Public Hearing: Natural Gas Pipeline Explosion and Fire, San Bruno, CA, September 9, 2010
Panelist Biographies: Board of Inquiry
Honorable Deborah A.P. Hersman, National Transportation Safety Board Chairman
Chairman of the Board of Inquiry
Deborah A.P. Hersman was sworn in as the 12th chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) on July 28, 2009, following her nomination to the post by President Barack Obama and confirmation by the United States Senate. Her 2-year term as chairman runs until July 2011. She is also serving a second 5-year term as a Board member, which expires on December 31, 2013.
Chairman Hersman has been a member of the NTSB since June 21, 2004. Since then, she has chaired a number of public events hosted by the NTSB:
- November 2010 - Public forum on aging drivers
- May 2010 - Public forum on professionalism in aviation
- September 2009 - Public hearing on a cargo airplane crash in Lubbock, Texas
- October 2008 - Public hearing on a motorcoach accident in Victoria, Texas
- September 2006 - Public forum on motorcycle safety
- July 2006 - Public hearing on an in-flight fire aboard a cargo airplane in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
- June 2005 - Public hearing on a regional jet crash in Jefferson City, Missouri
During her tenure at the NTSB, she has been the Board member on the scene of 19 major transportation accidents.
Chairman Hersman holds a commercial driver's license with passenger, school bus, and air brake endorsements. She successfully completed a motorcycle basic rider course and holds a motorcycle endorsement. She is a certified Child Passenger Safety Technician. She also has completed the 40-hour HAZWOPER (Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response Standard) training course.
Before joining the NTSB, Chairman Hersman was a senior professional staff member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation from 1999 to 2004 where she was responsible for a number of transportation issues, and earlier she served as staff director and senior legislative aide to Congressman Bob Wise of West Virginia. While at the Senate, she was a key staff member involved in the passage of the Motor Carrier Safety Improvement Act of 1999, which created a new truck and bus safety administration within the Department of Transportation. She also worked assiduously to negotiate the passage of the Pipeline Safety Improvement Act of 2002; the Transportation Equity Act of the 21st Century; the Amtrak Reform and Accountability Act; and numerous transportation safety and security measures.
Chairman Hersman earned B.A. degrees in political science and international studies from Virginia Tech University and an M.S. degree in conflict analysis and resolution from George Mason University.
Honorable Christopher A. Hart, NTSB Vice-Chairman
Christopher A. Hart was sworn in as a member of the National Transportation Safety Board on August 12, 2009, and designated by the President for a 2-year term as Vice Chairman of the Board on August 18. His term expires December 31, 2012.
Member Hart joined the NTSB after a long career in transportation safety, including a previous term as a member of the Board. Immediately before returning to the NTSB, Member Hart was deputy director for Air Traffic Safety Oversight at the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). He was previously the FAA assistant administrator for the Office of System Safety.
He served as a member of the NTSB from 1990 to 1993. After leaving the Board, he served as deputy administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, before moving to the FAA in 1995.
From 1973 until joining the Board in 1990, Member Hart held a series of legal positions, mostly in the private sector. He holds a law degree from Harvard University and master's and bachelor's degrees in Aerospace Engineering from Princeton University. He is a member of the District of Columbia Bar and the Lawyer-Pilots Bar Association.
Member Hart is a licensed pilot with commercial, multi-engine, and instrument ratings.
Member Hart's family has a tradition of accomplishment in the field of transportation. His great uncle, James Herman Banning, was the first African-American to receive a pilot's license issued by the United States government, in 1926.
Honorable Robert L. Sumwalt, NTSB
Robert L. Sumwalt was sworn in as a member of the National Transportation Safety Board on August 21, 2006, whereupon President George W. Bush designated him as Vice Chairman of the NTSB for a 2-year term ending August 2008. His term of office as a Board member expires December 31, 2011.
Since joining the Board, Member Sumwalt has served as the chairman of the Board of Inquiry for the following NTSB public hearings and forums:
- October 2010 - Fishing Vessel Safety Forum
- February 2010 - Collision of two Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority trains near Fort Totten Station in Washington, D.C., on June 22, 2009
- June 2009 - Landing of U.S. Airways flight 1549, Airbus A320, N106US, in the Hudson River near Weehawken, New Jersey, on January 15, 2009
- February 2009 - Safety of helicopter emergency medical services operations
He has been the Board member on the scene of 10 major transportation accident.
Before coming to the NTSB, Member Sumwalt was manager of aviation for the SCANA Corporation, a Fortune 500 energy-based company.
Member Sumwalt was a pilot for 32 years, including 24 years as an airline pilot with Piedmont Airlines and then US Airways. He logged more than 14,000 flight hours and earned type ratings in five aircraft before retiring from the airline in 2005. He has extensive experience as an airline captain, airline check airman, instructor pilot, and air safety representative. Member Sumwalt worked on special assignment to the US Airways Flight Safety Department from 1997 to 2004, where he was involved in the development of numerous airline safety programs, and he served on the US Airways Flight Operational Quality Assurance Monitoring Team.
Member Sumwalt served as a member of the Air Line Pilots Association's (ALPA) Accident Investigation Board, and he chaired ALPA's Human Factors and Training Group. He was a cofounder of that organization's Critical Incident Response Program, which provides guidance to airline personnel involved in traumatic events such as accidents.
From 1991 to 1999, Member Sumwalt conducted aviation safety research as a consultant to NASA's Aviation Safety Reporting System, studying various issues including flight crew performance, improving flight crew monitoring skills, and air carrier deicing and anti-icing problems.
Member Sumwalt co-authored a book on aircraft accidents and has written extensively on aviation safety matters, having published more than 85 articles and papers in aviation trade publications. He has broad experience in writing aircraft operations manuals and airline and corporate aviation policy and procedure guidelines. Before joining the Board, he was a regular contributor to Professional Pilot magazine.
In 2003, Member Sumwalt joined the faculty of the University of Southern California's Aviation Safety and Security Program, where he was the primary human factors instructor.
In recognition of his contributions to the aviation industry, Member Sumwalt received the Flight Safety Foundation's Laura Taber Barbour Award in 2003 and ALPA's Air Safety Award in 2005. He is a 2009 inductee into the South Carolina Aviation Hall of Fame.
Member Sumwalt is a graduate of the University of South Carolina.
Honorable Mark R. Rosekind, Ph.D., NTSB
Mark R. Rosekind, Ph.D., was sworn in as a member of the National Transportation Safety Board on June 30, 2010. He was nominated by President Barack Obama and confirmed by the United States Senate for a term that expires December 31, 2014.
Prior to joining the NTSB, Dr. Rosekind was the president and chief scientist of Alertness Solutions, a scientific consulting firm that specializes in fatigue management. Before founding Alertness Solutions, Dr. Rosekind directed the Fatigue Countermeasures Program and was chief of the Aviation Operations Branch in the Flight Management and Human Factors Division at the NASA Ames Research Center. Prior to his work at NASA, Dr. Rosekind was the director of the Center for Human Sleep Research at the Stanford University Sleep Disorders and Research Center.
Member Rosekind is an internationally recognized fatigue expert who has conducted research and implemented programs in diverse settings, including all modes of transportation. He has published 150 scientific, technical, and industry papers and provided hundreds of presentations to operational, general, and scientific audiences. His contributions have been acknowledged through numerous honors and awards, including the NASA Exceptional Service Medal, six NASA Group/Team Awards, two Flight Safety Foundation honors (Presidential Citation for Outstanding Safety Leadership and Business Aviation Meritorious Award), and as a Fellow of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.
Member Rosekind earned a B.A. with Honors at Stanford University and M.S., M.Phil., and Ph.D. degrees at Yale University. He completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Brown University Medical School.
Honorable Earl F. Weener, Ph.D., NTSB
Earl F. Weener, Ph.D., took the oath of office as a member of the National Transportation Safety Board on June 30, 2010. He was nominated by President Barack Obama and confirmed by the United States Senate for a term that expires December 31, 2015.
Dr. Weener is a licensed pilot who has dedicated his entire career to the field of aviation safety. Most recently he was a consultant and fellow for the Flight Safety Foundation, where he worked to reduce accidents through coordinated industry programs. He has served as a general aviation flight instructor and Part 135 pilot.
From 1975 to 1999, Dr. Weener held a series of positions with The Boeing Company, including chief engineer in Airworthiness, Reliability and Maintainability, and Safety; in System Engineering; and in Safety Technology Development. He also served 4 years as Boeing's manager of Government Affairs.
Dr. Weener earned all three of his academic degrees—bachelor's, master's, and doctorate—in aerospace engineering at the University of Michigan.
Among Dr. Weener's awards are a 1994 Laurel Award from Aviation Week and Space Technology magazine and, in 2005, the Honeywell Bendix Trophy for Aviation Safety.
Panelist Biographies: Technical Panel
Ravindra (Ravi) Madhukar Chhatre, NTSB
Investigator-in-Charge, Office of Railroad, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Investigations
Mr. Chhatre is the investigator-in-charge of the San Bruno pipeline rupture investigation. He has been at the NTSB in the Office of Railroad, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Investigations since 1998. While at the NTSB he has investigated natural gas and hazardous liquid pipeline accidents in various capacities, including investigator in-charge, Corrosion Group chair, In-Line Inspection Group chair, Integrity Management Group chair. He has conducted forensic excavations, collected evidence, suggested laboratory/field tests, prepared testing protocols, identified safety issues during accident investigations, and suggested safety recommendations. Mr. Chhatre has given technical presentations to NTSB audiences and to outside professional organizations. He also was an instructor and speaker in a joint training session presented by the FBI and the NTSB. He holds a B.S. in materials science and engineering from the University of Florida, Gainesville, and an M.S. in metallurgy from Michigan State University, East Lansing. He is a registered professional corrosion engineer in California.
Lorenda Ward, NTSB
Hearing Officer and Acting Deputy Director, Office of Railroad, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Investigations
Ms. Ward is on a temporary detail as the acting deputy director of the Office of Railroad, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Investigations. She joined the NTSB in 1998 as an aerospace engineer (structures). As a structures engineer, she worked on the investigation of four major water recovery accidents and numerous mid-air collisions and in-flight breakups. In 2001, she was promoted to investigator-in-charge. In that role, she worked at the Pentagon and at the World Trade Center in support of the FBI following the events of September 11, 2001. She has brought eight major aviation accident reports before the Board and she has been the U.S. accredited representative for numerous foreign aviation accident investigations.
Ms. Ward has served as the hearing officer for the following NTSB public hearings:
- May 2009 - Crash of Colgan Air flight 3407
- February 2009 - Safety of helicopter emergency medical services operations
- May 2003 - Crash of Air Midwest flight 5481
- October 2002 - Crash of American Airlines flight 587
Before coming to the NTSB, Ms. Ward worked for the U.S. Navy at the Naval Air Depot in Jacksonville, Florida, where she worked on the EA-6B and F-14 programs. She received bachelor's and master's degrees in aerospace engineering from Auburn University. She received her private pilot's license 25 years ago and has attended the Civilian Flight Test School in Mojave, California.
Robert Trainor, P.E., NTSB
Chief, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials, Office of Railroad, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Investigations
Mr. Trainor is the chief of the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Division in the NTSB's Office of Railroad, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Investigations. He has been with the NTSB for 23 years and in that time he has been a hazardous materials accident investigator, an investigator-in-charge, and, in his current position, a supervisory investigator and program manager for the NTSB's pipeline and hazardous materials programs. Mr. Trainor is a graduate of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, holds an M.S. in chemical engineering from the University of Michigan, and is a registered professional engineer.
Matt Nicholson, P.E., NTSB
Pipeline Investigator, Office of Railroad, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Investigations
Mr. Nicholson is a mechanical engineer and registered professional engineer. He works as an investigator in the NTSB's Office of Railroad, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Investigations. Mr. Nicholson brings more than 15 years of experience in the area of piping design, controls, and fluid mechanics from the industrial and high-technology sectors. Prior to joining the NTSB, he worked in a variety of engineering roles, including consulting, utilities engineer, and design. Mr. Nicholson holds a B.Sc. in mechanical engineering from the University of Kansas.
Karl Gunther, NTSB
Operations Group Chairman, Office of Railroad, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Investigations
Mr. Gunther is a pipeline accident investigator in the NTSB's Office of Railroad, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Investigations. He was the investigator-in-charge for two pipeline accident investigations. He has been at the NTSB for 6 years since he retired after 30 years with Washington Gas Light Company, where he was the manager of the Materials Testing Laboratory. In that position he tested virtually every type of pipeline material and joining method used in gas piping. He has written more than 25 published papers and has presented papers for the American Gas Association (AGA) several times. He was given the AGA Award of Merit in 1994 and the Silver Award of Merit in 1999. Mr. Gunther holds a B.S. in chemistry from the University of Maryland and a master's degree in engineering administration from the George Washington University.
Dana Sanzo, NTSB
Survival Factors Group Chairman, Office of Railroad, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Investigations
Ms. Sanzo is a survival factors investigator in the NTSB's Office of Railroad, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Investigations. She has been with the NTSB for 12 years. Her work at the NTSB has included the investigations of the 2004 Washington Metro subway train collision at the Woodley Park station in Washington, D.C., and the 2008 train collision in Chatsworth, California. She holds a B.S. in biology from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a master's degree in forensic sciences from the George Washington University.
Mike Budinski, NTSB
Chief, Materials Laboratory Division, Office of Research and Engineering
Mr. Budinski came to the NTSB in December 2008 as the chief of the Materials Laboratory Division. Before coming to the NTSB, he was the manager for materials analysis at the General Motors (GM) Fuel Cell Research Laboratory. He also was a plant metallurgist for the GM Delco Products Division. Before his employment at General Motors, he was a program manager and a senior materials scientist-technical associate at Eastman Kodak. Mr. Budinski is the author of the book Engineering Materials: Properties and Selection, and he holds more than 43 issued or pending patents in areas related to coated metals, optics fabrication, medical devices, and proton exchange membrane fuel cells. He holds a B.S. in mechanical engineering from the University of Buffalo and an M.S. in metallurgy from Ohio State University.
Frank Zakar, NTSB
Senior Metallurgist, Materials Laboratory Division, Office of Research and Engineering
Mr. Zakar is senior metallurgist in the Materials Laboratory Division of the NTSB's Office of Research and Engineering. He joined the NTSB in 1988 and has conducted failure analyses in many transportation accident investigations and has supervised numerous field investigations as group chairman. He has participated in major pipeline, aviation, and railroad accident investigations. Mr. Zakar received a B.S. in metallurgical engineering from Polytechnic University in New York and continued his graduate studies at Stevens Institute of Technology under a work-study program sponsored by Davis & Geck, a division of American Cyanamid Company. He worked at Davis & Geck facility as an assistant metallurgist until he received his M.S. in metallurgy. He continued his employment with Lockheed Martin (formerly Martin Marietta Aerospace) as a metallurgical engineer and worked on the Air Force-funded B1-B program and the Navy-funded Vertical Launch System program.
Carl Schultheisz, Ph.D., NTSB
Research Engineer, Materials Laboratory Division, Office of Research and Engineering
Dr. Schultheisz is a research engineer in the Materials Laboratory Division of the NTSB's Office of Research and Engineering. He joined the NTSB in 2002 and has since participated in many investigations, including the 2007 Minneapolis, Minnesota, bridge collapse and the 2006 Boston, Massachusetts, tunnel ceiling collapse. Before coming to the NTSB, Dr. Schultheisz was a materials research engineer in the Polymers Division of the National Institute of Standards and Technology. He holds a B.S. in aerospace engineering from the University of Maryland and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in aeronautics from the California Institute of Technology.
Michael T. Brown, NTSB
Transportation Safety Specialist - Marine and Pipeline, Office of Safety Recommendations and Advocacy
Captain Brown has been a transportation safety specialist with the NTSB for 19 years. He has served on several technical panels and U.S. delegations that developed technical standards and policies, including the marine voyage data recorder performance standard, improved stability requirements for lift boats, and a revised policy on inspection and repair of wooden hulls. Before coming to the NTSB, Captain Brown served in the Coast Guard career since 1977, when he received a direct commission. In the Coast Guard, he served in many marine safety assignments, including director of the Inland River Movement Center; assistant director of Western River Operations CGD8; senior reserve officer augmenting the Office of Compliance, Commercial Fishing Vessel Safety Division; member of the U.S. Secretary of Transportation's Flagship Safety Initiative on commercial fishing vessel safety; marine inspector and senior reserve officer at Marine Safety Office Hampton Roads, Virginia; Commanding Officer Reserve Unit Washington; Readiness Officer Reserve Group Baltimore; Port Safety Officer Coast Guard Headquarters; senior investigating officer, senior licensing officer, and chief, Port Management Division at Marine Safety Office Boston; and senior marine inspector at Marine Inspection Detachment Houma, Louisiana, and Marine Safety Office St. Louis, Missouri.
Captain Brown earned a B.S. in Marine Transportation and a Coast Guard license as Third Mate any Gross Tons (GT) Upon Oceans from the Massachusetts Maritime Academy. He sailed on various classes of merchant vessels, and upgraded his Coast Guard license to Master 1600 GT, Oceans; Master 4000 GT, Inland; and Third Mate Any GT, Oceans. Captain Brown also is fully certified as required by the 1995 Amendments of the STCW (Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping) Convention. Captain Brown earned an M.S. in management from Lesley College. He also has completed port safety industry training at the Maryland Port Administration in Baltimore and studied at the National Defense University.
Panelist Biographies: Witnesses
Zach Barrett, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration
Director, Office of State Programs
Mr. Barrett is the director of the Office of State Programs in the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA). This office establishes policies and procedures for states participating in the Pipeline Safety Program and administrates the Pipeline Safety Base and One Call Grants in support of State Pipeline Safety Programs. Mr. Barrett began his public service career 23 years ago in PHMSA's Pipeline Safety Office in Kansas City, Missouri. Since that time, as regional engineer, he has served the pipeline safety program in the central region where he gained familiarity with the region's extensive natural gas and hazardous liquids pipeline facilities and operators as well as its state programs. In this role he was responsible for inspections, accident investigations, and responding to the requests and inquiries of the public, the state programs, the pipeline industry, and other government agencies. For 2 years he was assigned as the enforcement officer and was responsible for the assignment and resolution of enforcement actions for violations of the pipeline safety code by the nation's pipeline operators.
In 1993, Mr. Barrett became one of the first state liaisons responsible for evaluating and supporting state pipeline safety programs in PHMSA's Western Region Office in Denver, Colorado. In 2000, he became one of the first senior engineer project managers for PHMSA and was responsible for conducting pipeline integrity management inspections. He continued with integrity management in 2003 when he transferred to PHMSA's Program Development Office to lead the Gas Integrity Management Implementation. Mr. Barrett became the director of the Office of State Programs in 2007. He also has participated in developing and conducting various pipeline safety programs undertaken by the organization and has assisted in the training of state, industry, and federal pipeline safety personnel. Mr. Barrett received bachelor's and associate's degrees in petroleum engineering technology from Oklahoma State University.
Terry Boss, Interstate Natural Gas Association of America
Senior Vice President, Environment, Safety, and Operations
Mr. Boss is senior vice president for environment, safety, and operations for the Interstate Natural Gas Association of America. In this position he is responsible for regulatory policy in the areas of pipeline operations, pipeline safety, and environment. Previously, he held positions in field operations, construction, plant and pipeline safety, development engineering, computer engineering, and pipeline safety at Natural Gas Pipeline Company of America. He next joined the Gas Research Institute as a principal technology manager in transmission. His responsibilities there included the nondestructive evaluation program and the pipeline operations and maintenance program. In September 1995, Mr. Boss joined the Interstate Natural Gas Association of America as director of environment, safety, and operations. In 1996, Mr. Boss was promoted to vice president of environment, safety, and operations, and in 2001 he became senior vice president. Mr. Boss is a mechanical engineer by training and received his B.S. from Iowa State University, and he holds an M.B.A. from Illinois Institute of Technology.
Richard W. Clark, California Public Utilities Commission
Director, Consumer Protection and Safety Division
Mr. Clark is the director of the 215 employees who make up the Consumer Protection and Safety Division of the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC). Mr. Clark is responsible for influencing and implementing the CPUC's heavy rail, light rail, and rail crossings safety policies; its energy and communications infrastructure safety and reliability policies; and its consumer protection policies relative to energy, communications, and the transportation of passenger carriers and household goods. Mr. Clark joined the CPUC as a director in June 2000, at the height of the energy crisis. Prior to that, he spent 9 years in public service and 13 years in private practice conducting investigations of employer frauds, and he served as chief deputy labor commissioner of the state of California from June 1999 through September 2000. Mr. Clark holds a B.A. in history, political science, and sociology from the San Diego State University, and he graduated with honors from the graduate level Lawyers Assistant Program at the University of San Diego.
Brian M. Daubin, PG&E
Manager, Engineering Support Services
Mr. Daubin has worked for PG&E for 9 years and has been involved in many areas of gas transmission work in both engineering and operations. In addition to his current role, he has held positions with the company as a drafting supervisor and as district superintendent for the McDonald Island storage field. In his current role, he is responsible for the Gas Transmission Mapping, Design Drafting, Estimating, and Regulatory Support group. Mr. Daubin holds a B.S. in mechanical engineering from California State University, Sacramento. He currently is a participating member of the Operations Safety Regulatory Action Committee of the American Gas Association. In addition, Mr. Daubin is a certified Bentley MicroStation CAD (computer assisted design) operator and has more than 15 years of professional CAD experience.
Frank A. Dauby Jr., P.E., PG&E
Supervising Engineer, Gas Transmission and Distribution Engineering
Mr. Dauby oversees the Transmission Integrity Management Program engineers who support the implementation of gas transmission pipeline inspections using external corrosion direct assessment and in-line inspection. He has worked in various engineering roles supporting gas pipelines since he began his career more than 26 years ago. He began in PG&E's General Construction Gas Department supporting crews and contractors installing gas transmission lines and was later promoted to a supervising engineer in gas construction. He then moved into pipeline engineering and designed a wide variety of pipeline projects including specialized applications such as bridge and fault crossings. In 1994, he became a pipeline engineer within PG&E's California gas transmission organization and provided all gas pipeline engineering support for a large geographic territory including the San Francisco East Bay area extending to Stockton. He took the newly created position of supervising engineer over the in-line inspection program in 2003 and has been involved in almost every in-line inspection project performed by PG&E. In early 2009 he was placed over the External Corrosion Direct Assessment team. Mr. Dauby holds a B.S. in civil engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and is a registered professional engineer in the state of California. He is a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and has completed a variety of industry courses associated with pipeline integrity management and in-line inspection and has coauthored several industry papers on these subjects.
Linda Daugherty, PHMSA
Deputy Associate Administrator for Policy and Programs, Office of Pipeline Safety
Ms. Daugherty is a chemical engineer who brings more than 20 years of engineering and enforcement experience to her work with the engineering and administrative professionals in the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA). She started her pipeline safety career with a hazardous liquid pipeline company in the Midwest and joined PHMSA's Office of Pipeline Safety (OPS) in 1991 as a pipeline inspector/investigator. Her focus shifted from regional to national policy issues when she moved to Washington, D.C., to manage the OPS compliance and enforcement program. During this same time, Ms. Daugherty served as the OPS emergency coordinator for pipeline accidents and national emergencies. In 2003, she became the director of PHMSA's southern region in Atlanta, Georgia, and last year she was appointed as the deputy associate administrator for policy and programs. In her position she helps PHMSA engage the public's trust on pipeline safety matters through strategic action, effective coalitions, and open communication with all stakeholders. Ms. Daugherty holds a B.S. in chemical engineering from the University of Missouri, Rolla.
Charles F. Dippo, P.E., South Jersey Gas Company
Vice President, Engineering Services and System Integrity
Mr. Dippo is the vice president of engineering services and system integrity at South Hersey Gas Company. In that position, which he has held since 2001, he is responsible for planning and directing all engineering services involving the design and technical specifications of company facilities. This work includes oversight and management of engineering design, system planning, construction, codes and standards, corrosion control, gas supply, gas control, system integrity, compliance, transmission pipeline operations, and liquefied natural gas peak shaving activities. Related functional area responsibilities include providing guidance on distribution operations, emergency procedures, strategic planning, infrastructure security, and regulatory affairs. Mr. Dippo has worked at the South Jersey Gas Company since 1979, giving him 32 years of natural gas industry experience. He holds a B.S. in civil engineering from Lehigh University and an M.S. in engineering management from Drexel University.
Fraser H. Farmer, P.E., PipeLink Associates
Mr. Farmer, an electrical engineer, has spent more than 20 years in the pipeline industry. He is owner of PipeLink Associates, a firm he began in response to the challenges being faced by every pipeline company due to reduced manpower. Despite this manpower limitation, the requirements to diligently address environmental issues, maximize the life of facilities, and operate safely and economically remain. In his career, he managed engineering and operations activities at a major Canadian pipeline company and acted as senior startup advisor to a major international pipeline company. He directed the development of software for supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems, real time control systems, and an in-line metal loss inspection system. He was chief executive officer of a company that designs and supplies pipeline information integration software.
Mr. Farmer is director of operations support for Southern Gas Association. In that capacity he has managed web-based conferences on the role of in-line inspection standards in pipeline integrity management and on pipeline integrity management. He has managed and been a key presenter at workshops on pipeline integrity management, on pipeline inspection using intelligent pigs, and on pipeline repair methods. Mr. Farmer holds a B.Eng. in electrical engineering from the Technical University of Nova Scotia (now DalTech).
Robert (Bob) P. Fassett, PG&E
Director, Integrity Management and Technical Support
Mr. Fassett has been with PG&E for 21 years and has been involved in many aspects of gas distribution and transmission work, from engineering to construction, maintenance, and integrity management. He has held positions with the company as a general construction field engineer, senior gas distribution engineer, general construction supervisor, senior gas transmission pipeline engineer, supervising engineer for external corrosion direct assessment, and manager of system integrity.
Mr. Fassett has been involved in PG&E's Integrity Management Program since 2003. He is also responsible for the company's Distribution and Transmission Integrity Management programs and gas operations maintenance processes for pipelines. He is currently the chair of the National Association of Corrosion Engineers (NACE) TG041 committee on external corrosion direct assessment, third chair on the American Gas Association's Distribution, Construction, and Maintenance Committee, and a member of the NACE Pipeline Advisory Committee. Mr. Fassett has a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Santa Clara University.
Geoff Foreman, PII Pipeline Solutions
Growth and Strategy Leader, General Electric Oil and Gas
Mr. Foreman has 33 years of experience at PII Pipeline Solutions working with high-resolution in-line inspection technologies. Currently he is located in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, where he fulfills a global role as growth and strategy leader. An engineer by profession, Mr. Foreman moved throughout the various aspects of the in-line inspection business, including design, data analysis, project management, sales, local general management and regional manager for South America based in Buenos Aires. When he relocated to Canada, initially he was in general and sales management and then he took a global role in sales and then his current position of business strategy and growth. Born and educated in Newcastle, England, Mr. Foreman holds a B.Eng. in industrial engineering from University of Northumbria, sponsored by British Gas.
Dennis Haag, Cities of San Bruno and Millbrae
Chief Haag has been the fire chief for the city of Millbrae since 2000 and for the city of San Bruno since 2008. He has been in the fire service for 32 years, serving as firefighter, fire captain, division chief, fire marshal, and assistant chief. Chief Haag holds a B.A. in Economics from San Francisco State University and received his fire chief officer certification from the California State Fire Marshal's Office.
Julie Halligan, CPUC
Deputy Director, Consumer Protection and Safety Division
Ms. Halligan is deputy director of the Consumer Protection and Safety Division at the CPUC. In this capacity she oversees all utility safety and enforcement matters including the safety and reliability risk management programs of electric, gas, and telecommunications providers. Ms. Halligan also is responsible for enforcing maintenance and operation standards for electric generation facilities, investigating and prosecuting consumer fraud cases, and safety oversight of motor carriers of passengers and household goods.
Prior to her current position, Ms. Halligan was appointed as an administrative law judge at the CPUC. Her case assignments focused on the energy industry, including ratemaking, avoided cost, and electric procurement cases. From 1997 to 2002, Ms. Halligan served as energy and water policy advisor to former CPUC president Richard A. Bilas. In that capacity, she developed and executed the commissioner's policy agenda, overseeing a broad range of energy issues and technical matters, including electricity market design. Ms. Halligan began her work at the CPUC in 1992 as a staff expert on electric resource planning, bond financing, and transmission siting. She has coordinated the efforts of inter-disciplinary teams of analysts, engineers, lawyers, and judges to support CPUC decision-making and implementation efforts in various program areas. Prior to joining the CPUC, Ms. Halligan worked for a public accounting firm. She holds a B.S. in finance; has completed course work at the National Judicial College in Reno, Nevada; and is currently a candidate in its Administrative Law Adjudication Skills Certificate Program.
Joshua Johnson, P.E., PHMSA
Senior Materials Engineer, Engineering and Research Division
Mr. Johnson is tasked with serving headquarters and regional staff in the areas of materials, corrosion, failure analysis, and pipeline inspection technology. He also works with outside organizations such as the NTSB on investigations into pipeline failures and remediation. He participates as PHMSA's representative on the API 5L pipeline materials specification as well as numerous NACE committees. Mr. Johnson joined PHMSA in 2002 as a staff engineer in the central region, where he focused on liquid integrity management programs. He led liquid integrity management inspections throughout the United States, particularly in the central region. He also participated in a number of gas integrity management inspections as well as standard inspections and in special projects in the central region.
Prior to coming to work at PHMSA, Mr. Johnson was a staff engineer at CC Technologies (now DNV Columbus) where he worked on research projects on stress corrosion cracking and the cost of corrosion in the United States, and he performed failure analyses on pipeline accidents. He also started working on pipeline integrity management projects, helping operating companies set up and interpret the data from in-line inspections and other integrity work as well as re-evaluating integrity management processes after incidents. Mr. Johnson holds a B.S. in nuclear engineering and an M.S. in materials science and engineering, both from the University of Virginia. He is a registered professional engineer.
Mark M. Kazimirsky, PG&E
Supervising Engineer, SCADA and Controls
Mr. Kazimirsky is a supervising engineer for the SCADA and Controls group of PG&E's Gas Engineering Department, responsible for engineering, technology upgrades, commissioning, training, and technical support for gas SCADA, control and electrical systems for PG&E's gas transmission system. Mr. Kazimirsky has almost 40 years of experience in instrumentation, control, automation, and SCADA. He began his career as an engineer for the Industrial Automation Company in Odessa, Ukraine. Several years later he moved to OrgEnergoGas company, where he was responsible for providing technical support and maintenance services for the control systems for gas transmission facilities in the Central Asian republics of Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, and Turkmenistan.
After moving to the United States in 1979, Mr. Kazimirsky spent 30 years with PG&E in a variety of gas engineering positions. He was responsible for engineering, technical support, personnel training, and commissioning for a number of projects for PG&E's gas transmission system, including the Pipeline Expansion Project, various compressor stations, gas terminals, metering stations, and pipeline interconnects. Mr. Kazimirsky holds a degree in electrical and mechanical engineering from the Institute of Technology in Odessa, Ukraine.
Chih-Hung Lee, P.E., PG&E
Senior Gas Consulting Engineer, Gas Engineering, Engineering and Operations
Mr. Lee is a senior gas consulting engineer in PG&E's Engineering and Operations division. He is the lead engineer for several projects, including the development of long-term integrity management plans and risk management procedures for earthquake emergency response and ground movement. He has 25 years of experience with PG&E and has worked in various positions in the gas transmission department, including gas transmission pipeline engineer, gas standard engineer, and integrity management positions. He is the PG&E representative on the Pipeline Research Council International, Inc. Mr. Lee holds an M.S. and a Ph.D. in structural mechanics from the University of South Carolina, and he holds a professional civil engineer certificate in California. He has published many papers on pipeline fault crossings design and pipeline earthquake preparedness and response.
Dennis Lee, P.E., CPUC
Senior Utilities Engineer - Supervisor, Utilities Safety and Reliability Branch, Gas Safety Section, Consumer Protection and Safety Division
Mr. Lee is a Senior Utilities Engineer - Supervisor in the Utilities Safety and Reliability Branch (USRB) of the Gas Safety Section of the Consumer Protection and Safety Division at the CPUC. He supervises the USRB Gas Safety Section's San Francisco staff. Mr. Lee joined the CPUC as a utilities engineer in December 1999. He spent 11 years inspecting gas pipelines, power lines, and communication lines, and he has investigated gas and electric incidents. Mr. Lee was promoted to senior utilities engineer - supervisor in November 2010. He has a B.S. in mechanical engineering from the University of California, Davis, and he holds a professional engineer's license in mechanical engineering from the state of California.
Peter Lidiak, American Petroleum Institute
Mr. Lidiak has been with the American Petroleum Institute (API) since April 2000, working on environmental, fuels, refining, and pipeline issues. He has directed API's pipeline segment covering federal and state activities related to hazardous liquid pipeline safety, security, operations, and environmental performance since July 2005. Prior to joining API, he worked in the Office of Transportation and Air Quality at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for 15 years. He holds a B.A. in physical science from Colgate University.
Alan K. Mayberry, P.E., PHMSA
Deputy Associate Administrator for Field Operations
Mr. Mayberry is the Deputy Associate Administrator for Field Operations for PHMSA. In this role he oversees PHMSA's inspection program throughout five regional offices as well as the program's emergency response functions. Previously, Mr. Mayberry was director of PHMSA's Office of Engineering and Emergency Support, where he supported PHMSA's program and regional offices on hazardous liquid and natural gas pipeline issues. His 29 years of natural gas industry experience is evenly divided between transmission/distribution engineering and operations roles. He holds a degree in civil engineering from the University of Tennessee. He is also a registered professional engineer.
Paul J. Metro, National Association of Pipeline Safety Representatives
Mr. Metro is currently the Vice-Chair of the National Association of Pipeline Safety Representatives. In this role, he testified before the U.S. Congress during pipeline safety oversight hearings in 2010. He has been with the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission for 26 years. He has been the Commission's Gas Safety Program Manager since 2002. He is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University with degrees in mineral economics and industrial engineering, and he holds a master's degree in engineering.
James (Jim) Narva, National Association of State Fire Marshals
Mr. Narva is the executive director of National Association of State Fire Marshals and is responsible for a number of programs, including the Excellence in Pipeline Safety Program and the emergency responder training program, Pipeline Emergencies. He is the former Wyoming state fire marshal and has been involved in fire service for more than 25 years in operations, prevention, and management. He holds a B.S. from Eastern Oregon University and is a graduate of the Harvard University trade union program.
Sara B. Peralta, PG&E
Integrity Management Manager, Gas Engineering, Engineering and Operations
Ms. Peralta is the manager of the transmission and distribution integrity management programs for PG&E. In this role, she oversees risk management, integrity assessment implementation, and the operator qualification program for both the transmission and distribution systems. She began at PG&E in 2002 in the gas distribution and planning engineering department performing load studies and hydraulic analyses and providing compliance support for local maintenance and construction operations. She then helped build PG&E's transmission integrity management program as an external corrosion direct assessment (ECDA) field engineer. Ms. Peralta subsequently became an ECDA project engineer with supervisory responsibilities for the ECDA field engineers. After spending more than 4 years in the integrity management department, she moved from engineering to the maintenance and construction organization as a field supervisor, supervising compliance activities such as leak survey, regulation, valve maintenance, corrosion control, metering, and mark and locate for 2 years. After her time in front line supervision, Ms. Peralta returned to gas engineering, becoming the manager of integrity management, where she has been for the past year and a half. She holds a B.S. in mechanical engineering from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. She also is a NACE-certified cathodic protection technologist (Level 3).
Aaron Rezendez, PG&E
Senior Program Manager for Public Safety
Mr. Rezendez is responsible for the company's public safety education and awareness activities working with contractors, agricultural workers and operators, first response police and fire organizations, and the general public. Prior to his current position, Mr. Rezendez was a senior account manager working with some of PG&E's largest customers across a broad spectrum of industries, including biotechnology, manufacturing, and high technology. Mr. Rezendez has a B.S. in geology from the University of Missouri, Rolla, and an M.S. in environmental engineering from Stanford University.
Annmarie Robertson, PHMSA
Ms. Robertson is a program manager at PHMSA. In this role, she works with stakeholders across the country on damage prevention, public awareness, and other related matters. Before coming to PHMSA in 2009, she worked for the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission's Pipeline Safety Division. Beginning as a pipeline safety engineer in 1995, she was named director of Pipeline Safety in 2003, where she remained until coming to PHMSA. Ms. Robertson was instrumental in incorporating changes to Indiana's one call laws and to its pipeline safety laws, regulations, and inspection and enforcement program. She was active in the National Association of Pipeline Safety Representatives (NAPSR), serving on several committees (including the Public Awareness Clearinghouse development committee), and served as National Chair of the organization until her move to PHMSA. She was actively involved in the Common Ground Alliance as a NAPSR representative, and she remains involved while in her position at PHMSA. Ms. Robertson is a graduate of Purdue University.
Edward A. Salas, PG&E
Senior Vice President, Engineering and Operations
Mr. Salas is senior vice president for engineering and operations for PG&E. In this position, he oversees gas and electric strategy, planning, engineering, and operations for both the transmission and the distribution systems. He has 28 years of management experience in the telecommunications industry, both domestic and international and wireline as well as wireless. He began his telecommunications industry career with positions of escalating operational responsibility at Pacific Bell. He was also vice president and chief technical officer for Telecel (a cellular operator and AirTouch joint venture) in Portugal. Mr. Salas was later moved to Vodafone AirTouch, first as vice president of network engineering for domestic cellular networks and later as vice president of operations and chief technical officer for Vodafone Germany. Prior to joining PG&E, he served as vice president of network strategy and planning for Verizon Wireless, responsible for technology planning, purchasing, and administration. Mr. Salas holds a bachelor's degree from California State University at Los Angeles. He also has completed the Harvard Business School's executive program for management development as well as the Michigan Business School's executive program.
Christina Sames, American Gas Association
Vice President, Operations and Engineering
Ms. Sames is vice president of operations and engineering at the American Gas Association (AGA). In this role, she works closely with AGA members and stakeholders to improve safety, reliability, and cost-effectiveness through promotion of sound regulation and legislation, coordination of best practices programs, forums to exchange information, and the development of a wide range of materials on corrosion, measurement, gas operations, environmental issues, and other topics related to delivery of natural gas. Prior to joining AGA, she worked for Pipeline Research Council International, Inc. and spent 12 years with PHMSA. She holds a B.S. in petroleum and natural gas engineering from Pennsylvania State University.
Keith Slibsager, PG&E
Manager, Gas Systems Operations
Mr. Slibsager is manager of gas control for PG&E. He oversees the day-to-day pipeline gas inventory management to meet customer requirements as well as remote monitoring and control operation of PG&E's gas system. Mr. Slibsager began his gas transmission career with PG&E 27 years ago and held a number of positions of escalating responsibility. He held several transmission field maintenance positions before becoming a gas transmission coordinator and then a gas transmission supervisor, a position he held for 8. He was named gas control manager in 2010. Mr. Slibsager chaired the Gas System Operations Safety Team, which won the department two Sibley awards. He has participated in a number of gas transmission load forecasting, load balancing, and investment strategy projects for PG&E. Mr. Slibsager holds a bachelor's degree in science from California State University, Fresno.
Robert Smith, PHMSA
Mr. Smith is R&D (research and development) manager for PHMSA. In this role, he leads several strategic initiatives for PHMSA. From 1997 to 2003, he coordinated and managed the offshore pipeline and human factors research program at the U.S. Minerals Management Service. Mr. Smith holds a B.S. in petroleum and natural gas engineering from Pennsylvania State University.
Carl Weimer, Pipeline Safety Trust
Mr. Weimer is executive director of Pipeline Safety Trust. He also serves on the Washington State Citizens Committee on Pipeline Safety, the U.S. Department of Transportation's Technical Hazardous Liquid Pipeline Safety Standards Committee, and the steering committee for the Pipelines and Informed Planning Alliance. He has testified numerous times before Congress on a variety of pipeline safety issues. Mr. Weimer has a B.S. in natural resources from the University of Michigan and an A.A.S. in Industrial Electronics Technology from Peninsula College.