Ken Arnold, SPE, has been elected to the National Academy of Construction. He was inducted 24 October at the academy’s annual meeting in Austin, Texas. The National Academy of Construction, established in 1999, is an organization of industry leaders who have made outstanding contributions to the engineering and construction industry.
Arnold is the coauthor of two facilities design textbooks and has written more than 50 articles on safety, project management, and facilities design. He began his career at Shell Oil in 1964 and founded Paragon Engineering Services in 1980. AMEC purchased Paragon in 2005. Two years later, Arnold retired from AMEC to form his own consulting firm, KACI. In 2010, he joined WorleyParsons as a senior technical advisor while maintaining KACI for consulting work.
Elected to the US National Academy of Engineering in 2005, Arnold has been selected three times as a Distinguished Lecturer for SPE and has served on the SPE Board of Directors. He has served on several committees of the American Petroleum Institute, and recently served as chair of the National Research Council committee that prepared a report for the US Department of the Interior evaluating the effectiveness of safety and environmental management systems for offshore operations. He is the editor of the SPE Petroleum Engineering Handbook volume on Facilities and Construction, is a member of the editorial board of SPE’s Oil and Gas Facilities magazine, and has taught facilities engineering at the University of Houston as well as at Technion University, Israel.
Phil Longorio, SPE, has been appointed chief executive officer (CEO) of Scientific Drilling International, after serving 4 months as its interim president. Most recently, Longorio served as senior vice president of TETRA Technologies, where he spent 6 years and was responsible for the company’s energy service and chemical divisions. During part of that time, he was also nonexecutive chairman of the board of GeoDynamics as well as of Sensortran. Before that, he was president and CEO of Well Dynamics, a joint venture between Halliburton Energy Services and Shell Technology Ventures that provided intelligent well technology.
From 1999 to 2004, Longorio served as vice president of Sperry-Sun Drilling Services, a subsidiary of Halliburton. Starting in 1988, he served Halliburton in executive management roles leading the well testing, wireline logging, and perforating businesses. Longorio began his career at Gearheart Industries, where he worked in various field, sales, and management positions from 1977 to 1988, when Gearheart was acquired by Halliburton.
Ryan McPherson, SPE, has been appointed general manager for the Middle East at ProSep. Before working at ProSep, McPherson served as Middle East, Asia Pacific, and Australia regional director for Industry Technology Facilitator, a nonprofit organization owned by 30 major global operators, which specializes in the development and implementation of new energy technologies. He has also worked at Wood Group PSN as a business improvement lead. McPherson holds a BA (Honors) in law and management, postgraduate certificate in research methods, and an MBA in oil and gas management—all from Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, UK.
Ray W. Payne, SPE, has joined BNK Petroleum as vice president, US operations. Payne has extensive experience with unconventional resources and has held various engineering and management positions in north, south, and east Texas; north Louisiana; the Permian Basin; and the Rocky Mountain region; as well as offshore Gulf of Mexico. Before coming to BNK, he worked in senior-level positions at independents Devon Energy and El Paso. Most recently he was manager, drilling and operations at Marathon Oil, where he focused on operations in the Eagle Ford shale. Payne holds a BS in petroleum engineering from Texas A&M University.
T. Don Stacy, SPE, died on 3 October 2014 in Houston, Texas. He was 80 years old. Stacy served as SPE president in 1983 and as vice president of the American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical, and Petroleum Engineers (AIME) in 1985. Several significant events occurred during Stacy’s tenure as SPE president. In 1983, ground was broken in Richardson, Texas, for SPE’s new headquarters. That was accompanied by the creation of the SPE Foundation and the first SPE endowment to own and finance the headquarters building. In an October 2007 JPT article celebrating SPE’s 50th anniversary, Stacy wrote, “The construction of the new headquarters and the undertaking of these accompanying actions signified a cultural shift—SPE was no longer just a constituent society of AIME, but its own worldwide body of professionals, standing apart from any other organization.” Also during his term, SPE changed its bylaws to create a new standing committee for the purpose of using personal computers to solve petroleum engineering problems.
Stacy started his career with Amoco in 1956. He worked in several roles with Amoco, including vice president of production for the company’s Central and South American region, president and chairman of Amoco Canada, and chairman and president of Amoco Eurasia Petroleum Company. Stacy served as nonexecutive chairman of the board of Crestar Energy, and as a corporate director for Camco International, Noble Affiliates, Alberta Energy Co., and Agrium. He also served as chair of the first SPE/US Department of Energy Enhanced Oil Recovery Symposium in 1978 and of the Offshore Technology Conference. He was a member of the AIME board of directors from 1982 to 1985.
Stacy received SPE Distinguished Membership in 1983 and a Distinguished Service Award in 1986. He was made an Honorary Member of AIME and SPE in 1992. In 1998, SPE presented Stacy with its Public Service Award for humanitarian efforts, primarily on behalf of refugees in Azerbaijan. In addition to SPE and AIME, he was active in a number of civic and professional organizations, including the Junior Board of Achievement of Southern Alberta, Canadian Petroleum Association, and United Way of Calgary. He was a member of the board of governors of the US-Russia Business Council and a co-chairman of the US-Azerbaijan Chamber of Commerce in Washington, D.C. Stacy also served in the US Air Force. He held BS and MS degrees in petroleum engineering from Louisiana Tech University and a PhD in engineering science from Mississippi State University.
Elmond L. Claridge, Pearland, Texas, USA
Richard Davis Denson, Houston, Texas, USA
Harold A. Lacik, Snyder, Texas, USA
Homer Charles McLaughlin, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA
Leland M. Morton, Solon, Ohio, USA
J. Michael Parrish, Carrollton, Texas, USA
William C. Stewart, Houston, Texas, USA
James E. Thompson, Austin, Texas, USA