Phaneendra Kondapi, SPE, was appointed founding director of engineering programs and professor of subsea engineering at the University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering Katy Campus. Kondapi was previously director of subsea engineering and professor of practice at Texas A&M University. He has more than 20 years of experience in the industry including with FMC Technologies and KBR in engineering and consulting projects worldwide. Kondapi has been recognized for his work in designing and developing university-level curriculum in flow assurance and subsea engineering and for his innovative teaching methods. As the KBR adjunct professor of subsea engineering at the University of Houston, Kondapi helped develop the first subsea engineering program in the US. He is the chair of the SPE Faculty Innovative Teaching Awards Committee and past chair of the SPE Flow Assurance Technical Section. He also leads the Offshore Technology Conference Subsea Processing Sessions steering committee. Kondapi is a founding member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers’ Upstream Engineering and Flow Assurance Forum and was a past chair of its program committee. In 2013, he received the Outstanding Alumnus Award from Andhra University College of Engineering in India and the SPE Faculty Innovative Teaching Award. Kondapi holds a PhD from Tennessee Technological University, and BS and MS degrees from Andhra University, all in chemical engineering.