September 23, 2021

From Hilton Head to Thunder Horse

By: Mykayla Capeles

Lizzy Gandy earned her second bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of South Carolina. After an internship at ALCOA, she found a passion for manufacturing.

Gandy joined BP’s pipeline business in 2003, where she managed a team to do pipeline inspections in Texas. She then became an offshore installation manager for the Na Kika and Thunder Horse platforms, which are the biggest moored oil platforms in the world in the Gulf of Mexico.

Gandy made history in her career. “Not only was I the first woman, but I was also the first black woman,” she said. “A lot of guys, they had never seen anybody like me offshore as well as in that role of being the offshore installation manager. . . I’ve been the only one during a lot of my career, and you just kind of get used to it.”

Gandy is currently an operations authority that focuses on safety protocols. She hopes to share her story and experiences with her grandchildren and future alumni.

Read the full story, written by Chris Horn, on the university website.

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