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).