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H.T. Person Lecture Slated for October 15

October 11, 2010 — Joe Leimkuhler, Offshore Well Delivery Manager from Shell Exploration and Production-Americas, will deliver the 2010 College of Engineering and Applied Science H.T. Person Lecture on Friday October 15, 2010 at 3 p.m. in the Ag Auditorium. The topic of the lecture will be “Deepwater Well Design and Operations – Going Forward Post Moratorium” and provide an overview of deepwater well design and operations and review the published work of the American Petroleum Institute (API) Join Industry Task Force to date.

Joe Leimkuhler is the Offshore Well Delivery Manager for Shell Exploration & Production – Americas, covering all Tension Leg Platforms (TLP) gravity and Jack-Up based offshore well operations in the Americas. Over the last 28 years he has worked well engineering and drilling operations in a variety of capacities. Joe's prior assignments with Shell have included Subsea Development Manager for the Gulf of Mexico, and Deepwater Drilling Superintendent assignments on TLP, Drillship and Semi-Submersible well operations. Prior to taking on a management role, Joe served as the Project Drilling Engineer for the Mars development, and numerous Deepwater Exploration wells. Joe also served as an instructor at Shell’s Bellaire Research Center in Houston, Texas, where he taught Shell’s drilling engineering classes. He graduated from the University of Montana in 1981, with a B.S. degree in geology and graduated from UW with an M.S. in petroleum engineering in 1987. He is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers, serves on various university engineering advisory boards, including UW’s Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering, and is the past National President of the American Association of Drilling Engineers. Joe is the Chair of the 2010 Gulf of Mexico Deepwater Technical Symposium and also currently serves on the API Deepwater Joint Industry Task Force to address Deepwater well design operating procedures and safety.

For additional details about the lecture or other college events please contact the College of Engineering and Applied Science at (307) 766-4253 or by e-mail to


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