Mike Utt was born in Corvallis, Oregon. He graduated from Oregon State University in 1969, and entered the U.S. Navy. He was commissioned an officer in the Navy Civil Engineer Corps, and spent most of his active duty time in San Diego. Upon leaving the Navy in 1972, he returned to Oregon State, where he earned a Master’s degree in the Ocean Engineering program. He joined Union Oil Company of California in 1974. His first job was as an engineer in the Reservoir, Ocean and Arctic Engineering group of the Research Department in Brea, California. In 1986, he became Supervisor of Ocean & Arctic Engineering. In the following years he held several management and technical positions, all related to oil and gas drilling and production technology. In 1995, he moved to Sugar Land, Texas with Unocal’s Exploration & Production Technology group. He retired in 2004 from the position of Manager, Deepwater Technology, in Unocal’s Engineering & Construction organization. Mike is currently a self-employed engineering consultant, based in Yorba Linda, California. In addition to consulting for oil industry organizations, he currently serves as Chairman of the Los Angeles Section of the Society of Petroleum Engineers.