At its annual board of directors meeting, the Society of Petroleum Evaluation Engineers (SPEE) elected a new executive committee. The SPEE board consists of 13 members, four of whom are elected to the executive committee in which they serve progressive year-long terms as secretary/treasurer, vice president, president, and then past-president. Barry Ashton, SPE, chief operating officer of AJM Deloitte, moves to the position of SPEE past-president; Samantha (Meador) Holroyd, SPE, director at Denham Capital, joins the SPEE executive committee as secretary/treasurer; Richard Krenek, SPE, vice president at Netherland, Sewell & Associates, will progress into the role of SPEE vice president; and Marshall Watson, SPE, assistant professor in the Bob L. Herd Department of Petroleum Engineering at Texas Tech University, was elected SPEE president.
MicroSeismic appointed Robert (Bob) Daniels, SPE, as an independent member of its board of directors. Daniels is senior vice president of worldwide exploration at Anadarko Petroleum. He joined Anadarko in 1985 and was appointed to his present position in 2006. Previously, he served as senior vice president, exploration and production (E&P), before that serving as vice president, Canada. Daniels serves on the board of directors of the Cerebral Palsy Research Foundation and Junior Achievement of Southeast Texas. He is a trustee of the American Geological Institute Foundation. Daniels holds a BA in economics from Colorado College and an MS in petroleum geology from the Colorado School of Mines. He also is a graduate of the Harvard Business School Advanced Management Program.
Murphy Oil’s board of directors named Roger Jenkins, SPE, to the newly created position of chief operating officer. He joined Murphy in 2001 and was named executive vice president of E&P in 2009. He has played a leadership role in the company’s worldwide E&P operations, including the development of the Kikeh field in Malaysia and the Eagle Ford shale in south Texas. Before joining Murphy, Jenkins spent 17 years with a major oil company. He earned a BS degree in petroleum engineering from Louisiana State University and an MBA from Tulane University and completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School.
Varagur S.V. (Raj) Rajan, SPE, received the 2012 Seniors Association of Greater Edmonton (SAGE) Award in the Science and Technology category for his contributions to the advancement of science through research in heavy-oil production. He is a principal researcher at Alberta Innovates Technology Futures, formerly the Alberta Research Council, where he has worked as a chemical engineer since 1982. As an active member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA), Rajan has mentored many students, earning him the APEGA Summit Award for Community Service in 2008. In 2009, he was honored as a Fellow of Engineers Canada for his service to the Canadian engineering profession. Rajan is a technical editor for SPE Reservoir Evaluation & Engineering and has served as an editor for other SPE journals. He has published numerous technical papers and been awarded seven patents. Rajan earned his BChE degree from Delhi University, MTech from the Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, and PhD from the University of New Brunswick, Fredericton.
Oonagh Werngren, SPE, MBE, was appointed business manager (external affairs and supply chain) at GDF Suez. She has more than 30 years’ experience in the oil and gas industry working for a number of international organizations, including Tricentrol Oil, ARCO British, and BP. Recent leadership roles have included optimization and innovation manager (Alaska), drilling manager North Sea, Clair field development manager, and head of technology for BP North Sea. Her most recent position was head of development for GDF Suez, Paris, where she was responsible for initiating the global development process for E&P. In June 2011, Werngren was recognized as a member of the Order of the British Empire for services to the oil and gas industry in Queen Elizabeth II’s Birthday Honours list. She earned a BS degree in geology and an MS degree in stratigraphy.
Henry Salisch, SPE, died in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, on 3 May after a short illness. He was 85. Salisch’s career included 37 years in the oil and gas industry and 26 years in academia. Born in Berlin, he attended boarding school in England. During World War II, he was evacuated to Ecuador, where his family had relocated. Salisch earned a BS degree in geological engineering at the Geological Institute of Quito, Ecuador, in 1949 and later obtained an MS degree in petroleum engineering at the University of Oklahoma and an MBA at the University of Caracas, Venezuela. He began his career working at wellsites in the Caribbean and South America, doing log interpretation and training. During the first 28 years of his career, he worked with Anglo-Ecuadorian Oilfields and Schlumberger. Following that, he was exploration manager and a researcher for Petróleos de Venezuela.
In 1986, he moved to Australia and worked for 26 years as a senior lecturer with the School of Petroleum Engineering at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) in Sydney, specializing in petrophysics and formation evaluation. He published more than 20 papers, consulted worldwide on oil and gas projects, and presented countless training courses. Salisch was president of the SPE New South Wales/Australian Capital Territory Section during 1990 and was named an SPE Distinguished Member. He earned membership in SPE’s Legion of Honor, served on many SPE committees, and mentored and was liaison of the SPE Student Chapter at UNSW.
Salisch helped shape the UNSW School of Petroleum Engineering, participating particularly in recruiting. During his peak recruiting years, he regularly visited more than 50 schools in Sydney and throughout NSW, as well as in Canberra. Many alumni attribute their start in the oil and gas industry to him. As a teacher and advisor, Salisch was revered by his students. He was an award-winning Rotarian, who joined in 1951 and served in 11 clubs in seven countries on three continents. Ian Davidson, fellow member of Sydney’s Wahroonga Rotary Club, described Salisch’s philosophy as, “Believe in what you do. Do what you believe in.” He is survived by his wife, Barbara, and daughters, Diana and Mariela.
JOSEPH E. WARREN, SPE, died 16 June 2012. He was 85. Warren had a special aptitude for the evaluation of oil and gas fields. His sound understanding of fluid flow in porous media was combined with insightful economic reasoning and an acute ability to apply statistical analysis to estimate the value of a field. He willingly shared his knowledge through more than 50 technical papers and multiple presentations.
Sometimes, the best discussions with Warren were after work over a beer. He had a keen intellect; he read widely and loved to debate anything and everything. He was an excellent writer and, while serving as SPE senior technical editor, started a column in February 1985 for JPT called “In My Opinion” in which the follies of oil companies and producing countries were elegantly exposed. After each article, SPE staff and board members would receive comments that were either enthusiastically supportive of or aggressively opposed to Warren’s view. He made people think, and he generated a lot of discussion.
Warren’s corporate assignments included serving as general superintendent of reservoir development for Kuwait Oil Company, director of the Exploration and Production Research Department at Gulf Research and Development Company, senior vice president of operations for Santa Fe International, president of Santa Fe Minerals, and chairman of Frontier Resources International. In this latter assignment, he played a leading role in the discovery and development of the Thistle field in the UK North Sea. In 1988, he became director of Frontier Resources International and consulted with a wide variety of companies worldwide.
Warren was a pioneer in the application of computers to engineering problems. In the 1950s, he developed numerical techniques to simulate oil and gas reservoirs. In the 1960s, he applied a systems approach to oil and gas operations, including optimization of the transport of oil using very large crude carriers. In the 1970s, he developed strategies for competitive bidding of oil and gas leases.
Warren was an active supporter of SPE throughout his career and made many contributions to the society. He received the Anthony F. Lucas Gold Medal in 1984 and the society’s highest honor, Honorary Membership, in 2009. As an SPE Distinguished Lecturer, he spoke on operations research in 1972 and upstream decisions in 1986. He was senior technical editor of the SPE Editorial Review Committee during 1982–84. In 1993, he was elected to the US National Academy of Engineering for his contributions to petroleum engineering. Warren was a summa cum laude graduate of the University of Pittsburgh with a degree in petroleum engineering, and he earned a PhD, also in petroleum engineering, from The Pennsylvania State University.
The industry and SPE will miss this intellectual, “larger-than-life” character.