Paul S. Fischbeck
Paul Fischbeck is a Professor in the Department of Engineering & Public Policy and the Department of Social & Decision Sciences at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. His general research involves normative and descriptive risk analysis. Past and current research includes the development of a risk index to prioritize inspections of offshore oil production platforms, an engineering and economic policy analysis of air pollution from international shipping, a large-scale probabilistic risk assessment of the space shuttle's tile protection system, and a geographic information system (GIS) designed to evaluate health risk, economic potential, environmental justice, and political factors of oil refineries and abandoned industrial sites using a variety of metrics. He has written extensively on various applications of decision and risk analysis methods and has won several awards from the Institute of Operations Research and Management Sciences (INFORMS). He has chaired two and served on eight other National Academy panels investigating such topics as the risks faced by engineered marine systems, risk assessment of the Alaska oil and gas infrastructure, terror attacks on US shipping, safety of double hull tankers, and risks from oil barge traffic around Cape Cod and oil spills in the Aleutian Islands. He is also the co-founder of the Brownfield center at Carnegie Mellon, an interdisciplinary research group investigating ways to improve industrial site reuse. A 2002 book, Improving Regulation (RFF Press, co-edited with Scott Farrow), presents a dozen case studies of how to integrate insights from multiple disciplines to improve the regulatory process. Dr. Fischbeck received his BS in Architecture from University of Virginia, MS in Operations Research & Systems Analysis, from the Naval Postgraduate School and PhD in Industrial Engineering & Engineering Management from Stanford University.
Dwight Johnston has worked in the oil and gas industry for more than 40 years, 36 of those years for Shell Oil Company in a variety of positions, including Asset or Operations Management, Project Management, and Engineering positions. As an independent consultant, he has supported a variety of clients in developing safety management systems, process safety management programs, and operating/maintenance management systems. Mr. Johnston spent most of his career in the U.S., but he spent 10 years working on international projects, living overseas for 3 years. Before retiring from Shell in December 2015, he worked for eight years as the Global Process Safety Manager and VP HSE for Shell’s Global Deepwater Organization. In the Global PSM role, he worked across Shell’s business; supporting the exploration and production, the refining/manufacturing and the pipeline organizations. Mr. Johnston has a BS in civil engineering from Texas A&M University.
Ulku G. Oktem
Ulku G. Oktem is Co-Founder, Chief Executive Officer of Near-Miss Management LLC and is a globally recognized expert in the field of Near-Misses. Her pioneering work has received international recognition and coverage in scientific journals and has been heavily adopted by chemical companies and organizations such as CCPS, OSHA. She also serves as Adjunct Professor at the Operations and Information Management Department and Senior Fellow at the Risk Center of the Wharton Business School. Her prior industry experience includes managing product development of specialty chemicals at Rohm & Haas. She holds a PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Delaware, MS from the Clarkson College, and BS from the Middle East Technical University.
S. Camille Peres
S. Camille Peres is an Associate Professor with Environmental and Occupational Health at Texas A&M University and she is also the assistant director of Human Systems Engineering with the Mary Kay O’Connor Process Safety Center. She does collaborative research on Human Factors and high-risk processing industry such as the oil and gas industry, chemical processing, and emergency response. She is currently involved in investigations regarding: performance implications for procedure design and use; understanding Human Robotic Interaction in disaster environments; and measuring team performance in Emergency Operations. She received MA and PhD in Psychology from Rice University MA and PhD, MA in Psychology from University of Houston-Clear Lake, and BA in Technical Theatre from University of Houston-Clear Lake.
Gary A. Reiter
Gary A. Reiter is a retired U.S. Coast Guard Commander who spent the majority of his Coast Guard career in the Environmental Response Program. He served two tours on the Pacific Strike Team as Executive Officer from 1979 to 1982 and as Commanding Officer from 1987 to 1990. The Pacific Strike Team received the USCG Pacific Area Operational Unit of the Year award during his tenure. During the interim period he was Assistant Branch Chief of G-WER-2, Pollution Response Branch at USCG Headquarters from 1982 to 1986. He retired in 1991 and has remained active in the Oil Spill and Hazardous Materials Response Field since that time. He is presently a Contract Associate of ECM Maritime Services, LLC. In additon to assisting ECM with response, training and other vessel related services, he consults on projects. Current projects include RPS Group’s (North America) contract with the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) GOM Offshore ACP Review Project and another with Schultz and Associates on a contract with the U.S. Navy Southeast Region for FRP Response Strategies Reviews. Prior to working at ECM Maritime Services, he was a civilian employee and member of the Thirteenth Coast Guard Districts Response Advisory Team, the President and Principal Consultant at Westcliffe Environmental Management and the Response Manager for BHP/Pacific Resources. Mr. Reiter has over 45 years of both United States and international oil and hazardous materials response experience. He earned his MA.in Marine Affairs at the University of Rhode Island and BA in Broad Area Social Sciences at Colorado State University-Pueblo.
Kathy A. Seabrook
Kathy A. Seabrook is the founder and CEO of Global Solutions, Inc. She has over 30 years of diverse safety, health and environmental management experience working with multinational and US/UK companies, across industry, globally. She is a US Certified Safety Professional (CSP), UK Chartered Fellow of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (CFIOSH) and European Occupational Safety and Health Manager (EurOSHM). Using a risk-based approach, Seabrook assists companies with strategically managing their health, safety and environmental risks through their sustainable business strategies, integrated management systems, policies, processes, programs, and practices. Incorporating principles of culture change, leadership development, and global safety and health management, a company more efficiently and effectively embraces an integrated approach to strategy, policy, corporate standard, risk assessment, competency and audit process development and implementation. Safety and health management becomes a lever for improving corporate performance as well as a culture that supports safety and health. Seabrook’s global safety and health experience informs her keynote speaking, leadership and OHSMS workshops, global leadership coaching, cross cultural team building and other safety related education programs. She is an US delegate and Vice Chair of the US Technical Advisory Group to TC283/ISO 45001, current member of the advisory board for the Capitals Coalition, past president of the American Society of Safety Professionals and former Board Chair of the Center for Safety and Health Sustainability. Seabrook holds a BS in Chemistry from James Madison University.
Charles R. Williams
Charles R. Williams served as the Executive Director for the Center for Offshore Safety (COS) from March 2012 to May 2020. He is currently an independent consultant. Following the Deepwater Horizon accident in 2010, Mr. Williams’ technical expertise and focus included industry operations, process change and improvement, as well as preparedness and response to major oil and gas incidents. Because of this work and leadership, Mr. Williams helped to create the COS and establish the Marine Well Containment Company—an industry sponsored company continuously ready to respond to a well control incident. After a 40-year career, Mr. Williams retired from Shell Oil as Global Chief Scientist in 2012. During his tenure at Shell, Mr. Williams acquired extensive technical expertise in the upstream oil and gas industry, holding many technical and senior managerial positions including Global Vice President of Research and Development (R&D). Mr. Williams’ technical work has included the development of equipment, policies and procedures, and best practices for extreme environment wells. Mr. Williams has testified and presented extensively on process improvement, safety management, drilling, drilling safety, and technology to various groups including Congressional Committees, Center for Strategic and International Studies, Chemical Safety Board, Presidential Commission on Deepwater Horizon, International Regulators Forum, 11th National Conference on Science, Policy, and Environment, and the Marine Board of the National Academies. Mr. Williams has a BS in mechanical engineering from the University of Tennessee and is a licensed Professional Engineer.
Mark Hutchins - (Staff Officer)
Mark Hutchins is a senior program officer for the Transportation Research Board (TRB) of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. He has served as study director for consensus studies on topics that include an evaluation of the U.S. offshore oil and gas inspection program, a cost assessment of U.S. polar icebreakers, the application of remote real-time monitoring to offshore oil and gas operations, and worker health and safety for offshore wind farms. Mr. Hutchins has also supported TRB studies on testing electronically controlled pneumatic brakes for high-hazard flammable trains and determining future U.S. air traffic controller staffing needs. Before joining TRB in 2010, Mr. Hutchins worked as a senior consultant and project manager for Macro Design Group, providing program analysis and program management support to public and private sector clients. Prior to that, Mr. Hutchins worked as a project manager and systems analyst for Northrop Grumman Information Technology, where he managed web development, data capacity, and data mining projects. Mr. Hutchins has an MA in political science from The American University and a BA in political science from the University of North Carolina, Asheville.