Ken Arnold

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.