The Honorable Donald C. Winter - (Chair)
U.S. Department of the Navy [Retired]
Donald C. Winter is an Independent Consultant and Professor of Engineering Practice in the Department of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering at the University of Michigan. He served as the 74th Secretary of the Navy from January 2006 to March 2009. As Secretary of the Navy, he led America's Navy and Marine Corps Team and was responsible for an annual budget in excess of $125 billion and almost 900,000 people. Previously, Dr. Winter held multiple positions in the aerospace and defense industry as a systems engineer, program manager and corporate executive. Dr. Winter served as chair of the National Academy of Engineering and National Research Council Committee for Analysis of Causes of the Deepwater Horizon Explosion, Fire, and Oil Spill to Identify Measures to Prevent Similar Accidents in the Future. He received a doctorate in physics from the University of Michigan. He is also a graduate of the University of Southern California Management Policy Institute, the UCLA Executive Program, and the Harvard University Program for Senior Executives in National and International Security. In 2002, he was elected a member of the National Academy of Engineering.
Dr. Paul M. Bommer
The University of Texas at Austin
Paul M. Bommer is a Senior Lecturer in Petroleum Engineering in the Department
of Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin. He is a major contributor to publications of the University of Texas Petroleum Extension Service, including books on oil well drilling and fundamentals of petroleum. Dr. Bommer was a member of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration–U.S. Geological Survey Flow Rate Technical Group concerning oil rate estimates escaping from the BP Mississippi Canyon 252-001 (Macondo) well. In 1979, he cofounded Bommer Engineering Company, which is an oil and gas consulting company specializing in drilling and production operations and oil and gas appraisals. He is a registered professional engineer in the state of Texas. Dr. Bommer served as a member of the National Academy of Engineering and National Research Council Committee for Analysis of Causes of the Deepwater Horizon Explosion, Fire, and Oil Spill to Identify Measures to Prevent Similar Accidents in the Future. He received a Ph.D. in petroleum engineering from the University of Texas at Austin.
Mr. Robert Brenner
Robert Brenner joined the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions at Duke University as a senior fellow in October 2011. At the Institute, he is assessing the cost-effective technologies, policies and regulatory approaches that can be used, in conjunction with the Clean Air Act, to meet air quality goals for multiple pollutants and sources. Prior to joining Duke, Mr. Brenner served in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) 32 years before retiring in August 2011 from his role as Director of the Office of Policy Analysis and Review at the Office of Air and Radiation, where he was focused on finding innovative, cost-effective ways to implement the Act—particularly through the use of market-based approaches such as emissions trading and other economic incentives. Before starting with the EPA in 1979, Mr. Brenner worked at Princeton University's Center for International Studies. He holds both a bachelor's degree and master's degree in economics and public policy from Princeton University.
Dr. Anthony P. Ciavarelli
Human Factors Associates, Inc.
Anthony P. Ciavarelli is president and chief scientist of Human Factors Associates, Inc., which provides advice to various industries on organizational and operational safety improvement. He is also a retired Professor of Applied Psychology , Naval Postgraduate School, where he taught and conducted research on human factors and training technology. He served as Associate Provost for Instruction at the Naval Postgraduate School from 1999-2001, where he was responsible for supervising curriculum updates, faculty development, and faculty academic services. Dr. Ciavarelli has a broad technical background that includes training requirements analysis, system engineering development, and human-machine interface design gained more than 20 years in the aerospace and defense industries. He is an experienced human factors engineer and research psychologist, who conducted research in military aircrew training and human performance assessment prior to joining the faculty at the Naval Postgraduate School in 1989. Dr. Ciavarelli was initially assigned to the School of Aviation Safety (Naval Postgraduate School), where he taught human factors and air safety for 15 years, and conducted research designed to improve individual, team and organizational performance. He was awarded tenure in 1996, and promoted to full professor in 1999. His most recent human research is focused on identifying organizational factors in accident causation. He and a research team from the Naval Postgraduate School and UC Berkeley developed a web-based Organizational Safety Climate Assessment System that is now in use in Naval Aviation and U.S. Marine Corp ground forces to assess leadership commitment to safety, safety program effectiveness, and safety culture. He has also developed similar online organizational climate-culture surveys for a variety of civilian aviation organizations, and for use in aerospace and medical applications. Dr. Ciavarelli received an Ed.D. from the University of Southern California in Education, and has a master’s degree in experimental psychology from California State University at Los Angeles.
Dr. Louis Anthony (Tony) Cox, Jr.
Cox Associates, LLC
Louis Anthony (Tony) Cox, Jr., is President of Cox Associates, a Denver-based applied research company specializing in quantitative health risk assessment, causal modeling, probabilistic and statistical risk analysis, data mining, and operations research. Since 1986, Cox Associates mathematicians and scientists have developed and applied computer simulation and biomathematical models, statistical and epidemiological risk analyses, causal data mining techniques, and operations research and artificial intelligence risk and decision models to measurably improve health, business, and engineering risk analysis and decision-making for public and private sector clients. Dr. Cox holds a Ph.D. in risk analysis and an S.M. degree in operations research, both from M.I.T.’s Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. He has an A.B. degree from Harvard University and is a graduate of the Stanford Executive Program. He is a member of the National Research Council Board on Mathematical Sciences and Their Applications, and is Honorary Full Professor of Mathematics at the University of Colorado at Denver, where he has lectured on biomathematics, health risk modeling, computational statistics, and causality. Dr. Cox is on the Faculties of the Center for Computational Mathematics and the Center for Computational Biology at the University of Colorado at Denver and is Clinical Professor of Preventive Medicine and Biometrics at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, where he has focused on uncertainty analysis and causation in epidemiological studies. He was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2012.
Dr. James S. Dyer
The University of Texas at Austin
James S. Dyer holds the Fondren Centennial Chair in the McCombs School of Business 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 chair of the Department of Information, Risk, and Operations Management for nine years (1988-97). 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 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 also received the Multiple Criteria Decision Making Society’s Edgeworth-Pareto Award in 2006. Dr. Dyer has consulted with a number of companies regarding the application of decision and risk analysis tools to a variety of practical problems, including the Jet Propulsion Laboratories, the RAND Corporation, and the Department of Energy. Dr. Dyer has published three 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 weapon-grade plutonium in the United States and Russia. He received a B.A. degree with honors, Phi Beta Kappa, in physics with minors in mathematics and philosophy and a Ph.D. in business quantitative methods and management from the University of Texas at Austin.
Dr. Thomas R. Kitsos
Ocean Policy Consultant
Thomas R. Kitsos served as the Executive Director of the U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy (USCOP) from 2001 to 2004. In 2005, Dr. Kitsos retired from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), U.S. Department of Commerce, as the Associate Deputy Assistant Administrator for Ocean Services. He is currently a private consultant on national ocean policy, advising the Joint Ocean Commission Initiative, the follow-up, foundation-supported organization composed of the members of the USCOP and the privately funded Pew Ocean Commission and dedicated to promote ocean policy reform proposals recommended by the two commissions. His earlier experience included six years at the Department of the Interior (DOI), where his primary responsibilities were in the area of energy development on the Outer Continental Shelf. Among other positions, he served as special assistant to the Assistant Secretary, Land and Minerals Management, and the Department’s Acting Director of the Minerals Management Service (MMS). Prior to his tenure at DOI, Dr. Kitsos spent 20 years on Capitol Hill, on the staff of the U.S. House of Representatives’ Committee on Merchant Marine and Fisheries. His final position with the committee was Chief Counsel, advising the Chairman on national ocean and coastal issues, offshore energy development, and environmental and other marine management legislation, including amendments to the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act and the Coastal Zone Management Act. Dr. Kitsos served as a consultant to the U.S. Department of the Interior, Outer Continental Shelf Safety Advisory Board, which submitted a report to the Secretary (September 1, 2010) on the Deepwater Horizon accident. He served as a member of the National Research Council Committee on the Effectiveness of Safety and Environmental Management Systems for Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Operations. He holds B.S. degrees in education and social science from the Eastern Illinois University, and an M.A. degree and a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Illinois.
Dr. Donald Liu
Donald Liu is retired Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer for the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS). His research focuses on structural dynamics, hull loading, structural stability, and probabilistic methods of structural analysis. He received the Gibbs Brothers Medal from the National Academy of Sciences for outstanding contributions in the fields of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering. He served on the National Research Council (NRC) Committee on the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 Implementation Review, and on the NRC Committee on Naval Engineering in the 21st Century. He currently serves on the NRC Marine Board and as a member of the board of directors of ABS. He received a B.S. degree from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy; B.S. and M.S. degrees in naval architecture and marine engineering from MIT; and a Ph.D. degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Arizona. Dr. Liu was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2011.
Dr. Roger L. McCarthy
Roger L. McCarthy is a private engineering consultant and a director of Shui on Land, Ltd., which is involved in large-scale urban redevelopment in the People’s Republic of China. Dr. McCarthy has substantial experience in the analysis of failures of an engineering or scientific nature. He has investigated the grounding of the Exxon Valdez, the explosion and loss of the Piper Alpha oil platform in the North Sea, the fire and explosion on the semisubmersible Glomar Arctic II, and the rudder failure on the very large crude carrier Amoco Cadiz. Previously, Dr. McCarthy was chairman emeritus of Exponent, Inc., and chairman of Exponent Science and Technology Consulting Company, Ltd. (Hangzhou, China). In 1992, he was appointed by the first President Bush to the President’s Commission on the National Medal of Science. Dr. McCarthy served as a member of the National Academy of Engineering and National Research Council Committee for Analysis of Causes of the Deepwater Horizon Explosion, Fire, and Oil Spill to Identify Measures to Prevent Similar Accidents in the Future. He received a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from MIT. He was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2004.
Dr. Charles E. McQueary
U.S. Department of Defense [Retired]
Charles E. McQueary is a part-time consultant for the Missile Defense Agency in the Department of Defense. Most recently, Dr. McQueary served as Director, Operational Test & Evaluation (DOT&E), with the Office of the Secretary of Defense (SecDef) at the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) from July 2006 until his retirement in May 2009. In this capacity, Dr. McQueary was charged with overseeing the development and implementation of DoD policies and procedures for the testing and evaluation of more than 300 systems valued at several hundred billion dollars. As director, he was a senior advisor to the Secretary of Defense, and was tasked with annually reporting to Congress the test results for all 300 programs and systems, as well providing policy recommendations. During his tenure, Dr. McQueary led efforts to reorganize OT&E and augment its staff in response to the growing challenges of increasingly complex systems and their proliferation. To this end, he also worked to establish new and strengthen existing relationships throughout DoD, the federal government, and private-sector defense industry. He served as the first Under Secretary for Science and Technology in the new Department of Homeland Security. Dr. McQueary spent 36 years in the private sector directing system design, development, and manufacturing. His professional recognitions include the 2006 National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) Homeland Security Leadership Award as well as the 2008 International Test and Evaluation Association (ITEA) T&E Professional Award (Allen R. Matthews Award). He has served as an active member on numerous public and professional boards. He is also a member of the proxy Board for Intergraph Government Solutions. Dr. McQueary earned a Ph.D. in engineering mechanics from the University of Texas, Austin and is a NASA Scholar. He also earned M.S. and B.S. degrees in mechanical engineering from the same institution and has been named a distinguished engineering graduate.
Mr. Richard Sears
Richard Sears is a consulting professor in the Department of Energy Resources Engineering, Stanford University. He is also a member of the Offshore Energy Safety Advisory Committee, United States Department of the Interior. During 33 years with Shell Oil Co. and Royal Dutch Shell, he held technical and managerial positions including Exploration Geophysicist, Technical Instructor, Economist, Strategic Planner, and General Management. The managerial positions ranged from exploration and research to fully integrated exploration and production business management. He served as chief science and technology advisor to the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling. Mr. Sears received a B.S. degree in physics from Stanford University, and an M.S. degree in geophysics from Stanford University.
Mr. Gordon H. Sterling
Shell Oil Company [Retired]
Gordon H. Sterling worked for Shell Oil for 35 years, in the growing area of offshore oil and gas development systems and structures. He worked as a Project Engineer, Structural Designer, Research Supervisor, Design and Installation Manager, Production Superintendent, Project Manager, Manager of Major Deepwater Projects, and Director Year 2000 (Y2K) Compliance Project. He was involved with all of Shell’s record-setting deepwater ventures in the Gulf of Mexico, beginning with the 1024-foot water depth 3-piece Cognac platform in 1974-1978 where he served as Design and Installation Supervisor. He was the Project Manager of the Bullwinkle platform (1350 foot water depth, 1985-1988), and then became Manager of Major Deepwater Projects wherein all of the Shell Offshore, USA, and Deepwater Project Managers reported to him. These projects included the record-setting Tension Leg Platform (TLP) series--Mars, Ram-Powell, and Ursa--in 3000 to 4000 feet of water, as well as the Sub Sea developments of Tahoe, Popeye, and Mensa (5400 feet water depth). Three of the projects that he worked on, two of which he led, received the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement Award. Gordon represented the ASCE on the Board of Directors of the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) and served as Chairman of the OTC, had a four-year term on the Coast Oceans Ports and Rivers Institute (COPRI) Board of Governors, served as President of COPRI, and has been on and led other board-level ASCE Committees. He has also been active in the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) as Forum and Workshop Chair, and as a guest and keynote speaker for American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). In the spring of 2007 he gave the Professor Arthur Bock memorial lecture to students and staff at the U.S. Naval Academy. In 2008 he received the Heritage Award, for “distinguished service and significant contributions to the development of offshore resources” from the Offshore Technology Conference. In 2009 he was elected Distinguished Diplomate Ocean Engineering (Dist. D. OE) by the Academy of Coastal, Ocean, Ports and Navigation Engineers. He periodically presents a commercial course on deepwater oil and gas development, consults part time, volunteers for ASCE/COPRI and SPE, and is on a review panel for the Marine Systems Engineering Program of Texas A & M, Galveston. He is a past member of the Board of Directors of John M. Campbell Holdings Company (an oil and gas training company) and of the Board of Advisors for INTECSEA Engineering (a Worley Parsons international offshore engineering company division headquartered in Houston). He received a bachelor of applied science degree in civil engineering from the University of Waterloo; he obtained a master of science degree in civil engineering from Lehigh University.
Mr. Manuel Terranova
Manuel Terranova is CEO and President of Peaxy, Inc --a highly distributed software-based file and data management solution-- designed for mid-tier and enterprise class customers as well as external cloud. Previously, he served as the Senior Vice President of Regional Operations and Global Sales for GE Oil and Gas' Drilling and Production Unit. From December 2007 through February 2010, he served as the head of Subsea Production Systems and Commercial Operations at GE Drilling and Production Systems. In the role, Mr. Terranova managed GE's subsea production equipment portfolio, including subsea trees and controls. From April 2006 through December 2007, Mr. Terranova served as GM of GE's PII Integrity Services. In the role, he served as the business leader for Integrity Engineering, Integrity Management, ThreatScan, and GIS software. From April 2002 through April 2006, Mr. Terranova served as the GM and CIO for Information Management at GE Oil & Gas. From May 2005 onwards, he worked extensively on company-wide due diligence and acquisition integration activities. From 1999 through March 2002, Mr. Terranova served as Manager of E-business Strategy for GE's Corporate Initiatives Group. During 2001 and 2002, he led GE's SupportCentral effort, a knowledge portal that he co-founded with two other GE employees. Before joining General Electric, Mr. Terranova served as Internet Program Manager of the Xerox Internet Channel and Marketing Group (ICM). Based out of Xerox PARC, he was responsible for designing and implementing e-business solutions for Xerox.com. He graduated from Cornell University with degrees in German literature and political science. At the Johns Hopkins School of International Studies (SAIS), he obtained a master’s degree in international economics and international law.