (Presenter) is chief of the SEMS Section within the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement’s Office of Offshore Regulatory Programs and the Offshore Safety Improvement Branch. He came into government, and specifically into this role, after decades working as an environmental engineering and safety practitioner, both within industry and in his own consulting practice. His current objective is to promote the appropriate use of Safety and Environmental Management Systems (SEMS) by all who work on the outer continental shelf, viewing SEMS not just as a tool but as a way of working that can lower the rate and severity of incidents if used and communicated effectively. He holds a B.S. from the State University of New York and an M.S. from Cornell University, and has worked for several decades both in industry and for various industry and government clients crafting effective solutions for environmental and safety concerns both in the United States and internationally.
Tom Knode (Presenter) Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) is director of health, safety, and environment (HSE) for Athlon Solutions LLC. He previously worked for Statoil on contract, and was with Halliburton for 25 years. He has had regional and global responsibilities for the oversight of HSE, with an interest in HSE leadership and improving efficiencies and performance. While with both Halliburton and Statoil, he worked on safety leadership courses. He also led a strategic effort to fully engage employees in safety while with Halliburton Manufacturing. Mr. Knode was the technical director of health, safety, security, environment, and social responsibility for SPE from 2008 to 2011 and has cochaired five SPE HSE conferences. He holds a B.S. in geology from Texas Christian University and an M.S. in geology from the University of Texas at Arlington.
Kevin Lacy (Presenter) is CEO of Proactive Real Time Solutions LLC and president of Drilling Principles LLC, a private consulting company focused on complex drilling and business issues facing oil and gas companies. A specific area of focus is process safety in drilling operations, including leadership, culture, key processes, and technologies. Previously, he was
senior vice president of technical staff at PetroSkills, and he spent 34 years working for international oil and gas companies in all aspects of petroleum engineering, operations, asset management, and business strategy, including serving as a senior corporate manager in drilling responsible for oversight of global operations. He has worked most offshore basins in the world, as well as many onshore basins in the United States and Canada. He is a frequent speaker on the topics of drilling safety and related areas of reliability, safety culture, and human/organizational factors. He received a B.S. in petroleum engineering with honors from the University of Tulsa in 1980 and an M.B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1989, focused on international business and quantitative financial analysis.
Joseph (Joe) Leimkuhler (Presenter) is vice president of drilling for LLOG Exploration in Covington, Louisiana, where he is responsible for all drilling and completion operations and well engineering. Prior to joining LLOG in early 2012, he was offshore well delivery manager for Shell International E&P Co., covering all Gulf of Mexico well operations for all semisubmersibles and drillships. Previously, he served in a similar role for Shell E&P—Americas. His prior assignments with Shell included subsea development manager for the Gulf of Mexico and deepwater drilling superintendent. He graduated from the University of Montana in 1981 with B.S. degrees in geology and forestry; in 1987 he graduated from the University of Wyoming with an M.S. in petroleum engineering. He serves on the Helix Well Containment Group’s board of directors and the national board of directors for the American Association of Drilling Engineers (AADE), and he served as national president of AADE from 2007 to 2009. He served as either chair or cochair of the Gulf of Mexico Deepwater Technical Symposium, 2011–2015. He is a 30-year member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers and also serves on various university engineering advisory boards focused on petroleum engineering.
Thomas Macrae (Presenter) is a senior drilling supervisor with Flying A Drilling Services with more than 30 years of supervisory drilling experience, focused on drilling, well control, risk management, training, coaching, and auditing. He began his oilfield career as trainee driller in the North Sea in 1981, working with various drilling contractors, before joining BP in 2000 as a senior company man. He subsequently founded Flying-A Well Control LLC in Texas in 2014 and Flying A Drilling Services LLC (UK) in 2017. His focus is providing well control assurance and well integrity services, as well as continuing to offer training, auditing, well management, and supervisory services. He has worked platforms, jack-ups, semis, drillships, and land; drilled numerous types of wells; and experienced extreme conditions in the Arctic west of Shetland, Malaysia, West Africa, the Gulf of Mexico,
and the Caribbean. He is currently setting up a training academy and small pools oil company in conjunction with Petrostars Inc.
Dave Massey (Moderator) is president of The REACH Group. He founded REACH in 2000 with the idea of creating an organization to provide customized performance improvement services while creating an environment in which all employees become a second family. He continues to instill these values in the REACH culture today, which has resulted in REACH being selected over each of the past 8 years as one of the Best Companies to Work for in Texas. Mr. Massey is an industry leader in performance, safety, and leadership implementations and is best known for his knowledge of leadership coaching and employee engagement. Prior to founding REACH, he worked as a performance improvement coach in the offshore drilling industry for 4 years, and he has continued to assess performance cultures both onshore and offshore. He has roots as an entrepreneur, beginning with his first company in Costa Rica, where he expanded production by 300 percent, improving the plant efficiency by 167 percent. He earned a B.A. in business administration from the University of Oklahoma before returning in 1996 to complete his M.B.A. with honors.
Lautrice (Mac) McLendon (Member, Steering Committee) is a business professional with 19 years of experience with Shell working in various positions from operations to management. He currently is general manager, safety and environmental Gulf of Mexico. He began his career offshore as an electronics technician on the Auger Tension Leg Platform (TLP) in 1998. In 2006 he moved to the Process Improvement Team as a business lead, and in 2008 he was transferred to the Cognac Facility as the person in charge. In 2010 he was appointed utilities team leader on the Mars TLP, and in 2013 he returned to the Auger TLP as offshore installation manager. He then was appointed operations manager for Enchilada/Salsa in 2016. In his current position with Shell, his goal is to continually enhance, develop, and implement continuous improvement safety processes that will help the Gulf of Mexico Deepwater organization achieve Goal Zero.
Najmedin Meshkati (Member, Steering Committee) is a professor of civil/environmental engineering; industrial & systems engineering; and international relations at the University of Southern California (USC). He was a Jefferson Science fellow and a senior science and engineering advisor, Office of the Science and Technology Adviser to the Secretary of State, U.S. State Department. He is a commissioner of The Joint Commission and is on the board of directors of the Center for Transforming Healthcare. He has served as a member of the Global Advisory Council of the Civilian Research and Development Foundation Global. For the past 30 years, he
has been teaching and conducting research on risk reduction and reliability enhancement of complex technological systems, human factors, and safety, including in the nuclear power, aviation, petrochemical, and transportation industries. Dr. Meshkati is an elected fellow of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES); 2015 recipient of HFES’s highest award; and 2007 recipient of the HFES Oliver Keith Hansen Outreach Award. He simultaneously received a B.S. in industrial engineering and a B.A. in political science from Sharif (Arya-Meher) University of Technology and Shahid Beheshti University (National University of Iran), respectively; and an M.S. in engineering management and a Ph.D. in industrial and systems engineering from USC. He is a certified professional ergonomist.
Alan J. Mills (Moderator), M.B.A., CEng, CMarEng, FIMarEST, is founder of Falcon Group. He was the driving force behind the creation of the asset verification management (automation) software solutions branded as Zenator Systems and PathMaker Systems. Much of his early professional experience was gained internationally in Europe and Southeast Asia, representing major operators and contractors in engineering and project management positions in the execution of large projects. In 1993 he graduated from Aston Business School with an M.B.A. and immediately joined Atlantic Richfield Indonesia in Jakarta. From 1996 to 1997, he was business manager at Brown & Root-AOC, then managing director of KYE Ltd. He served as contracts manager on two rig conversion projects in Belfast from 1997 to 1999, focusing on commissioning and startup, which has been a recurring emphasis throughout his career. Mr. Mills is a chartered engineer and fellow of the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science & Technology (IMarEST). He helped form the East of England branch in 2001, serving as its first chairman until 2003 and remaining a committee member until 2012. In 2006 he was awarded the President’s Commendation for outstanding contributions to IMarEST. After moving from the United Kingdom to Houston, Texas, he was elected chairman of the Gulf Coast Branch of IMarEST. He was elected to the council of IMarEST in 2012 and to the board of trustees in 2017.
Captain Hung Nguyen (Presenter), chief operating officer, Meridian Global Consulting LLC, was the first Vietnamese-born Coast Guard Academy graduate in 1986, earning a B.S. in chemistry. He also earned an M.S. in chemical engineering from Rice University and an M.B.A. from Averett College. From 2007 to 2010, he served as commander, Sector Ohio Valley, which won the Coast Guard Innovation Award in Management in 2008 and the first Coast Guard Alexander Hamilton for Excellence Award in the Large-Operational-Ashore category. In 2010 the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Department of the Interior (DOI) designated
Captain Nguyen as Coast Guard cochair for the DHS-DOI joint investigation into the Deepwater Horizon disaster. Many of the recommendations from his report have been implemented to improve offshore oil and gas exploration and production activities. Since his retirement from the Coast Guard, in addition to serving as chief operating officer, Captain Nguyen has served as a transportation security executive and director, Global HSE Programs, for Meridian, developing and implementing many process safety management tools that have enhanced the organization’s performance excellence.
Kelly Oskvig (Presenter) is a program officer for the Gulf Research Program. She is program lead on the Safer Offshore Energy Systems initiative, fostering minimization and management of risk to make offshore operations safer for both people and the environment. Prior to joining the Gulf Research Program, she provided operations and engineering development support to the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program. She also has prior experience working with the metocean and geotechnical aspects of offshore oil and gas design and operations. Ms. Oskvig earned her M.S. in physical oceanography at Texas A&M University and her B.S. in civil engineering at the University of Texas.
S. Camille Peres (Moderator) is an assistant professor with the Departments of Environmental and Occupational Health and Industrial and Systems Engineering at Texas A&M University. She is also a faculty fellow at Texas A&M University’s Mary Kay O’Connor Process Safety Center and a member of the Center for Remote Health Technologies and Systems. Her areas of expertise are human-systems integration, human factors, and usability. She received her Ph.D. from Rice University in 2005. Her collaborative basic and applied research is often focused on the high-risk processing industry (particularly energy and petrochemicals), as well as office ergonomics. She currently is involved in investigations regarding performance implications for procedure design and use in industrial settings, with particular focus on procedural adherence and comprehension and its impacts on occupational health. She also conducts research on identifying the unique characteristics of the human–machine interface for auditory and touch displays. Further, she is developing design principles for these displays to improve users’ productivity and reduce their physical fatigue when they use them. Dr. Peres is on the board of the International Community for Auditory Displays; is secretary-treasurer of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society; and has been active in many local, national, and international efforts to improve safety through the application of principles of human factors and human-systems integration.
Steven (Steve) Rae (Member, Steering Committee) is former president of Global Transition and independent business consultant, Society of Petroleum Engineers, International Association of Drilling. Having survived the Piper Alpha disaster in 1988, he went on to become an accomplished executive in the oil and gas industry. He currently provides business consultancy services related to his industry experience. Previously, he was employed by Archer, the well company, as vice president of quality, health, safety, and environment. While based in Rio de Janeiro, he served as country manager and vice president international platform drilling & engineering for Archer. He was also chairman of Statoil Brazil’s “Aiming High” leadership team, where he championed the introduction of a structured safety leadership and workforce engagement program. Earlier positions included vice president for platform drilling for Seawell in the North Sea. Prior to that he was employed by Noble Drilling Corporation for 20 years, rising up through the ranks. During his time in the United Kingdom, he was active within the International Association of Drilling Contractors, which recognized him in 2013 with the Val Hood award for his dedication and services to the drilling industry. He was also invited to join the United Kingdom’s “Step Change for Safety” leadership team in 2007. During his time in the industry, he has supported many of the major and independent oil and gas companies in their efforts to increase safety leadership and workforce engagement. Prior to joining the industry, he qualified as an electrical engineer, and he graduated from Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, in 2000 with an international M.B.A.
Randall (Randy) L. Sawyer (Member, Steering Committee) is Contra Costa County chief environmental health and hazardous materials officer. He was hired by the county as an accidental release prevention engineer in 1992 and previously held the positions of accidental release prevention engineering supervisor and hazardous materials director. He has worked as a project manager, project engineer, process engineer, facility engineer, and production engineer for Dow Chemical, Mobay Chemical (now Bayer Crop Science), and Cordova Chemical (a subsidiary of Aerojet General). At these companies, he has worked in the production of ethylene and propylene, specialty chemicals, and agricultural chemicals. He has been responsible for the design, construction, and startup of multimillion dollar projects and for the operation and maintenance of chemical facilities. A specialist in process safety, he is a Center for Chemical Process Safety certified process safety professional, and he has assisted in developing regulations for the California Accidental Release Prevention Program. He holds a B.S. in chemical engineering from the University of Missouri at Rolla.
Richard Sears (Presenter), a geophysicist, is a consulting professor at Stanford University. As chief scientist for the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling, he provided technical and policy recommendations on offshore drilling to prevent future accidents of this type. He provided technical expertise to the investigation into the causes of the incident and in the preparation of recommendations to the commission. He was responsible for accessing industry expertise to aid the commission in carrying out its duties and was a contributing author of the chief counsel’s report, which detailed the technical and managerial factors leading to the blowout and spill. Mr. Sears also served as a member of the Department of the Interior’s Ocean Energy Safety Advisory Committee. During his 33 years with Shell Oil Co. and Royal Dutch Shell, he acquired significant domestic and international experience in the upstream oil and gas industry, holding technical and managerial positions including exploration geophysicist, technical instructor, economist, strategic planner, and general management. He received a B.S. in physics and an M.S. in geophysics from Stanford University.
Ajay Shah (Presenter) has been with Chevron since 2012 and is currently a regulatory affairs team lead for Chevron’s Gulf of Mexico Business Unit. He has responsibilities in strategy development and support; team project management; health, environment, and safety leadership; stakeholder engagement; trade group representation; and people development. He leads the working group on Human Factors and Human Performance in the revision of American Petroleum Institute RP 75 and also leads the work on safety culture at the Center for Offshore Safety. His previous work experience has been in a variety of fields, including infrastructure engineering, chemical/process engineering, risk management, nuclear auditing, and human performance assessment.
Christiane Spitzmueller (Presenter) is a professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Houston. She conducts research on workplace safety in the energy industry as well as on technical training. She has consulted with ExxonMobil, BP, SaudiAramco, WorleyParsons, the World Health Organization, and the Internal Labor Organization on issues surrounding workforce development, safety, and survey-based assessment. She has conducted work with energy companies in Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Angola, and Nigeria. Her research has been funded by national and international oil companies, the World Health Organization, and the Department of Veterans Affairs.
David Walker (Presenter) joined Halliburton in June 2013 as global quality, health, safety, and environment manager for a business unit that provides
complex oil and gas project solutions ranging from field management, well construction, production, and emergency response services to full turnkey well solutions. He began his professional career as a combat medic within the U.S. Navy’s special operations community. This position eventually led him to the international offshore market, where he has held a variety of international safety management positions involving the development of more than 24 career HSE cases and served as a member of the leadership team that constructed and commissioned the first 7th-generation drillship. He has a strong background in the development and deployment of psychologically based hazard and risk management tools and has served several industry advisory groups in this capacity. Mr. Walker was educated at the U.S. Navy School of Heath Sciences; was honored with a postgraduate fellowship in hyperbaric medicine at Joellen Smith Medical Center; and is board-certified in emergency, tropical, and undersea medicine.
Mick R. Will (Presenter), PE, president, Ragtop Consulting LLC, is a Houston-based consultant specializing in operations management systems, specifically Safety and Environmental Management Systems (SEMS) and requirements of the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement. He has been working in this area since the initial implementation of SEMS in 2011 and has experience in the development and implementation of SEMS programs, including experience as a registered SEMS auditor. Previously, he spent 32 years with Amoco/BP, working in the upstream as well as in pipelines, both onshore and offshore. Workforce empowerment focused on the involvement of those engaged in daily operations is a strong emphasis in his work. Mr. Will was Gulf of Mexico Region manager for BP Pipelines at the time of his retirement in 2010. He also has expertise in the area of emergency management and was deputy area commander in the New Orleans command center during the Deepwater Horizon response. He holds a B.S. in chemical engineering from the Colorado School of Mines, attended the BP Operations Academy at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and is a registered professional engineer in Colorado and Wyoming.
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