National Academies Press: OpenBook

Review of ICCOPR's 2022-2027 Oil Pollution Research and Technology Plan (2023)

Chapter:Appendix: Committee Biographies

« Previous: References
Suggested Citation:"Appendix: Committee Biographies." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2023. Review of ICCOPR's 2022-2027 Oil Pollution Research and Technology Plan. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/26780.
×

Appendix

Committee Biographies

Kenneth Lee, Chair, is the National Senior Science Advisor for Oil Spill Research, Preparedness and Response for Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO). His previous positions include Director of Oceans and Atmosphere, CSIRO-Australia, and Director of DFO’s Centre for Offshore Oil, Gas and Energy Research. A specialist in microbial ecology (Ph.D., University of Toronto) and a recognized expert in oil spill response measures, Dr. Lee chaired the Royal Society of Canada’s Expert Panel on the Behaviour and Environmental Impacts of Crude Oil Released into Aqueous Environments. He has served on three National Academies’ committees on the effects of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill on ecosystem services, Arctic oil spill response, and the use of chemical oil dispersants. Dr. Lee recently received the 2021 Legacy Award from the Pacific States/British Columbia Oil Spill Task Force. He was awarded DFO’s Prix d’Excellence twice and was the recipient of the Government of Canada’s Federal Partners in Technology Transfer Leadership Award for the development and application of oil spill countermeasures.

Jacqueline Michel, Vice-Chair, is the President of Research Planning, Inc., which she co-founded in 1977. She is also an Affiliate in the School of Earth, Ocean & Environment at the University of South Carolina. Dr. Michel is an internationally recognized expert on oil and hazardous materials spill planning and response with a primary focus in the areas of oil fates and effects, non-floating oils, shoreline cleanup, alternative response technologies, and natural resource damage assessment. Much of her expertise is derived from her role, since 1978, as part of the Scientific Support Team to the United States Coast Guard provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Office of Response and Restoration. Under this role, she is on 24-hour call and provides technical support for an average of 50 spill events per year. She leads shoreline assessment teams and assists in selecting cleanup methods to minimize the environmental impacts of the spill. She received the Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award in 2002 from the College of Science and Mathematics, University of South Carolina, where she received a Ph.D. in 1980. She is a Lifetime Associate of the National Academies, was on the Oceans Studies Board at the National Academies from 2001 to 2005, and has served on six National Academies’ committees.

Suggested Citation:"Appendix: Committee Biographies." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2023. Review of ICCOPR's 2022-2027 Oil Pollution Research and Technology Plan. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/26780.
×

Adriana C. Bejarano is a Senior Ecotoxicologist with Shell Global Solutions US Inc., where she is a subject-matter expert on issues related to dispersants and oil toxicity. Her expertise is in applied aquatic toxicology, predictive modeling, and the integration of scientific knowledge into user-friendly tools for use in decision-making. She is an active member of several committees, including the American Petroleum Institute and the International Association of Oil and Gas Producers. Prior to joining Shell, she provided scientific support to the United States Coast Guard through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA’s) Emergency Response Division (ERD) on issues related to oil and chemical spills, developed damage assessment metrics for several oil spills, and coordinated early-restoration planning following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Through NOAA/ERD, she led improvements to the Chemical Aquatic Fate and Effects database, a tool that supports spill response and planning, which in 2016 received the Environmental Product Award by the North American Marine Environmental Protection Association. She holds a B.A. in marine biology from Universidad del Valle, Colombia, and an M.S. in marine science and a Ph.D. in aquatic toxicology from the University of South Carolina. She served as a National Academies’ committee member for the consensus study report Evaluation of the Use of Chemical Dispersants in Oil Spill Response.

Michel C. Boufadel is the Distinguished Professor of Environmental Engineering and the Director of the Center for Natural Resources at the New Jersey Institute of Technology, in Newark, New Jersey. Dr. Boufadel’s expertise is in the study of the fate and transport of chemicals, especially in offshore environments. His work includes the remediation of the Exxon Valdez oil spill and assessment of oil fate in the environment following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Dr. Boufadel has more than 200 refereed articles in publications such as Marine Pollution Bulletin, NATURE geosciences, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, and Environmental Science and Technology. He is currently the Editor-in-Chief for Marine Pollution Bulletin of Elsevier, and the Editor of Forum articles in the Journal of Environmental Engineering of the American Society of Civil Engineers. He holds a Ph.D. and an M.S. in chemical engineering from the University of Cincinnati.

Abbas Firoozabadi (NAE) is a Distinguished Research Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Rice University. Previously he taught at Imperial College London, Yale University, Tokyo University, and Peking University. His current research focus includes carbon dioxide (CO2) sequestration, hydraulic fracturing by water and CO2, CO2 viscosification for widespread use, flow assurance, thermodynamics, and higher-order subsurface flow simulations. He has been awarded the Society of Petroleum Engineers/AIME Anthony Lucas Gold Medal. Dr. Firoozabadi is a member of the National Academy of Engineering. He has a Ph.D. from the Illinois Institute of Technology and has conducted postdoctoral research at the University of Michigan.

Kurt Hansen retired in 2018 after 35 years as a federal employee involved with research and development. He has continued to be involved in various projects and also with abstract and paper reviews for the International Oil Spill Conference and the Arctic and Marine Oil Spill Program in Canada. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in the State of Connecticut.

He spent the past 20 years as a civilian employee as the lead researcher for oil spill response at the United States Coast Guard’s Research and Development Center. He managed projects dealing with response in fast currents, in-situ burn, response for submerged oil, and response to oil in ice, among others. He participated in Interagency Coordinating Committee on Oil Pollution Research meetings and in the development of documents at the International Maritime Organization during this time. He is a member of the American Society for Materials and Testing, the Committee F20 Hazardous Substances and Oil Spill Response, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the International Spill Control Organization, and the National Society of Professional Engineers.

Suggested Citation:"Appendix: Committee Biographies." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2023. Review of ICCOPR's 2022-2027 Oil Pollution Research and Technology Plan. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/26780.
×

Mr. Hansen has a B.S. in mechanical engineering from the University of Delaware and an M.S. in ocean engineering from the University of Rhode Island. His master’s thesis was titled “An Interactive Computer Oilspill Model,” which modeled spill and cleanup scenarios in Narragansett Bay and Block Island Sound.

Sergio D. Kapusta is the President of Fractionation Research, Inc., a not-for-profit research and development organization focusing on distillation and separation and funded by members’ fees. He is also a Professor at the Rice University Center for Engineering Leadership and the Director of the Rice Energy and Natural Resources Initiative. He retired from the Royal Dutch Shell group in 2015 as the Chief Scientist, after a 30-year career in the energy business covering research, engineering, operations, strategy, and senior management. Dr. Kapusta has extensive knowledge and practical experience in leading large research organizations, particularly in the areas of engineering, materials, process safety, and asset integrity. He has received distinction awards from the National Association of Corrosion Engineers, the Society of Petroleum Engineers, and the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. He holds a Ph.D. in chemistry, chemical engineering from Rice University, a Ph.D. Professorship Habilitation in mechanical engineering and materials science from Technische Universität Clausthal in Germany, and an M.B.A. from the Jones Business School at Rice University.

Debra “Debbie” Payton is currently working as a re-hired annuitant for the U.S. Department of the Interior in the Natural and Cultural Resources Recovery Support Functions. Since August 2018 she has been supporting recovery efforts in Puerto Rico. She previously served as the Chief of the Emergency Response Division of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA’s) Office of Response and Restoration. She served for 38 years in NOAA’s emergency response program as an oceanographer, modeler, supervisor, manager, and eventually Chief. She also served as the Vice Chair of the Interagency Coordinating Committee on Oil Pollution Research from 2011 to 2013 and was the U.S. Department of Commerce representative to the National Response Team from 2011 to 2015.

Ms. Payton has provided support to hundreds of oil and chemical spills during her career. Major spill responses include the Ixtoc-1, Alvenus, Arco Anchorage, Presidente Rivera, World Prodigy, Exxon Valdez, New Carissa, Westchester, the Persian Gulf oil spills associated with Desert Storm and Operation Iraqi Freedom, and the MC-252 (Deepwater Horizon) well blowout. In addition, she was engaged in supporting several non-spill incidents, such as Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, and Isaac, and Superstorm Sandy; debris issues associated with the 2011 Japanese tsunami; and modeling support for several downed aircraft. She has engaged in several preparedness planning activities in coordination with federal, state, and local governments as well as industry. Her primary support area was trajectory forecasting and modeling for both water and air.

She is a University of Washington graduate with a bachelor’s degree in applied mathematics and a master’s degree in civil engineering, both with a focus on hydrodynamics. She has received honors and medals for her work on specific spill responses as well as her contributions to the CAMEO suite of software to support chemical emergencies.

Suggested Citation:"Appendix: Committee Biographies." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2023. Review of ICCOPR's 2022-2027 Oil Pollution Research and Technology Plan. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/26780.
×

This page intentionally left blank.

Suggested Citation:"Appendix: Committee Biographies." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2023. Review of ICCOPR's 2022-2027 Oil Pollution Research and Technology Plan. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/26780.
×
Page49
Suggested Citation:"Appendix: Committee Biographies." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2023. Review of ICCOPR's 2022-2027 Oil Pollution Research and Technology Plan. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/26780.
×
Page50
Suggested Citation:"Appendix: Committee Biographies." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2023. Review of ICCOPR's 2022-2027 Oil Pollution Research and Technology Plan. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/26780.
×
Page51
Suggested Citation:"Appendix: Committee Biographies." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2023. Review of ICCOPR's 2022-2027 Oil Pollution Research and Technology Plan. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/26780.
×
Page52
Review of ICCOPR's 2022-2027 Oil Pollution Research and Technology Plan Get This Book
×
Buy Paperback | $22.00 Buy Ebook | $17.99
MyNAP members save 10% online.
Login or Register to save!
Download Free PDF

After the Exxon Valdez oil spill in 1989, advancing oil pollution research and technology to limit the environmental impacts of oil spills became a national and international priority. Congress responded by enacting the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 and forming the Interagency Coordinating Committee on Oil Pollution Research (ICCOPR) to coordinate research for preventing, planning for, responding to, and mitigating the effects of oil pollution on the environment. To achieve this end, ICCOPR published the oil pollution research and technology plan to guide research and funding priorities in 1992, with updates released over the years, most recently, the 2022-2027 Research and Technology Plan.

This new report provides advice and guidance on the approach, structure, adequacy, and implementation of ICCOPR 2022-2027 Research and Technology Plan. Coordinated research efforts are necessary so knowledge and capacity related to oil spill prevention, preparedness, response, mitigation, and restoration can be advanced. Future updates of the plan should utilize a more streamlined, transparent, and community-driven development process including development of an oil pollution research dashboard and inclusion of metrics to assess and communicate progress on oil pollution research priorities. ICCOPR should also initiate processes to allow for open-water field trials when appropriate. The report recommendations were developed to assist ICCOPR with developing a Research and Technology Plan that can be widely used to promote progress, coordination, and collaboration on priority oil pollution research needs within the United States and globally - research needs that are important for improving knowledge, capacity, and regulations to safeguard the environment.

  1. ×

    Welcome to OpenBook!

    You're looking at OpenBook, NAP.edu's online reading room since 1999. Based on feedback from you, our users, we've made some improvements that make it easier than ever to read thousands of publications on our website.

    Do you want to take a quick tour of the OpenBook's features?

    No Thanks Take a Tour »
  2. ×

    Show this book's table of contents, where you can jump to any chapter by name.

    « Back Next »
  3. ×

    ...or use these buttons to go back to the previous chapter or skip to the next one.

    « Back Next »
  4. ×

    Jump up to the previous page or down to the next one. Also, you can type in a page number and press Enter to go directly to that page in the book.

    « Back Next »
  5. ×

    Switch between the Original Pages, where you can read the report as it appeared in print, and Text Pages for the web version, where you can highlight and search the text.

    « Back Next »
  6. ×

    To search the entire text of this book, type in your search term here and press Enter.

    « Back Next »
  7. ×

    Share a link to this book page on your preferred social network or via email.

    « Back Next »
  8. ×

    View our suggested citation for this chapter.

    « Back Next »
  9. ×

    Ready to take your reading offline? Click here to buy this book in print or download it as a free PDF, if available.

    « Back Next »
Stay Connected!