2010, an explosion on the Deepwater Horizon oil drill in the Gulf of
Mexico resulted in one of the largest accidental marine petroleum spills
in the history of the industry. In the aftermath, the National Academy of Engineering/National Research Council (NAE/NRC) formed a committee tasked with analyzing the events preceding the disaster to provide recommendations to prevent similar events from occurring.
The Deepwater Horizon Disaster – An Inside Perspective
February 17, 2012
3:30 P.M. Sloan Auditorium, Goergen Hall with a networking reception to follow at 5:00 P.M. in Munnerlyn Atrium.
Donald C. Winter is Professor of Engineering Practice at the University of Michigan. He served as the 74th Secretary of the Navy from January 2006 to March 2009. Previously, Dr. Winter held multiple positions in the aerospace and defense industry as a systems engineer, program manager and corporate executive. Dr. Winter received his bachelor’s degree in physics from the University of Rochester and his master’s degree and doctorate in physics from the University of Michigan in 1972. He was elected a member of the National Academy of Engineering in 2002, and is currently the chair of the National Academy of Engineering committee investigating the Deepwater Horizon incident for the Secretary of the Interior.