J. Andrew Drake, PE
VP Asset Integrity and Technical Services – Enbridge Gas Transmission and Midstream
Andy joined Texas Eastern as an Engineer in the Technical Services Department in 1982. Over the past 30 years, Andy has worked in numerous different roles of increasing responsibility across the Engineering and Operations Groups including serving as Vice President of Engineering and Construction, and Vice President of Operations and EHS. Andy received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Industrial/Manufacturing Systems Engineering from The Ohio State University. Andy has served as Chairman of ASME’s Gas Piping Standards Code, Chaired the development of ASME’s Gas Piping Integrity Management Program Standard (B31.8S). He represents the Gas Transmission Industry on DOT’s Technical Advisory Committee, chaired the development of the INGAA Integrity Management Initiative and is a Professional Engineer in the State of Texas.
Associate Administrator – Pipeline Safety (PHMSA)
Within the office of Pipeline Safety, Alan serves as the senior career official for pipeline safety oversight. Previously, Alan served as the Deputy Associate Administrator for Policy and Programs, leading PHMSA’s development of comprehensive oversight programs including regulatory development, engineering and research, state grants, federal enforcement and the Training and Qualifications Division. Alan has over 34 years of experience in the energy industry, equally divided between pipeline operations and design engineering. Alan is a Civil Engineering graduate of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and is also a registered professional engineer.
Tara Podnar McMahan
Principal Engineer / Manager – DNV GL
Tara joined DNV GL in 2005 after obtaining her Bachelor of Science Degree from The Ohio State University in Material Science & Engineering. She has over 13 years of experience in onshore pipeline integrity supporting mostly North American pipeline operators. Tara served as the inaugural Chair for YPP USA.
VP Engineering and Construction – Boardwalk Partners
Kimberly has 25 years of experience in the energy sector and joined Boardwalk in 2018. In her current role, Kimberly has responsibility for executive leadership, project management, project design and estimating, construction management, land management and environmental permitting for an interstate natural gas transmission pipeline company. She currently leads the execution of a $1B portfolio of pipeline, compressor station, and interconnect projects. Prior to Boardwalk, Kimberly held various roles for AGL Resources, Inc. In her last role with AGL, she had responsibility for the development, design and construction of grass roots natural gas storage facilities. Kimberly is a graduate of Rice University with a B.S. in Civil Engineering and holds a Masters of Business Administration from Colorado State University.
Patrick Vieth, B.Sc.
Partner, Executive Vice President – Dynamic Risk USA
Patrick has 30 years of experience solving problems related to materials, corrosion, fitness for service, and reliability with primary focus on the production, transportation and distribution pipeline network. He earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from The Ohio State University. Patrick leads the Dynamic Risk USA operations headquartered in The Woodlands (Houston), TX. Patrick is active in many industry organizations including ASME and Young Pipeline Professionals USA.
Senior Executive Vice President - ROSEN Group
Chris Yoxall has more than 20 years of experience in asset integrity management including legal, technical and contractual management; primarily in the oil and gas industry. Over this period, he has worked throughout Africa, Australasia, Asia, China and North America. He remains involved globally, actively participating in various standards and committees, including research and development. He spends part of his time lecturing to industry and is a passionate advocate in the leadership development of future industry professionals. Yoxall studied both mechanical and metallurgical engineering in South Africa and has a B.S. in Engineering Management. He is an executive of the Australian Pipeline & Gas Association’s Research & Standards Committee, as well as a member of the Board of Directors at the Energy Pipelines Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) in Australia.