Kevin Brady, SPE, was named president of Multi Products Company. He will be responsible for all business matters, including sales, marketing, and operations. Brady joins Multi Products from Verdande Technology in Houston, where he was vice president of sales and marketing. Before joining Verdande, he enjoyed a successful career with Halliburton, Knowledge Systems, and Precision Drilling, working primarily in the sales, marketing, and field engineering areas. He earned a BS degree in geology from Louisiana State University and an MBA in marketing from the University of Houston.
BPZ Energy appointed Stephen R. Brand, SPE, as an independent director. He has extensive experience in the oil and gas industry, starting his career in 1976 as a geologist with Phillips Petroleum Company. After that, he served in various roles of increasing responsibility within Phillips and its successor, ConocoPhillips, including president of its Canada and Australasia businesses. Since 2011, Brand has served as senior executive advisor and member of the advisory board of Welltec A/S and as senior advisor to Clean Range Ventures. He is also a member of the board of directors of SM Energy, Accenture Global Energy, and the Australian American Chamber of Commerce. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota, Duluth, and his MS and PhD degrees from Purdue University—all in geology.
Akhil Datta-Gupta, SPE, regents professor and holder of the L.F. Peterson ’36 Chair in the Harold Vance Department of Petroleum Engineering at Texas A&M University, was elected a member of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) “for developing the theory and practice of streamline simulation for fluid flow in heterogeneous reservoirs.” Datta-Gupta manages one of the most active industrial research consortiums related to streamline simulation and its applications. Among his honors are the 2009 SPE John Franklin Carll Award for distinguished contribution in the application of engineering principles to petroleum development and recovery, the 2003 SPE Lester C. Uren Award for significant technical contributions in petroleum reservoir characterization and streamline-based flow simulation, and two SPE Cedric K. Ferguson Award certificates for the best peer-approved paper of 2000 and 2006. He has been named an SPE Distinguished Member, Distinguished Lecturer, Distinguished Author, and Outstanding Technical Editor. Datta-Gupta also received the American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical, and Petroleum Engineers Rossitter W. Raymond Award and the Tenneco Meritorious Teaching Award from the Dwight Look College of Engineering at Texas A&M and served as a member of the Polar Research Board of the National Academy of Sciences (2001–04). He is also the recipient of the US Department of Energy Award for Outstanding Contributions to Basic Research in Geosciences in 2008. He is a coauthor of the SPE textbook Streamline Simulation: Theory and Practice. Datta-Gupta earned his master’s degree and PhD from The University of Texas at Austin and his BS degree from the Indian School of Mines in Dhanbad—all in petroleum engineering.
Ali Dogru, SPE, chief technologist of EXPEC Advanced Research Center’s computational modeling technology and leader of Saudi Aramco’s GigaPOWERS gigacell reservoir simulation technology, was appointed as a visiting scientist by Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). His role is to provide lectures and expertise related to large-scale reservoir simulation to MIT graduate students, post-doctoral scholars, and industry representatives, as well as to discuss the direction of future developments in high-performance computing for multiphase flow through porous media, fractures, and surface networks. Dogru joined Saudi Aramco in 1988 as a loanee from Mobil Oil Company in Dallas, Texas. His industrial experience also includes a stint at Core Laboratories/Engineering Numerics Company. He earned a combined BS/MS degree in petroleum engineering at Istanbul Technical University and a PhD in petroleum engineering with a minor in applied mathematics from The University of Texas at Austin.
Zilift appointed Stuart Ferguson, SPE, as chairman of its board of directors. He is an independent consultant at Flux Oilfield Technology, specializing in advising oil industry clients on the development, commercialization, acquisition, and sale of technology. He is also a respected industry leader and sits on the board of several companies around the world. Ferguson previously spent 9 years at Weatherford International, most recently as chief technology officer and senior vice president of reservoir and production. Before that, he worked as group marketing director with Expro International Group, technical services director with Petroline Wellsystems, senior well technology engineer at Expro, and petroleum engineer with BP, where he began his career. Ferguson earned an honors BS degree in chemical engineering from the University of Birmingham.
Fikri J. Kuchuk, SPE, fellow and chief reservoir engineer with Schlumberger Testing Services, Clamart in France, was elected a member of the NAE for “contributions in pressure transient analyses for petroleum reservoirs.” Previously, he was chief reservoir engineer for Schlumberger in the Middle East and Asia, before which he was senior scientist and program manager at Schlumberger-Doll Research Center in Connecticut. He was a consulting professor at Stanford University’s petroleum engineering department from 1988 to 1994 and taught advanced well testing. Before joining Schlumberger in 1982, he worked on reservoir performance and management for BP/Sohio Petroleum Company. Kuchuk is a member of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics and the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences. He has been a very active member of SPE, chairing many committees. He has also acted as editor for several journals. The holder of several patents, Kuchuk has published more than 150 papers in science and engineering journals. He coauthored the SPE monograph Transient Well Testing and a recent book titled Pressure Transient Formation and Well Testing, Vol. 57: Convolution, Deconvolution, and Nonlinear Estimation. He received the 1994 SPE Reservoir Engineering, 2000 SPE Formation Evaluation, and 2001 SPE Regional Service awards; the Henri G. Doll Award in 1997 and 1999; and the Nobel Laureate Physicist Kapitsa Gold Medal; and was conferred SPE honorary membership in 2010. He earned an MS degree at the Technical University of Istanbul, and MS and PhD degrees at Stanford University, California—all in petroleum engineering.
Chris Reinsvold, SPE, joined Preng & Associates as an executive search consultant in the oilfield services and equipment practice. He has more than 25 years’ management experience in the energy industry, primarily in upstream oil and gas and the oilfield equipment and services sectors. Reinsvold has held senior positions in corporate strategy, operations, marketing, and product management, working in locations throughout the world for such companies as Shell, Baker Hughes, Smith International, IHS/CERA, and A.T. Kearney, most recently serving as chief executive officer of Decision Strategies. He earned a BS degree in mechanical engineering from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, and an MBA from The University of Texas at Austin.
Wireline Engineering appointed Magnus Wardle, SPE, as the first engineering director in the Aberdeen company’s 14-year history, with overall responsibility for the design and development of all products supplied by the company. He re-joined Wireline Engineering from Halliburton Energy Services, where he spent the past 5 years as technology manager and served as chief engineer before that. Before joining Halliburton, Wardle held the role of design manager at Wireline Engineering. He worked before that as development engineer at Schlumberger, principal engineer at Elmar, project engineer at Schoolhill, and as an intern engineer at British Steel Tubes (now known as Corus), where he began his career. Wardle earned an honors BEng degree in mechanical engineering from Brunel University, London. He is a member of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers and the Project Management Institute.