2021 Distinguished Service and Researcher Awards

Wed, May 12, 2021

Every achievement the energy pipeline industry earns is shared by every member, and PRCI is honored to be a key participant in that endeavor. We are proud to acknowledge members who have gone above and beyond in service to the energy pipeline industry’s success through a sustained commitment to PRCI.

Congratulations to our 2021 Distinguished Service Awardees

Recipients of the Distinguished Service Award have dedicated their time and effort to help advance PRCI’s initiatives through noteworthy contributions to the achievement of its mission, goals, and programs. These awards are a token of our appreciation and gratitude for their continued dedication.

  • Michael Cook, ExxonMobil
    Most recently serving as a Vice Chair, Mike has been an active member of PRCI’s Design, Materials, and Construction Technical Committee since 2010 with a focus on broadening industry acceptance of strain-based design and advancing geohazard management technology. Mike led PRCI research efforts to develop an SBD state-of-the-art report and multiple follow-up efforts to further advance SBD technology.
  • Steve Koetting, Mobil Pipe Line
    We are proud to have this year mark Steve’s entry into the PRCI 20-year club! He saw the value of participating in PRCI as a means of helping him write ExxonMobil’s IMP processes and procedures using the latest research and the most up to date technical knowledge to support decision making. As one of the founding senior advisors in the formation of the Houston Branch of YPP in 2015, Steve advocates for developing the next generation of pipeliners and has mentored 30 young engineers in getting their PE Licenses.
  • Walter Kresic, Enbridge
    Walter has over 30 years of experience within the pipeline industry and has been involved in PRCI for about 20 years in a variety of roles from committee member, Executive Assembly member, and now as Chair of the Board. Walter truly embraces PRCI’s model of collaboration and would tell you that his roles in PRCI have both been in support of others that were far greater experts than him, and to ensure to align his company’s participation accordingly.
  • Donald Drake, posthumously
    Don was a long standing member of and valued contributor to the PRCI Corrosion Committee and was also actively engaged in many other industry associations. With 45 years of industry experience, he was an extremely talented corrosion engineer who always made time to mentor and support his colleagues in the industry. His well-known signature look, commitment to professionalism, and professional conduct is missed by all who knew him.

Congratulations to our 2021 Distinguished Researcher Awardee

Recipients of the Distinguished Researcher Award have enhanced the integrity, reliability, and environmental performance of energy pipelines around the world through the dedication of their time and effort. These awards are a token of our appreciation and gratitude for their continued dedication.

  • Mark Stephens, C-FER Technologies
    As a Senior Engineering Consultant and the Chief Engineer at C-FER Technologies, Mark has been a leading researcher for PRCI for more than 25 years. He has played a leading role in analytical research that has led to the development of methods and models for quantitative risk and reliability-based design and assessment, which is being applied widely in the industry for design, construction, and supporting maintenance decisions through engineering assessment projects.

These awards recognize the numerous contributions of our members that include their time, energy, innovation and leadership. Through the dedication of these awardees and all of our members, PRCI continues to grow, ensuring the safety and integrity of global pipeline systems.

Learn more about our awardees here.