Dr. James S. Dyer
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 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 Laboratories, the RAND Corporation, and the Department of Energy, concerning the application of decision and risk analysis tools to a variety of practical problems. He has published three books and more than 60 articles on risk analysis and investment science. His recent articles focus on decision making, including a multiattribute utility analysis for the disposition of weapon-grade plutonium in the United States and Russia. He received a BA with honors, Phi Beta Kappa, in physics, with minors in mathematics and philosophy, and a PhD in business quantitative methods and management from the University of Texas at Austin.
Ms. Lois N. Epstein
Lois N. Epstein is Arctic Program Director for The Wilderness Society, responsible for programs to protect Arctic ecosystems by ensuring that oil and gas operations are safe and environmentally sound and located in non-sensitive areas. She advocates for oil and gas regulations that are effective in ensuring public safety and protecting the environment by testifying before Congress and other governmental bodies, engaging in onshore and offshore planning processes, and serving as a technical advisor to Native and non-Native members of the public. Before joining The Wilderness Society she was a private consultant on environmental policy issues and a senior engineer for several non-profit organizations. She was President of LNE Engineering and Policy, a consultancy, and Senior Engineer for Cook Inletkeeper. In these positions, she was responsible for researching and publicizing the performance of the oil and gas industry, discussing the industry’s performance with government and industry decisionmakers, and seeking remedies for gaps in state and federal regulations. She is currently President of the Board of Directors of the Pipeline Safety Trust and serves on the Board of Directors of the Alaska Public Interest Research Group. She was a member of the Technical Advisory Committee and Citizens Air Quality Advisory Group of the Anchorage Metropolitan Area Transportation Solutions, the city’s metropolitan planning organization. She has also served on a number of other governmental committees and task forces, including the USDOT’s Technical Hazardous Liquid Pipeline Safety Standards Committee, the US EPA’s Effluent Guidelines Task Force, and the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement’s Offshore Energy Safety Advisory Committee. She earned a master’s degree in civil engineering from Stanford University, bachelor’s degree in English from Amherst College, and bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
RADM Thomas H. Gilmour
Thomas H. Gilmour is an independent maritime consultant specializing in maritime regulatory compliance, support to Admiralty Law Firms and P & I clubs as an expert witness, maritime security and emergency and organizational management. He recently retired from the American Bureau of Shipping where he served as President and Chief Operating Officer of ABS Americas from 2006. He was responsible for all operations of the American Bureau of Shipping in the Western Hemisphere and also served as a Corporate Vice President. Prior to that, Rear Admiral 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 State Dept. to the Maritime Safety Committee at the International Maritime Organization in London. Under his leadership, both USCG vessel and port facility security regulations were 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 Master of Science degrees in both Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering. In 1996, RADM Gilmour was assigned to the Chief of Naval Operations Strategic Studies Group as a CNO Fellow. He worked with eight Navy Captains and one Marine Colonel to develop revolutionary concepts for future naval warfighting, reporting directly to the Chief of Naval Operations. At ABS, he led the implementation of the new Naval Vessels Rules and worked with many Govt. vessel operators including the Navy, Coast Guard, MSC, and NOAA as well as foreign navies.
RADM Gilmour’s assignment in the Marine Safety and Operations Ashore areas included serving as Captain of the Port and 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 over 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 Coast Guard. Additionally, he was the Executive Officer and Alternate Captain of the Port at Marine Safety Office, San Francisco Bay from 1990 to 1993. Gilmour also served as the Chief of Staff of the 13th Coast Guard District in Seattle, Washington, from 2000 to 2001, and 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, CA from 2001-2003 as a RADM, where he directed the maintenance of all Cutters and Units in the Pacific Area.
Mr. Richard Sears
Richard A. Sears is a Professor of the Practice in the Department of Energy Resources Engineering, 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 United States 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 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.
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 co-ordinator 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 campuswide 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 BS in physics from Stanford University and an MS in geophysics from Stanford University.
Mr. Robert Sheppard
Robert Sheppard is 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 API integrity management recommended practices (API RP 2SIM and RP 2FSIM) and the AWEA offshore wind recommended practice. He has worked on projects for the Minerals Management Service (now BSEE) addressing hurricane impacts and offshore wind inspection guidelines, and two TRB study committees addressing offshore wind topics. Mr. Sheppard earned a BS in civil engineering from Rice University and an MS in structural engineering from the University of California, Berkeley. He is a registered civil engineer in California and Texas.
Mr. Manuel Terranova
Manuel Terranova is chief executive officer, president, and founder of Peaxy, Inc., a highly distributed software-based file and data management solution designed for midtier and enterprise-class customers as well as external cloud. Mr. Terranova is a technology veteran with a proven track 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 IT infrastructure
Before co-founding Peaxy, Terranova was at General Electric’s Drilling and Production business, where he led a $5.2 billion portfolio as a Senior Vice President. He managed the company’s commercial and regional resources worldwide, including the creation of a $200 million subsea equipment joint venture in sub-Saharan Africa. During his 13 years at GE, he led a number of successful software development efforts, including a GIS software business, remote pipeline monitoring and SupportCentral, a knowledge-based portal that grew to become the company’s second most used application worldwide. Terranova served as CIO of GE’s Oil & Gas division from 2002 to 2006. In that role he led efforts to migrate the entire business from legacy applications to ERP and a contemporary application stack.
In 2010, Jeff Immelt awarded Mr. Terranova the Chairman’s Award for Technology and Innovation. 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, Mr. Terranova has been actively engaged as a committee member with the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine and the Transportation Research Board. His involvement has helped advance the safety of offshore oil and gas operations.
Mr. Terranova graduated from Cornell University with degrees in German literature and political science. While at the Johns Hopkins School of International Studies, Mr. Terranova obtained a master’s degree in international economics and international law.
Dr. James M. Tien
James M. Tien (NAE) is Distinguished Professor and 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 founding chair of its Department of Decision Sciences and Engineering Systems, and professor in its Department of Electrical, Computer and Systems Engineering. 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 (2000-04) and was its vice president in charge of the Publication Services and Products Board and the Educational Activities Board. Tien earned his bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Rensselaer and his Ph.D. in systems engineering and operations research from 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.
Mr. Peter K. Velez
Peter K. Velez is an independent consultant in the offshore oil and gas industry. Before his retirement in late 2012, he was 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 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 chairperson. 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 active in various trade association groups. Among other positions, he served as chair of the API Executive Committee on Drilling and Producing Operations; chair of the API Executive Committee on Environmental Conservation; and 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 served as a member of the TRB Marine Board from 2010-2016. He was a member of two Transportation Research Board committees, Remote Real-Time Monitoring of Offshore Oil and Gas Operations and Safety Culture of Offshore Operations. Mr. Velez received a BS and an MS in civil engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York.