IADC awarded three industry leaders – Don Jacobsen, “Doc” Leon Robinson and David Reid – with Exemplary Service Awards today at the 2013 Annual General Meeting in San Antonio, Texas. The awards recognize the individuals for their outstanding contributions to IADC and their commitment to improving and advancing the industry’s safety, training and technology. Please click below to view exclusive interviews with the award recipients.
The awardees are:
Don Jacobsen, vice president, wells, global arctic & industry/regulatory affairs,
Mr Jacobsen was recognized for his service as an IADC director and conference speaker and his contributions on conference program committees, as well as his contributions to the advancement of safety for the offshore energy industry.
He began his career with Shell in 1981, working primarily in the drilling and completions sector of the business. In the more than 30 years since then, he has served a variety of roles with both Hess Corp and Noble Corp, before rejoining Shell in December 2012. In his current role, he has responsibility for Shell’s worldwide arctic well operations and fills an interface role between Shell’s global wells organization and regulatory bodies around the world.
Dr Leon Robinson
Dr Robinson was recognized for his service as chairman of the IADC Technical Publications Committee. His work as a founding member of the committee stretches over three decades.
Mr Robinson spent 39 years in research with Humble Production Research, which later became Exxon Production Research. While there, he had the opportunity to make contributions in many areas of technology, including mud cleaners, explosive drilling, drilling data telemetry and subsurface rock mechanics, among others. During his career, he was awarded 34 US patents and 24 international patents. He retired in 1992 and began a second career as a lecturer and instructor with PetroSkills. He has received multiple awards during his distinguished career, including a designation as a SPE Drilling Legend in 2008, the SPE Annual Drilling Engineering Award in 1985, and was an inductee of the AADE Hall of Fame in 2006, among many others. Dr Robinson has a BS, MS and PhD in Engineering Physics and served in the US Army from 1944 through 1946.
David Reid, senior vice president, global accounts and chief sales officer, NOV
Mr Reid was recognized for his service as IADC VP of the Drilling & Well Services Division, as chairman of the IADC Advanced Rig Technology Committee and as a member of the IADC Executive Committee.
Mr Reid joined Varco International 21 years ago. In that time, he has served a number of roles covering business development, product development, leadership and management. He has made key contributions in the development of today’s top drives, pipe-handling, iron roughnecks, blowout preventers, integrated drilling systems and automation. He has led the introduction of modern drilling system design in offshore drilling rigs and has had an active role in the industry as a voice in addressing change in design and business models.