ASME Presents Seven Awards for Achievement in Petroleum Engineering

May 21, 2014

Recognition Program Held at Offshore Technology Conference in Houston

NEW YORK, May 21, 2014 – ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers) has presented seven awards recognizing technical achievement and distinguished service in the field of petroleum engineering.

Jean-Francois Saint-Marcoux of the firm Subsea 7, received the 2014 Geoca Mechanical Engineering Achievement Award during a recognition ceremony held recently at the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) in Houston. This award was established in 1965 to honor distinguished and meritorious achievement and service in the field of petroleum mechanical engineering. It was named after Karl Geoca, the former chair of the ASME Petroleum Division and former member of the Society's Board of Governors, who was in attendance.

The Society also bestowed the 2014 Arthur Lubinski Award recognizing the best technical paper delivered during ASME-sponsored technical sessions at OTC. Eleven engineers – Scot McNeill, Puneet Agarwal, Dan Kluk, Kenneth Bhalla, and Ron Young (all of Stress Engineering); Steve Burman, Stergios Liapis, Saurabh Jain, Vikas Jhingran, and Stephen Hodges (Shell), and Early Denison (consultant) – shared the honors for the paper, Subsea Wellhead and Riser Fatigue Monitoring in a Strong Surface and Submerged Current Environment.

Baker Hughes, Inc., won the 31st Annual Woelfel Best Mechanical Engineering Award (BMEA) for its product, Harpoon™ Cut and Pull Spear. Three BMEA Awards of Merit were presented to Oceaneering International, Inc.; SBM Offshore, and Van Beest B.V.

ASME presented the OTC Innovation Award to FMC Technologies for the offshore loading arm footless (OLAF).

The 2014 awards program was sponsored by the ASME Petroleum Division, which works in conjunction with the ASME International Petroleum Technology Institute to provide technical programming, networking events, continuing education and other services to engineers and other technical professionals in the oil and gas and related industries. For information, visit

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