Outstanding Accomplishment in Ocean Engineering
Richard B Offshore LLC
Richard D'Souza received his Bachelor’s degree in Naval Architecture from the Indian Institute of Technology and Masters’ degrees from Michigan and Tulane universities. His entire 41 year career was devoted to the Offshore Industry. He pioneered the designs of Floating Drilling and Production Platforms as their capabilities progressed from operating in 300m to 3000m of water. He was a founding member of Omega Marine Engineering that grew into one of the most successful Offshore Engineering Companies in the industry. He also built KBR’s consultancy, including Granherne, GVA and Energo, into a deepwater industry leader. Active in SNAME since 1973 he was elected Fellow in 2015. He is the recipient of the Elmer Sperry, ABS/Linnard and SNAME Texas Section Lifetime Achievement awards. He has been a tireless advocate for the rightful role of Naval Architects and Ocean Engineers in the Offshore Industry. His greatest achievements, besides his 40 year marriage to Rena and children Neisha and Rohan, are his 80 technical publications advancing deepwater technology and the three generations of Offshore Engineers he has mentored. He has been privileged to work with many offshore industry pioneers including most of the previous Blakely Smith medal recipients.