For pioneering the transition between diving and the application of remotely operated vehicle technology that enabled safe deepwater development and providing leadership and mentoring in marine technology.
OTC Distinguished Achievement Award for Individuals
2022 Drew Michel
2021 Joe Fowler
For his outstanding technical leadership in risers and pipelines, for developing Stress Engineering Services, Inc., as a premier technical services company for the offshore industry, and for his volunteer leadership in higher education and the societies that organize OTC.
2020 Ronald Yeung
For his education of a generation of naval architects and ocean engineers and his fundamental research in ship and offshore hydrodynamics.
2019 Carlos Mastrangelo
For his pioneering efforts in the worldwide design and adoption of cost-efficient floating production, storage, and offloading units (FPSOs).
2018 Brian Skeels
2017 John Bomba
2016 Don Vardeman
2015 Elmer (Bud) Danenberger III
Carl Arne Carlsen
Kenneth (Ken) E. Arnold
Dr. Cortis (Cort) Cooper
Peter G. Noble, ConocoPhillips
James (Jim) Ray
Marcos I. Assayag, Petrobras
Peter Marshall, Retired, Shell Oil Company
Professor J. Kim Vandiver, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
F. Richard (Dick) Frisbie, Oceaneering International Inc.
Albert W. Bally, Professor Emeritus, Rice University, Houston
Bruce G. Collipp, Retired, Shell Oil Company
Howard L. Shatto, Consultant, Retired Shell Oil Company
William S. French, Consultant; Retired PGS
Jay P. Simpson, O'Brien-Goins-Simpson, Inc. (OGS)
W. P. Rickey, Retired, Exxon Production Research Company
Edward E. Horton, President, Deep Oil Technology, Inc.
Carl G. Langner, Senior Staff Research Engineer, Shell E&P Technology Company
Jay B. Weidler, Senior Vice President, Brown & Root, Inc
Bramlette McClelland, Consulting Engineer (Founder, McClelland Engineers, Inc.)
F.P. Dunn, Shell Oil Co.
Milo M. Backus, University of Texas at Austin
Henri G. Delauze, Comex
Herbert Allen, Cameron Iron Works
Bengt M. Johansson, CANMAR
William H. Silcox, Chevron Research Co.
Lawrence B. Curtis, Conoco, Inc.
W. Harry Mayne, Geosource, Inc.
Hudson Matlock, Earth Technology Corp., and Lymon C. Reese, University of Texas
Ronald L. Geer, Shell Oil Co.
Peter R. Vail, Exxon Production Research
Fritz Huntsinger, Sr., Vetco Offshore, Inc.
Founder of Vetco Offshore, Inc., humanitarian, and private enterprise activist.
In recognition of 50 years devoted to the innovative technological development of equipment and services supporting oil and gas drilling and producing operations, including the inspection and coating of tubulars; threaded and nonthreaded tubular connectors; systems for floating drilling and subsea completions; and equipment for the first tension leg platform in the North Sea.
Lyle S. St. Amant, Louisiana Commission on Coastal and Marine Resources
R. Curtis Crooke, Global Marine
George M. Pavey, Jr., Seismic Engineering Co.
Christian J. Lambertsen, University of Pennsylvania Institute for Environmental Medicine
Scientist, doctor, inventor, teacher, and pioneer in man's activity below the sea.
For his contributions to diving technology and hyperbaric physiology which have significantly extended the limits of subsea support of the offshore industry; for his important scientific publications; and in recognition of the many scientists and doctors he has taught and trained.
Alden J. Laborde, Ocean Drilling and Exploration Co.
Inventor and pioneer in the development of offshore mobile drilling rigs.
For outstanding contributions in the evolution of offshore drilling rig technology, and for his continuous counsel and advice directed toward the development of a vigorous, worldwide, offshore drilling industry.
Arthur Lubinski, Amoco Production Co.
Hollis Dow Hedberg, Gulf Oil Corp.
William Maurice Ewing, Marine Biomedical Institute, UT Medical Branch
Thomas D. Barrow, Exxon Corp.
Jerome L. Goldman, Friede & Goldman, Inc.
Naval architect, marine engineer, and pioneer in the development of offshore technology.
For his leadership in the design of a substantial portion of all offshore-drilling units and tenders in existence today: For design of one of the first jack-up drilling units; for conception of the first catamaran drilling ship; for development of a family of semi-submersibles; and for pioneering the highest standards of strength, stability, and seaworthiness in offshore engineering.
Julius A. Stratton, Ford Foundation
Engineer, scientist, administrator, and statesman for the engineering and scientific communities.
For his outstanding and forward-looking leadership of the President's Commission on Marine Science, Engineering, and Resources. Through his personal commitments, energy, and perception, Dr. Stratton mobilized the effort of the Commission and its consultants to identify the existing technical and political concepts governing marine affairs, to formulate new and useful concepts, and to synthesize all of these into a landmark report entitled "Our Nation and the Sea." This report is a basis for significant and continued national identification, motivation, and action toward enhancing the marine stature of the United States of America. For his personal effort in the clear identification of national marine goals and in the planning of significant methods for achieving these goals, the Offshore Technology Conference designates Dr. Julius A. Stratton as the recipient of its first Individual Distinguished Achievement Award