Charles Sternbach

President, Star Creek Energy, Houston


Academic Degrees

  • 1984: Ph.D., geology, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), Troy, New York
  • 1981: M.S., geology, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), Troy, New York
  • 1980: B.A., geology, Columbia College, Columbia University, New York


  • 2005-Present: President, Star Creek Energy, Houston
  • 2003-13: President, First Place Energy, Houston
  • 1997-2003: Exploration manager, JOG Corp (Jordan Oil and Gas), Houston
  • 1990-97: Staff geologist, Shell, Houston
  • 1984-90: Senior geologist, Shell, Houston

AAPG Activities

AAPG Honors & Awards

  • 2015: Honorary Life member, DPA
  • 2013: AAPG, HoD 9-Year Certificate of Service
  • 2012: Gerald Cooley Award, Houston Geological Society
  • 2011: AAPG Honorary member
  • 2002, 2006, 2010: AAPG Certificate of Merit
  • 2006: Honorary member, Houston Geological Society
  • 2005: AAPG Distinguished Service Award
  • 2004: DPA Certificate of Merit
  • 2003: Distinguished Service – GCAGS

  • 1984-Present: Six papers on Wilburton field study (Arkoma Basin), Anadarko Basin deep dolomite reservoirs, new discoveries and plays in intracratonic basins and fold belts.
    In preparation: Memoir, Giant Fields of the Decade 2000-2010.
  • 2012: Memoir 98, “The Great American Carbonate Bank: The Geology and Economic Resources of the Cambrian-Ordovician Sauk Megasequence of Laurentia,” co-editor and author of chapter 7, “Petroleum Resources of the Great American Carbonate Bank.”
  • 2004: PA Special Publication, “Heritage of the Petroleum Geologist.”
  • 2003: Special Publication, “Discoverer’s of the 20th Century – Perfecting the Search.”
  • While at Shell, 30 proprietary in-house reports on trap analysis, exploration potential, carbonates and basin analysis. While serving on the editorial board of Search and Discovery we have included A/V presentations on Discovery Thinking and Playmaker forums that have received tens of thousands of views globally. As president of DPA I wrote topical articles for the AAPG EXPLORER.

Article II. Section 5. President-Elect

The President-Elect shall serve for one (1) year as such and in the following year shall assume the office of President. The President-Elect shall have no administrative authority except as a member of the Executive Committee; shall become acquainted with all the details of the office of President, and generally become prepared to serve as President. The President-Elect shall be responsible for the preparation of the budget for the ensuing fiscal year for approval by the Executive Committee.

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