Pettigrew named director of operations for Ocean Energy Safety Institute

September 24, 2014
| By: Aubrey Bloom

Former Navy Captain James Pettigrew has been named director of operations for the Ocean Energy Safety Institute (OESI).

OESI is a collaborative initiative between the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station’s (TEES) Mary Kay O’Connor Process Safety Center, partnering with Texas A&M University, the University of Texas at Austin and the University of Houston.

The institute provides a forum for dialogue, shared learning and cooperative research among academia, government, industry and other non-government organizations in offshore-related technologies and activities that help ensure environmentally safe and responsible offshore operations.

“Jim Pettigrew comes to us with three decades of worldwide maritime experience, including operations, risk assessment, and program management,” said Dr. M. Sam Mannan, OESI principal investigator. “As we develop and mature OESI, while striving toward environmentally safe and responsible offshore operations, I believe Jim has the experience, drive and leadership abilities to be a great asset to the OESI team and our partners.”

In the Navy, Pettigrew worked predominantly in operational oceanography, surface warfare, and information dominance. He served most recently as Chief of Staff for the Commander of Naval Meteorology and Oceanography. There he was responsible for the direction and leadership of a team of 150 people, executing a $300 million annual budget, the operations of 4,000 personnel worldwide, the nation's Master Clock, two world-class supercomputing facilities, and six military Oceanographic Survey Ships.

Pettigrew graduated from Texas A&M in 1983 with a bachelor’s degree in ocean engineering. He received his Master of Science degree from the Naval Postgraduate School.

Find more information about OESI visit: http://oesi.tamu.edu/

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