Junior Class Attends OTC in Houston

For the third year in a row the entire Webb Junior class attended the Offshore Technology Conference in Houston, TX.  For three days the students, together with their advisors, Professors George Petrie and Matt Werner, experienced the “world’s foremost event for the development of offshore resources in the fields of drilling, exploration, production, and environmental protection.” 

The students were provided a special presentation on FPSOs from Thomas Koster ‘67 of MODEC International, Sam Ryu of ExxonMobil Development Company, and Lars Henriksen of Viking Systems Inc. During the evenings of May 3rd and 4th, the Webbies attended industry receptions as the guests of McDermott International Inc., Exmar, Keppel, and MAN.  The conference and the receptions gave the students the opportunity to network with members of the offshore industry.  During the two days at the conference and related functions, the Webb students did a great job of informing the OTC community about Webb Institute.

The attending students conducted a fundraising drive to raise the money to cover the cost of the trip from industry related corporations.  Special thanks are due to the individuals and organizations that provided the financial support and hospitality to make the trip possible including:

  • Argonauta Marine & Subsea LLC
  • Bollinger Shipyards
  • Focus Eyecare Center P.C.
  • Mr. Thomas E. Koster ‘67
  • MODEC International, Inc.
  • Viking Systems, Inc
  • Webb Alumni Association
  • Bennett & Associates, LLC
  • Keppel
  • Exmar Offshore Company
  • McDermott International Inc.
  • MAN Diesel and Turbo
  • Mr. & Mrs. Thomas Burns (PP’08)
  • Mr. & Mrs. Don Look  (PP’09)
  • Mr. & Mrs. Paul Schweizer ‘08
  • Mr. Andrew Harville '09

Student Testimonial – Casey Harwood ‘11

The 2010 OTC was a fantastic experience. It was interesting, fun, and thoroughly informative to see the current state of the industry and the direction it’s taking.  I really enjoyed the trade show; the exhibitors were almost always willing and excited to talk to Webb students.  I don’t think I’ve ever exchanged so many business cards in only two days!

The receptions were great as well.  I attended the events hosted by J. Ray McDermott and by MAN Diesel, and both were outstanding.  They provided a uniquely relaxed atmosphere in which to socialize and network with some major industry leaders. For example, at the MAN reception I spoke at length with engineers and naval architects from Voith Turbo, all of whom were very enthusiastic about interacting with Webb and its students.

Our exposure to the offshore industry during our time at Webb is minimal, so the conference was invaluable as an introduction to a great number of exciting future work opportunities.  I consider the trip to be one of the best experiences that the Junior class has shared, and I hope to see it continued for the benefit of the future classes.