Arcot "Radha" Radhakrishnan's career has spanned over 45 years of worldwide involvement in the petroleum, chemicals and oil producing industries, including service with Shell Chemicals, Exxon Corporation and with ExxonMobil Corporation. At Exxon his R&D contributions included development of equipment technology for synthetic fuels (DOE) and the development/implementation of storage tank design and construction practices for atmospheric and low temperature services. His career has included a diverse range of technology assignments relating to capital projects, commissioning of new facilities, R&D,
trouble-shooting, and incident investigation. His assignments with ER&E, were focused on supporting Exxon's development of a streamlined methodology for conducting assessments of affiliate facilities worldwide. This effort required the development of an in-house knowledge base and methodology for risk-based analysis of management and operations of equipment in existing facilities in refining, chemicals and producing operations offshore. Development of Corporate Standards, Procedures and Practices, using a streamlined risk-based approach, was the primary focus of this methodology that was rolled out to Exxon affiliates. He was responsible for training, and leading cross-functional plant engineering teams to implement the risk-based methodology to enhance safety in operating practices for existing facilities.
He was the Industrial Advisor on the Mechanical Engineering Faculty at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. He is a past committee member of the API SC on Piping and Storage Tanks, and the API Task Group that developed the API 653 Standard for Inspection and Repair of Atmospheric Storage Tanks. He has an MSc degree in Lubrication and Bearing Design, from the University of Leeds, UK, Graduate Diploma in Chemical Engineering from the University of Manchester College of Science and Technology, UK and BE in Mechanical Engineering from Osmania University, India.
Radha manages Becht Engineering's West Coast office. During the past 8 years, he has led numerous reliability assessments for Oil Majors in Refining and Producing operations. These assessments involve the deployment of Becht Engineering teams of Senior Advisors who provide technical guidance for Refinery Turnaround Work Scope development and optimization. He has been leading teams engaged in the development of equipment criticality reviews and strategy development for multi-billion dollar projects in Producing Operations.