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Texaco Press Release - Joe B. Bradburn Named Texaco Fellow


HOUSTON, Dec. 7 - Joe B. Bradburn, Senior Specialist in Texaco's General Engineering Department, has been named a Texaco Fellow in recognition of his expertise and achievements in corrosion engineering.

The title of Texaco Fellow is reserved for those individuals who have distinguished themselves as innovative developers and deployers of technical solutions and who have established worldwide recognition as experts in their field of endeavor. They are further distinguished by their exceptional ability to apply their knowledge and expertise to increase the value of Texaco's resources.

Commenting on the announcement, Texaco Chairman and CEO Peter I. Bijur said, "Joe Bradburn is recognized as a world class expert in the fields of corrosion mitigation and corrosion modeling, and is a central figure in influencing and advancing this important technology. He has consistently applied his technical abilities to resolve challenging corrosion problems throughout Texaco's global operations, allowing us to improve our reliability and profitability, as well as enhance our safety and environmental performance."

In nominating Bradburn, Kenneth R. Hall, General Manager of Texaco's General Engineering Department and Vice President, Global Refining and Safety, Health and Environment (SH&E) for Texaco's Global Businesses, said, "During Joe's 28-year career with Texaco, he has consistently provided innovative solutions to help the industry better understand the field of electrochemical corrosion. Joe is sought after nationally and internationally, as a guest speaker, technical panel member, and as an advisory board member on various research projects. His accomplishments have been recognized in numerous publications including the National Association of Corrosion Engineers International (NACE), the Institute of Corrosion (ICorr), Petroleum Engineer International, Journal of Petroleum Technology, Oil Patch, and Oil & Gas Journal."

Bradburn was graduated from Harding University with a bachelor of arts degree in biology in 1965, and from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette with a master of science degree in microbiology in 1968. In 1985, he earned a second master of science degree, this time in chemical engineering.

In 1973, he joined Texaco's Offshore Division in Morgan City, Louisiana as an Engineering Assistant. During his tenure with Texaco he has held a number of positions of increasing responsibility in the company's Exploration and Production Technology and General Engineering Departments.

Currently, Bradburn is an active member of NACE, ICorr and the Society of Petroleum Engineers. He also represents Texaco on several joint industry research programs at various universities as an advisory board member. He was instrumental in the initiation, establishment and development of the Corrosion Research Center at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. He has also co-authored a graduate level college textbook on electrochemical corrosion and developed and taught the first "Chemical Treating" school for Saudi Aramco's Professional Engineering Development Program.

Bradburn's status as a recognized expert in the field of corrosion has resulted in his selection as a member of Who's Who in Science and Engineering in 1999. He was also the initial chairman of NACE-International's Committee on Corrosion/Erosion, a member of a select panel on corrosion modeling by ICorr, and was named a finalist for NACE's Newman Speller Award. The Speller award recognizes those individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the practice of corrosion engineering.

Updated: December 2000