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Appendix

Study Committee Biographical Information

Gregory S. Parnell, Chair, is a research professor of industrial engineering in the Department of Industrial Engineering and the director of the M.S. in operations management (the university’s largest graduate program) and the M.S. in engineering management at the University of Arkansas. His research focuses on decision analysis, risk analysis, systems engineering, and resource allocation for defense, intelligence, homeland security, and environmental management. He is also a senior principal and a board member with Innovative Decisions, Inc., a decision and risk analysis firm, and has served as the chair of the board. He is a professor emeritus at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. Previously, he served as a professor of systems engineering at West Point, a distinguished visiting professor at the U.S. Air Force Academy, an associate professor at Virginia Commonwealth University, and a department head at the Air Force Institute of Technology.

Dr. Parnell is a former president of the Decision Analysis Society of the Institute for Operations Research and Management Science (INFORMS) and the Military Operations Research Society (MORS). He has also served as the editor of the Journal of Military Operations Research. Dr. Parnell was the lead editor of Decision Making for Systems Engineering and Management (Wiley Series in Systems Engineering, 2nd ed., 2011), the lead author of the Handbook of Decision Analysis (Wiley Operations Research/Management Science Series, 2013), and the editor of Trade-off Analytics: Creating and Evaluating the Tradespace (Wiley Series in Systems Engineering Series, 2017).

He has received several professional awards, including the Decision Analysis Society Frank P. Ramey Medal, the MORS Wanner Award, the

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U.S. Army Dr. Wilbur B. Payne Memorial Award for Excellence in Analysis, the MORS Clayton Thomas Laureate, two INFORMS Koopman Prizes, and the MORS Rist Prize. He chaired the National Research Council (NRC) Committee on Methodological Improvements to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Biological Agent Risk Analysis (2008) and was a member of the NRC Committee on Improving Metrics for the U.S. Department of Defense (2011) and the NRC Committee on Evaluating the Performance Measures and Metrics Development for the Global Nuclear Detection Architecture (2013). He is a fellow of the International Committee for Systems Engineering, INFORMS, MORS, and the Society for Decision Professionals.

He received his B.A. in aerospace engineering from the University of Buffalo, M.E. in industrial and systems engineering from the University of Florida, M.S. in systems management from the University of Southern California, and Ph.D. in engineering-economic systems from Stanford University. Dr. Parnell is a retired U.S. Air Force Colonel and a graduate of the Industrial College of the Armed Forces.

Lori S. Bennear is the Juli Plant Grainger Associate Professor of Energy Economics and Policy and the senior associate dean for academic programs at the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University. She received her Ph.D. in public policy from Harvard University (2004) and also earned an M.A. in economics from Yale University (1996) and an A.B. in economics and environmental studies from Occidental College (1995). Her research focuses on evaluating the effectiveness of flexible environmental policies including information disclosure regulations, management-based regulations, liability regimes, and demand-side management programs. She has applied these evaluations across a range of environmental domains including energy, toxic substances, and drinking water. Her co-edited book Policy Shock: Recalibrating Risk and Regulation After Oil Spills, Nuclear Accidents, and Financial Crises was published by Cambridge University Press in October 2017. She is currently working on developing best practices for adaptive regulation of emerging technologies in the energy domain, with a focus on autonomous vehicles and offshore wind.

Claudine S. Bradley is the technical leader of human and organizational factors for the Canada Energy Regulator (CER, previously the National Energy Board of Canada), Canada’s federal agency responsible for regulating international and interprovincial aspects of the oil, gas, and electric utility industries. Dr. Bradley provides leadership and counsel on management systems, safety culture, and other system safety matters related to activities under the jurisdiction of CER. She is currently the chair of the North American Regulators Working Group on Safety Culture and the vice chair

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of the Canadian Standards Association Z662 Technical Sub-Committee on Management Systems.

Prior to joining CER, she spent 17 years in the aviation industry where she led various airline safety, training, and operations teams. Her work in the private sector included the development and implementation of safety management systems, aircrew training, human factors initiatives, quality programs, and flight operations’ regulatory compliance. Dr. Bradley holds a political science degree from McGill University, a master’s in leadership from Royal Roads University, and a master’s and a Ph.D. in human and organizational systems from Fielding Graduate University. Her doctoral studies focused on safety culture in high-hazard industries and regulator safety (oversight) culture research.

Paul G. Bradley is currently the United Kingdom Health and Safety Executive’s (UK HSE’s) Energy Division Operations manager and part of the Energy Division’s senior leadership team with overall responsibility for offshore and onshore well engineering operations, diving operations, and mines and quarries.

Mr. Bradley joined the UK HSE (the United Kingdom’s Independent Regulator) in 2008 as Her Majesty’s principal inspector of mechanical engineering in the Hazardous Industries Sector, following 28 years of working as a mechanical engineer in the UK underground coal mining industry and holding several senior management positions.

Mr. Bradley has been a member of the Institute of Mechanical and Electrical Engineers since 1981, which merged with the Midland Institute of Mining Engineers in 1995. He is a past president of the Midland Institute of Mining Engineers and has served as a council member for more than 8 years. Mr. Bradley is also an active member of the Mining Technology Division Board; a fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals, and Mining (England); and a chartered engineer of the British Engineering Council.

Cary Coglianese is the Edward B. Shils Professor of Law and a professor of political science at the University of Pennsylvania, where he currently serves as the director of the Penn Program on Regulation and has served as the Carey Law School’s deputy dean for academic affairs. He specializes in the study of regulation and regulatory processes, with an emphasis on the empirical evaluation of alternative regulatory strategies and the role of public participation, negotiation, and business–government relations in policy making. His books include Achieving Regulatory Excellence; Does Regulation Kill Jobs?; Regulatory Breakdown: The Crisis of Confidence in U.S. Regulation; Import Safety: Regulatory Governance in the Global Economy; and Regulation and Regulatory Processes. Prior to joining the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania, he was on the faculty of the

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Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government, where he was a co-author of the report Performance-Based Regulation: Prospects and Limitations in Health, Safety, and Environmental Protection for the U.S. Department of Transportation. He also has taught as a visiting law professor at Stanford University and Vanderbilt University. He founded the Law & Society Association’s international collaborative research network on regulatory governance, served as a founding editor of the journal Regulation & Governance, and founded and continues to serve as an advisor to The Regulatory Review. A co-chair of the American Bar Association (ABA) administrative law section committee on e-government and the past co-chair of its committee on rulemaking, he has led a National Science Foundation initiative on e-rulemaking, served on ABA’s task force on improving regulations.gov, and chaired a nonpartisan task force on transparency and public participation in the regulatory process. He previously served as a member of the Transportation Research Board Committee for a Study of Performance-Based Safety Regulation, and is currently a public member of the Administrative Conference of the United States (ACUS), for which he chairs the ACUS Committee on Rulemaking. He earned his A.B. from The College of Idaho and his M.P.P., J.D., and Ph.D. in political science from the University of Michigan.

James S. Dyer holds the Fondren Centennial Chair in Business in the College of Business Administration at The University of Texas at Austin. In 1999, he received the College of Business Administration Foundation Advisory Council Award for Outstanding Research Contributions. He served as the chair of the Department of Information, Risk, and Operations Management for 9 years (1988–1997). He was the Philip J. Rust Visiting Professor of Business at the Darden Business School at the University of Virginia in 1999. He is the former president of the Decision Analysis Society of the Operations Research Society of America (now the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences [INFORMS]). He received the Frank P. Ramsey Award for outstanding career achievements from the Decision Analysis Society of INFORMS in 2002. He was named a fellow of INFORMS in 2006 and received the Multiple Criteria Decision Making Society’s Edgeworth–Pareto Award in 2006. Dr. Dyer has consulted with a number of companies and government agencies, including the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the RAND Corporation, and the U.S. Department of Energy, concerning the application of decision and risk analysis tools to a variety of practical problems. He has published 3 books and more than 60 articles on risk analysis and investment science. His recent articles focus on decision making, including a multi-attribute utility analysis for the disposition of weapons-grade plutonium in the United States and Russia. He received a B.A. with honors, Phi Beta Kappa, in physics, with minors in

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mathematics and philosophy, and a Ph.D. in business quantitative methods and management from The University of Texas at Austin.

Lois N. Epstein is the Arctic Program director for The Wilderness Society, responsible for programs to protect Arctic ecosystems by ensuring that oil and gas operations are as safe and environmentally sound as possible and located in nonsensitive areas. She advocates for oil and gas regulatory and other safeguards by testifying before Congress and other governmental bodies, engaging in onshore and offshore planning processes, performing analyses using governmental data, serving as a technical advisor to Native and non-Native members of the public, and speaking to diverse constituencies and the media. Before joining The Wilderness Society, Ms. Epstein was a private consultant on environmental policy issues and a senior engineer for several nonprofit organizations. She is on the Board of Directors of the Pipeline Safety Trust and the Alaska Public Interest Research Group. She served on the Transportation Research Board Committee on Performance-Based Safety Regulation and served on a number of federal government committees, including the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Technical Hazardous Liquid Pipeline Safety Standards Committee and the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement’s Offshore Energy Safety Advisory Committee. In May 2010, Ms. Epstein advised the U.S. Department of the Interior on its safety report to the president following BP’s 2010 Gulf of Mexico spill. She earned a master’s degree in civil engineering from Stanford University, a bachelor’s degree in English from Amherst College, and a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She is a licensed professional engineer in Alaska.

RADM Thomas H. Gilmour is an independent maritime consultant specializing in maritime regulatory compliance, support to admiralty law firms and protection and indemnity clubs as an expert witness, maritime security, and emergency and organizational management. He recently retired from the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS), where he served as the president and the chief operating officer of ABS Americas from 2006. He was responsible for all operations of ABS in the Western Hemisphere and also served as a corporate vice president. Prior to that, RADM Gilmour was the assistant commandant for Marine Safety, Security, and Environmental Protection. In that capacity he directed national and international programs for commercial vessel safety, port safety, waterways management, and marine environmental protection. He also headed the U.S. Delegation for the U.S. Department of State to the Maritime Safety Committee at the International Maritime Organization in London. Under his leadership, both the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) vessel and port facility security regulations were

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developed that were required under the Maritime Transportation Security Act following 9/11.

A graduate of the Coast Guard Academy, RADM Gilmour later attended the University of Michigan, earning an M.S. in both naval architecture and marine engineering and mechanical engineering. In 1996, RADM Gilmour was assigned to the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Strategic Studies Group as a CNO Fellow. He worked with eight U.S. Navy captains and one U.S. Marine colonel to develop revolutionary concepts for future naval warfighting, reporting directly to CNO. At ABS, he led the implementation of the new Naval Vessels Rules and worked with many government vessel operators including the U.S. Navy, USCG, the Military Sealift Command, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, as well as foreign navies.

RADM Gilmour’s assignment in the Marine Safety and Operations Ashore areas included serving as the captain of the port and the group commander for the Port of New York from 1993 to 1996. While there, his command provided security for the 50th anniversary of the United Nations and the Haitian Peace Talks, as well as responding to more than 3,900 search and rescue cases and 2,200 chemical and oil spills. He formed and was the first Commanding Officer of Activities New York in 1996, which combined all operational units in New York into the largest operational command in the USCG. Additionally, he was the executive officer and the alternate captain of the port at the Marine Safety Office, San Francisco Bay, from 1990 to 1993. RADM Gilmour also served as the chief of staff of the 13th Coast Guard District in Seattle, Washington, from 2000 to 2001, and the director of field activities for the assistant commandant for marine safety and environmental protection where he oversaw all marine safety operations, from 1997 to 2000. He also served as the commander of the Maintenance and Logistics Command Pacific in Alameda, California, from 2001 to 2003 as a RADM, where he directed the maintenance of all cutters and units in the Pacific area.

Richard A. Sears is an adjunct professor in the Department of Energy Resources Engineering at Stanford University, where he develops and teaches courses in energy systems, economics, and oil and gas exploration technology. He was appointed as a member of the Ocean Energy Safety Advisory Committee for the U.S. Department of the Interior in 2011. He previously served as the chair for the Committee on the Application of Real-Time Monitoring of Offshore Oil and Gas Operations and as a member of the Committee on Options for Implementing the Requirement of Best Available and Safest Technologies for Offshore Oil and Gas Operations. He also served as the chief science and technology adviser to the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling that was established by President Obama in May 2010.

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Mr. Sears had a 33-year career with Shell Oil Company and Royal Dutch Shell, where he acquired significant domestic and international experience in the upstream oil and gas industry. His technical and managerial positions included exploration geophysicist, technical instructor, economist, strategic planner, and general management. His managerial positions ranged from exploration and research to fully integrated exploration and production business management, and his responsibilities have included business planning and forecasting, financial responsibility, and staff planning and development. Between 1999 and 2005, Mr. Sears was a vice president for Royal Dutch Shell, where he was responsible for global deepwater technical services.

Between 2006 and 2009, Mr. Sears worked as external research coordinator for the Shell Group and was appointed a visiting scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). In this position, he was responsible for managing Shell’s energy research activities at MIT and other key U.S. universities and for integrating external research objectives with internal technology strategies. While at MIT, he was an active participant in the campus-wide Energy Initiative, carried out applied research in energy systems, taught and contributed to courses in several departments, and served as a liaison between the MIT Energy Initiative and oil companies. Mr. Sears is the author of numerous external and internal publications. He received a B.S. in physics from Stanford University and an M.S. in geophysics from Stanford University.

Robert Sheppard is a senior consultant with Spire Engineering Services LLC in Houston, Texas, an engineering consulting firm specializing in structural engineering and integrity management. Previously, he was a chief technical advisor with Energo Engineering, an engineering consulting firm specializing in advanced analysis, integrity management, and risk and reliability, in Houston, Texas. He has more than 25 years of experience in structural engineering with a focus on assessment and repair of offshore structures and structural integrity management. He has extensive experience in planning and implementing offshore inspection activities and in the design and installation of offshore repairs, including working with divers and installation contractors to facilitate their ability to perform work safely offshore both above and below water. Mr. Sheppard has been actively involved in the development of offshore standards including the American Petroleum Institute (API) integrity management recommended practices (RPs; API RP 2SIM and RP 2FSIM) and the American Wind Energy Association offshore wind recommended practice. He has worked on projects for the Minerals Management Service (now the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement) addressing hurricane impacts and offshore wind inspection guidelines, and two Transportation Research Board study committees

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addressing offshore wind topics. Mr. Sheppard earned a B.S. in civil engineering from Rice University and an M.S. in structural engineering from the University of California, Berkeley. He is a registered civil engineer in California and Texas.

Manuel Terranova is the chief executive officer, the president, and the founder of Peaxy, Inc. Peaxy is an American-based software company that provides life cycle analytics for batteries and industrial rotating equipment. He is a technology veteran with a proven record of bringing emerging technologies to market. He has a broad range of business and technical leadership experience in oil and gas, subsea equipment, software application development, pipeline inspection robotics, telemetry systems, and information technology infrastructure.

Before Peaxy, he was the senior vice president at General Electric’s (GE’s) Drilling and Production business, where he led a $5.2 billion portfolio. In that role, he managed the company’s commercial and regional resources worldwide. During his 13 years at GE, he led a number of successful software development efforts, including a Global Information Systems software business, remote pipeline monitoring, and SupportCentral, a knowledge-based portal that grew to become GE’s second-most used application worldwide. He served as the chief information officer of GE’s Oil and Gas division from 2002 to 2006, where he led efforts to migrate the entire business from legacy applications to enterprise resource planning and a contemporary application stack. While at GE, he received the Chairman’s Award for Technology and Innovation in 2010. That year—as head of GE’s subsea portfolio—he led a series of successful product launches, including a remotely enabled subsea control system that set industry records for market-share gains in a single year.

Since 2013, he has served on several committees for the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. In addition to serving on the Peaxy Board of Directors, he serves as a member of the Hiller Aviation Museum Board, the Near Miss Management Advisory Board, and the Healing Bridges Board. He is fluent in German, Italian, and English. He received a B.A. in German literature and political science (with honors) from Cornell University and an M.A. in international economics and international law from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies.

James M. Tien (NAE) is a distinguished professor and the dean emeritus of the University of Miami College of Engineering. An internationally renowned researcher, he formerly served as the Yamada Corporation Professor at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, was the founding chair of

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its Department of Decision Sciences and Engineering Systems, and was a professor in its Department of Electrical, Computer, and Systems Engineering. Dr. Tien joined the Rensselaer faculty in 1977 and twice served as its acting dean of engineering. His research interests include systems modeling, public policy, decision analysis, and information systems. He has served on the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Board of Directors (2000–2004) and was the vice president in charge of the Publication Services and Products Board and the Educational Activities Board. Dr. Tien earned his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Rensselaer and his Ph.D. in systems engineering and operations research from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has been honored with a number of research, educational, and service awards, including being elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2001.

Peter K. Velez is an independent consultant in the offshore oil and gas industry. Before his retirement in late 2012, he was the global emergency response manager for Shell International Exploration and Production. His employment at Shell began in 1975. His assignments included drilling engineer; civil engineer; division civil engineer; operations superintendent; production superintendent; manager, production engineering, Gulf of Mexico; manager, health, safety, and environment, Gulf of Mexico; manager, regulatory affairs; manager, regulatory affairs and incident command for Shell U.S. and Americas; and global security manager. As the incident commander for Shell, he responded to major incidents in the Gulf of Mexico and onshore involving oil spills, hurricanes, fires and explosions, and other events. He has received several external awards, including the U.S. Coast Guard Meritorious Public Service Award and Medal (the highest award to a civilian), the American Petroleum Institute (API) Distinguished and Meritorious Service Awards, and the Offshore Operators Recognition Award. Mr. Velez was appointed by the Secretary of Transportation to the U.S. Coast Guard National Offshore Safety Advisory Committee, on which he served for 7 years, the last 4 years as chair. He was a member of the Board of Directors of the Marine Preservation Association, the largest oil spill response organization in the United States. He was also active in various trade association groups. Among other positions, he served as the chair of the API Executive Committee on Drilling and Producing Operations; the chair of the API Executive Committee on Environmental Conservation; and the chair of the Louisiana Health, Safety, and Environment Committee. He was a member of the API Standards Group and the API Safety Committee, and he chaired the API committee that developed, with the Minerals Management Service, Recommended Practice 75, Safety and Environmental Management Program for Offshore Operations. He

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served as a member of the Transportation Research Board (TRB) Marine Board from 2010 to 2016. He was a member of two TRB committees: the Committee on the Application of Real-Time Monitoring of Offshore Oil and Gas Operations and the Committee on Offshore Oil and Gas Safety Culture. He served on the National Petroleum Council that prepared the 2015 report for the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Department of the Interior titled Arctic Potential: Realizing the Promise of U.S. Arctic Oil and Gas Resources, as well as a member of the committee preparing a Supplemental Report in 2018. Mr. Velez received a B.S. and an M.S. in civil engineering from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York.

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The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE), in seeking to augment and improve its offshore oil and gas inspection program, should focus less on inspecting all oil platforms and become more outcome-based by focusing on the riskiest entities.

These are among the findings in TRB Special Report 338: Modernizing the U.S. Offshore Oil and Gas Inspection Program for Increased Agility and Safety Vigilance, from the Transportation Research Board of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.

Given the expectation that it inspect each offshore facility at least once per year, BSEE faces many challenges as it seeks to fulfill its stated mission “to promote safety, protect the environment, and conserve resources through vigorous regulatory oversight.” Although BSEE has taken a number of initiatives to meet these challenges, it faces many constraints and will need to make many strategic-level choices to innovate and evolve its inspection program to keep pace with the continually changing offshore energy landscape.

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