Ken Arnold Elected to National Academy of Construction

September 15, 2014

Kenneth E. Arnold, PE Austin, TX – The National Academy of Construction (NAC) has elected Ken Arnold, a major contributor to the design and operation of offshore and onshore oil production systems, as a new member of its 2014 class. He will be inducted October 24 at the NAC Annual Meeting in Austin, Texas. The 2014 class includes 28 new inductees. More than 250 industry leaders were considered for the NAC’s rigorous nomination and election process.

Arnold is the co-author of two facilities design textbooks and has written more than 50 articles on safety, project management, and facilities design. He began his career at Shell Oil in 1964 and founded Paragon Engineering Services in 1980. AMEC purchased Paragon in 2005. Two years later, Arnold retired from AMEC to form his own consulting firm, KACI. In 2010, he joined WorleyParsons as a senior technical advisor while maintaining KACI for independent consulting work.

Elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2005, Arnold has been selected three times as distinguished lecturer for the Society of Professional Engineers (SPE). He has served twice on the SPE Board, and currently is vice president of the Academy of Medicine, Engineering and Science of Texas. He has served on several committees of the American Petroleum Institute (API), and recently served as chair of the National Research Council committee that prepared a report to the U.S. Department of the Interior on evaluating the effectiveness of safety and environmental management systems for offshore operations. He also is the editor of the SPE Petroleum Engineering Handbook Volume on Facilities and Construction and has taught facilities engineering at the University of Houston as well as at Technion University, Israel. In 2013, Arnold received the Offshore Technology Conference Award for Distinguished Individual Achievement. He earned a BS in civil engineering at Cornell University and a master’s at Tulane University.

The National Academy of Construction, established in 1999, is an organization of industry leaders who have made outstanding contributions to the engineering and construction industry. It is composed of a wide variety of industry representatives, including construction users, designers, constructors, consultants, attorneys, sureties, and academics. In addition to being a personal honor, election to the Academy allows members to volunteer their expertise to a variety of organizations, governmental and nongovernmental, for the betterment of the industry as a whole. For more information on this press release, contact Rusty Haggard at (512) 557-7672 or email

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