G. Steve Adcock has over 30 years of E&P G&G experience. He received his first degree in Physics, then managed a wholesale distribution business while pursuing a second degree in Geology. Steve then accepted a position with Texaco as an exploration geophysicist for the Gulf Coast. Three years later, he moved to the Woodlands TX to become an exploration and development geophysicist for Mitchell Energy.
From there he began his Master's studies in Geophysics under Bob Sheriff at the University of Houston. Steve spent 20 years with Mitchell Energy discovering new plays, trends, and technologies: developing offset analysis, pioneering inversion, acquiring and interpreting the company's first 3D, and managing the workstation revolution. He was geophysicist for the Fort Worth Basin during the 1980s when the Barnett Shale play was discovered and monetized.
Steve joined ARAMCO in early 2000, where he spent the next few years in Saudi Arabia building a G&G data and information management system, converting hardcopy and core warehouses to digital form, and doing seismic sequence stratigraphy workflow research. Steve is currently senior geophysicist for an independent consulting company providing world-wide training, mentoring, and consulting in geophysical and geological interpretation and technology management.
Russ Agrusa is the Founder, President and CEO of ICONICS, Inc., in Foxborough, Massachusetts. He has over 25 years of experience in managing software development of HMI/SCADA and control products for the Process Control and Data Acquisition industry. His career began at Westinghouse Electric Corporation, designing software systems for Fossil and Nuclear Power Plant control systems. He worked next at Foxboro Company, leading the HMI development of the "IA" Distributed Control System. Agrusa started ICONICS in 1986 to take advantage of the emerging PC-based automation market and to create off-the-shelf HMI and SCADA software for factory automation. Agrusa, and his team at ICONICS, recognized that OPC was core to the future of Plug and Play software components and produced the first commercially available "OPC-to-the-Core" based HMI/SCADA products. ICONICS has done an enormous amount of volunteer work for the OPC Foundation serving on the Data Access, Alarm/Events and HDA committees. Agrusa himself is a member of the foundation’s Board of Directors, as well as its marketing chairman. Russ has a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Buffalo and an MS in Computer Science from Boston University.
Jack Angel, with Sensortran, in their Houston, Texas, office, has served as their VP of Business Development for the Oil & Gas market since April, 2008. Before joining SensorTran, Mr. Angel served as Vice President of Sales & Marketing at Sabeus, Inc. in Houston, Texas, where he had full operational and financial responsibility for all product lines. Prior to Sabeus, Jack spent 25 years at various Baker Hughes companies, including Baker Hughes Pipeline Management Group, QuantX Wellbore Instrumentation, Baker Oil Tools, Baker Hughes Inteq, and Baker Hughes, Inc. During those 25 years, Mr. Angel served in diverse leadership positions managing pipeline turnkey operations, global wellbore operations, marketing, business development, sales, and engineering. Jack earned an MBA from Texas A&M University and bachelor’s degree in Electronic Engineering Technology from Memorial University in Newfoundland, Canada.
John specializes in sequence stratigraphy of depositional systems and application of the Petroleum System to basin analysis. He worked for Mobil Oil Corporation for 27 and since retirement in 2000 as an international consultant from his home in Damascus, Oregon. John has worked in more than 30 basins including Alaska’s North Slope, China’s Tarim Basin, US and Mexican Gulf of Mexico areas, offshore Nigeria and northern South America. He has published papers on stratigraphy, biostratigraphy, geochemistry and depositional systems. John has been an AAPG Distinguished Lecturer and a Visiting Instructor at the University of Oregon.
George B. Asquith is a Professor of Geosciences at Texas Tech University with specialties in well logging, and carbonate and sandstone petrology. He received his B.S. in geology with a minor in math from Texas Tech University in 1961 and his M.S. and PhD from the University of Wisconsin in Madison (1963 and 1966) with a minor in geophysics.
Richard Banks, Scientific Computer Applications, Inc., Tulsa, OK, received his Engineer of Geophysics degree in 1953 from Colorado School of Mines and an MS in Petroleum Engineering in 1957 from the University of Texas.
Antonio Barnolas is Senior Researcher at the Geological Survey of Spain in Madrid. He has been involved in the Geological Map of Spain since1976 as Project Manager for the Pyrenees and Ebro Basin. His research is focused on basin analysis, with emphasis in tectonics and sedimentation. He has experience in the Pyrenees, Balearic Islands, Antarctica and the Gulf of Cadiz. With a great number of publications, 16 of which in international journals, he has been co-editor of the French-Spanish venture “Synthèse Géologique et Géophysique des Pyrénées” (BRGM-IGME), and of the Pyrenees chapter of the book “Geología de España” published by the Geological Society of Spain and the Geological Survey.
Edward A. (Ted) Beaumont is an independent petroleum geologist in Tulsa, OK. He has lectured in the U.S., China, and Australia on creative exploration techniques. Previously he was as an exploration geologist with Cities Service Oil Company and was Science Director of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG). He served as President of the Tulsa Geological Society 2003-04. Beaumont holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in Geology from the University of New Mexico and the University of Kansas, respectively. He is co-editor of the Treatise of Petroleum Geology with Norman Foster. He has received the AAPG Distinguished Service Award and the Award of Special Recognition. He served on the AAPG Executive Committee as the 2007-09 elected Secretary, and is the 2012-13 AAPG President.
Janok P. Bhattacharya is the Robert E. Sheriff Professor of Sequence Stratigraphy at the University of Houston. His research interests include fluvial and deltaic sequence stratigraphy and facies architecture, and the local control of structure on stratigraphy. He received his B.Sc. in 1981 from Memorial University of Newfoundland, and Ph.D. in 1989 from McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, both in Canada. Bhattacharya worked for ARCO and then the Bureau of Economic Geology at Austin before becoming a professor at the University of Texas at Dallas in 1998. He joined UH in the Fall of 2005. He has worked on a number of major fluvio-deltaic reservoirs, including the Supergiant Prudhoe Bay field in Alaska, for which he was awarded the ARCO Exploration Research and Technical Services Award of Excellence for Major Impact on Operations in 1993. He has won best speaker awards for talks on his deltaic outcrop analog work, presented to the AAPG, CSPG and Houston Geological Society and was the technical program, coordinator for the 2004 Annual AAPG conference in Dallas. He was a 2005-2006 AAPG Distinguished Lecturer, and in 2005 was awarded an AAPG SW Section Distinguished educator award. He has authored or co-authored over 40 technical papers and over 100 abstracts.
Frank Bilotti is an Exploration Team Leader in Chevron Nigeria/mid-Africa Deepwater. Frank received a Ph.D. in structural geology from Princeton University and a B.S. degree in geology and mathematics from the University of Miami. He worked as a structural consultant in Texaco Exploration Technology, a structural geology specialist at Unocal E&E Technology and Structural Geology Team Leader at Chevron Energy Technology Company. Frank's current technical interests are in Niger Delta fold-and-thrusts belts, Gulf of Mexico salt tectonics and three-dimensional restoration technology.
Kevin M. Bohacs is a sedimentologist and stratigrapher with ExxonMobil in Houston, TX, who has taught first aid and field operations safety for more than 40 years. He co-authored AAPG’s best selling text on Field Safety and taught Field Safety Leadership more than 20 times in countries around the world. He serves as an American Red Cross Instructor Trainer in emergency response, CPR/AED, and water safety. He has volunteered and worked as a fire fighter, paramedic, disaster response leader, lifeguard, water safety instructor, and camp director. Kevin is an Eagle Scout and assistant Scoutmaster. Bohacs graduated from the University of Connecticut with a B.Sc. (Honors) in Geology and earned a Sc.D. in Experimental Sedimentology from M.I.T. He joined Exxon Production Research Company in 1981 and has conducted field work and training on six continents and in more than 25 countries. He has been honored with numerous outstanding instructor awards and is a fellow of the Geological Society of America, Royal Geographical Society, and The Explorers Club.
Steven E. Boyer lives in Tacoma, Washington, USA, and conducts a consulting practice, as well as teaching compressional tectonics courses. His principal expertise is the geometric and kinematic interpretation of geologic structures through integration of surface and subsurface data. Steven received his BS in Geology from Bucknell University in 1972, and his Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University in 1978. He was employed in the petroleum industry as an explorationist, development geologist and researcher and has served as a research professor at the University of Washington, Seattle. Dr. Boyer’s 35 years experience has included structural field schools, cross-section construction and balancing short courses, and consulting for several major oil companies. He received the Best Paper Award (Boyer & Elliott, 1982, AAPG Bulletin) from the Geological Society of America, is a Fellow of the GSA and has served as an associate editor of the Bulletin and Geology. Dr. Boyer is a member of AAPG, where he has also served as associate editor of the Bulletin, and was an AAPG Distinguished Lecturer (1992-93).
J. Michael Boyles graduated from Colorado School of Mines with a B.S. in Geological Engineering. Following his undergraduate studies, he studied the sedimentology of modern shallow marine environments and modern trace fossils at Skidaway Oceanographic Institute. This was followed by work for the USGS that included being a field assistant in Denver and field geologist in Antarctica. He returned to school and received his Ph.D. in Geology from the University of Texas. After his advanced studies, he has spent over 25 years in the petroleum industry working in research and as a technical specialist studying clastic sedimentology, stratigraphy and the stratigraphic interpretation of 3D seismic. Experience includes working for Cities Service Company, Research Planning Institute, Shell Oil Company, Union Pacific Resources, ConocoPhillips and the University of Wyoming. Mike is currently working for Shell Canada as a shallow marine and fluvial stratigraphic specialist working a variety of multi-disciplinary interpretation, reservoir characterization and modeling projects.
Lindell Bridges is the Senior Vice President of Geoscience for EQT Production in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where he is responsible for directing the company’s geoscience activity in the Appalachian basin. He received his BSc and MSc in Geology from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. He was a geologist for Union Oil Company of California (UNOCAL) in Oklahoma City for 9 years, where he was responsible for the exploration & development in the Illinois, Michigan, & Appalachian Basins, as well as exploration in Texas, Arkansas, and Oklahoma. After Unocal, Mr. Bridges was an independent consultant for 11 years working projects in several basins, including the Appalachian, Illinois, Michigan, Anadarko, and Arkoma basins. He joined Chesapeake Energy in late October of 2002, and successfully drilled Fayetteville Shale discovery wells in White County, Arkansas, extending the play more than 40 miles east of the established core area. In 2006, he was promoted to Geological Manager of Chesapeake Appalachia in Charleston, West Virginia, following their acquisition of CNR. In October, 2007, he was hired by EOG Resources as Exploration Manager for the Barnett Shale in Fort Worth, Texas, and worked there until joining EQT in March 2009.
Christina Calvin is currently working for Schlumberger’s Unconventional Resources Group developing workflows that integrate core and well log data. She also participates in unconventional assessment projects. Prior assignments within Schlumberger include petrologic characterization within the core facilities. She is particularly passionate about fluid-rock interactions and the phase equilibria of inorganic phases during diagenesis and how this knowledge can be applied to understanding changes in porosity and permeability. Prior to coming to Schlumberger, Christina worked as a senior petroleum geologist for ExxonMobil and as geologist with the Smithsonian Institution. Christina obtained a PhD in experimental petrology from Brown University. She also obtained an MS from New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology where she studied Archean sedimentary basins in South Africa.
Alan R. Carroll is a professor in the Department of Geoscience at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, where he conducts research and teaching on sedimentary basins, sedimentary provenance, and ancient lakes. Prior to that he was a research geologist at Exxon Production Research Company in Houston, where he worked on lacustrine source rocks. He also co-wrote the Petroleum Geochemistry Toolkit and the Lakes Toolkit, reference guides that are used widely within ExxonMobil. Previously he was an exploration and production geologist for Sohio in Dallas. He received geology degrees from Carleton College (B.A.), the University of Michigan (M.Sc.), and Stanford University (Ph.D.).
Davide Casabianca works as a Principal Geologist at TOTAL. He has 20 years of experience in the oil and gas exploration business. He worked on projects spanning exploration to reservoir development for BP, Marathon, Apache and TOTAL. Davide’s experience includes exploring, developing and managing carbonates and clastics reservoirs in the North Sea; Atlantic Margin; Mediterranean, West Africa and South East Asia. He holds a PhD in Structural Geology from Imperial College, a MSc in Basin Evolution and Dynamics from Royal Holloway College and a Laurea in Geology from Universita' di Urbino. His main professional interest is the integration of data and disciplines aimed at finding and developing hydrocarbons safely for profit.
Octavian Catuneanu is Professor in the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Alberta, with Ph.D. degrees from the University of Toronto (1996) and the University of Bucharest (1992). He is the recipient of several distinctions in the field of Geology, including the W.W. Hutchison medal of the Geological Association of Canada for exceptional advances in earth science research (2010), and best paper awards from the European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers (2014), the Geological Society of America (2002), and the Romanian Academy (1994). Octavian Catuneanu is actively involved in international commissions that work towards the introduction of sequence stratigraphy in stratigraphic codes. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Marine and Petroleum Geology (since 2007), and a member of the editorial board of other journals in North America, Europe and Africa. Octavian Catuneanu is the editor of several books and special issues, and author of numerous publications in the fields of sedimentology, stratigraphy and basin analysis. He is currently involved in several international research programs and as an instructor of sedimentology, sequence stratigraphy and basin analysis for conferences and companies worldwide. His textbook “Principles of Sequence Stratigraphy” (Elsevier, 2006) has received a 2007 “Outstanding Academic Title” CHOICE Award from the American Library Association, and remains a best-selling title.
Jean-Yves Chatellieris currently with Nexen Energy in Calgary, Canada. Previously he worked as a Senior Geoscientist with Talisman Energy and around the world for Elf Aquitaine, Petroconsultants and Shell International before accepting a job as Senior Reservoir and Structural Geology Research Advisor for Intevep, the research laboratory of PDVSA. His first years in Calgary were dedicated to evaluating new play concepts for Tecto Sedi Integrated Inc. His principal expertise is in data analysis and multidisciplinary integration in tectonically complex areas using tools from geochemistry, geology, geophysics and engineering. He received his BSc in geology from Lille University, a DEA and a PhD in tectonics from Paris VI University. While serving in the French Army he received an MSc in sedimentology from the University of Calgary. He later obtained an MBA from Henley Management College.
Gary P. Citron, is Managing Partner with Rose and Associates, LLP, in Houston, Texas.He holds a BS, Geology, from State University of New York at Buffalo; and MS & PhDs in Geology, Cornell University.After a twenty year career as a geoscientist, manager, and internal consultant for Amoco exploration business, Gary joined Pete Rose’s consulting firm, which focuses on the field of prospect and play risk analysis, in February 1999.While at Amoco, Dr. Citron actively mentored younger geoscientists on prospect measurement.
Gary became Pete’s first Partner in Rose & Associates, LLP in 2001 and assumed the role of Managing Partner in 2003, leading R&A to multiple consecutive years of profitable growth.Rose & Associates is a recognized leader in professional instruction and consultation related to the field of play and prospect characterization, leading to more reliable portfolio management.
Dr. Citron has developed expertise in consensus building in prospect risk assessments and performance tracking of operational activity. In addition to his teaching and consulting obligations associated with conventional and unconventional resource opportunities, he coordinates a yearly gathering of risk team coordinators to share and compare best practices.He also helps companies benchmark their predictive performance against companies in their peer group.In 1999 he was selected by the AAPG to serve in their Visiting Geologist Program. In 2001, he received the best paper award from the AAPG’s Division of Professional Affairs, and again in 2007 he was honored for delivering a ‘Top Ten Oral Presentation’ at the AAPG annual convention in Long Beach
Gary regularly donates his time to the AAPG for its education curricula, teaching courses on prospect, play and shale analysis. Gary has served in the AAPG House of Delegates and in the SPE as an Associate Editor for Economics and Management journal (SPEEM).He is a Texas State certified and licensed Geologist who has authored or co-authored more than a dozen publications, and has been an invited and honored speaker for the SIPES, Geological Society of London, AAPG, SPE and SEG.
Robert T. (Bob) Clarke received degrees from the University of Oklahoma in geology, specializing in palynology and biostratigraphy. He began his career with Mobil Oil at the Dallas Research Lab where he was involved in the early biostratigraphic correlations of wells in Mobil's offshore Nigeria licenses. A two-year assignment in offshore exploration activities in New Orleans was followed with evaluating proposed exploration research projects that could potentially help the active exploration efforts. Bob was the Exploration Technical Training Coordinator for the exploration courses and field seminars conducted by the Research Lab for Mobil's worldwide personnel for most of the time from 1977 until the merger of Mobil and Exxon in 2000. Bob has helped organize and has taught in the AAPG Field Safety course that was initially developed by ExxonMobil for their personnel. He also continues to do desktop publishing for SEPM and for the Palynology Association. He has organized and helped conduct geology field trips for students and faculty advisors for the AAPG Student Chapter/SEPM sponsored field trips during the Annual Conventions since 1984.
David Close has a B.Sc. in Geology from the University of Tasmania and a Ph.D. in Marine Geology and Geophysics from the University of Oxford. He has worked in Mexico, the USA, Canada and Australia for Schumberger, Apache and now Origin in a variety of positions both field based and office based. He is currently the Exploration Manager for Onshore Australia with Origin Energy in Brisbane, Australia.
Pam Collins is a Field Safety Specialist working in the Global Field Safety Team for ExxonMobil. She is a former Boy Scouts of America leader (Advancement Chairman) for Troop 1283 in Houston, Texas. She has extensive experience backpacking and hiking with the Boy Scouts and ExxonMobil. Pam is a certified Risk Assessor for the EM Global Field Safety Process which includes scouting new locations, assessing risks and creating Site Safety Summary Sheets and site specific Risk Assessments. She also reviews Job Safety Analysis (JSAs) for various company sponsored United Way projects and events. Collins graduated from Tarleton State University (Texas A&M University system) with a B.S. in Chemistry and a minor in Geology. She began her career in 1979 with Core Laboratories (Midland, Dallas & Houston) where she worked in the areas of Core Analysis and Special Core Analysis for almost 10 years. She joined Exxon Production Research Company in 1989 and worked there as a technician with multiple safety roles for 17 years, followed by a 6 year assignment at ExxonMobil Exploration Company as the SSH&E Safety Coordinator. She was awarded Safety Leader of the Year in 2003 and became the first Facilitator of Riskbusters (Behavior Based Safety Process) in 2006 at the EM Upstream Research Company. She has assisted teaching the Field Safety Leadership course since 2007.
Scott Cooper has spent the last 15 years working projects related to outcrop and subsurface fracture studies, CO2 sequestration, and additional energy related issues. He received a M.S. in geology from the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology in 2000 under Dr. Laurel Goodwin and Dr. John Lorenz; the thesis topic was “Deformation within a Basement-Cored Anticline: Teapot Dome, Wyoming”. Scott left Sandia National Laboratories, a United States Department of Energy research facility, as a Senior Member of the Technical Staff in 2008. Since that time, he has worked as a consultant and instructor on naturally fractured reservoir issues, developing the consulting company FractureStudies LLC in partnership with John Lorenz.
John B. Curtis is Professor Emeritus of Geology and Geological Engineering and Director, Potential Gas Agency at the Colorado School of Mines. He received a B.A. (1970) and M.Sc. (1972) in geology from Miami University and a Ph.D. (1989) in geology from The Ohio State University. He is a licensed Professional Geologist (Wyoming).
Dr. Curtis has been at the Colorado School of Mines since July 1990. He had 15 years prior experience in the petroleum industry with Texaco, Inc., SAIC, Columbia Gas, and Brown & Ruth Laboratories/Baker-Hughes. He co-chaired the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) Committee on Unconventional Petroleum Systems from 1999-2004 and is an invited member of the AAPG Committee on Resource Evaluation. He was a Counselor to the Rocky Mountain Association of Geologists from 2002-2004.
He was an Associate Editor of the AAPG Bulletin from 1998 – 2010. Curtis has published studies and given numerous invited talks concerning hydrocarbon source rocks, exploration for unconventional reservoirs, and the size and distribution of U.S., Canadian and Mexican natural gas resources and comparisons of resource assessment methodologies. As Director of the Potential Gas Agency, he directs a team of 100 geologists, geophysicists and petroleum engineers for the Potential Gas Committee’s biennial assessment of remaining U.S. natural gas resources. Prior to beginning transitional retirement, he taught petroleum geology, petroleum geochemistry and petroleum design at the Colorado School of Mines, where he continues to supervise graduate student research.
Dr. Curtis has worked with GeoMark Research, Ltd. in a consulting capacity since 1996. He is currently responsible for their Rocky Mountain petroleum system/resource potential studies in the U.S. and Canada. He has most recently co-authored studies evaluating the resource potential of the Niobrara, Mowry, Phosphoria, Greenhorn, Heath, Lodgepole/Mission Canyon, and Red River/Winnipeg petroleum systems in Rocky Mountain basins.
David Dally grew up in Midland; though he has lived the last 32 years in Houston. He graduated from Midland High in 1976. He attended Texas A and M University, receiving a BBA Finance in 1979, an MBA Finance in 1981, and MS Geology in 1983. David is a member of AAPG, DPA (certified), EMD, WTGS, PBS-SEPM, HGS, PBPA, and is a Texas licensed geologist. David is the fourth generation in his family to work in the petroleum industry. Like his father before him, David is a prospect generating geologist. He is president and owner of Ring Exploration Inc. For the last 20 years he has partnered with Mr. T. Grant Johnson. They are best known as the two principle partners of Lone Star Production Company. Lone Star has always focused exclusively on the Permian Basin.
Raffaele Di Cuia is presently Partner and Technical Director of G.E.Plan Consulting s.r.l. in Ferrara, (Italy) a consulting company specializing in the characterization of complex reservoirs and in assisting E&P companies for their activity in Italy. He previously held technical positions with TOTAL S.A. (France), FINA E&P (Italy) and began his career with Arco British in the UK. He has 15 years experience in E&P industry and he has worked as an asset geologist, an exploration geologist over deep offshore plays and as a reservoir geologist/petrophysicist over fractured carbonate and clastic turbidite reservoirs. During his career he was involved in multidisciplinary studies from the early exploration/basin evaluation to reservoir characterization, seismic and drilling projecting, early production, reservoir modeling and late re-evaluation of old HC fields. He has worked on projects in different countries of Europe, Middle East, Russia and a former Soviet Counties and North and Central Africa. He’s also involved in research projects focusing on the characterization of fractured carbonates and dolomitised reservoirs using different techniques and approaches. He is the principal author of several papers concerning: i) the use of field analogues to better understand and model carbonate reservoirs and ii) a novel approach to the complete interpretation of image logs integrating data mining and artificial intelligence techniques with geological concepts. He holds a first class degree in Earth Sciences (University of Ferrara, Italy) and an MSc in Basin Analysis and Evolution (Royal Holloway College - University of London).
John Dolson is a Director and founder of DSP Geosciences and Associates, LLC. He provides a wide range of services from unconventional shale and oil gas evaluation to traditional basin analysis, play generation and peer assists/staff mentoring along with his partners. Dolson holds a B.A. in Natural Sciences from the Colorado College and a M.Sc. in Earth Science from Colorado State University.
P. Ted Doughty, has worked in oil and gas exploration since 1990, for Amoco, Exxon, and Talisman Energy, and most recently as Exploration Manager for Amarok Energy. He taught at Eastern Washington University for 8 years, before starting PRISEM Geoscience in 2005. Dr. Doughty received his M.S. at the University of Montana and Ph.D. from Queens University in 1995.
Janell Edman is an industry recognized expert in interpreting gas, oil, and source rock geochemical data to solve exploration and production problems for oil industry clients. She has B.S. and M.S. degrees in Geophysics from Stanford University and a Ph.D. in Geology from The University of Wyoming. Dr. Edman has over 25 years of industry experience in both domestic and international exploration and production including 10 years at Marathon's Petroleum Technology Center, over 10 years as a consulting geochemist, and 5 years of prospect generation work at Mobil. Dr. Edman was also the recipient of the Jules Braunstein Award for Best Poster Session at a National AAPG Meeting and has 46 published papers and abstracts.
Efe Ejofodomi is a Senior Production Stimulation Engineer for Schlumberger. His expertise includes designing and evaluating hydraulic fracturing treatments in tight gas sand and oil/gas shale formations as well as microseismic monitoring and reservoir modeling. He is also involved in horizontal well design and optimization including well placement, lateral length, completion design, performance prediction and evaluation. Mr. Ejofodomi earned a MS degree in Petroleum Engineering from Texas A&M University in 2006.
Iraj Ershaghi is the Omar B. Milligan Professor and the Director of the Petroleum Engineering program at the University of Southern California. He is also serving as the Executive Director of CiSoft (Center for Smart Oilfield Technologies) and USC Executive Director of USC-KOC Center of Education and Research. Dr. Ershaghi received his B.S. in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Tehran, and his M.S. and Ph.D. in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Southern California. His areas of research, publications and consulting are smart oilfield technologies, reservoir characterization, naturally fractured reservoirs, unconventional resources, well testing and improved recovery processes. He is a licensed petroleum engineer and has conducted studies for many U S based and international oil and Gas companies. He worked for Signal Oil and Gas Company and the Oil and Gas division of California State Lands Commission before joining USC. Since being at USC, he has served as a petroleum engineering consultant to Companies such as Texaco, Aera, OXY, Southern California Gas Company, Federal agencies such as the Department of Justice and the U S Department of the Interior, and national oil companies such as Pertamina and PetroVietnam. He has been the recipient of SPE's Distinguished Faculty Award, Distinguished Member Award, Western North America Distinguished Service Award, and Technology Transfer Award for Development of the Smart Oilfield Technology Curriculum. As a fellow of Institute for Advancement of Engineering, he received the Outstanding Educator Award of American Association for Advancement of Engineering, and the Outstanding Educator Award of Orange County Council of Engineers and Scientists. He served as SPE's Distinguished Lecturer during 2006-2007. In 2010 he was the recipient of the SPE’s John Franklin Carll award. In 2012 he received the SPE/AIME Honorary Member Award.
Eric Eslinger maintains his own consulting service, eGAMLS Inc., in Glenmont, NY, and is also a Professor of Geology at The College of Saint Rose (Albany, NY). He has a B.S in Geology from West Virginia University, and a Ph.D. in Geology from Case Western Reserve University. Eric currently specializes in siliciclastic reservoir quality and mineralogy-based petrophysics (conventional and unconventional). A particular focus is the integration of core data with well logs, and the “prediction” of parameters of interest in non-cored wells and old wells. He is a key developer of a software “toolkit” that focuses on the above issues. Previous industrial experience includes several years with Cities Service/Occidental (research and operations). He is a member of AAPG, SEPM, SPWLA, SPE, and the Clay Minerals Society.
Mateu Esteban recently joined Repsol YPF, Madrid, Spain, and was formerly a consulting geologist for Carbonates Int'l (Mallorca office), with 25 years of concentration in depositional facies, diagenesis and reservoir properties of Tertiary carbonates worldwide. Mateu worked previously for ERICO P.I. in London, Amoco Production in Tulsa, and at the University of Barcelona. He has been invited to become an AAPG Distinguished Lecturer for the third time. His studies on Miocene Carbonates of the Mediterranean and Almeria started in 1975.
Peter Fitch is with the Dept. of Earth Science and Engineering at Imperial College in London. His main research interests focus on the characterization of carbonate rock through their sedimentological and petrophysical properties, and how these influence fluid flow in terms in hydrocarbon reservoirs. His current research uses outcrop analogue models to investigate which features (or heterogeneities) are important controls on fluid flow through carbonate rocks at different scales; looking to identify what geological and physical property heterogeneities should be captured in subsurface reservoir models.
Evan K. Franseen has been at the University of Kansas since 1989, where currently he holds a joint appointment as a Professor in the Department of Geology and Section Chief of the Stratigraphic Research Section at the Kansas Geological Survey. He received his BS (1981), MS (1985), and Ph.D. (1988), all from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Evan specializes in sedimentology, sequence stratigraphy, and diagenesis of carbonate and mixed carbonate/ siliciclastic systems. His emphasis is on integrated approaches utilizing outcrop and subsurface data, high-resolution and conventional seismic methods, ground-penetrating radar, paleomagnetic methods, biostratigraphy, petrography, and geochemical techniques to better discern global, regional, and local variables that control carbonate depositional systems and reservoir architecture. Evan has worked on a variety of reservoir and reservoir analog systems including Permian carbonates in the Delaware Basin; Ordovician carbonate reservoirs, Mississippian carbonate and chert reservoirs, Pennsylvanian carbonate reservoirs and outcrop analogs in Kansas; Miocene and Pliocene carbonate-siliciclastic systems in Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic; and Miocene-Pliocene carbonate systems in the western Mediterranean with an emphasis in Spain since 1984.
Roberta Gamble, Director for Frost & Sullivan’s North American Energy and Power Systems Practice, San Antonio, TX, manages the content, consulting, and client interaction for markets including power generation, renewables and alternatives, transmission and distribution, and power supplies. She works closely with major energy-related companies – including equipment manufacturers, service providers, financial institutes, and utilities – to guide the direction of the group. Through networking, industry conference and on-site client presentations, and by integrating Sales and other Frost & Sullivan groups, Gamble directs energy research, focuses content on the pressing energy issues of the day, and ensures that Frost & Sullivan subscriptions are valuable and relevant to each client. She also manages consulting projects and customized client research.
Robert H. (Bob) Goldstein is the Haas Distinguished Professor in the Department of Geology at the University of Kansas. He has been on the faculty of the Department of Geology at Kansas since 1985. He received the BS in 1979 from Juniata College and received the MS in 1981 and Ph.D. in 1986, both from the University of Wisconsin.
Bob’s research specialties include sequence stratigraphy of carbonates, diagenesis, and fluid-inclusion research. Current research focuses on the following:
Currently, he and his students are working on a variety of projects dealing with upstream fossil fuel energy supply including both conventional and unconventional oil and gas resources.
George W. Grader has studied the Devonian and Mississippian stratigraphy of Montana and Idaho for nearly 25 years. Dr. Grader received his Ph.D. in stratigraphy from the University of Idaho in 1998. With PRISEM since 2008, he has consulted with numerous clients on Devonian-Mississippian stratigraphy of Montana and North Dakota.
Stephan Graham is W.J. and M.L. Crook Professor in Stanford University’s School of Earth Sciences, where he also serves as Associate Dean and co-Director of the Stanford Project on Deep-water Depositional Systems. He holds an A.B. degree from Indiana University and M.S. and Ph.D degrees in geology from Stanford University. Dr. Graham’s research focuses on the tectonics and fill patterns of sedimentary basins and their petroleum resources, especially basins associated with convergent continental margins and collisional orogens; as well as the characteristics and evolution of deep-water clastic depositional systems. Prior to joining the Stanford faculty, Dr. Graham held positions in the Exploration and the Production Departments of Chevron, as well as Exxon Production Research Company. He is a recipient of AAPG’s Sproule Award and Grover Murray Memorial Distinguished Educator Award.
Richard Green is the Senior Technical Advisor to AleAnna Resources, an Italian focused exploration company and serves on the Board of Directors of several publically traded oil companies. He began his career in New Orleans, Louisiana with Shell Oil Company after graduating from Kansas State University with a BS degree in geology. His career encompasses working as a production engineer and then development geologist for multiple Gulf Coast onshore and offshore fields as both an independent or for private and commercial oil companies.
Jay M. Gregg is Professor of Geology and V. Brown Monnett Chair of Petroleum Geology at the Boone Pickens School of Geology at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Oklahoma. Dr. Gregg completed his B.S degree in 1974 from Bowling Green State University with majors in Geology and Biology. He received his M.S. in Geology from Oklahoma State University (1976) and his Ph.D. in Geology from Michigan State University (1982).
Edmund R. (Gus) Gustason is a senior geologist and geoscience advisor with Enerplus Resources (USA) Corporation in Denver, Colorado. Gus received his BS Geology from Humboldt State University and his MS Geology from Northern Arizona University. He moved to Boulder, Colorado in 1981 to join Dr. Erle Kauffman’s Cretaceous Attack Team (CATs) at the University of Colorado. Dr. Kauffman (advisor) and Dr. Thomas Ryer were instrumental in directing his PhD research on the Dakota Formation of southern Utah. Gus worked as a geologist for RPI International during the 80s while he continued his research on the Dakota; eventually receiving his PhD from CU Boulder in 1989. He then worked for BP Alaska, Schlumberger Reservoir Technologies, EnCana, El Paso and, now Enerplus. Gus is particularly interested in core- and outcrop-based facies analyses and sequence stratigraphic evaluations of oil- and gas-producing formations. He has more than twenty years of experience with exploration, appraisal and development of conventional reservoirs and more than ten years of experience evaluating and developing unconventional shale gas plays (e.g., Marcellus and Utica in Appalachian Basin and Niobrara in several Rocky Mountain basins) as well as tight gas sandstone plays (e.g., Williams Fork in the Piceance Basin, J and Codell sandstones in the Denver Basin, and Almond Formation in the Greater Green River Basin). He also teaches a graduate-level course on core facies analysis at CU Boulder. Gus is a long-time member of AAPG, SEPM, GSA, SPWLA, and IAS.
Alfredo Guzman is the Director for Casa Exploration in Mexico. He retired from Pemex in 2007. He specializes in petroleum exploration, sedimentology, planning, risk analysis, field development, and operations.
Brent Halldorson is Chief Operating Officer for Aqua-Pure, a Canadian public company that specializes in oilfield related water treatment. He received his BSc in Electrical Engineering from the University of Calgary (Canada) in 1990. Aqua-Pure pioneered the use of evaporator technology in Alberta’s heavy oil industry. Mr. Halldorson also manages Aqua-Pure’s US-based service company, Fountain Quail Water Management. Fountain Quail pioneered commercial recycling in shale gas development, starting in the Barnett Shale in 2004. Mr. Halldorson is a professional engineer who has been with the company since 1999. In that time, Fountain Quail has recycled close to a billion gallons of shale gas wastewater back into freshwater for re-use in the Barnett Shale utilizing its patented NOMAD evaporators and has expanded operations into the Marcellus Shale (Pennsylvania) and other portions of Texas (including the Eagle Ford and Permian Basin). Fountain Quail also offers its new high capacity ROVER mobile treatment system which is capable of generating clean brine for re-use at a very economic rate for customers which do not require freshwater. Fountain Quail has a new joint venture with Select Energy Services that allows the team to offer complete water management solutions to the industry, including sourcing, transfer, recycling, containment and disposal. Mr. Halldorson is the acting chairman of the Texas Water Recycling Association. The TWRA is focused on helping find solutions to Texas’ most challenging water issues across all industries.
William B. (Bill) Hansen is a consulting petroleum geologist in Great Falls, Montana. He has 23 years experience in stratigraphy, structure and petroleum geology of Montana and the adjacent Williston Basin and has published several papers on those topics. His company, Jireh Consulting Services, specializes in Northwestern Montana and adjacent Williston Basin subsurface consulting to multi-national and independent oil and gas companies. He is also an Adjunct Instructor of Geology and Meteorology at Park University, Malmstrom AFB campus, Great Falls. He received a B.A. in Geology from Augustana College-Illinois and an M.S. in Mining Engineering from University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Paul Harrington received his B.Sc. in geology from Michigan State University in 1984. He has twenty five years of experience integrating geochemical data into exploration programs in basins worldwide including extensive experience in Canada, Russia, United States, North Africa and Latin America. He has given talks at conferences and events worldwide discussing geochemical applications and results. Paul is currently employed with W.L. Gore & Associates, Inc. located in Elkton, Maryland, USA.
David Harris is Head of the Energy and Minerals Section at the Kentucky Geological Survey, a research center at the University of Kentucky. Dave has been with KGS since 1990, and has worked on oil & gas, and carbon storage research projects in Kentucky and surrounding states. Prior to joining KGS, he worked as a petroleum geologist for BP Exploration, Sohio Petroleum, and Mobil. He received a M.S. degree in geology from the State University of New York at Stony Brook in 1982. He earned a B.S. in geology from the College of William and Mary in Virginia. He is a past president of the Eastern Section of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, and the Kentucky Society of Professional Geologists.
William (Bill) Haskett is Senior Principal–Energy Strategy and member of the Board of Directors of Decision Strategies in Houston, TX. He is a Certified Petroleum Geologist, and is the proud recipient of the 2012 SPE International Award for Management and Information, and the winner of the 2013 INFORMS Decision Analysis Society Practice Award. With diverse background and interests, he brings thirty-three years of petroleum exploration and development, LNG, and Project Risk Management experience. A recognized expert and thought leader in upstream risk and uncertainty management, Bill has taught AAPG courses on several technology and business topics for many years. His multi-faceted international experience and training in science, business, and organizational development allow him to create and facilitate the implementation of real-world, practical strategies and solutions for complex situations and problems. He has become a trusted advisor of senior managers of energy companies, national oil companies, and government strategy groups around the world. Bill has led Decision Strategies’ upstream effort and project teams for the past fifteen years following a twenty year career in Exploration and Planning for a large independent. Mr. Haskett graduated from McMaster University's Geology Department and received an MBA from the University of Calgary (management of organizational change). He is a member of the Canadian Society of Petroleum Geologists, the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, and the Society of Petroleum Engineers.
Garry Hayes has been a professor of geology at Modesto Junior College for 22 years, and has led his students on dozens of field studies classes in the Colorado Plateau, the Pacific Northwest, California, and Hawaii. He was given the Purdy Award for excellence in teaching by Modesto Junior College in 2005. He has taught courses as an adjunct lecturer at California State University, Stanislaus since 1991. He served as the president of the Far Western Section of the National Association of Geoscience Teachers from 2003-2008, and vice president from 1999-2003. He was honored with the Robert Wallace Webb award for service to the Far Western Section in 2011. He edited two field guides for conferences of the Far Western Section (at Yosemite National Park and Lava Beds National Monument), and has written roadside geology guides for trips in Yosemite Valley, Tuolumne Meadows, Kings Canyon, and Lava Beds National Monument. Garry received a Master of Science degree in geology from the University of Nevada, Reno in 1985, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in geology from Pomona College in 1980. He writes about the geological sciences on the worldwide web at Geotripper, and hosts the site Geotripperimages.com, which provides geology related digital imagery for students and teachers of the earth sciences.
Donald A. Herron received a B.Sc. (geological sciences with honors) from Brown University in 1971 and an M.S. (geological sciences) from the California Institute of Technology in 1973. He worked as a seismic interpreter for Texaco from 1973-77, Gulf from 1977-84, and most recently Sohio/BP from 1984-2008. Since retirement in 2008 he has worked as an independent geophysical consultant for Petroleum Geo-Services (PGS) as a geoscience advisor and also with several oil and service companies as a seismic interpretation instructor. He was a member of the Editorial Board ofThe Leading Edge from 2002–07 (chairman in 2006–07), is currently an Associate Editor for the joint SEG-AAPG journal Interpretation, and is author of the bi-monthly “Interpreter Sam” column in The Leading Edge. He is author of SEG Geophysical Monograph Series #15, The Misadventures of Interpreter Sam, and #16, First Steps in Seismic Interpretation. He is an active member of SEG, AAPG and Sigma Xi.
Fred Hilterman is Chief Scientist at Geokinetics Data Processing and a Distinguished Research Professor at the University of Houston (UH). He has taught CE courses on various seismic-related subjects for AAPG, SEG and UH since the 1970s. Fred has published approximately 100 articles and abstracts, mostly related to seismic wave propagation and amplitude interpretation. Fred received a Professional Engineering Degree (1963) and Ph.D. in geophysics from Colorado School of Mines. He worked at Mobil Oil Company for 10 years, then a Professor at UH until 1981, at which time he co-founded Geophysical Development Corporation. Fred is a longstanding member of GSH, SEG, EAGE and AAPG, and has served in many capacities for each, including AAPG and SEG Distinguished Lecturer, SEG Distinguished Instructor, SEG President, and Technical and General Chair of SEG Annual Meetings. He received the SEG Best Paper Award and Best Presentation Award; the CSM VanDiest Gold Medal and Distinguished Alumni Medal; the SEG Virgil Kauffman Gold Medal, Cecil Green Enterprise Award, Maurice Ewing Award; and, Honorary Memberships in SEG and GSH.
John M. Holbrook does fundamental research and private consulting (petroleum and environmental industries) within the fields of sedimentary geology and stratigraphy. His specialization is sequence stratigraphy and fluvial stratigraphy and he is a Professor at University of Texas at Arlington (since 2004). Degrees: B.S. University of Kentucky; M.S. University of New Mexico; Ph.D. Indiana University.
Michael Holmes, with Digital Formation, Inc., Denver, CO, has a Ph.D. in Geology from the University of London and a M.Sc. in Petroleum Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines. He began his professional career with British Petroleum and then joined Shell Canada. Subsequently, he was a Research Scientist in Marathon's Denver Research Center. For a brief period, he was Exploration and Production Manager for Berry Wiggins in London. In 1974, Dr. Holmes joined H. K. van Poollen and Associates, Petroleum Consultants, as Vice President in charge of North American consulting activities. Additionally, Dr. Holmes was an instructor in a wide range of petroleum courses including geology, well logging, and petroleum economics. In 1978, Dr. Holmes established his own consulting practice, involving petrophysics, technical due diligence, consulting to the United Nations world-wide, expert witness activities, and instructor to IHRDC and the University of Brunei. In 1998, Michael combined consulting activities with software development, to form Digital Formation, Inc. From 1998 to the present, most of Michael's work has been petrophysical analysis and reservoir characterization in reservoirs world-wide. More recently, Digital Formation has developed extensive petrophysical algorithms including rock physics, capillary pressure, and the analysis of unconventional reservoirs.
Norman J. Hyne is a Certified Petroleum Geologists and President of NJH Energy in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He joined the University of Tulsa’s Geosciences Department in 1969, became the Department Head in the late 1970’s and is now Professor of Petroleum Geology in TU’s Continuing Engineering & Science Education Department. He received his geology degrees from Pomona College (B.A.), Florida State University (M.S.) and the University of Southern California (Ph.D.) Norm is a frequent contributor to professional publications, as well as the author of several books on petroleum geology and exploration. He is a member of SPE, AAPG, GSA, SEG, and the Tulsa Geological Society and The Explorer’s Club. TOP
Wesley C. Ingram, is a geochemist at Weatherford labs in Golden, CO, and is a consulting geoscientist in the area of geochemistry and log analysis. His primary expertise is in the fields of sedimentary geochemistry, biogeochemistry and chemostratigraphy. In addition, he is involved with research and development projects at Weatherford, which include developing petrophysical and geochemical models for reservoir evaluation. He received his degrees from Florida State University (B.Sc., Geography and M.Sc. Geology) and University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (Ph.D. Marine Sciences); for his dissertation, he studied the geochemistry of deep sea sediments surrounding a large gas hydrate and cold seep field.
Mikko Jaaskelainen, Chief Technical Officer, Sensortran, in their Houston, TX office, has been involved in fiber optic sensing activities for 13 years, including extensive experience in the Oil & Gas industry. Mikko spent six years with Shell International Exploration and Production researching and developing innovative methods to sense downhole and reservoir properties for production optimization, with a primary focus on fiber optic sensors. Prior to Shell, he worked for Corning, Inc., where he led development activities for optical amplifiers and served as the internal subject matter expert for high power laser diodes and optical components. Previously, Mikko did system development of fiber optic seismic sensing systems at PGS Exploration/Optical Products, Inc. Mikko earned his MS degree in Electric Engineering at Lund University in Lund, Sweden, and he earned a Master’s Certificate in Project Management at George Washington University in Washington D.C., USA. He has presented and published research in the fiber optics field extensively in the past 13 years.
Robert Jacobi (PhD, Columbia, 1980) has taught for 34 years at the University at Buffalo, NY, where he is a Full Professor (currently part time). He is also a Senior Geology Advisor at EQT (Pittsburgh, PA). Prior to EQT, he was Director of Special Projects at Norse Energy Corp. USA, and a consultant for more than 20 years to business associates in oil and gas, mining, seismic hazards and other environmental concerns. He has worked for 40 years in the northern Appalachian Orogen and Basin. Dr. Jacobi's present research integrates several sub-disciplines (including tectonics, structure, seismic, sedimentology, stratigraphy, aeromag, gravity, remote sensing, among others) in order to identify, understand, and predict faults, fractures, and folds, and their effects in the black shales for well production optimization, gas migration and fracking issues, and potential CO2 sequestration. He has worked in the Utica since 1980 and in the Upper Devonian black shales since 1989. He has authored or coauthored over 300 journal articles, book chapters, abstracts, and technical reports. Dr. Jacobi is past-President of the ES-AAPG, NE-GSA, ES-SEPM, and NYSGA. He is the recipient of several awards, including the “Outstanding Educator Award” by the ES-AAPG, for which the citation reads: "To an educator whose contribution transcends the classroom. He brings the world to his students and prepares them as a gift to the world."
George E. King is Apache’s Distinguished Engineering Advisor and a registered professional engineer with over 40 years of experience since joining Amoco Research Center in 1971. His technical work has provided advances in foam fracturing, production from unstable chalk, underbalanced perforating, sand control reliability, gas shale completions and fracturing. Currently, he is working with new technologies for the oil and gas industry. He holds degrees in Chemistry from Oklahoma State University, as well as Chemical Engineering and Petroleum Engineering from the University of Tulsa, where he also taught completions and workovers for 11 years at night as an adjunct professor. He has written 65 technical papers and was awarded the 2004 SPE Production Operations Award and the 2012 Engineer of the Year award from the Houston Region of the Texas Society of Professional Engineers. He lives in Katy, Texas. One of his hobbies is rebuilding vintage Ford Mustangs.
Charles F. Kluth received his B.A. in Business Administration in 1971, from Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois; he switched to geology in graduate school and received a B.S. (cum laude) and M.S. in geology from Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff. Kluth worked for Chevron upon completion of his M.S. before taking a leave of absence to return to the University of Arizona to work on his Ph.D. He returned to Chevron in 1980, and moved from their Denver office to San Ramon, California, where he worked on exploration in Europe – mostly in the central Apennines and Southern Alps of Italy, and later served as head of ChevronTexaco’s structural geology schools, and exploration consultant within ChevronTexaco all over the world. Since 2000, Kluth has been a consultant in the name of Kluth & Associates in Littleton, Colorado. He also holds the position of Distinguished Scientist at Colorado School of Mines. His current interests include work on structural geometric tools for the quantitative prediction of hydrocarbon trap geometry and the quantitative evaluation of trap risk in exploration, as well as teaching structural geology field and short courses.
Alan S. Kornacki is a Weatherford Laboratories geochemistry consultant. He retired from Royal Dutch Shell in 2010, after working 26 years on developing, implementing, and integra-ting geochemistry and fluid property technology on a wide range of conventional and unconven-tional oil and gas projects. Alan received his B.S. (Geol.) from the University of Missouri-Rolla in 1974, and his Ph.D. (Geol.) from Harvard University in 1984. Alan is a member of AAPG and GSA. He received the Frank Kottlowski Memorial Award from the EMD for the Best Paper presented at the 2010 AAPG meeting.
Dan Krygowski, with The Discovery Group in Denver, CO, has over 30 years of experience in the art and science of petrophysics, and in the design and development of petrophysical software. During much of that time he has also taught courses in basic petrophysical interpretive methods. Dan earned M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in geophysics (with a focus on petrophysics) from the Colorado School of Mines. He worked for Cities Service Company, ARCO, Landmark Graphics, and Chevron prior to joining The Discovery Group in late 2006. He is the co-author, with George Asquith, Steven Henderson, and Neil Hurley, of Basic Well Log Analysis, Second Edition, published in 2004 by AAPG. He is a member of SPWLA, AAPG, SPE, SEG, RMAG and the Denver Well Logging Society. He is a Texas Registered Professional Geoscientist.
Randy LaFollette, is the Manager, Shale Gas Technology, for BJ Services and works from the corporate Technology and Operations Support Center in Tomball, Texas. Mr. LaFollette holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Geological Science from Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. He has 33 years of experience in the oil industry; including field, region, and research level positions and has worked for The Western Company of North America, Reservoirs, Incorporated, and BJ Services. He is active in SPE, aiding with conference organization and presenting on various reservoir and completion / stimulation topics. He has also presented on shale topics at AAPG and other industry group meetings. He is a co-author of a recently published industry book, Modern Fracturing, Enhancing Natural Gas Production.
Christopher D. Laughrey is a Senior Geosciences Advisor with Weatherford Laboratories in Golden, Colorado, USA. He has 33 years of global experience in reservoir petrology, basin analysis, and both isotope and petroleum geochemistry. Before joining Weatherford, Christopher was a Senior Geological Scientist for the Pennsylvania Geological Survey where he conducted applied research in tight-gas sands, fractured carbonate reservoirs, sequence stratigraphy, shale petrology, and petroleum geochemistry of the Marcellus and Utica shales throughout the Appalachian basin. He conducted professional workshops in shale petrology/petroleum geochemistry, sequence stratigraphy, and carbonate reservoirs for the Petroleum Technology Transfer Council, SPE, and PetroChina. Mr. Laughrey has published 40 peer-reviewed papers.
Rick Lewis is Petrophysics Technical Manager, Shale Gas for Schlumberger Oilfield Services. Rick was a developer of the gas shale evaluation workflow that was initially fielded eight years ago and has been applied to well more than 1000 wells in North America. In his current position, Rick manages a group responsible for the continual improvement for this workflow, and for its introduction and application to the international market. He is also the interface to the Schlumberger research and engineering groups for the development of evaluation technologies for organic shales. Prior to this assignment, Rick was responsible for wireline interpretation development for the central and eastern United States. He is located in Frisco, Texas. Rick has also worked for Shell Oil and the U.S. Geological Survey. He received a BS degree from UCLA and MS and PhD degrees from Cal Tech, all in geology.
Dina L. Lopez, Ph.D, is currently an associate professor at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio, USA. Her research interests include the geochemistry and hydrogeology of geothermal systems, including diffuse soil degassing and heat flow studies. Areas of research are located in Central America (Costa Rica and El Salvador), and in Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain. Dr. Lopez is also interested in environmental problems associated to mining and resource exploitation. Within Ohio, she investigates the chemistry, fluid flow, and mass transfer associated with acid mine drainage from coal mines.
John C. Lorenz earned his undergraduate degree, majoring in geology and anthropology, from Oberlin College in 1972, then spent a year with the Peace Corps in Morocco, returning to school at the University of South Carolina for an M.Sc. John then worked for the USGS from 1975 to 1977, returning to school for a PhD from Princeton University in 1981. He then joined Sandia National Laboratories in 1981 to be the geologist for the tight gas Multiwell Experiment in the Piceance basin, inventing the internet and discovering natural fractures. John worked for Sandia Labs from 1981 to 2007 developing techniques for characterizing natural fractures and their effects in hydrocarbon reservoirs, also serving the American Association of Petroleum as the Elected Editor 2001-2004 and as President 2009-2010. John left Sandia in 2007 to develop a consulting company, FractureStudies LLC in partnership with Scott Cooper.
Donald Lowe is a Professor in the Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences at Stanford University and co-Director of the Stanford Project on Deep-water Depositional Systems. He holds a B.S. degree from Stanford University and a Ph.D degree in geology from the University of Illinois. His research is focused on the processes of transportation and deposition of coarse sediments in the deep sea and the facies, architecture, and evolution of the resulting deposits. This research has involved studies of deep-water sediments and petroleum reservoirs in the United States, South America, West Africa, Indonesia, the Gulf of Mexico, and the North Sea. He also has an active research program on sedimentary environments, surface processes, and life on the early Earth.
Hans G. Machel, received his M.Sc. at the Technical University in Braunschweig, Germany in 1980. He then emigrated to Canada and completed his Ph.D. under the supervision of Eric Mountjoy at McGill University in 1985. While completing his university degrees, Hans worked part-time for Texaco Germany and Petro Canada in Calgary. From 1985-1987 he did a postdoctoral fellowship at Louisiana State University with Clyde Moore. He joined the University of Alberta in 1987, where he as been a professor ever since.
Albert Maende obtained a B.Sc in Geology from the University of Nairobi in Kenya and an M.Sc in Petroleum Geology from Aberdeen University in Scotland. Mr. Maende supervised the World Bank sponsored launching of the National Oil Corporation of Kenya’s Laboratory and Cores Storage Facility and served as the Exploration Manager for the Corporation for 4 years. He also served as the secretary of the local organizing committee of the inaugural East African Petroleum Conference (EAPC ‘03) that was held in Nairobi, Kenya in March 2003. He worked as an Explorationist with both Woodside and Ophir Energy companies in Perth, Australia during 2004, and participated in the evaluation of petroleum geology data of East and Central Africa’s Lamu and Rovuma Basins. Maende spent 2 years consulting for both Vangold Company and the National Oil Corporation of Kenya, then moved to the USA to work at Humble Geochemical Services, where he participated in an oil companies consortium study of about 10,000 samples recovered from more than 600 wells from 13 sedimentary basins of the Rocky Mountain region, for which he prepared geological Log plots depicting source rock richness, potential and maturity. In 2007, he became a geologist at Weatherford Laboratories where he has worked on geochemical data of shale gas and conventional oil prospects of a number of formations in the USA, including their gas composition and carbon isotopes fingerprinting. One of Albert’s main current pursuits is the petroleum geochemistry of the Black Warrior Basin of Alabama.
Leslie B. Magoon is a Consulting Professor in the Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences, Stanford University and consults on the petroleum system. He received his B.S. in Biology (’64) and his M.S. in Geology (’66) from the University of Oregon.
Kurt J. Marfurt joined The University of Oklahoma in 2007 where he serves as the Frank and Henrietta Schultz Professor of Geophysics within the ConocoPhillips School of Geology and Geophysics. Marfurt’s primary research interest is in the development and calibration of new seismic attributes to aid in seismic processing, seismic interpretation, and reservoir characterization. Recent work has focused on applying coherence, spectral decomposition, structure-oriented filtering, and volumetric curvature to mapping fractures and karst with a particular focus on resource plays. Marfurt earned a Ph.D. in applied geophysics at Columbia University’s Henry Krumb School of Mines in New York in 1978 where he also taught as an Assistant Professor for four years. He worked 18 years in a wide range of research projects at Amoco’s Tulsa Research Center after which he joined the University of Houston for 8 years as a Professor of Geophysics and the Director of the Allied Geophysics Lab. He has received SEG best paper (for coherence), SEG best presentation (for seismic modeling) and as a coauthor with Satinder Chopra best SEG poster (for curvature) and best AAPG technical presentation. Marfurt also served as the EAGE/SEG Distinguished Short Course Instructor for 2006 (on seismic attributes). In addition to teaching and research duties at OU, Marfurt leads short courses on attributes for the SEG and AAPG.
Shawn Maxwell is Chief Geophysicist and Microseismic Advisor for Schlumberger, and is based in Calgary. Previously he introduced commercial microseismic hydraulic fracturing imaging services to the oil and gas industry and was a Lecturer at Keele University in England. Shawn was awarded a Ph.D. in microseismology from Queen’s University in Canada. He serves on various microseismic focused committees and workshops around the globe, and is currently passive seismic associate editor for Geophysics.
Daniel Moos, Geomechanics International, Inc., Menlo Park, CA, received his PhD in geophysics from Stanford University in 1983. After working for 4 years at Lamont-Doherty Geological Observatory, he returned to Stanford to join the Rock and Borehole Geophysics research group. He subsequently was a founder and is now Chief Scientist of GeoMechanics International, which was formed to develop and apply geomechanical approaches to the oil and gas and geothermal industries.
Prasanta K. Mukhopadhyay who is also known as Dr. Muki, is currently the President of Global Geoenergy Research Ltd. in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, and an Adjunct Professor at Dalhousie University. He has twenty-nine (29) years of research experience in petroleum exploration including the application of petroleum systems analysis (petroleum geochemistry/organic petrology) in basin evaluation and risk appraisal of both conventional (especially for deepwater exploration) and unconventional (Shale Gas and CBM) petroleum prospects. He has edited four books for the American Chemical Society and Elsevier Science Publications and published 65 articles and chapters in various journals and books. He has presented more than 300 oral and poster presentations at professional scientific society meetings and conducted many short courses for oil companies and professional organizations in Brazil, Canada, China, India, Japan, US and Venezuela. He has a Ph.D in Coal Sciences and completed two years of Post-Doctoral Research (as a Humboldt Fellow in RWTH Aachen, Germany) in Petroleum Geochemistry. He is an Associate Editor of the AAPG Bulletin and a Member of the AGI (related to the Member Society Council.)
Dr. Neal Nagel has 26 years of industry experience and has provided geomechanics consulting and training since 2009. Neal is the Chief Engineer and co-founder of OilField Geomechanics LLC. He previously worked for 20 years with ConocoPhillips as a world-wide geomechanics specialist. He has taught extensively over his career as well as given many invited presentations – including serving as an SPE Distinguished Lecturer in 2004 and giving a keynote presentation at the 2014 SPE Hydraulic Fracturing Technical Conference. Neal was also chief editor of the 2010 SPE Monograph on Solids Injection and has written more than 50 peer-reviewed and conference papers, including more than 20 related to Unconventional Play geomechanics.
Dr. Susan Smith Nash has organized numerous workshops, forums, educational events and research conferences on the topic of unconventional resources in her capacity of Director of Education and Professional Development of the AAPG. In addition, she has worked with cross-disciplinary teams to work on knowledge transfer, understanding, and research initiatives in optimizing exploration and development of unconventional and mature reservoirs. Her current interests involve supporting new technologies for green development of unconventionals.
Darrell Norman is the chief geoscientist for GeoKnowledge, an Oslo-based company specializing in decision-support software and the probabilistic assessment of prospect resource volumes and risk. He received his BA in geology from the University of Tennessee in 1979, and his MS in geology from Memphis University in 1981. He has worked in the oil and gas industry for 31 years, including 24 with Exxon and ExxonMobil. He currently resides in LaGrange, Georgia.
Ahmed Ouenes, is the founder and CEO of FracGeo, a technology company that specializes in improving the development of unconventional reservoirs. Ahmed has occupied many different positions in consulting, software development, operating oil and gas fields, and academia. Ahmed’s main interest is the development of new reservoir characterization technologies that improve the bottom line of E&P companies. He has been focusing lately on developing 3G concepts and new ways to integrate Geomechanics with Geology and Geophysics (3G) to predict microseismic events as well as permeability and proppant distribution in the SRV. Previously, Ahmed was a Global Director at SIGMA CUBED and also the founder and president of Prism Seismic, a software and consulting company sold in 2011 to the Symphony Technology Group. Ahmed was Chief Reservoir Engineer at RC Squared where he developed the first commercial software for the Continuous Fracture Modeling (CFM) technology. He was also Executive Vice President of an independent oil and gas producer that focused on developing the fractured Trenton play in Ohio. Ahmed graduated from Ecole Centrale de Paris and holds a Ph.D. in Petroleum Engineering from New Mexico Tech. He is the author of more than 70 papers on various complex reservoir studies and new reservoir modeling techniques that cover a wide range of multidisciplinary topics including unconventional reservoirs, geomechanics, fracture modeling, advanced geophysics, artificial intelligence, reservoir simulation and proxy models, automatic history matching, stochastic optimization for inverse problems, upscaling, geostatistics, and wettability. He teaches fracture modeling courses for AAPG, CSEG and other professional organizations.
David R. Paddock is the Scientific Advisor for Schlumberger in Houston for seismic reservoir characterization. He is the architect for Schlumberger’s surface seismic solutions for gas shales worldwide, for carbon sequestration projects in the United States, and co-architect for fractured reservoir characterization worldwide. He is also one of top few experts worldwide in the use of Schlumberger’s Ant Tracking fault delineation technique. Dave previously worked for ARCO, where his work including some of the initial drilling in the Horizontal Devonian trend and discovery of the Wolfberry trend. He is an AAPG Certified Petroleum Geophysicist and holds MBA, MS Geology, and BS Mathematics degrees.
Terry Palisch is Director of Petroleum Engineering for CARBO Ceramics in Irving, TX. After completing his BS in Petroleum Engineering at the University of Missouri-Rolla, Terry Palisch worked as a petroleum engineer for 10 years with ARCO in Alaska and for four years as a production advisor for ARCO in Algeria, North Africa. During a portion of his tenure in Alaska, Terry supervised the $10 million fracture stimulation program at ARCO's Kuparuk River Field. In 2004 Terry joined CARBO Ceramics as a Sr. Staff Petroleum Engineer. In his current position his organization's current work primarily focuses upon helping clients improve fracture designs by accurately predicting production under realistic conditions. He has authored numerous technical papers and is active in the SPE Dallas Section and SPE International. He was recently awarded the 2012 MidCon Regional Completions Optimization & Technology Award.
Roderick Perez is working toward a PhD in Geophysics at the University of Oklahoma with Dr. Kurt Marfurt. Born in Caracas, Venezuela, he completed his undergraduate degree (2007) in Geophysical Engineering at the Universidad Simon Bolivar (Caracas, Venezuela), after studying at OU his senior year as an exchange student. In 2007, he returned to OU for grad school and completed his M.S. in Geology in 2009, under the direction of Dr. Roger Slatt. His PhD dissertation research is focused on seismic attributes (AVO, pre-stack seismic inversion, reservoir characterization, history matching) in conventional and unconventional reservoirs in the Fort Worth Basin and Horseshoe Atoll in West Texas.
Henry W. Posamentier is currently a Sr. Consultant Geologist with Chevron Energy Technology Company in Houston, TX. Before joining Chevron, he was Chief Geologist and Distinguished Advisor for Anadarko in The Woodlands, Texas after working several years in their Calgary office. He has previously worked for ARCO in the U.S. and Indonesia, Esso Resources in Canada, and Exxon Production Research Co. His principal expertise is in siliciclastic sequence stratigraphy and depositional systems and he has published widely on these topics. He received his M.A. and Ph.D. in Geology from Syracuse University. In 1971-72, Dr. Posamentier was a Fulbright Fellow to Austria. He has served as a North American AAPG Distinguished Lecturer, as well as several tours as an AAPG International Distinguished Lecturer. Recently (2008), he was awarded the Pettijohn Medal for excellence in sedimentology from the Society for Sedimentary geology (SEPM), and the William Smith Medal (2010) for contributions to applied and economic aspects of geology from the Geological Society of London.
Tony Rebec is Senior Geoscientist at Geokinetics in Houston, TX. He has over 45 years of experience in the seismic services business, having started his career as a geophysicist at Geophysical Services Inc., the founding company of Texas Instruments. Through various buyouts and acquisitions, he has held both technical and managerial positions with Halliburton, Western Geophysical, Coherence Technology Company, Core Lab and Paradigm Geophysical. His experience has spanned seismic acquisition and design, seismic processing and interpretation, reservoir characterization and 4D seismic monitoring. He worked with many of the earlier 3D seismic surveys and was involved in the development and use of the earlier techniques for assisting 3D interpretation, including the interactive interpretation workstation. In the mid 90’s, he was instrumental in institutionalizing the Coherence Cube technique throughout the world and establishing it as a key tool for both structural and stratigraphic delineation. He is currently involved in both domestic and international reservoir characterization projects. He has written, published and presented many technical papers on innovative techniques and case histories. He holds a B.Sc. in both geology and mathematics from London University and is a 45 year member of Society of Exploration Geophysicists.
Meredith K. Rhodes Carson is co-founder of Geofuels, a geologic consulting company specializing in the characterization of lacustrine strata. Meredith started her geologic career working on the conodont biostratigraphy of Devonian shales in the Appalachian Foreland Basin as an undergrad at SUNY Geneseo. She then went on to receive her M.S. (1998) and Ph.D. (2002) from the University of Wisconsin – Madison where she focused on tectonics and sedimentation of lacustrine strata in the Ridge Basin of southern California, and the lacustrine stratigraphy and isotope geochemistry of the Green River Formation in southwestern Wyoming. She spent 6 years working as a geologist for BP in deepwater Gulf of Mexico exploration and in operations and development for BP’s Wamsutter gas field.
Mark G. Rowan received a B.S. in biology from CalTech in 1976, an M.S. in geology from Berkeley in 1982, and a Ph.D. in structural geology from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 1991. He was previously an exploration geologist with Sohio, a consultant with Geo-Logic Systems and Alastair Beach Associates, and a research professor at University of Colorado. Mark founded his own company in 1998, where he consults and teaches for the petroleum industry worldwide and conducts research sponsored by industry. Although Mark’s background includes many types of tectonic environments, his primary interests are focused on the styles and processes of salt tectonics, salt-sediment interaction, the geometry and kinematics of passive margins, and the applications to petroleum exploration. He is the author or coauthor of over 65 papers and 150 abstracts, is the instructor for AAPG’s Practical Salt Tectonics course, was an AAPG Distinguished Lecturer and an AAPG International Distinguished Instructor.
Art Saller is a carbonate stratigrapher working on reservoir characterization with Cobalt International Energy in Houston, Texas. He has worked in the petroleum industry for 27 years helping provide stratigraphic support for successful exploration and production projects in west Texas, Canada, Angola, Indonesia, and Myanmar. Previous companies include Cities Service Oil & Gas, Unocal and Chevron. Art received his B.S. degree from the University of Kansas, M.S. degree from Stanford University, and Ph.D. from Louisiana State University (1984). He has published a number of papers on carbonate deposition, diagenesis and reservoir development in the AAPG Bulletin as well as other publications. He has also helped edit AAPG and SEPM books. For the last 25 years, Art has run field trips to the Caicos Platform (Bahamas) and Permian Basin (USA) for Unocal, Chevron, university geology groups, and the Nautilus Training Consortium.
Dr. Marisela Sanchez-Nagel is president and principal engineer at OilField Geomechanics LLC. She has more than 23 years of industry experience having worked for Intevep, the technology arm of PDVSA; as President of Global GeoSolutions, a geomechanics consulting company in Latin America; for GMI; and as General Manager and President of Itasca Houston from 2007 to 2014. Marisela was a 2012-2013 SPE Distinguished Lecturer and has presented at numerous geomechanics schools throughout North and South America.
Peter A. Scholle has a B.S. in Geology from Yale and a Ph.D. in Geology from Princeton. Despite that, he has worked in petroleum company research labs (Cities Service and Gulf/Chevron), academia (Univ. of Texas at Dallas and SMU), state and federal agencies (as chief of the Oil and Gas Branch of the USGS and as the State Geologist of New Mexico and director of the NM Bureau of Geology & Mineral Resources). He has done consulting work in more than 20 countries and now is a partner in Scholle Petrographic LLC. He has authored or edited eight books, including five AAPG Memoirs of which two were on carbonate petrography and one on carbonate depositional environments.
Rick Schrynemeeckers holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Biochemistry from Texas A&M University and Master’s of Science degree in Chemistry from the University of North Texas. He began his career working for Sun Oil Company in Dallas in the Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR) division. He then worked for many years in the environmental arena. He has served as a Laboratory Director and General Manager of several laboratories in his career. He has 25 publications, numerous professional presentations, and has also served as an editorial advisor for Environmental Testing & Analysis Magazine. Mr. Schrynemeeckers returned to the oil industry working for Baseline Resolution a geochemistry laboratory in The Woodlands, TX. His focus was developing partnerships and satellite geochemistry laboratories around the world in countries like Venezuela, Brazil, Argentina, and Egypt. He then worked for StratoChem Services, a geochemistry laboratory in Cairo for two years, and now promotes surface geochemical surveys for W.L. GORE’s Survey Exploration division.
James (Jim) Sears is a structural geology professor at the University of Montana, where he has taught since 1982. He received his Ph.D. from Queen's University in 1979. A field-oriented geologist, he taught structural geology at Auburn University for 4 years. Jim specializes in the structural evolution of the Montana Rocky Mountain fold-thrust belt, and has recently developed a thrust rotational model linking the Montana and Canadian Rockies fold-thrust belts in collaboration with R. A. Price.
Selim S. Shaker is Director of and Consulting Geologist for Geopressure Analysis Services Inc. (G.A.S.) in Houston, TX. He received a B.Sc. (honor), M.Sc and Ph.D.in Geology and also received a diploma in Hydrogeology from Prague University (UNESCO). With over 35 years in the oil industry, he started his career in Egypt as well-site, stratigrapher and structural geologist. During his last 30 years of service his main function as Exploration Geologist was prospects generation in onshore and offshore the Gulf of Mexico. Internationally, he also evaluated several exploration projects in NW Australia, Libya, Algeria, N. Sea and China. Dr. Shaker established G.A.S. to focus on evaluating the implication of geopressure compartmentalization, seal integrity and salt interaction on leads and prospects worldwide. Pre and Post drilling risk assessment of a prospect is his specialty. He is an active member of AAPG, SEG, HGS, GSH, and AADE. Dr. Shaker is the Co-Chair of the 2012 AAPG Deep Water GTW. He has published over 40 papers and articles regarding geopressure, risk assessments and drilling.
Keith W. Shanley is a consulting geologist with The Discovery Group in Denver, and has more than 25 years of experience in petroleum exploration, development, and research. He has worked in a variety of basins around the world for both major and independent oil and gas companies in positions ranging from upstream geoscience research and technology development to exploration, production, and appraisal. Keith has published numerous papers, edited volumes, and organized conferences and seminars dealing with sequence stratigraphy, its application to reservoir characterization and prediction, non-marine sedimentology and stratigraphy, and tight-gas resources. Keith’s work in tight gas has been recognized by the AAPG (Dott Award – 2009, Pratt Award – 2006) and by the CSPG (Medal of Merit - 2005). He received his BA degree in Geology from Rice University, and his MSc and PhD degrees in Geology and Geophysics from the Colorado School of Mines. Keith’s experience includes both major and independent oil and gas companies including Tenneco Oil, Shell Development Co, and Amoco Production Co./BP America, and Stone/Basin Exploration as well as the U.S. Geological Survey. Keith is a member of the AAPG, SEPM, SPE, RMAG, and SPWLA, he serves as an editor for the AAPG and SEPM, teaches for the AAPG Continuing Education program and is a registered petroleum geologist in both Texas and Wyoming.
John H. Shaw is the Harry C. Dudley Professor of Structural and Economic Geology and Chair of the Earth & Planetary Sciences Department at Harvard University. He leads an active research program in structural geology and geophysics, with emphasis on petroleum exploration and production methods. He received a Ph.D. from Princeton University in structural geology and applied geophysics, and was employed as a senior research geoscientist at Texaco's Exploration and Production Technology Department in Houston, Texas. Shaw's research interests include complex trap and reservoir characterization in fold-and-thrust belts and deepwater passive margins. He heads the Structural Geology and Earth Resources Program at Harvard, an industry-academic consortium that supports student research in petroleum systems.
Dianna Shelander received her Bachelor’s degree in Physics with a Geophysics Option from Georgia Tech, and her Master’s degree in Exploration Geophysics from Stanford University. She worked with Amoco in Denver, CO, Unocal in Brea, CA, and in Sugar Land, TX, and is currently with Schlumberger’s Reservoir Seismic Services group in Houston, TX. Her expertise is in seismic data interpretation and she has roughly 30 years of industry experience working basins from Burma to Brazil to the Beaufort Sea. Other areas of experience include the Gulf of Mexico and various basins in the western US. In recent years Dianna has been working on Gulf of Mexico projects, with a focus on prediction and quantification of gas hydrates.
Roger M. Slatt holds the Gungoll Family Chair Professor in Petroleum Geology and Geophysics at University of Oklahoma and Director of the Institute of Reservoir Characterization. Prior positions include: Director of the School of Geology and Geophysics and Eberly Family Chair Professor at University of Oklahoma from 2000-06; Gungoll Chair Professor of Petroleum Geology and Geophysics in 2006-07; Head of the Department of Geology and Geological Engineering at Colorado School of Mines (1992-2000) and Director of the Rocky Mountain Region Petroleum Technology Transfer Council (1995-2000). Prior to that, Dr. Slatt held several technical and managerial positions with Cities Service Research, ARCO Research, and ARCO International Oil and Gas Co. He has published approximately 150 papers and abstracts, authored/ coauthored/edited four books, has been an AAPG/SPE Distinguished Lecturer, and has received several awards from various organizations for his service to the geoscience community.
Stephen A., Sonnenberg is a Professor and holds the Charles Boettcher Distinguished Chair in Petroleum Geology at the Colorado School of Mines. He specializes in unconventional reservoirs, sequence stratigraphy, tectonic influence on sedimentation, and petroleum geology. A native of Billings, Montana, Sonnenberg received BS and MS degrees in geology from Texas A&M University and a Ph.D. degree in geology from the Colorado School of Mines. He has over twenty-five years experience in the industry. Steve has served as President of several organizations including the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, Rocky Mountain Association of Geologists, and Colorado Scientific Society. He also served on the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission from 1997-2003 and was the Chair of the Commission from 1999-2003. He is the recipient of the Young Alumnus Award, Outstanding Alumnus Award, and Mines Medal from the Colorado School of Mines, Distinguished Achievement Medal from Texas A&M University, distinguished service awards from AAPG and RMAG, and honorary membership awards from AAPG, RMAG and the Colorado Scientific Society.
Hamed Soroush is a geomechanics expert with more than 17 years of experience in different applications of rock mechanics in mining, civil and oil industries. He has conducted or managed more than 100 consulting and research projects worldwide. Hamed holds a position as Geomechanics Director at Petrolern Ltd responsible for providing in-house consulting for customers, conducting quality geomechanics training, and directing development programs. He is currently working for Shell as Geomechanics/Rock Physics Advisor in their Technology Centre in Houston. Prior to that, he was the Global Geomechanics Advisor for Weatherford based in Dubai providing project coordination, support and training for geomechanics and petroleum engineering applications. He has also worked with companies such as Technical and Soil Laboratories, CSIRO, GeoMechanics International, Senergy, and PDVSA in the Middle East, Asia Pacific, North Sea, and South America areas. Hamed holds BSc in Mining Engineering, MSc in Rock Mechanics and PhD in Petroleum Engineering from Curtin University of Technology in Perth, Australia. He has published 3 technical books, and several journal and conference papers. Hamed has given different industry short courses for PETROLERN, SPE and EAGE and has served as steering committee on several SPE conferences and workshops. He was selected as SPE Distinguished Lecturer for year 2012-13.
Brian Stambaugh with NMR Petrophysics, Inc., in Newell, SD, has provided 45 short courses on NMR (Magnetic Resonance Logging), and bypassed/unconventional pay to the oil and gas industry. He received a B. S. M. E. from South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, with work experience at Schlumberger and Numar Corp. Since 1997 he has been principal consultant at NMR Petrophysics, Inc, focusing on teaching, Petrophysical studies and data processing. He has authored papers on NMR logging and served as an SPWLA Distinguished Lecturer and SPE Technology Update Speaker.
David B. (Dave) Story is ExxonMobil’s Global Field Safety Coordinator located at the ExxonMobil Upstream Research Co. in Houston, Texas. Dave began his career with Exxon Company USA in 1978 after graduating from the University of Texas in Austin with a B.Sc. in Geology. Over his 35 year career with ExxonMobil he has worked predominately in North America splitting his time between Production and Exploration assignments. Dave’s current responsibilities include oversight responsibilities for all of ExxonMobil’s Global field activities in uncontrolled environments.
Uwe Strecker is one of four technical geoscience advisors at RSI (“Rock Solid Images”) and responsible for Geology & Quantitative Interpretation. Dr. Strecker received his Ph.D. in Geology in 1996 from the University of Wyoming, and was a Fulbright Scholar in 1988. Uwe previously worked as a geologist for Union Pacific Resources and Belco Energy Corp. His research interests include apatite fission-track thermochronology, hydrates, and unconventional gas. In his prior capacity as “Manager of Training” for RSI, Uwe has given more than 100 technical presentations on visualization & interpretation of seismic attributes in reservoir characterization of carbonate platforms and deep-water turbidites to audiences in energy companies worldwide. Uwe has been an invited speaker at: Marathon Petroleum Technology Research Institute, GFZ Potsdam (Zentralinstitut für Physik der Erde), Meridian Oil Company, and Seismic Micro-Technology. Uwe is a member of AAPG, SEG, GSH, HGS, and GSA. He enjoys making music in his spare time.
Mike Sullivan, Consultant, Mechanicsburg, PA, has conducted extensive field work in the area of geothermal resources, focusing on both shallow hydrothermal systems, and in deep induced fracture systems. His master’s thesis investigated a geothermal system in El Salvador, in which he performed a detailed water balance of an exploited basin and assisted the quantification of reservoir storage via well pressures and historical chemistry of extracted geothermal fluid. He currently is a researcher on integrated geothermal and hydrocarbon operations, and is a project geophysicist for a private consultant group.
Lee Suttner holds a B.S. degree in Geology from the University of Notre Dame ('61), and M.S. ('63) and PhD ('66) degrees from the University of Wisconsin. He joined the faculty at Indiana University in 1966 and in 2001, was named the Distinguished Robert Shrock Professor of Sedimentary Geology, and currently is the Shrock Emeritus Professor and Director of Development. From 1968-1981 he was Associate Director and from 1981-1995 Director of the Indiana University Geologic Field Station in southwest Montana. He was Chair of the Department of Geological Sciences from 1990-1994 and 1996-1998. In between his two terms as Chair he served as the Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies in the I.U. College of Arts and Sciences. He has served as President of NAGT, Midwest Section of SEPM, and the GSA Foundation. Lee is recipient of the National Association of Geoscience Teachers' "Neil Minor Award" for outstanding teaching, largely in recognition of his teaching and leadership at the Indiana University Geologic Field Station. Foremost among specific areas of his research, are his studies of sediment provenance, interpretation of paleoclimate from mineral suites, fluvial depositional systems, and the affects of intrabasinal tectonics on basin fill architecture. He has published over 100 articles, a number of guidebooks, and a major co-authored monograph entitled "Alluvial Fans and Fan Deltas". He has received best paper awards from the Journal of Sedimentary Petrology (1986) and two from the Mountain Geologist (1992 and 2006).
Frank Syfan is Technical Director - Oil and Gas, for U.S. Silica, a supplier of sand based proppants for oil and gas applications. He has more than 30 years experience in the oil and gas industry, including an extensive background in reservoir engineering, drilling operations and completion technology. He also has significant unconventional shale reservoir expertise gained while working in the Barnett, Marcellus, Fayetteville and other major shale formations. Before joining U.S. Silica, Syfan was the Principal Reservoir and Completions Engineer for Statoil, in Houston Texas. He has also held a variety of positions with Baker Hughes, Halliburton, Frac Tech and Sun E&P. Frank holds degrees in Geology and Petroleum Engineering from Texas A&M University and has been active in the Society of Petroleum Engineers where he is currently the chairman of the SPE Petroleum Engineering Sub-Committee for the National Council for the Examination of Engineers and Surveyors (NCEES).
Antonio Teixell is Professor and Head of the Department of Geology at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. He formerly performed research at SUNY-Albany, UT-Austin and the Geological Survey of Spain, and obtained his PhD in the Universitat de Barcelona in 1992. He has over 30 years of experience on the geology and geophysics of external fold and thrust belts, with emphasis on tectonics-sedimentation relationships. He has published more than 40 papers in international journals, and has led field trips in areas like the Pyrenees or the Atlas Mountains for the AAPG and for diverse industry and university groups.
Galen E. Treadgold, vice president of Weinman GeoScience (a division of Global Geophysical), received a BS in Geology and Marine Science in 1982 from the University of Miami before starting his geophysical studies at the University of Texas at Austin and receiving an MA in Geology/Geophysics in 1985. Galen joined ARCO that same year and over the next 15 years worked in various technology, exploration and management positions including coordinating AVO projects, teaching the first ARCO AVO school, managing the ARCO British technology group and managing ARCO’s Trinidad and Venezuela exploration effort. In 2000, Galen joined Weinman Geoscience where he’s held the position of chief geophysicist and now, vice president. Galen’s main interests are unconventional reservoir characterization and azimuthal analysis for fracture detection. He’s given recent talks at the 2011 SEG in San Antonio, the 2010 Hedberg Conference in Austin and the 2011 Eagle Ford DUG conference in San Antonio.
Dana S. Ulmer-Scholle has a B.S. in Geology from the University of Cincinnati and a M.S. and Ph.D. from SMU. She has worked at SMU and NM Tech as a research scientist, research professor and lecturer, has worked for several petroleum companies as a consulting geologist or exploration geologist doing a wide range of carbonate sedimentologic projects, but focusing especially on fluid inclusion analysis and integrated petrography/geochemistry. She has edited or authored 7 books including the AAPG Carbonate Petrography Memoir. She now is the head of Scholle Petrographic LLC, a petrographic consulting company.
Kenneth F. (Frank) Wantland earned his BS in Geology from the University of Cincinnati, Ohio, and MS and Ph.D. degrees in Geology from Rice University, Houston, Texas. He managed the geologic research group and was Director of Technical Human Resources for Cities Service, and served as Director of the School of Geology and Geophysics at the University of Oklahoma. He has over thirty years’ experience managing and coaching geoscientists. He wrote nearly 100 columns for the AAPG Explorer on change transition and career self-management. He is currently a Leadership and Career Coach living in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Lynn Watney is a Senior Scientific Fellow with the Kansas Geological Survey at the University of Kansas with specialties in carbonate reservoir geology and Paleozoic stratigraphy. He received his B.S. in Geology, with minors in math and chemistry and M.S. in Geology (geochemistry) from Iowa State University, and a Ph.D. in Geology (Pennsylvanian depositional sequences) from the University of Kansas. Work experience includes exploration and development geologist with Chevron U.S.A, New Orleans from 1972 to 1976, Kansas Geological Survey as a Research Associate between 1976-1981, Subsurface Section Chief from 1981-1990, Executive Director KU Energy Research Center from 1991-2007, and most recently as Senior Scientific Fellow (2007-present) in the Energy Research Section. He is also a Courtesy Professor of Geology at KU and Kansas State University. Professional affiliations include Kansas Geological Society, AAPG, SEPM, and SPE. He served as Secretary-Treasurer for SEPM (1996-98) and as President-Elect (2008), President (2009), and Director (2010) of Kansas Geological Society and Library. He is a co-recipient of the Jules Braunstein Memorial Award for Best Poster Presentation in 2001 and 2003. In 2003, he received the Robey H. Clark Service Award & A.I. Levorsen Award for Best Paper for AAPG Mid-Continent Section.
Robert C. Wegner received a B.S. in geology from Queens College in 1967, M.S. in geophysics from Lehigh University in 1972, and a Ph.D. in geophysics from Rice University in 1978. Bob is a retiree from Exxon Mobil’s Upstream Research Company with 32 years of service developing quantitative seismic interpretation tools and techniques. He remains active as a teacher. At Rice University, he shares teaching responsibilities with several industry representatives presenting a graduate-level course on modern exploration methods used in petroleum exploration. At the University of Texas’ Continuing Education Department in their Houston Training Center, he teaches college graduates about exploration’s role in the petroleum industry. He is a member of the SEG since 1969, and been a member and chairman of the SEG Continuing Education Committee. He has held several positions with the Geological Society of Houston’s Board of Directors (President 2010-11). He is currently a reviewer for the May 2014 special session of the joint SEG-AAPG journal Interpretation dealing with Well Ties to Seismic Data. He is an active member of the SEG and GSH.
Joann E. Welton is a reservoir quality consultant from Houston, TX, with 40 years of oil industry experience. She has developed and taught field and classroom courses for geoscientists and engineers on reservoir characterization in the U.S.A, Canada, Europe and Vietnam for over 20 years. She received her B.Sc (Geol) from Portland State University, Portland, OR in 1973 and her M.Sc. (Geol) from the University of Southern California in 1980.
David Wiprut, Ph.D., is Global Discipline Head for Baker Hughes Geomechanics in Houston, Texas. Dr. Wiprut has been working on geomechanics problems in the oil and gas industry since 1996. He received his Ph.D. from Stanford University in 2000 studying the state of stress, wellbore stability (conventional and underbalanced drilling), and fault leakage in the northern North Sea.
Lesli J. Wood is the Robert Weimer Endowed Chair in Sedimentology and Petroleum Geology at the Colorado School of Mines, where she also directs the Sedimentary Analogs Database and Research Program (SAND). She holds a Ph.D. from Colorado State University. Dr. Wood specializes in quantitative seismic geomorphology of clastic basins, structural and sedimentary systems interactions, submarine mass failures, petroleum geology, mobile shales and geomorphology of Mars. Prior to joining the CSM faculty, Dr. Wood held positions at the University of Texas Bureau of Economic Geology, Amoco and Arco. She has served as SEPM Society for Sedimentary Geology national Secretary-Treasurer, the GCSSEPM President and is active in the Geological Society of America, the American Association of Petroleum Geologists and the Geological Society of Trinidad and Tobago. She also served as the 2012 Technical Program Committee Chairman for the 2012 GCAGS Annual Convention, as a member of the Ultra-Deepwater Advisory Committee for the U.S. Secretary of the Department of Energy and serves as an Associate Editor at Geosphere. Dr. Wood has published widely on the nature of modern and ancient deep- to shallow-water systems around the world and has won numerous best paper and poster awards, including AAPG’s Sproule Award, and most recently the 2014 EAGE Norman Falcon Award as co-author of the Best Paper in Petroleum Geosciences.
Walter W. Wornardt is President of MICRO-STRAT, Inc., in Houston, TX. He received his BS and MS degrees from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and his Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley. He has worked for Chevron, Esso Production Research, Union of California, and was Chairman of the Geology Dept. at University of Redlands before starting his current company in 1983. He was an adjunct Professor at Rice University in Houston from 1989-2001, and worked with Dr. Peter R. Vail to develop the concepts of integration of seismic, logs and High Resolution Biostratigraphy, and identification of Maximum Flooding Surfaces. They were pioneers in “Well-log Seismic Sequence Stratigraphy”, and taught over 60 courses together. Wornardt has published over 90 papers and abstracts, and has given numerous talks on Microfossils, Sequence Stratigraphy and Geology.
Jeffrey M. Yarus is currently Senior Manager of Earth Modeling for Landmark Graphics, Inc., in Houston, TX, and holds a Ph.D. in mathematical geology from the University of South Carolina (1978.) He has previously worked for Amoco Production Company, Marathon Oil Company, GeoMath, (a subsidiary of Beicip-Franlab,) Roxar, Inc. (formerly Smedvig Technologies), and Knowledge Reservoir, Inc. In 2001, along with Dr. Richard L. Chambers, he started Quantitative Geosciences, LLP (QGSI), a consulting firm specializing in data analysis and geostatistics, which was then partnered with Landmark in 2006. Dr. Yarus is well known throughout the petroleum industry as a leader in applied statistical and geostatistical methods, and has provided numerous public seminars and lectures throughout the world. Dr. Yarus has served as AAPG’s Chair of the Geological Computing Committee, Publications Chairman, and Chair of the Reservoir Development Committee. He has authored many papers and abstracts on applied statistics and geostatistics, and along with his partner Richard Chambers, he edited the AAPG volume on Stochastic Modeling and Geostatistics. He is also co-editor of the AAPG volume on Geologic Information Systems with Dr. Timothy Coburn (released in 2000). 2008 saw the release of the new SPE Petroleum Engineering Handbook in which Dr. Yarus is co-author of the chapter on applied geostatistics. Throughout his career he has been a lecturer or adjunct professor with the University of Colorado, Colorado School of Mines, and the University of Houston.
Malleswar Yenugu is a PhD in Geophysics with over 10 years (including academia) of experience in the oil and gas industry, specialized in rock physics analysis of shale kerogen maturity, fluid substitution, and rock physics analysis of unconsolidated deepwater reservoirs. He has participated in project work and research studies in qualitative and quantitative seismic interpretation, seismic attribute analysis, petrophysics, rock properties, and seismic texture analysis for reservoir prediction and characterization.
Malleswar worked for 5-1/2 years as a Geoscientist working on assets in Middle East and India for Heramec and Reliance. For the following 5 years, while pursuing his graduate degrees at the University of Oklahoma and University of Houston, he has worked as an intern on dip estimation from volumetric seismic texture analysis (Chevron), integrated source rock characterization (ExxonMobil), and quantitative deepwater reservoir characterization (ConocoPhillips). In 2014, he joined Ikon Science Americas to work as a QI geoscientist with the QIS team supporting rock physics and inversion projects.
Malleswar has published research papers on probabilistic neural networks for characterization of coalbed methane, correlation of AVO inversion methods with porosity seen on logs and cores, relation between seismic curvature and fractures from image logs, seismic texture segmentation and cluster analysis applied to channel delineation and chert reservoir characterization, ultrasonic measurements of anisotropy in shales, microstructural characterization from GSA inversion, and seismic characterization of kerogen maturity. He is an associate editor for Interpretation journal and special editor for Geophysics journal. He is also selected as a short course instructor for SEG.
Malleswar holds a PhD degree in Geophysics from University of Houston, and a MSc degree in Geophysics from Andhra University.
Ye Zhang received her B.S. degree in hydrogeology and engineering geology from Nanjing University, P.R. China (1998); her M.S. degree in hydrogeology from the University of Minnesota (2004); and her Ph.D. in hydrogeology from Indiana University (2005). She is currently an assistant professor of geology at the University of Wyoming. Her research interests include geological modeling and fluid-flow simulation, scientific computing, and aqueous and hydrocarbon gas geochemistry.
Fuge Zou is a geologist in the Subsurface Characterization Group, Mid-Continent Asset Team of Marathon Oil Corporation in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. In 2010-13 he was a geologist in the Gulf of Mexico deepwater exploration team of Marathon Oil Corporation in Houston, TX. Mr. Zou is also a PhD student at the University of Oklahoma; he finished his M.S. degree in geology with Dr. Roger M. Slatt in 2010. His research has been focused on deepwater depositional processes and reservoir characterization. He received his bachelor degree at the department of Earth Sciences, Nanjing University (China) in 2008.
John Zumberge has been vice president and cofounder of GeoMark Research in Houston since 1991. He was manager of geochemical and geological research for Cities Service - Occidental, general manager for Ruska Laboratories, and director of geochemical services for Core Laboratories. He has global experience in petroleum geochemistry, focusing on crude-oil biomarkers. He obtained a B.S. degree in chemistry from the University of Michigan and a Ph.D. in organic geochemistry from the University of Arizona.
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