Chair - Joe Bratton
Joe Bratton is a Principal Engineer and Group Leader in the Integrity Solutions Section at DNV GL, located in Columbus, Ohio. He has been trained in areas related to pipeline integrity, in-line inspection, field investigations, mechanical damage, and fatigue. He has experience working in client offices, selecting in-line inspection methods, assisting with in-line inspections, developing dig programs, participating in field excavations, analyzing defect assessment and repair reports, and general pipeline integrity management. Mr. Bratton has been involved with YPP USA since 2017, previously serving as the Membership Engagement Work Group Lead in 2017 and the YPI Liaison Work Group Lead in 2018.
Vice Chair - Landon Lucadou
Mr. Landon Lucadou is an Engineering Specialist located in The Woodlands, Texas and has been working for Dynamic Risk USA, Inc. since 2013. His current responsibilities include evaluating and performing engineering procedures and techniques to assist pipeline operators in the management of threats and the overall risk associated with the operations of hazardous liquid and gas pipelines. Since joining Dynamic Risk, Mr. Lucadou has participated in a variety of projects including data assimilation of in-line inspections; outflow and overland spill modeling analysis and the development of technical documentation to support final reporting; threat assessments; engineering assessments; and the determination of high consequence areas and class locations. In 2013, Landon obtained his Bachelors of Science degree from Sam Houston State University in Geography with a minor in Geographic Spatial Sciences. Since the inception of YPP USA in 2015 to 2017, Landon has served as the Community of Practice Work Group Lead and as the Treasurer managing all finances for YPP USA from 2017 to 2019. In July 2019, Landon was appointed to the position of Vice Chair of YPP USA and also serves as a member of the Board of Directors.
Secretary - Kaushal Shah
Kaushal Shah is a Project Manager based out of Mott MacDonald’s West Springfield, MA office. Mr. Shah has been in the gas pipeline industry for the last seven years and has worked on various large diameter natural gas transmission pipeline and compressor station projects across North America. Additionally, Mr. Shah manages Mott MacDonald’s North American Global Delivery Service team consisting of 30 engineers and designers. Mr. Shah graduated from University of Massachusetts in 2012 and is a Professional Engineer (PE) and Project Management Professional (PMP). Previously, Mr. Shah served as the Community of Practice workgroup lead for YPP USA and is an active member of Springfield Area’s Young professional organization in MA and a local office champion for Mott MacDonald’s Early Career Professionals (ECP) program.
Treasurer - Sheri Baucom
Sheri Baucom currently serves as Director of Business Development for Q-Inline overseeing marketing and global partnerships, as well as curating and maintaining client relationships. Previously, she served as Director of Integrity Services for RCP, Inc. where she managed all integrity projects associated with in-line inspection and pressure testing, building upon her experience as an ILI engineer working for Williams Gas Pipeline. She has 10+ years of pipeline integrity experience in the oil and gas industry, and is actively involved in industry organizations such as YPP USA and ASME's Pipeline Safety Division. She graduated from Georgia Tech with a bachelor’s degree in Polymer Engineering in 2010. She is originally from Chattanooga, TN and currently lives in Houston, TX.
Advisor Relations – Colton Sheets
Colton Sheets is a Senior Associate with Stress Engineering Services, Inc. in Houston, TX. He primarily works in Stress Engineering’s Midstream Group where he has experience with testing and analysis of both onshore and offshore components and pipelines. In recent years, his full-scale testing efforts have primarily focused on pipeline integrity where he has led investigations of a wide array of pipeline anomalies, pipeline repair techniques, and NDE validation. Colton is active in industry organizations including ASME PCC-2 – Repair of Pressure Equipment and Piping and the Young Pipeline Professionals where he serves as a liaison to the INGAA Continuous Improvement / Lessons Learned Repository Committee. He is a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Texas.
Community of Practice - Zach Booth
Since joining DNV GL, Zach gained experience in pipeline integrity aspects, including, but not limited to, in-line inspection (ILI) analysis, seam and crack integrity support, and dent assessments. Most recently, he has been providing technical support to an operator’s SCCDA program. Tasks include overlaying data sets to develop a SCC threat score, selecting sites for prioritization, and documenting findings from previous SCCDA excavations. Zach also helps lead DNV GL’s efforts in the area of fracture mechanics, strain acceptance limits, and pit-to-pit matching innovation. Currently, He is also an active member of ASME B31.4 managing multiple projects.
Corporate Sponsorship & Liaison - Daniel Whaley
Daniel Whaley is an Pipeline Integrity Engineer for Enbridge in Houston, TX. He has been in the pipeline industry for the last five years and currently manages and supports several integrity programs, such as the EMAT program for stress corrosion cracking and MFL-A program for external corrosion. Additionally, Mr. Whaley has provided in-depth technical guidance on several major natural gas pipeline construction projects and has co-managed the Enbridge welding program. Mr. Whaley received a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Texas A&M University in 2014 and recently received his Professional Engineer License for the State of Texas.
Diversity & Inclusion - Nydia Bryan-Green
Nydia Bryan-Green is a Senior Operational Compliance Engineer for Enbridge in Houston, TX. She has been in the pipeline industry since her graduation from Penn State University in 2014 in Chemical Engineering. After a couple years in the industry, she decided to pursue her MBA and graduated in 2017. As a compliance engineer, Nydia ensures that the company is always in compliance with CFR 192, 193, and 195. She works closely with the Department of Transportation’s entity that enforces that federal code with is PHMSA (Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration). Diversity, and arguably, more importantly, inclusion, has always been a passion of Nydia’s. In college, Nydia was a part of NSBE (National Society of Black Engineers), MEP (Multicultural Engineering Program), and worked very closely with SHPE (Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers). These minority engineering programs realized the lack of representation of minorities in engineering and vowed to provide specific tools to these groups so that they have an increased chance of graduating with a STEM degree with a job after college. Nydia held many executive board positions in NSBE including: Parliamentarian, Treasurer and Conference Planning Chair, and lastly, Vice President. Upon graduation she continued to be an advocate for diversity in the workplace. She is a continued member of NSBE in their Houston Professional Chapter, a member of WEN (Women Engineering Network), and involved in many employee resource groups at Enbridge that include: Women @ Enbridge, FEMINEN (females in engineering), EDGE (Ethnically Diverse Group of Employees), PRISM (Enbridge’s LGBTQIA+ group), and is championing a young professionals group in Enbridge named CONNECT. Nydia is looking forward to being YPP’s Diversity and Inclusion Workgroup lead.
Membership Engagement - Lauren Tipton
Lauren Tipton is a Principal and Senior DOT Compliance Engineer at Elemental Compliance, the company she founded in 2018. Prior to starting a small business, Lauren had spent her entire professional career providing guidance to hazardous liquid and natural gas pipeline operators on Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) regulations. She graduated in 2011 from Oklahoma State with a degree in Industrial Engineering & Management and a minor in Spanish. Lauren specializes in DOT pipeline and facility integrity management and regulatory compliance with experience supporting hazardous liquid and natural gas operators in asset integrity management through the application of custom compliance strategies, engineering analyses, and process development. Lauren’s areas of focus include third-party audits, DOT Facility Integrity Management, and written program implementation strategy. In addition to consulting work and running a small business Lauren also sits on the API 2611 Task Group which is in the process of developing a guidance document for Facility Integrity Management for liquid operators. Lauren lives in Houston, Texas and volunteers with the Junior League of Houston in her spare time. Lauren is excited to be the Membership Engagement and Communications Workgroup lead. She is ready to expand YPP’s membership and increase awareness surrounding this excellent group.
Website - Ricardo Saenz Landazabal
Ricardo is a Leak Detection Analyst at Buckyeye Partners, LP where he helps maintain and improve a Computational Pipeline Monitoring (CPM) system that is used throughout Buckeye's system. Prior to Buckeye, he worked as a Pipeline Software Analyst at Colonial Pipeline Company focusing on their CPM system and other mission-critical software for the Control Center. He graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology with a B.S in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. Ricardo supports YPP by maintaining the website and helping develop digital solutions to encourage member collaboration.
YPI Liaison - Tyler Tunic
Tyler works in Williams’ Pipeline Control group in Houston, TX as the Maintenance Coordinator for the Atlantic - Gulf Operating Area. He coordinates all maintenance activities and maintains a complete long-range maintenance schedule to ensure timely communication to all affected parties, internal and external. He received his Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from the Schreyer Honors College at Penn State University in 2014 and has worked for Williams ever since. Prior to joining Williams’ Pipeline Control group, Tyler held various Pipeline Engineering roles within the organization. Tyler recently received his Professional Engineering License for the State of Texas.
Stakeholder Outreach - CJ Osman
C.J. Osman is the Director of Operations, Safety and Integrity for the Interstate Natural Gas Association of America (INGAA). INGAA advocates regulatory and legislative positions on behalf of the natural gas pipeline industry. C.J. is responsible for directing the association’s efforts to promote sound federal policy for the safe operations of interstate natural gas pipelines and storage facilities. C.J. evaluates regulatory, legislative, technological and operational developments, and he creates strategies for advancing effective, practical and technology-driven safety practices and regulations. Prior to joining INGAA in 2016, C.J. held engineering and construction management roles for an oil and gas operator, working on a variety of upstream and midstream projects in New Mexico, Texas and Colorado. He received degrees in Chemical Engineering and Economics from Vanderbilt University.