Hoboken, N.J. – Depletion of the world’s energy resources has required engineers to seek oil and gas reserves in new frontiers, which presents new challenges for extraction.
On Nov. 14 at Stevens Institute of Technology, American Bureau of Shipping CEO Christopher Wiernicki shared insights on how technology and innovation are enabling efficient, clean and safe energy extraction in some of the world’s harshest conditions.
Wiernicki, an internationally recognized business leader and naval architect, was the headline speaker at the Stevens Deans’ Seminar Series, a high profile lecture event organized by the deans of Stevens’ four schools and colleges.
His talk, “Technology Transforms Today’s Frontiers into Tomorrow’s Front Lines,” discussed challenges and opportunities in finding and extracting energy resources in extreme geographies – such as the ice infested Arctic or off the coast of Africa 12,000 feet below sea level – and efficiently using those resources in a safe and environmentally sensitive manner.
Wiernicki is chairman and CEO of the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS), one of the largest and most respected international classification societies, and chairman of ABS Group, a global leader in risk consulting services. He has been a leading voice on modernizing maritime safety through the use of risk-based methodologies, as well as other issues impacting the marine and offshore industry.
Prior to joining ABS, Wiernicki was president and CEO of Designers and Planners, a leading U.S. naval architecture firm.
Wiernicki holds a B.S. in civil engineering from Vanderbilt University, an M.S. in structural engineering from George Washington University and an M.S. in ocean engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is also a graduate of Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Program.
About Stevens Institute of Technology
Stevens Institute of Technology, The Innovation University®, is a premier, private research university situated in Hoboken, N.J. overlooking the Manhattan skyline. Founded in 1870, technological innovation has been the hallmark and legacy of Stevens’ education and research programs for more than 140 years. Within the university’s three schools and one college, more than 6,100 undergraduate and graduate students collaborate with more than 350 faculty members in an interdisciplinary, student-centric, entrepreneurial environment to advance the frontiers of science and leverage technology to confront global challenges. Stevens is home to three national research centers of excellence, as well as joint research programs focused on critical industries such as healthcare, energy, finance, defense and STEM education and coastal sustainability. The university is consistently ranked among the nation’s elite for return on investment for students, career services programs and mid-career salaries of alumni. Stevens is in the midst of a 10-year strategic plan, The Future. Ours to Create., designed to further extend the Stevens legacy to create a forward-looking and far-reaching institution with global impact.