DR. ANDREA MANGIAVACCHI is currently involved in international deep-water offshore projects on behalf of major oil and gas operators. He is also an active member of work groups involved in the development of US and international standards for offshore structures. After an early academic career with the University of Rome, Italy and with Rice University in Houston, Andrea joined Brown & Root (today KBR), where over the next 25 years he was involved in a number of major international offshore oil and gas projects (Gulf of Mexico, North Sea, South America, West Africa, Asia-Pacific). He also held a number of corporate positions in the area of deep water technology, fixed and floating offshore structures, and engineering systems. Andrea has extensive experience in conceptual field development projects, structural analysis and design, hydrodynamics, naval architecture, Computer Aided Engineering and Design. Andrea holds a MSc in Nuclear Engineering and a PhD in Aerospace Engineering, both from the University of Rome. He has authored or co-authored over 30 technical papers, and holds two patents.