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Monday, August 1

8:00 – 9:30 am


Amster Howard

Amster has been crawling through pipe for 60 years.  His research into soil stiffness lead to the Reclamation table of E prime values that is now in common use.  His book "Pipeline Installation 2.0" covers what he has learned about buried pipe construction.  Amster' s latest project is a 14 hour on-line course "Pipeline Installation for Inspectors." While aimed at new inspectors, experienced inspectors will also find the course useful. 

Presentation Title: The Inspector Comes Next Wednesday - This is a follow-up to Amster' s talk at the Seattle conference in 2011, "The Inspector Comes on Tuesday."  He will discuss pipeline problems based on lack of proper inspection.  Case histories collected since 2011 will be featured. 

Tuesday, August 2

11:30 am – 1:00 pm


Mark Nutsch

Green Beret Commander portrayed in the movie 12 Strong & New York Times Best-Seller, Horse Soldiers: An Extraordinary Mission of Commitment, Purpose, Heroism and Hope. In October 2001, following the attacks on 9/11, Nutsch led a heroic 12-man team of U.S. Special Forces on a covert mission to Afghanistan, where they would ride to war on horses to fight the enemy — side by side with their Muslim counterparts — capture the strategic city of Mazar-i-Sharif within a matter of weeks, and successfully overthrow the Taliban. Now a consultant to Special Operations Command, he earned a Bronze Star with valor for his bravery. Nutsch, as "Captain Mitch Nelson," is portrayed by actor Chris Hemsworth in the 2018 major motion picture 12 Strong, based on the best-selling book, Horse Soldiers, by Doug Stanton. The team’s unwavering valor was also fortified by their unique, strategic partnership with their Afghan counterparts.

Presentation Title: On stage, Mark takes audiences behind-the-scenes of the first successful Special Forces campaign that happened in the immediate aftermath of 9/11, sharing insights on leadership and team dynamics in overcoming insurmountable odds in what was described as “The Most Important Mission of the Free World.” While leveraging guerilla tactics on horseback, his 12-man team successfully outmaneuvered the full military force of the enemy to a historic victory.

Wednesday, August 3

11:45 am – 12:45 pm


Don McMillan

Don McMillan has a Master's Degree in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University. He was a member of the design team on the world’s first 32-bit microprocessor. He went on to become a founding member of the startup company: VLSI Technology. Then in 1993, he was the $100,000 Comedy Grand Champion on "Star Search". He's performed on "The Tonight Show", HBO, and ALL over the Internet. His unique act combines smart comedy observations with his one-of-a-kind PowerPoint presentation. Don spends most of his time writing and performing customized corporate comedy shows for companies like Google, Apple, IBM, Ford, ExxonMobil and now Pipelines 2022! He has performed more than 800 corporate shows in the last 20 years and he was named the #1 Corporate Comedian by CBS Business Network. 

Presentation Title: The Comedy Pipeline 2022 - What do you get when you cross an Engineer with a stand-up comedian? You get Don McMillan. This former Electrical Engineer has been doing his one-of-a-kind, PowerPoint-Driven comedy show for corporate audiences for over 20 years - and now he turns his sights on Pipelines 2022! In his show packed with graphs & charts, Don will show you the funny side of the Pipelines that has been sitting right in front of you - you are just too busy working to notice it. Join us and start the day off with a laugh and pick up a few jokes to take back to your job!

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