N. Wayne Hale, Jr.
Special Aerospace Services, LLP
N. Wayne Hale, Jr. is the Director of Energy Services, Special Aerospace Services (SAS), LLP, of Boulder, Colorado. Mr. Hale provides services in technical consulting, technical analysis, expertise in remote monitoring and control organizations, technical seminars, and advising on organizational culture change. His clientele includes both upstream and midstream oil and gas, wind energy, aerospace, and other high reliability organizations concerned with safety, management, culture change, and operations in high risk environments. Mr. Hale was an instrumental part of the establishment of BP’s Houston Monitoring Center for offshore drilling in 2011. Mr. Hale retired from NASA after a 32 year career with the NASA JSC Mission Control Center. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Rice University and Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University.
Stig O. Johnsen
Stig O. Johnsen is a Senior Research Scientist within the Department of Technology and Society at SINTEF (Stiftelsen for industriell og teknisk forskning) in Trondheim, Norway. His main research interests include offshore oil & gas safety, human factors in offshore oil and gas operations, technology management, computer strategy and management, systems design and engineering, resilience engineering, reliability technology, and risk and safety analysis. He received a B.A. degree from the University in Trondheim, a Master of Science degree in computer science from the Norwegian Institute of Technology (NTH), a joint Master of Science degree in technology management from MIT and Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), and a Ph.D. in computer and information science from NTNU.
Morrison R. Plaisance
Diamond Offshore Drilling, Inc.
Morrison R. “Moe” Plaisance recently retired as Vice President, Governmental and Industry Affairs at Diamond Offshore Drilling, Inc., after more than forty-five years of drilling experience from hands-on supervisory experience drilling and pushing tools to senior management positions working with operators on planning and execution of drilling and completion programs. He has more than thirty-seven years of experience in floating drilling operations with semi submersibles and drillships in both the moored and dynamic positioning modes. He has been involved in drilling and subsea completion activities in water depths of over seven thousand feet, including work in the Gulf of Mexico, North Sea, Australia, Canadian East Coast, U.S. East and West Coasts, Canadian Artic, Norway, New Zealand, Atlantic and Mediterranean Spain, Brazil, Egypt, Chile, Gabon, Tunisia, West Africa, and Somalia. He participated in the management of the deepest water depth Turnkey well drilled to date, 7,208 feet of water. He received a B.S. degree in Industrial Management and an A.S. Petroleum Engineering Technology from Nicholls State University.
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.
Peter K. Velez
Peter Velez Engineering, LLC
Peter K. Velez is an independent consultant in the offshore oil and gas industry. Prior to his retirement in late 2012, he was global emergency response manager for Shell International Exploration and Production. Employed at Shell since 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, Y2K, and other events. He has received several external recognitions that include the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) Meritorious Public Service Award and Medal (the highest award to a civilian), American Petroleum Institute (API) Distinguished and Meritorious Service Awards, Offshore Operators Recognition Awards, and others. Mr. Velez was appointed by the Secretary of Transportation to the USCG National Offshore Safety Advisory Committee, on which he served for 7 years, the last 4 years as the Chairperson. He was a member of the Board of Directors of the Marine Preservation Association (largest Oil Spill Response Organization in the U.S.). He was active in various trade association groups: served as Chair of the API Executive Committee on Drilling and Producing Operations, Chair of the API Executive Committee on Environmental Conservation, Chair of the Louisiana Health, Safety, and Environment (HSE) Committee, and others. He was a member of the API Standards Group, API Safety Committee, and chaired the API Committee that developed, with the Minerals Management Service, Recommended Practice 75 “Safety and Environmental Management Program for Offshore Operations.” He received B.S. (1974) and M.S. (1975) degrees in civil engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York.