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Item 1015: 01015_Michel, Drew_MMS/BOEM

 Item — Box: 17

Interviewer: Tyler Priest

Affiliation: University of Houston

Drew Michel was born a native of south Louisiana, where he naturally gravitated to the oil patch. Michel left his home in Morgan City in 1960 to join up with the U.S. Navy, after which he worked for both Honeywell Electronics, in California, and NASA. On a trip back through Louisiana, Michel heard about an open position at Ocean Systems, having to do with deep diving, and he joined up. Michel soon moved on to Taylor Diving in 1968, and stayed there for eighteen years. Taylor deployed both divers and early-generation ROVs at Shell Oil’s massive Cognac fixed platform in the Gulf of Mexico in the late 1970s. Michel was also involved with the installation of the Auger tension-leg platform, and continued to provide ROVs and subsea expertise to the offshore oil and gas industry for decades afterwards.


  • 1996-2017

Conditions Governing Access

Open for research.

Oral history interviews are only available for use when the University of Houston Libraries is in possession of a release form signed by both interviewee and interviewer allowing for such access.


From the Collection: 25.0 linear feet

Repository Details

Part of the University of Houston Libraries Special Collections Repository

University of Houston Libraries Special Collections
MD Anderson Library
4333 University Drive
Houston TX 77204-2000 USA