The Instrumentation Symposium for the Process Industries, now in its 68th year, continues to educate professionals and students in the instrumentation industry. At the symposium, practical technical papers as well as vendor exhibits are presented with a focus on education.
2013 Keynote Presentations:
General Manager, Major Capital Projects
Deepwater Exploration and Projects Business Unit
Chevron North America Exploration & Production Co.
Joe Gregory currently serves as General Manager of Major Capital Projects within Chevron’s Deepwater Exploration and Production (DWEP) Business Unit. Headquartered in Houston, Texas, DWEP manages exploration, appraisal, and development projects in the Deepwater Gulf of Mexico. DWEP explores in water depths ranging from 1,500 to 10,000 feet and is a significant lease holder and active driller in the Deepwater Gulf of Mexico.
Mr. Gregory earned a B.S. in civil engineering from Texas A&M University in 1982, and began his career as an offshore facilities engineer with Chevron in New Orleans.
From 1987 – 2010, Mr. Gregory worked as a senior facility engineer in Chevron’s Southern Africa Strategic Business Unit (SASBU), and as a project manager with Project Resources Company (PRC). Following his work with SABSU, Mr. Gregory served as a PRC project coordinator before assuming the role of project manager for the Gorgon Development in Australia from 2004-2007. He then served as Chevron’s Energy Technology Company’s (ETC) General Manager for the Facilities Engineering Department which served as the center of expertise for various asset disciplines such as mechanical equipment, subsea and pipeline, civil and structural, process automation, as well as reliability and integrity.
“Cyber Threats to Industrial Control Systems: Fact or Fiction”
Director, Control Systems Security Program
National Cyber Security Division
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Marty Edwards is the director of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Control Systems Security Program (CSSP). CSSP is part of DHS’s National Cyber Security Division. CSSP works to reduce industrial control system risks within and across all critical infrastructure and key resource sectors by coordinating efforts among federal, state, local and tribal governments, as well as industrial control systems owners, operators and vendors. The Control Systems Security Program also operates the Industrial Control Systems Cyber Emergency Response Team (ICS-CERT). The ICS-CERT responds to and analyzes control systems related incidents, conducts vulnerability and malware analysis, and shares and coordinates vulnerability information and threat analysis through products and alerts.
Mr. Edwards has over 20 years of experience and brings a strong industrial control system industry focus to DHS. Before coming to CSSP, Mr. Edwards was a program manager focused on control systems security work at Idaho National Laboratory. Prior to his work at the laboratory, Mr. Edwards held a wide variety of roles in the instrumentation and automation fields, including field service, instrument engineering, control systems engineering and project management.
Mr. Edwards has also held various positions in nonprofit organizations, including Chairman of the Board for one of the automation communities’ largest user group conferences. Mr. Edwards holds a diploma of technology in Process Control and Industrial Automation (Magna cum Laude) from the British Columbia Institute of Technology.
“Implementing an Instrument Reliability Program in Large Organizations: Challenges & Benefits”
Ali H. Alawadhi
Specialist, Reliability Management
Kuwait National Petroleum Company
Ali Alawadhi is a specialist working for Reliability Management in the MAB refinery of Kuwait National Petroleum Company (KNPC), certified as a TUV FS Expert in Safety Instrumented Systems, certified Functional Safety Expert by the CFSE Governance Board, and certified Maintenance and Reliability Professional by SMRP organization. He holds an MBA from Maastricht School of Management and obtained his BSc. in Electrical Engineering from University of Portland.
Mr. Alawadhi started his professional career as an Instrument Maintenance Engineer working with maintenance and shutdown activities. He was involved in several projects related to the field of maintenance, reliability and functional safety. He is participating with the technical committee of IEC 61511 and with KNPC engineering standards committee. In addition to his work with KNPC, he is the Chairman of Kuwait National Committee of Electrical & Electronics, board member in the Emerson Global Users Exchange, founder & leader of Automation Community, and a board member in the Exida Users Advisory Board.