Mike is a global director and vice president of the Houston office, where he is responsible for management of the engineering group. Mike has over 19 years’ experience dedicated to riser engineering ranging from conceptual through to detailed design, installation and operational integrity management.
He has authored numerous technical publications including fatigue analysis methods and the use of field measurements to benchmark and improve design tools. Mike is a graduate of the University of Sheffield, UK, and has a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and physics.
Dr. Yun Doreen Chin
PhD, PE, Fellow of ASME
President | Yunka Energy LLC
Doreen has held roles as a power plant operator, researcher, professor, engineer, oil field operator, leader, and entrepreneur. She has over 35 years of experience in academia, power generation, and oil and gas industries, from deepwater offshore/subsea engineering to onshore shale oil and gas production operations.
Chinserves as Board Member of the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC), and an Engineering Leadership Board Member at the University of Houston. She has served as ASME Petroleum Division Chair, OTC Program Committee Chair; ASME Hydraulic FracturingConference Chair, ASME Offshore Wind Summit Advisory Committee member and ASME Advanced Clean Energy Summit Program Committee Chair.
Doreen has published one technical book and 51 papers. She has received several SPE Awards, and numerous ASME Awards including three Best Paper Awards. She holds a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Houston.
Thomas C. Halsey
Chief Computational Scientist | Exxon Mobil
In his role, Halsey exercises technical leadership of modeling physics, applied mathematics, technical software engineering, and high-performance computing for ExxonMobil's global hydrocarbon exploration and production research, development, and business activities. Halsey joined ExxonMobil in 1994 at the Corporate Strategic Research Laboratories in Annandale, NJ. He has served in a variety of research, staff, and management jobs within the company, including Director of the Physical and Mathematical Sciences Laboratory in Annandale and Manager of the Computational Sciences Function at the Upstream Research Company, where he also directed a "breakthrough" innovation program.
From 1984 until 1994, Halsey was a postdoctoral fellow and then a faculty member at the University of Chicago. He received a Ph.D. in physics from Harvard in 1984 and is a Fellow of the American Physical Society.
VP Energy | SparkCognition
Joining SparkCognition as the VP of Solutions, Herve is a multilingual executive with U.S. and international success in operations, technology, business development, marketing, sales, and client relations. Herve started working with artificial intelligence in 1985. Herve’s comprehensive experience in oil and gas spans large-scale project leadership, IT, engineering, manufacturing, and operations. He holds multiple patents for the use of ultrasonic energy in well inspections and has authored many technical papers. He is a member of professional organizations including the Society of Petroleum Engineers. Herve has been published in Bloomberg, Oil & Gas Journal, Journal of Petroleum Technology, World Oil, The Houston Chronicle, Drilling Contractor, and is a frequent speaker on management and engineering subjects.
Dr. Jim Kaculi
VP Engineering & R&D | Dril-Quip
Dr. Kaculi is responsible for global engineering and R&D activities. He has 20 years of experience in design and simulation of subsea drilling and production equipment used in the oil and gas industry. He holds Bachelors, Masters and Doctorate degrees in Mechanical Engineering and was involved in five years of scientific research in Nanotechnology.
He is a licensed professional engineer in the state of Texas and has over 30 technical publications and presentations at various global conferences related to the oil and gas industry. He is recipient of ASME’s Arthur Lubinski Award of Excellence.
He serves at various industry forums including: Founder of ASME Oil and Gas Big Data Summit, Chair of ASME Offshore Technology Conference Committee, Member of API Committee on Standardization of Oilfield Equipment and Materials (CSOEM), Member of US Technical Advisory Group to ISO Technical Committee 64, Member of Executive Committee of ASME Petroleum Division, Member of Offshore Operators Committee (chair of HPHT task group), American Wellhead Equipment Manufacturers representative to API
Director, Plant Analytics Yutime Petroleum, Ltd.
Ed’s experiences and responsibilities involve the management of the Multi-Physics Simulations Group for GE Oil & Gas, FMC Technologies, and Landmark Graphics (Halliburton). In this capacity, Ed was responsible for leading groups of engineering specialists responsible for performing thermal, mass diffusion, and multi-physics analyses on all major systems and sub-system components. At Landmark, Ed was actively involved in Digital Twin development for upstream and production operations for Onshore & Offshore assets.
At the University of Houston, he held the position of Adjunct Professor, both in the Mechanical Engineering Department (ABS Adjunct Professor of Subsea Engineering Program) and the College of Technology. He teaches thermo-fluid sciences, design of experiments, computational methods, and data science.
Ed holds the rank of ASME Fellow, AIAA Associate Fellow; is active in API and ASME technical committees (Offshore Technology Conference), served on several ASME committees, and was an Associate-Editor for the ASME Journal on Transaction of Energy Resources Technology.
Ed Marotta received his B.S. degree in Chemistry from the State University of New York at Albany, Post-Graduate studies in Chemical Engineering at SUNY at Buffalo, and his M.S. and Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Texas A&M University.
Senior Consultant | itcSkills LLC
38 Years industry experience across the hydrocarbon value chain, bottom of the hole to the gas station. Including work in civil, aerospace, nuclear construction and in-service inspection.
Currently he serves as Council Member TWI UK, Board Advisor Subsea Institute Houston, Board member RPSEA Research Organization Houston, Task group member ASME Big Data & Digital, PETROBOT EU R&D Consortium Pressure Vessels and In Service Tank Robotics. He is leader in multiple R&D projects and the Operations & Integrity Committee at Pipeline Research Council, International.
President | SMD&R and VIAS
Burak has over 10 years of experience in the Offshore Industry with a strong technical background in pipeline and riser design, thermal-fluid sciences, structural design and analysis, mechanical components design and FEA / CFD.He previously worked as a Group Technology and Advanced Engineering Director at Wood Group Kenny prior to starting VIAS.
In addition, Burak is an Adjunct Associate Professor at The University of Houston and teaches a course in Pipeline Design in the Mechanical Engineering Department. Burak is a Fellow at IMarEST and a member of ASME where he is serving an acting executive member of the ASME PSD. Burak has produced some twenty-five conference and journal publications.
His areas of expertise include technology development, FEA, CFE, operations, P&L management, strategy development, project management, process improvement and business development.
Early Engagement Business Manager | Subsea Systems. North and Latin America Baker Hughes
With over 30 years of experience in hydrocarbons and related businesses her technical specialties are naval architecture, floating systems, and data analytics. Thompson’s professional specialties include engineering operations leadership, strategic vision, business development, and project management. She is active in industry organizations like ASME and currently serves as Program Committee Chair for the Offshore Technology Conference and holds a BS in Ocean Engineering and an MS in Data Analytics from Texas A&M University.
VP Supply Chain | Dril-Quip
With over 20 years in industry, Wells is an experienced Executive with a passion for safety, improvement, and integrity. Wells has a deep background in leading oil and gas companies, global manufacturing sites and large teams - especially integrating finance and strategy to result in sound decisions and strong corporate performance. He has recognized expertise in business transformation, operational best practices and strategy and is a frequent industry speaker on these topics. He is an active member of ASME and currently serves as the Chair of the Data Science and Digitization Conference. Wells is a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt and holds a BS in Industrial and Systems Engineering from Georgia Tech, an MBA from the University of Houston, Victoria, and an MS in Data Science & Analytics from Texas A&M University.
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