Champagne and Conversation Edition 3

Starts: Thu, Jun 27, 2019 6:00 PM CST
Ends: Thu, Jun 27, 2019 8:00 PM CST
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Champagne & Conversation: Edition 3
Table Discussions on Mentoring & Diversity 

This time around the SUT-US Champagne & Conversation Series, we have gathered a roster of influential academia and industry leaders with broad experience in mentoring and who are strong advocates of diversity in the oil and gas industry.

The event will be tailored as table discussions from 2-3 sessions, providing a unique opportunity for direct conversation with the presenters. The first glass of bubbly is on us !

Young professionals and students are strongly encouraged to take part in this event to learn about relevant topics focused on diversity and mentoring in terms of soft skills.

The Women in Industry (WIND) task force was created to cultivate awareness on inclusion and diversity directly from academia and industry professionals. It's goal is to engage men and women equally in these Champagne & Conversation Series. Encourage your colleagues to participate in this upcoming event and get to know more about WIND.


Cayce Pierce, Human Resource Professional
Cayce Pierce is a Human Resources professional with expertise in recruiting, onboarding, career coaching, employee engagement and organizational change management. Her experience includes fourteen years in the Energy industry, eleven specific to Subsea. She’s worked with top-tier Contractor, Engineering and Manufacturing companies of varying sizes to help them leverage their biggest competitive advantage: their people. She believes companies can have the best tools, processes and technology, but it’s their PEOPLE that have to have the heart, knowledge and expertise to deliver excellence. Cayce is currently consulting providing training workshops and seminars on leadership development and manager competency topics. Cayce holds a Master's degree in Organizational Psychology from William James College and a Bachelor's in Communication from Texas State University.  She is certified in several workplace assessments and earned her Strategic Workforce Planner and Human Capital Strategist certifications from the Human Capital Institute.

Earl Doyle Champagne & Conversation SpeakerEarl H. Doyle, Retired, Shell
Earl Doyle received his B.S.C.E. and M.S. Ocean Engineering degrees from the University of Rhode Island and retired from Shell Oil Company in Houston after more than 30 years of employment. At Shell he was responsible for the company’s deepwater geotechnical and foundation design activities. This included the integration of high-resolution geophysical data to a geological model from which development assessments were made.  During his first 17 years, he was involved in geotechnical engineering research at Shell Development Company.  While there, he was responsible for the development of the Remote Vane and the EDO deep tow system and its extensive use on the U.S. East Coast and Gulf of Mexico.  For his last 13 years, Doyle led the geohazard, geotechnical and foundation design efforts for several important structures, including the Xijiang structures offshore China, several shallow water Gulf of Mexico platforms and the Auger, Mars, Ram/Powell and Ursa Tension Leg Platforms (TLP’s).  He has authored or co-authored more than 40 publications in the geotechnical and geoscience field.  Doyle presently is a consultant in the area of geotechnical engineering and integrated geoscience studies and specializes in the design of pile foundations for TLP’s where he has designed pile foundations for more than half of the world’s installed TLP’s.  He is a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers and Fellow of the Society for Underwater Technology.

Prof. Julie Ingram – Director of Subsea Engineering – Texas A&M University
Prof. Julie Ingram is the Director of the Subsea Engineering Program in the College of Engineering at Texas A&M University.  Julie possesses a  broad base of experience and knowledge in the areas of subsea engineering and project management. She spent the early part of her career at Technip (now TechnipFMC) where she obtained an extensive technical design background in subsea risers, flowlines, and structures.  She also is experienced in fabrication, offshore installation and field development evaluation. These technical skills are rounded out by a range of management experience including commercial management, project management, and personnel management. This gives her a unique ability to evaluate subsea development options from the technical and commercial standpoints using experience to understand what is practically achievable. She is also experienced in strategic long-term planning, revenue growth and profitability, contract administration and negotiation, multidisciplinary team management and multi-project oversight.  Julie brings this practical experience into the classroom in combination with state of the art teaching methodologies as an Associate Professor of Practice at Texas A&M where she has taught Subsea Project Implementation, Subsea Riser Design and Subsea Pipeline Design.  She also currently works as a consultant in the areas of subsea engineering and project management and is a respected authority in the area of flexible pipe.  As the director of the Subsea Engineering Program and as the academic member of the Subsea Tieback Advisory Board, Julie is focused on building the next generation of talent for the Subsea industry.  Julie received her BS degree in Mechanical Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin and her MS in Mechanical Engineering from The University of Houston.

Melissa Gould, Principal, Stress Engineering Services
Melissa Gould has worked as a subsea pipeline engineer for 28 years and is a Principal at Stress Engineering Services, where she has worked for the past 15 years. The majority of her work focuses on subsea field development and detailed pipeline engineering, material and installation procurement activities, fabrication and installation oversight, and developing regulatory documentation. Melissa currently leads the subsea pipeline, equipment and controls group in Stress Engineering’s Upstream Practice. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Maritime Systems Engineering from Texas A&M University and is a registered Professional Engineer in the state of Texas.


Nancy Chafe, Anadarko, Subsea Engineering Manager

Nancy Chafe is Anadarko Petroleum’s Gulf of Mexico Subsea Operations Engineering Manager. Throughout her 15 year career in oil and gas, she has worked on numerous subsea projects in the Gulf of Mexico, Eastern Canada, the North Sea, and West Africa. Nancy started her career as a Subsea Controls Engineer, but became fascinated by Operations, in particular applying real life performance feedback to equipment and system designs. She acted on this interest in joining Anadarko, where she started the Subsea Operations Support team, which has grown to a group of nine engineers supporting ten deepwater production facilities. Nancy is currently part of the Offshore Operators Committee Subsea Leak Detection workgroup leadership team, sits on the Subsea Tieback Forum advisory board, and is actively involved in the writing and review of multiple API 17SC documents. She received a B.Eng in Electrical Engineering from the Memorial University of Newfoundland in St. John’s, Canada, and a M.Sc. in Subsea Engineering from Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen, Scotland.

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40 Seats Event Capacity
$35.00 Members Tickets
$40.00 Non-Members Tickets
$15.00 Student Members
$20.00 Student Non-Members

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