Willard C. Capdevielle, P.E.
Bill Capdevielle is an upstream oil and gas professional with over 43 years’ experience. He has a BS in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Southwestern Louisiana in 1971. Bill also earned a MS in Systems Management from University of Southern California while serving as a pilot in the U.S. Air Force. Bill is a Registered Professional Petroleum Engineer in Texas and Louisiana.
Bill has diverse experience in the upstream Oil and Gas Industry in both management and technical positions. Bill spent a significant part of his career offshore working on drilling rigs and production platforms. He also served for 4 years as an Offshore Installation Manager for Mobil Oil in the North Sea. Bill has spent ¼ of his career working in Upstream Oil and Gas technology groups, ¼ working in producing operations and operations support, and ¼ working in capital project support. The nexus of experience in producing operations and capital projects allowed Bill to develop techniques for, and experience in, achieving Facility Operability as part of the capital project process.
Bill retired from Mobil Oil Corporation after a 27-year career. In April 2014 Bill retired from Hess Corporation where he served as the Technology Innovation Champion for Hess’ EP Technology group. Bill started his own technology innovation consulting firm where he specializes in finding nanotechnologies from other industries and applying them to the upstream oil and gas industry.
Bill has a passion for finding and implementing new technology. He served as co-chair for the Oil and Gas Symposium at the 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016 NanoTech conferences. At the invitation of the Director of the National Nanotechnology Coordinating Office, Bill served on the team that helped develop the 2014 National Nanotechnology Initiative strategy for the National Science Foundation. Bill also volunteered his expertise at the Houston Technology Center mentoring start-up companies. In 2017 and 2018 Bill served on the national Academy of Engineering’s ad hoc study committee for Reliability of Bolts in Subsea Service.