Awards & Scholarships

Ford Brett

Ford Brett (SPE)

AIME Presidential Citation in

For his dedicated service to preserving and enriching AIME’s legacy through his enthusiastic participation on AIME’s Council of Excellence.

J. Ford Brett is the CEO of PetroSkills. Brett has consulted in over 45 countries worldwide in the area of Petroleum Process and Project Management. Prior to joining PetroSkills, he was with Amoco Production Co. where he worked on drilling projects in the Bering Sea, the North Slope of Alaska, the Gulf of Mexico, offshore Trinidad, and Wyoming, and led a project that first identified drill bit whirl (which the Oil and Gas Journal Lists as one of the 100 most significant developments in the history of the petroleum industry). In 2010, he advised the US Department of Interior as one of seven reviewers of the "30 Day Study" immediately following the BP Gulf of Mexico Tragedy. He continued serving thru 2012 on a National Academy Committee on the Effectiveness of Safety and Environmental Management Systems for Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Operations. Brett has been granted over 30 U.S. and International patents, authored over 30 technical publications. He has also served the Society of Petroleum Engineers International Board of Directors as Drilling and Completions Technical Director. Brett holds a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering and physics from Duke University as well as a Master of Science in Engineering from Stanford University and a Masters of Business Administration from Oklahoma State University. He is a registered Professional Engineer, and a Project Management Professional.