Eric joined Hecate in 2008 as Chief Scientific Officer and became CEO in 2014. While at Hecate he has worked on various projects in the oil and gas industry including digital pressure testing of Blowout Preventers (BOPs), work that has taken him to multiple deep-water offshore facilities in the US Gulf of Mexico. While at Hecate he has also led a team in the development of a casing and tubular design package, served as a third-party inspector during ultrasonic pipe inspections and developed software for the analysis of optical components.

Eric has a strong background in research and development with experience in oil and gas (algorithm development as well as field implementation of technology), applied physics, biotechnology and software development. From 2003 until 2008 he worked in the proteomics group of Richard Smith first as a post-doctoral researcher and then as a Senior Research Scientist at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL).

From 2000 to 2003, as a post-doctoral researcher, Eric led an effort at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center (UTSW) in the development of a prototype high-throughput DNA synthesizer.

Eric's education includes a B.S. in Physics (1995) and a Ph.D. in Applied Physics (2000) from the University of Texas at Arlington under the supervision of Roy N. West, Ph.D. His dissertation work was the measurement of the Fermi surface of the colossal magnetoresistive material La0.7Sr0.3MnO3 using the method of two-dimensional angular correlation of annihilation radiation (2D-ACAR).


  • Digital Pressure Testing of Blowout Preventers (BOPs)
  • Oil and Gas
  • Optics
  • Liquid Chromatography and Mass spectrometry Automation
  • DNA synthesis
  • 2D Angular Correlation of Annihilation Radiation (ACAR)
  • Solid State Physics


  • Basic Offshore Safety Induction and Emergency Training (BOSIET)
  • Compressed Air Emergency Breathing System (CA-EBS)
  • Tropical Helicopter Underwater Escape Training (HUET – OPITO)
  • SAFE Gulf / SAFE Land  
  • Oil & Gas UK (OGUK) Offshore Medical Certificate
  • Safe Gulf/Safe Land
  • Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC)
Eric A. Livesay CEO, Ph.D.