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. Dr. Wiprut has continued to work on similar issues with Baker Hughes, and has accumulated extensive experience working on geomechanics problems throughout the world. Dr. Wiprut oversees external geomechanics training activities world-wide for Baker Hughes, and advises on technical issues for consulting projects.