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Emerging Leaders Class of 2024

Congratulations to the 11 early career professionals named to the 2024 class! The Emerging Leaders program recognizes young professionals with fewer than 10 years of experience in the offshore energy sector. 

The OTC Emerging Leaders are 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.

The 2024 class will be honored during the conference on Tuesday, 7 May.



Rebecca Caldwell

Rebecca Caldwell, PhD
Exploration Geologist

Yan Wang

Yan Wang, PhD
Advanced Technology Development Engineer
ExxonMobil Technology and Engineering Company

Jinbo Chin

Jinbo Chen, PhD,
Associate Professor,
School of Ocean and Civil Engineering
Shanghai Jiao Tong University
*Former staff drilling engineer at Shell USA 

Mejdi Kammoun, PhD

Mejdi Kammoun, PhD
Principal Engineer
American Bureau of Shipping

Jian Shi

Jian (Jason) Shi, PhD
Assistant Professor
University of Houston 

Pankaj Goel

Pankaj Goel, PhD
Projects Advisor

Luz Zarate

Luz Zarate
Marine Technology Research Engineer
Shell International Exploration and Production


Shahrzad Roshankhah, PhD, PE
Assistant Professor
University of Utah

Michael Renning

Michael Renning
Engineer II
American Bureau of Shipping

Mathilde Luycx

Mathilde Luycx, PhD
ExxonMobil Technology and
Engineering Company

Dillon Hoffmann

Dillon Hoffmann
Offshore Projects/Engineering Manager 
Couvillion Group LLC


Nominee Requirements

  • Nominee must be an early career professional with 10 years or less of industry experience
  • Nominee must currently work in the offshore energy sector
  • Nominee must be a member in good standing with one of OTC’s sponsoring, endorsing, or supporting organizations 

Nomination Process

  • Identify one or more outstanding early career professional(s) within your sponsoring, endorsing, or supporting organization
  • Complete the online nomination form
  • Request a resume or CV to include with the nomination form

Program Benefits

  • Recipients will receive a complimentary 4-day registration to OTC 2024
  • Recognition throughout OTC, including on the OTC website, social media platforms, and in the digital onsite program
  • Recipients will be listed in the OTC Awards Display, a permanent awards display case in NRG Center
  • Recipients will participate in the selection process of the Class of 2024
  • Acknowledgment at an onsite awards ceremony

Countdown to OTC 2024!