July 2010 Business News

July 2010 Vol. 65 No. 7
Miller Pipeline's Dave Tucker.

Howard has more than 30 years of leadership experience in organizations ranging from entrepreneurial start-ups to large public companies and has developed a track record for locating, hiring and mentoring top-tier scientific and technical talent. He is widely respected for facilitating collaborative relationships among utilities and suppliers in the United States and abroad.

In his current position as senior vice president of Research and Development, Howard oversees annual research spending in excess of $350 million and is responsible for overseeing EPRI’s entire research portfolio including renewable, fossil, and nuclear generation; transmission and distribution; energy efficiency; electric transportation; and the environment.

Previously he served as president and CEO of EPRI Solutions Inc., formerly a wholly-owned subsidiary of EPRI. Before joining EPRI, he was president of Beta Development Corp., a venture capital firm providing equity investments in technology-based companies; later he became president of the Tennessee Center for Research and Development in Knoxville, TN.

He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from the University of Tennessee, a Master of Science in business and engineering management from the University of Pittsburgh, and a doctorate in engineering science from the University of Tennessee. He has completed the MIT Nuclear Reactor Technology program.

PPI Solutions
PII Pipeline Solutions, a GE Oil & Gas and Al Shaheen joint venture, has opened a new state-of-the-art services facility in Calgary. The facility will support North America’s oil and gas infrastructure with advanced pipeline inspection technology and services, and will become a global centre of excellence for pipeline crack analysis, serving Canadian, U.S. and European pipeline operators.

The new facility consolidates several existing PII Pipeline Solutions operations in Calgary into one center and will host part of GE’s fleet of advanced magnetic, geometry and ultrasonic pipeline inspection tools for deployment throughout Canada to help operators monitor the condition of their oil and gas gathering and transmission systems.
The 50,000-square-foot services facility will house 100 employees and is certified to ISO9001: 2008 and EN13908 (ATEX) requirements. www.ge.com

Millennium Pipeline Co.
Millennium Pipeline Company has named Joseph P. Shields as president, effective June 1. He replaces Richard H. Leehr, who has served as company president since 2005.