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Subsea Systems Institute (SSI) is a collaboration between the University of Houston, Rice University and the Johnson Space Center (NASA). SSI focuses on:

  1. Applied research to support translational engineering and technology development for offshore energy production
  2. Workforce and economic development


To improve safety and efficiency of offshore energy development:

  1. By facilitating engineering, science and policy research and through third party unbiased validation of technology and practices
  2. By increasing skill sets across the workforce aligned with the development and deployment of new technologies


Subsea Systems Institute creates a major opportunity to form strong alliances between the academic/research sector, the energy and space industries, and international organizations. Collaborators include:

  • Major oil and gas operators
  • Offshore equipment manufacturers and the service sector
  • Government agencies
  • Industry trade organizations
  • International research organizations
  • Research and academic institutions


Research & Technology:

  • Utilize RESTORE Act and industry funding to support the collaborative development and validation of safe and efficient technologies for the exploration and production of hydrocarbons. Collaborative development requires inter-disciplinary and multi-institutional programs
  • Collaborate as partners with industry to develop new technologies that support the safe and economic development of deepwater resources

Training & Certification:

  • Training and courses for professionals, new employees and graduate students


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    Ramanan Krishnamoorti, PhD
    Director, Subsea Systems Institute (SSI)

  • Marie-Nathalie Contou-Carrere
    Marie-Nathalie Contou-Carrere
    Interim Executive Director, Carbon Hub Management Team (CHMT), Rice University

  • Kamlesh Lulla, PhD, PhD
    Kamlesh Lulla, PhD, PhD.
    Director, University Collaboration and Partnership, NASA Johnson Space Center

  • John Allen
    John Allen
    Industry Liaison, Allen Energy Consultants, LLC (AEC)

  • Andy Chang
    Andy Chang
    Program Director, Subsea Systems Institute (SSI)

  • Veronica Lawrence
    Veronica Lawrence
    Research Administrator II, Subsea Systems Institute (SSI)


  • Paul Doucette
    Paul Doucette
    GM, Industry Affairs and Stakeholder Engagement, Baker Hughes

  • Tom Feutrill
    Tom Feutrill
    Pluto Train 2 Project Manager, Woodside Energy USA (Inc)

  • Luis Garza Rios, PhD
    Luis Garza Rios, PhD
    Senior Marine Consultant, ExxonMobil Upstream Integrated Solutions

  • Diana K. Grauer, PhD
    Diana K. Grauer, PhD
    Chief Technology Officer, Ocean Aero

  • Paul Hughes
    Paul Hughes
    Technology Manager, Subsea7

  • Sudhir Pai
    Sudhir Pai
    Chairman, Board of Directors, Technology Collaboration Center

  • Nikunj Patel
    Nikunj Patel
    Director, Engineering & Technology, Oceaneering International Inc.

  • Brian Skeels
    Brian Skeels
    Senior Technical Advisor, TechnipFMC

  • Patrick Toomey
    Patrick Toomey
    Asset Class Hub Leader for Upstream Operations, Chevron

  • Francesco Tripodi
    Francesco Tripodi
    Commercial GoM, SOLUTIONS business line, Saipem