September 12, 2013

Jose Rios

Jose Rios, M.S.

Jose RiosMr. Rios is a civil engineer with a strong marine science and emergency management (EM) background.  He comes to Polaris with over 20 years of successfully promoting Engineering, HES, and Emergency Management growth through strategic leadership and innovative integration of challenging functional areas.  He joined Polaris in February 2013 following more than 10 years of experience, in the EM arena,  with major oil and gas corporations. He participated in project Atlas and project Prometheus developing EM process standards for Chevron global upstream and downstream. He combines strong leadership and team building skills with the ability to capture business advantage, negotiate and establish tactical alliances, direct project planning and execution, instill an incident-free culture in organizations, and manage corporate reputation.  He has provided leadership and management to numerous real EM events that required coordinating representatives from industry and governmental agencies to meet response strategic objectives.


Master of Science, 1999, Nova Southeastern University, Oceanographic Center (Florida – USA), Coastal Zone Management

Bachelor of Science, 1995, Universidad Santa Maria (Caracas -Venezuela), Civil Engineering


Confédération Mondiale des Activités Subaquatiques (CMAS)

Federación Venezolana de Actividades Subacuáticas (FVAS)

Chevron Worldwide Emergency Response Team (WWERT), 2004 – 2013


Polaris Applied Sciences, Inc., Emergency Management Specialist / Marine Scientist, 2013 – Present

Chevron North America, Drilling and Completion Safety Specialist / ER Coordinator, 2012 – 2013

Chevron North America, Production, HES Specialist / EM Coordinator, 2007 – 2011

Chevron Global Downstream, EM Coordinator Latin-America and Caribbean Region, 2004 – 2007

ConocoPhillips Upstream, HES & EM Coordinator, 2002 – 2004

Conoco Venezuela, HES Specialist & EM Coordinator, 2002

Arbórea Consultores Ambientales C.A. Project Engineer / Oil Spill Response Coordinator, 2000 – 2002

Continental Shelf Associates Inc., Diving Technician/ Staff Scientist/GIS Specialist, 1999 – 2000

Coastal Science Associates, Inc. – Nova Southeastern University, Wetlands Mitigation Field Crew Leader/ Marine Scientist / GIS Operator /  1998 – 1999

Clean Caribbean Cooperative, Assistant to the Planning Manager, 1998 – 1999

OCEANTEC, Servicios de Ingeniería Submarina, C.A. – ARK, Underwater Surveyor / Diving Team Leader/ Inspector Engineer, 1989 – 1996


Molasses Release – September 2013, Honolulu Harbor, Oahu, HI
Underwater NRDA and Scientific Advisor

COCL/Lianzi – September 2013, oil spill contingency plan and emergency response plan, contractors (including drilling) emergency response bridging documents development,
Project Manager and EM Advisor

Coalmont – August 2013, coal slurry spill, B.C., Canada,
S.C.A.T. and EM Advisor

Lemon Creek – August 2013, fuel oil spill, Slocan Valley, B.C., Canada,
S.C.A.T. and EM Advisor

Kinder-Morgan – July 2013, meso-scale study of fate and behavior of diluted bitumen oils in marine water, Gainford, Alberta, Canada,
Field Scientist and Report Scientific Advisor

Chevron-Lost Hill – November 2012, tank explosion, Lost Hill, CA,
Liaison Officer and ICS Advisor

Section 1Y Incident – December 2011, well blowout, McKittrick, CA,
Source Control Unit Leader and ICS Advisor

• Frade Incident – November 2011, oil spill, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil,
Deputy IC and ICS Advisor

Well #1913-1Y – June 2008, well blowout, McKittrick, CA,
Deputy IC and ICS Advisor

Chevron San Joaquin Valley, 2007 – 2013, numerous confidential events, Bakersfield, CA,
EM Coordinator and Crisis Management Team Advisor

Arthur Kill – February 2006, oil spill, Perth Amboy, NJ,
Deputy IC, Planning Section Chief, and ICS Advisor,

Chevron Downstream, 2004 – 2007, hurricane response events and other confidential events, Latin-American & Caribbean Region, Coral Gables, FL,
EM Coordinator and Crisis Management Team Advisor

ConocoPhillips Upstream, 2002 – 2004, numerous confidential events, including business continuity, Caracas, Venezuela
EM Coordinator and Crisis Management Team Advisor

Training and coaching for all command and general staff functions on emergency response for small spill incidents and multiple emergency management exercises including S.O.N.S.

ICS Advisor, Mexican Navy, numerous training and exercises events, 2004 – 2008


Bilingual: English and Spanish (native), also fluent in spoken Portuguese.

SCUBA Diving Instructor I2-061 (C.M.A.S. Instructor / F.V.A.S. Federal Instructor)


E. Taylor, G. Challenger, J. Rios, C. Brown. 2013. Dilbit Crude Oil Weathering on Brackish Water: Meso-scale Tests of Fate, Behavior, and Spill Countermeasures. Abstract submitted for the 37th AMOP Technical Seminar on Environmental Contamination and Response, June 2014.

Rios J., Hernandez N., and Fritzsche C. 2011. Practical Considerations for Information Sharing and Relationship-building between Two Diverse Oil Spill Response Organizations — The Mexican Navy and a U.S. Oil Company. International Oil Spill Conference, 2011 (IOSC, 2011 – Published Paper and Session 23 Guest Speaker)

Rios J., Net Environmental Benefits Analysis (NEBA). Guest Speaker at the International Forum on Health, Safety & Environment in the Offshore Oil Industry; June 2006 in Macae, Brazil