August 2, 2021 — Southwest Research Institute Senior Research Engineer Dr. Amy McCleney has been named to the inaugural class of Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) Emerging Leaders, a group of young professionals who are making key contributions to the offshore energy sector in their field of work, service to the industry, innovation and focus on safety.
“It was a complete surprise,” McCleney said. “I’m honored to be recognized and to be a part of such an impressive group of engineers who are working to improve and advance our industry.”
McCleney joined the Institute in 2015. She conducts computational fluid dynamics simulations for clients in the areas of fluid and thermal science. She also serves as an operator for experimental testing activities at SwRI’s Multiphase Flow Facility and High-Viscosity Flow Loop. She has also developed new flow visualization reference measurement techniques at experimental test facilities and is involved in oil spill response research efforts to improve the decision-making processes for dispersant and sorbent use in the field.
In addition to her work at SwRI, McCleney contributes to American Petroleum Institute (API) oil and gas testing standards, serving as chair of the New Member Education Committee. API, as one of OTC’s supporting organizations, nominated McCleney as an OTC Emerging Leader.
McCleney has a bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University as well as a master’s degree and a doctorate in mechanical and aerospace engineering from George Washington University.
“What I’m most proud of is the work I’ve done to improve safety in the oil and gas industry,” McCleney said. “My colleagues and I have investigated oil spills and other catastrophic failures and worked to improve testing standards and equipment to ensure it doesn’t happen again. We’re helping industry leaders make safer, more informed decisions.”
The Offshore Technology Conference is an annual gathering of energy professionals for the purpose of exchanging ideas and opinions to advance scientific and technical knowledge for offshore resources and environmental matters. McCleney and the other 12 members of the inaugural class of OTC Emerging Leaders will be recognized at the conference in Houston August 18. They will also be responsible for setting the criteria for the award going forward and choosing next year’s recipients.