XII Annual Forum
“Capitalizing from E&C Trends and Tremors!”
September 15, 2009
Rice University ∙ Houston, Texas
Our Speakers Biographies
Dr. David E. Adkins is a registered Professional Engineer in the U.S., a Project Management Institute-certified Project Management Professional, and a recognized proponent and teacher of a dynamic style of performance- and empowerment-based management that enables good planning and control while fostering vision and participation. He currently is serving as Senior Partner and Technical Director of Business Management Consultants.
In a broad and varied career encompassing a series of senior positions at major multinational public and private companies–in which he managed research projects and major multimillion dollar capital projects in aerospace, petroleum exploration and production, natural gas transmission, subsea technology, semiconductor technology, and government– Dr. Adkins has developed unique skills and qualifications in all areas of business management, drawing upon experiences acquired while holding direct responsibilities for program management, engineering, quality assurance, sales, international contract negotiations, manufacturing operations, financial management, information technology and legal departments.
In addition to his duties at Business Management Consultants, Dr. Adkins is President of Patent Development Services and a lecturer to the President’s U.S./Japan Committee on Undersea Resources. He has taught his style of project management in courses provided to a long list of corporate clients working all over the world, has authored numerous published articles and holds several patents.
Dr. Adkins is a member of the faculties of ASME, NASA, Infotec (Mexico), Management Centre Europe, Singapore Institute of Management, Société Européenne des Ingénieurs et des Industriels (SEII) in Brussels, Tecnológico de Monterrey (Mexico), Notre Dame, Penn State University, University of Houston, University of Florida, Lamar University, Lord Fairfax College, University of Texas MB, and several Industry Training Academies. He received a B.A. in Mathematics and Physics from Washington & Jefferson College, a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Carnegie Institute of Technology, an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan, and an M.B.A. with the Ohio State University. He received a Juris Doctorate from the College of Law and is applied to the Bar in California.
Among America’s leading energy analysts, Mr. Economides has done technical and managerial work in more than 70 countries, has written or collaborated on about 200 articles and peer-reviewed papers and 11 textbooks, and has appeared as a guest on nationally distributed television and radio news programs.
An accomplished researcher, Mr. Economides has significantly improved understanding of the total hydrocarbon value chain, from reservoir to market. He has achieved major contributions on reservoir-stimulation theory, advanced reservoir exploitation strategies, and complex well designs. He is currently conducting industry research into development of deep offshore technology, world energy scenario forecasting, natural gas exploitation strategies, and a next-generation high-intensity offshore facility design engine.
Mr. Economides holds Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Chemical Engineering from the University of Kansas and a Ph.D. in Petroleum Engineering from Stanford University. He has been awarded honorary degrees and fellowships from prestigious educational institutions and professional organizations in Romania, Russia, and the U.S.
Robert Finley is the Director of Engineering for Aramco Services Company in Houston, Texas, a position in which he directs engineering project and operations support services and technology development activities in North America for Saudi Aramco, the national oil company of Saudi Arabia.
Finley’s experience spans more than 35 years, including project engineering, project management, research and development, and engineering management. He has worked in the exploration and producing sector, as well as in downstream refining and products.
Finley’s background is in process automation and project management. He graduated with a Masters Degree in Electrical Engineering from Rice University in 1971.
Finley joined Aramco Services Company 27 years ago, after working in computer control systems for Exxon Chemical.
Mr. Messier joined ConocoPhillips in February 2007, after serving as President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Technip USA since July 2005. He began at Technip in January 2003 and served first as chief operating officer and then as president and CEO of Technip Offshore Inc. Prior to joining Technip USA, Messier held engineering, project management and managing director roles at Bouygues Construction and Pomerlau.
Mr. Messier holds bachelor degrees in civil engineering from the University of Sherbrooke and studied Spanish at Bishop’s and McGill University, as well as business administration at INSEAD. He serves on the board of trustees of the AWTY international school.
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