R.Tim and Kay Bradley

R.Tim and Kay Bradley

Throughout his distinguished career in the oil and gas industry, R. Tim Bradley (BS PetE’77, Professional Degree PetE’14) has contributed to the advancement of his profession, from his work as a reservoir engineer in the West Texas Permian Basin to his executive leadership of the CO2 divisions of two major energy companies. He has also contributed to the growth of Missouri University of Science and Technology through his service as an alumnus and his generosity as a donor.

A native of Springfield, Missouri, and salutatorian of the Glendale High School Class of 1973, Tim graduated from Missouri S&T in 1977 with a bachelor’s degree in petroleum engineering and joined Shell Oil Company in Midland, Texas, working as a reservoir engineer with a focus on enhanced oil recovery (EOR in the industry). In 1984 he became Manager of Petroleum Engineering-Enhanced Oil Recovery for Shell in Mississippi, a role with oversight for both carbon dioxide (C02) source assets and EOR field development. (Carbon dioxide flooding is a recovery technique used to increase production in mature oil fields.)

In 1989 Tim was named Manager of C02 Marketing for Shell. Nine years later, when Shell and Kinder Morgan launched Shell C02 Company – a $360 million joint venture – he was tapped as President. Tim subsequently became President of Kinder Morgan C02 Company, when Shell sold its share of the company in 2000. Over the next 13 years, Kinder Morgan C02 grew into the largest producer, transporter and marketer of carbon dioxide in the United States, the second largest oil producer in Texas, and the largest and most profitable division of Kinder Morgan.

Tim retired from the company in 2013. His wife, Kay, a San Antonio native and journalism graduate of the University of Houston, formerly served as Director of Church Life for Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church in Houston. The Bradleys moved from Houston to Austin after their retirement. They also spend time at their lake house in the Texas Hill Country, where they enjoy wake boarding, skiing, swimming and sailing with their seven children and six grandchildren.

Tim was inducted into Missouri S&T’s Academy of Mines and Metallurgy in April 2013 and was honored with a Professional Degree in Petroleum Engineering in May 2014. He and Kay are members of the Order of the Golden Shillelagh.

Now, through their generosity in establishing the R. Tim and Kay Bradley Petroleum Engineering Graduate Student Fellowship Endowment, outstanding graduate students selected as Bradley Fellows in Petroleum Engineering will have the financial support essential to the incubation of fellowship, research and technology transfer in the field.