Kurt Mix Facts
Four years and millions of dollars later, this case closed with a no-jail-time minor misdemeanor wrist slap—the equivalent of a traffic ticket for failing to get BP’s permission before deleting text messages with a close friend.

— Michael McGovern, Defense Counsel, US v. Mix

Personal History

Kurt Mix was born in 1961 and grew up in New Roads, Louisiana, where his mother still resides. Kurt and his wife, Xiao Hong Guan, presently live in the greater Houston, Texas area. He has a stepson, Kevin Kong. The only day Kurt took off during the Deepwater Horizon spill was to attend Kevin’s graduation from the University of Texas.

Kurt earned his BS in Petroleum Engineering from Louisiana State University in 1983. Shortly after graduating, Kurt began his engineering career at Texaco, where he was recruited to participate in a drilling supervisor training program.

In his spare time, Kurt enjoys Louisiana State University football, gardening, yoga, volunteer work, and home improvement projects.



February 1984 – March 1992 | Gulf of Mexico
Drilling supervisor trainee and then drilling supervisor.

March 1992 – March 1996 | Copenhagen, Denmark
Drilling supervisor and special projects drilling engineer.

March 1996 – May 1997 | North Sea, United Kingdom
Worked with partner team in the North Sea.

Norcen Explorer, Inc.
May 1997 – May 1998 | Gulf of Mexico
Operations superintendent and engineer.

BHP Houston
May 1998 – February, 2001 | Gulf of Mexico
Senior drilling engineer on a variety of projects.

BHP Billiton
February 2001 – November 2006 | Gulf of Mexico
Lead deepwater development drilling engineer on the Atlantis Development.

November 2006 – January 2012 | Gulf of Mexico
Special projects manager until March 2008, then provided major drilling engineering support for development drilling projects. Mix had no involvement with the Macondo Well prior to the blowout on April 20, 2010.


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