James Pappas, SPE, has been appointed acting president of the Research Partnership to Secure Energy for America (RPSEA). He is currently vice president of ultradeepwater programs for RPSEA. Before joining RPSEA, Pappas held various positions with Devon Energy, including global technology coordinator, as well as drilling, completions, production, reservoir, and A&D engineering positions with Santa Fe Snyder, Fina Oil, Union Pacific Resources, and Amoco. He has served on several boards, SPE (production and operations technical director), the Texas Society of Professional Engineers (industry director), the University of Texas at Austin Engineering Advisory Board and Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering Department Advisory Board (chair), and Subsea Tieback Forum Board (chair). Pappas received the Houston Area Engineer of the Year Award (2007), Texas Engineering Foundation Distinguished Engineer in Texas Award (2007), Texas Society of Professional Engineers’ Engineer of the Year Award (2008), SPE Distinguished Member Award, and SPE Distinguished Service Award (2012). He holds a BS degree in chemistry with minors in mathematics and Spanish and a BS degree in chemical engineering from the University of Texas at Austin, in addition to an MBA with highest honors from the University of Texas at Tyler.