Category: People

BP names CEO of U.S. onshore business

BP has tapped David Lawler, a former top executive at an independent oil producer, to lead the U.S. onshore unit it plans to separate early next year.  More »

How is your “professional hygiene” routine?

Just as you wouldn’t go to bed without brushing your teeth (right?…) here are a few good habits you should work into your regular routine, daily, then weekly, monthly and yearly.  More »

Tesoro names new executives

Refiner Tesoro Corp. is hiring two new executives, including a new chief financial officer and an executive vice president for strategy.  More »

Kinder: Time to move on from MLP that built empire

Kinder Morgan shares surged Monday as the firm’s co-founder, Richard Kinder, explained on a conference call his reasoning behind the deal.  More »

Protecting the term “engineer”, part 2

The piece I wrote last week on doing more to protect the title of “engineer” drew a really heated response, so much so that I thought the matter merited a follow up post with some clarifications.  More »

Gulf oil field names follow quirky, creative system

As drilling activity has increased in the Gulf of Mexico over the decades, geologists have had to push the envelope and develop even more distinct labels for their finds  More »

For the sake of the profession, let’s do more to protect the term “engineer”

I’m on vacation this week, and so far I’m enjoying not doing anything much other than staring at the beautiful view out of my window, and taking long walks in the countryside. Once I touch down back in Houston, I’m back to work, and back to the process of studying for the Professional Engineer (PE) […]  More »

Take advantage of a “Golden Age” of free instruction

Fast forward a few decades, and we are now living in a golden age of knowledge transmission. Indeed, with social media, blogs, television, podcasts and the like, it is possible to reach all corners of the globe with very little effort. The other side of that coin is that is very easy for you to BE REACHED by some of the brightest minds in business.  More »

Energy execs’ salaries look like oil price: High, but stable

The growth in pay packages for top Houston public company executives stalled last year after a rising 10.9 percent the year before.  More »

Microsoft, Lebron James, Greatness and Career Security

In just the past 10 days or so, two completely opposite yet totally related sequences of events took place which perfectly illustrate how you should carry yourself and think about your professional career if you wish to maximize your job security.  More »

The importance of pursuing industry-recognized licenses and certifications

Career advancement comes from developing both your soft skills and your technical ones, and industry certifications are a fantastic way of developing and proving the latter.  More »

Transocean likely to tap former NOV CEO as chairman

Offshore drilling contractor Transocean Ltd. said this week that it will likely tap former National Oilwell Varco CEO Pete Miller to become its next board chairman.  More »
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