Lawrence “Buck” Curtis

PE Hall of Fame Class of 2022

Lawrence “Buck” Curtis is considered the “father” of the Tension Leg Platform, radically changing industry thinking about what is possible in deep water, hostile oilfield developments. Curtis graduated from Mines in 1949 with a professional degree in petroleum engineering. He had a 38-year career with Conoco Inc., and served as president of the American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical and Petroleum Engineers and the Society of Petroleum Engineers. He was inducted into the National Academy of Engineering and the Offshore Petroleum Engineers Hall of Fame. He received the Mines Distinguished Achievement Medal in 1980 and was a loyal Mines alumni and donor. Curtis died in 2017.