Eulogio Del Pino, SPE, has been appointed head of Venezuela’s oil ministry. He currently serves as president of PDVSA, the country’s national oil company, and will retain that role going forward. Pino will likely act as the country’s primary delegate to OPEC. Before working at PDVSA, he served as president and vice president of the Association of Geophysicists of Venezuela and held various positions at Western Atlas and PDVSA subsidiary Corpoven. He holds a BS in geophysics from Stanford University and an MS in exploration engineering from Universidad Central De Venezuela.
Edward E. Horton III, SPE, died on 13 August 2015 at the age of 87. He was known for his contributions to the offshore oil and gas industry and is recognized as the inventor of the tension leg platform and the spar. During the 1960s, Horton worked as a principal engineer for the National Academy of Sciences on the Mohole deepwater drilling project. He served in executive roles at many offshore engineering firms, including as vice president at Ocean Science and Engineering and founder and president of Deep Oil Technology. Before joining the offshore industry, he served in the US Navy. Horton was the recipient of many engineering honors, such as the Offshore Technology Conference’s Distinguished Achievement Award for Individuals in 1997 and the SPE Projects, Facilities, and Construction Award in 2004, and was named an Offshore Pioneer by the Offshore Energy Center in 2008. He was inducted into the National Academy of Engineering in 2002. Horton held a BA in civil engineering from Yale University and an MS in petroleum engineering from University of Southern California.
Karen Bybee, a former assistant technology editor for JPT, died 21 August 2015 in Richardson, Texas. She was 68. Bybee wrote synopses of SPE technical papers for JPT from 1997 until her retirement in 2011. Before joining the SPE staff, Bybee worked for more than 20 years with Otis Engineering/Halliburton Energy Services, designing and developing software for safety valve and gas lift design, nodal analysis, coiled tubing, and well control. She earned a BS degree in electrical engineering from the University of Texas at Austin and was a registered professional engineer in Texas. A funeral service will be held in October.
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