Dr. Mohammad Modarres
University of Maryland, College Park
Mohammad Modarres is Professor of Nuclear and Reliability Engineering and Director of the Nuclear Engineering Program at the University of Maryland, College Park. He is also Director of the Reliability Engineering Program in the Center for Risk and Reliability. His research centers on probabilistic risk assessment, uncertainty analysis, and the physics of failure mechanisms of mechanical components, systems, and structures. He has served as a consultant to several governmental agencies, private organizations, and national laboratories in areas related to probabilistic risk assessment, especially applications to complex systems such as nuclear power plants and pipelines. He has authored more than 200 papers in archival journals and proceedings of conferences and three books in various areas of risk and reliability engineering. He is a member of several journal editorial boards, including the Reliability Engineering and System Safety Journal, Journal of Risk and Reliability, and International Journal of Reliability and Safety. He is Associate Editor of the International Journal on Performability Engineering. He holds a master's degree in mechanical engineering and Ph.D. in nuclear engineering, both from M.I.T.
Mr. W. Kent Muhlbauer
WKM Consultancy, LLC
W. Kent Muhlbauer is Founder and President of WKM Consultancy, which provides consulting services on all aspects of pipeline design, operations, and maintenance with an emphasis on risk management. Clients include major U.S. and international pipeline operators, federal and state regulatory agencies, engineering companies, and insurance companies. Pipeline risk assessment techniques developed by WKM are in use by pipeline operating companies worldwide. Prior to forming WKM in 1995, he designed, constructed, and maintained pipeline systems for Dow Chemical’s Pipeline Division. He held a variety of engineering and management positions starting in 1982, including operations engineer, technology center specialist, pipeline and salt dome storage quality manager, control center supervisor, and regional operations and maintenance manager. He is author of the Pipeline Risk Management Manual (1992, 1996, 2004) and author of numerous articles and papers on pipeline risk management. He is a frequent speaker and instructor at conferences, workshops, training sessions, and seminars on pipeline risk management and integrity preservation. He holds a B.S. degree in civil engineering from the University of Missouri.
Dr. Mark A. Barteau - (Chair)
University of Delaware
Mark A. Barteau [NAE 2006] is Senior Vice Provost for Research and Strategic Initiatives at the University of Delaware, where he also holds the Robert L. Pigford Chair in Chemical Engineering. He was a National Science Foundation Post-doctoral Fellow at the Technische Universität München before joining the University of Delaware as an assistant professor of chemical engineering and associate director of the Center for Catalytic Science and Technology in 1982. He became Director of the Center for Catalytic Science and Technology in 1996. He has also held visiting appointments at the University of Pennsylvania and University of Auckland, New Zealand. His research in surface chemistry and heterogeneous catalysis has been recognized with numerous awards, including the International Catalysis Award. He was the founding director of the University of Delaware Energy Institute. He is active in the NRC, serving as co-chair of the Chemical Sciences Roundtable and a member of the Chemical Engineering Peer Committee. He has also served on the Panel on Chemical Science and Technology, Committee on the Review of Basic Energy Sciences Catalysis Program, and Committee on Challenges for the Chemical Sciences in the 21st Century. He received a B.S. degree in chemical engineering from Washington University in St. Louis, and an M.S. degree and Ph.D. in chemical engineering from Stanford University.
Dr. Yufeng (Frank) Cheng
University of Calgary
Yufeng (Frank) Cheng is Professor and Canada Research Chair in Pipeline Engineering in the Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering at the University of Calgary. His research has focused on pipeline corrosion, stress corrosion cracking, and integrity management. His current research activities and interests cover internal corrosion of pipelines, pipeline stress corrosion cracking, erosion-corrosion of pipes used for oil sands slurry, and coating characterization and corrosion of steel under coating. Before joining the faculty of the University of Calgary in 2005, he was a research scientist at the Center for Nuclear Energy Research
and Adjunct Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of New Brunswick. He is a member of the editorial board of Corrosion Engineering, Science and Technology and has published more than 100 articles in refereed journals on materials and corrosion science and engineering. He holds a B.S. degree in corrosion from Hunan University, M.S. degree in materials engineering from the Institute of Metal Research from the Chinese Academy of Sciences, and Ph.D. in materials engineering from the University of Alberta.
Mr. James F. Dante
Southwest Research Institute
James F. Dante is Manager of the Southwest Research Institute’s Environmental Performance of Materials Section. In this capacity, he oversees the Sections 15 staff engineers and technicians involved in basic and applied corrosion research for the energy industry and the U.S. Departments of Defense, Transportation, and Energy. Current programs include corrosion sensor research, development, and implementation, involving fluidized sensors, atmospheric corrosion sensors, and sensors for corrosion under insulation. The department also conducts research on accelerated corrosion test methods and to advance the mechanistic understanding of corrosion processes in various industries. Before joining Southwest Research Institute in 2009, he was Senior Research Scientist at Luna Innovations and leader of the University of Dayton Research Institute’s group specializing in corrosion mechanisms, detection, and protection. He
began his career as a materials research engineer at the National Institute of Standards and Technology. He holds a B.A. degree in physics from Johns Hopkins University and an M.S. degree in materials science and engineering from the University of Virginia.
Dr. Scott Fogler
University of Michigan
H. Scott Fogler is Vennema Professor of Chemical Engineering and Arthur F. Thurnau Professor at the University of Michigan. He is well-known for his research and teaching in chemical reaction engineering in petroleum engineering, including reaction in porous media, fused chemical relations, kinetics of wax deposition, gelation kinetics, asphaltene deposition kinetics, remediation colloidal phenomena, and catalyzed dissolution. The Chemical Manufacturers Association honored him with the National Catalyst Award in 1999. He has published more than 200 articles in peer-reviewed journals and books. He is author of Elements of Chemical Reaction Engineering, which is in its fourth edition and estimated to be used by three-quarters of all chemical engineering programs in the United States. He has received numerous awards from the American Society for Engineering Education, including the Dow Outstanding Young Faculty Award in 1972, the Corcoran Award for Best Paper in Chemical Engineering Education in 1993, and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Chemical Engineering Division in 2005. He earned a B.S. degree in chemical engineering from the University of Illinois and an M.S. degree and a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the University of Colorado.
Mr. Orville Harris
O.B. Harris, LLC
Orville D. Harris is President of O.B. Harris, LLC, which is an independent consultancy specializing in the regulation, engineering, and planning of petroleum liquids pipelines. From 1995 to 2009, he was Vice President of Longhorn Partners Pipeline, L.P., which operates a 700-mile pipeline that carries gasoline and diesel fuel from Gulf Coast refineries to El Paso, Texas. In this position, he was responsible for engineering, design, construction, and operation of the system. From 1991 to 1995, he was President of ARCO Transportation Alaska, which owns four pipeline systems, including the ALYESKA Pipeline Service Company transporting 25 percent of the crude oil from the North Slope of Alaska to the Port of Valdez. From 1977 to 1990, he held several supervisory and managerial positions at the ARCO Pipeline Company, including District Manager for Houston and Midland, Texas, Manager of the Northern Area, and Manager of Products Business. While at ARCO Transportation, he directed the efforts of a team of corrosion engineers making $400 million of repairs to the ALYESKA system. He is a past member of the Board of Directors of the AOPL and PHMSA’s Technical Hazardous Liquids Pipeline Safety Standards Committee. He holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Texas and an M.B.A. from Texas Southern University.
Dr. Brenda J. Little
Naval Research Laboratory
Brenda J. Little is Senior Scientist for Marine Molecular Processes in the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) at the Stennis Space Center. Earlier she was a Supervisory Research Chemist, Principal Investigator in the Biological and Chemical Oceanography Branch, Supervisory Oceanographer, and Head of the Biological and Chemical Oceanography Branch. During her 35-year career at NRL, she has made major contributions in identifying and understanding microbiologically influenced corrosion of marine materials, having a significant impact on a broad spectrum of Navy applications. Her research has been used to prevent and mitigate corrosion problems in seawater piping systems, fire protection systems, weapon cooling systems, helicopter interiors, and nuclear waste storage. She participated in a special USDOT investigation of corrosion mechanisms in the Alaska North Slope pipeline. She is Assistant Editor of Biofouling, the Journal of Bioadhesion and Biofilm Research. She co-authored (with J.S. Lee) Microbiologically Influenced Corrosion (2007: John Wiley & Sons). In addition, she has published more than 80 journal articles, more than 100 papers in symposium proceedings, and more than 20 book chapters. Her publications have earned her numerous NRL publication awards. She is a Fellow of NACE and recipient of the Navy Meritorious Civilian Service Award and Women in Science and Engineering Award for Scientific Achievement. She holds a B.S. degree in biochemistry from Baylor University and a Ph.D. in chemistry from Tulane University.
Dr. Srdjan Nesic
Srdjan Nešic is Professor of Chemical Engineering and Director of the Institute for Corrosion and Multiphase Flow Technology at Ohio University. Prior to joining the faculty of Ohio University in 2002, he was a Senior Lecturer in the Mechanical Engineering Department of the University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia; Principal Research Scientist at the Institute for Energy Technology, Kjeller, Norway; and Research Scientist at Vincha Institute for Nuclear Sciences, Belgrade, Hungary. His expertise is in flow effects and erosion of pipelines, electrochemical corrosion, computational and experimental fluid dynamics, and multi-phase flow. He has authored more than 50 peer-reviewed journal articles on these subjects and more than 100 conference papers. He is a Fellow of NACE, having chaired numerous NACE technical sessions and conferences on internal pipeline corrosion and erosion. He is a member of the editorial board of the Corrosion Journal. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mechanical engineering from the University of Belgrade and a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the University of Saskatchewan.
Dr. Joe H. Payer
University of Akron
Joe H. Payer is Chief Scientist at the National Center for Education and Research on Corrosion and Materials Performance and Research Professor of Corrosion and Reliability Engineering at the University of Akron. In this position he directed the University Corrosion Collaboration for the U.S. Defense Department’s Office of Corrosion Policy and Oversight. Prior to joining the University of Akron in 2009, he was Professor of Materials Science at Case Western Reserve University, where he directed the U.S. Department of Energy’s multi-university Corrosion and Materials Performance Cooperative for improved performance assessment for long-term disposal of spent nuclear fuel. His expertise is in materials selection, failure analysis, corrosion control methods, monitoring systems, and degradation mechanisms. His research has focused on localized corrosion of highly corrosion-resistant materials, gas and oil pipeline integrity, the effects of manufacturing processes on the performance and reliability of materials in service, coatings and surface treatments, and hydrogen/materials interactions. He is a Fellow of the American Society for Metals International, a Fellow and Past President of NACE, and a recipient of the American Society for Testing and Materials Sam Tour Award for Distinguished Contributions to Research, Development, and Evaluation of Corrosion Testing Methods. He earned a B.S. degree and a Ph.D. in metallurgical engineering from Ohio State University.
Mr. Richard A. Rabinow
The Rabinow Consortium, LLC
Richard A. Rabinow is President of The Rabinow Consortium, L.L.C, which provides economic and business consulting services to the pipeline industry. He retired from ExxonMobil after a 34-year career with the corporation. At the time of his retirement in 2002, he was President of ExxonMobil Pipeline Company (EMPCo), a position he had held at EMPCo and its predecessor, Exxon Pipeline Company, since 1996. Prior to that, he was Vice President and Lower 48 Manager of Exxon Pipeline Company. He began his career at the Exxon Company in 1968, holding several engineering and supervisory positions in refineries, rising to Executive Assistant to the President of Exxon Company, Baytown Refinery Manager, Manager of Corporate Affairs, Manager of the Environmental and Safety Department. He is a past Chairman of the Association of Oil Pipelines and the Owners Committee of the Trans Alaska Pipeline System. He has served on TRB Committees for Pipelines and Public Safety and Alaska's Oil and Gas Pipeline Infrastructure. He received a B.S. degree in engineering mechanics from Lehigh University and M.S. degrees in mechanical engineering and management, both from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Mr. George W. Tenley, Jr.
George W. Tenley, Jr. retired in 2010 as President of the Pipeline Research Council International (PRCI). PRCI is the collaborative research and development program for the energy pipeline industry. He joined PRCI in 1999 after working as an independent consultant on pipeline integrity planning and strategic advisor on pipeline risk management for Battelle Memorial Institute. From 1989 to 1995, he was Associate Administrator for Pipeline Safety in the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT). In this position, he was the senior federal official responsible for safety regulations governing the pipeline transportation of hazardous liquids and natural gases. From 1976 to 1989, he was a senior attorney and then Chief Counsel for USDOT’s Research and Special Programs Administration. He began his career as an attorney for the Federal Aviation Administration and Drug Enforcement Administration. He earned a B.A. degree in political science from the University of Maryland and a J.D. from the University of Maryland School of Law, Baltimore.