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Gareth Block mugshotGareth Block, SPE, joined SIGMA3 Integrated Reservoir Solutions as senior director of technology integration and commercialization. He joins SIGMA3 from ExxonMobil, where he held positions related to hydraulic fracturing, biofuels, and advanced computing technology, serving as well injection team lead, contract manager and special ­project lead in support of the joint ExxonMobil/Synthetic Genomics algae biofuels program, and leader of the reservoir fracture prediction team. Before joining ExxonMobil, Block did postdoctoral research at Lawrence Livermore National ­Laboratory and the Applied Research Laboratory at The ­University of Texas at  Austin, focusing on computational geomechanics and sonar development related to the defense industry. He holds a BS in mathematics from the University of Chicago and a PhD in theoretical and applied mechanics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has participated in a number of business leadership and professional programs at the University of North Carolina and the Massachusetts ­Institute of Technology Sloan School of Management, as well as many technical courses spanning upstream and ­downstream exploration and production (E&P) technology. He has published numerous articles on wave propagation, geomechanics, and new technology areas related to nuclear energy.

Sheldon Gorell mugshotKnowledge Reservoir recently appointed Sheldon Gorell, SPE, to the position of vice president technology. He will lead the company in all aspects of its technology delivery to the market and will be responsible for both the subsurface and surface elements of the business. Gorell joins the company from Halliburton, where he was chief technologist and subject matter expert. He brings with him many years’ experience in numerical modeling, reservoir simulation, and reservoir engineering in general, after tenure with Western Atlas Software, Landmark Graphics, and Halliburton.  Before Western Atlas Software, Gorell spent 9 years with Shell Development Company as a senior research engineer. Gorell holds MS and PhD degrees in chemical engineering from Stanford University.

John Jameson mugshotWeir Oil and Gas recently appointed John Jameson, SPE, president of Weir Seaboard. In this role, he will be responsible for Weir Seaboard’s strategic direction and the achievement of yearly sales and profit targets. Jameson has a wealth of upstream experience; he began his career with Halliburton as a field engineer and held a variety of roles over a span of 16 years and ultimately rose to the position of global business unit manager. Following Halliburton, he spent 12 years at Weatherford where he began as global business unit manager for their progressing cavity pump business and was promoted to senior vice president for the US region, leading a conglomerate of business segments including the Weatherford Wellhead business. Jameson earned his BS in mechanical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and his MBA from Centenary College. He is a registered professional engineer (petroleum engineering).

Steve Moir mugshotSteve Moir, SPE, was appointed technical sales manager, North Sea, for Peak Well Systems in Aberdeen, Scotland. He spent the first 7 years of his career at Halliburton, rising to the position of slickline supervisor. Moir subsequently joined Expro International Group in 2002, working in positions of increasing responsibility. He spent more than 2 years working in Shell’s Aberdeen office as a desk ­engineer for Expro and latterly as a client account manager working with some of the largest and most active operators in the North Sea. Moir graduated from Abertay University with an honors BS degree in building engineering and management.

Douglas Pferdehirt mugshotDouglas J. Pferdehirt, SPE, joined FMC Technologies as executive vice president and chief operating officer. Before that, he worked for Schlumberger for 26 years in a number of executive leadership positions, most recently as executive vice president–corporate development and communication. Other Schlumberger management roles Pferdehirt has served in include vice president–communications and investor relations; president–North and South America SchlumbergerSema; vice president and general manager–Schlumberger Oilfield Services, US Gulf of Mexico; and president–Schlumberger reservoir production group. He is a member of the National Investor Relations Institute and the Society of Professional Well Log Analysts, and serves on the board of directors of the National Ocean Industries Association, and executive leadership team of the American Heart Association. Pferdehirt earned a BS degree in petroleum and natural gas engineering from The Pennsylvania State University. He also holds one US patent and has authored and coauthored many technical publications.

David Topping mugshotDavid Topping, SPE, was appointed vice president of Halliburton’s Wireline and Perforating business line. Starting in 2010, he was global operations manager for Wireline and Perforating. Topping joined Halliburton as a logging engineer in 1987, and worked in the UK and France before moving to other locations, including Gabon, Congo, and Angola. In 2009, he became regional manager for Africa and later took on the regional manager role for the US southern region. Topping holds a BS degree in cybernetics and ­control engineering from Reading University. He is a 2009 graduate of the Halliburton President’s Leadership Excellence Program.

Danny Watson mugshotDevin International, a division of Greene’s Energy Group, named Danny E. ­Watson as US sales manager. Based in Houston, Texas, he will manage the North American sales group, be responsible for business development and overall customer relations for North America, and supervise the growth of current and new technologies. Watson gained extensive management experience through several appointments with Halliburton Energy Services. Notable positions include southeast district manager, senior global technical advisor, and technical advisor–hydraulic workover, well control, coiled tubing, and nitrogen services. Watson joins Devin International from Boots & Coots, where he latterly served as senior business development manager, responsible for managing sales operations for all Boots & Coots services. Watson brings 31 years’ oilfield service and experience to his new job. He is an active SPE and American Association of ­Drilling Engineers member.

In Memoriam

Philip Charles Crouse mugshotPhilip Charles Crouse, SPE, died 10 July 2012. He was 60. Crouse was born in Brooklyn, New York, on 14 July 1951, moving with his family to Texas at age 2. He graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a BS in petroleum engineering (with honors) and an MBA. His oil career began in west Texas oil fields as a roustabout, and, later, summer engineer with Getty, Texaco, and Humble. Moving to Dallas after graduation, he joined Atlantic Richfield in long-range planning. Subsequently at Champlin (Union Pacific Resources), he developed E&P strategies for development of Long Beach fault blocks. Crouse was nominated by Sun Oil to the Conference Board Congressional Fellow program and was chosen as one of 10 participants from a wide range of corporations. At age 28, he was the youngest participant in the program’s then 10-year history.

During that year, he served as a senior staffer on the US Senate Committee on the Budget and was responsible for a budget segment of more than USD 5.5 billion. He worked for eight senators. Upon completing the program, Crouse was chosen as part of a Senate staff team to assist then-incoming President Reagan’s transition team in the area of agriculture. Upon his return to Dallas, he opened Philip C. Crouse and Associates, a consulting practice that has taken him to more than 30 countries. He was among the first advocates of horizontal well technology. He consulted with Japan Drilling Company, ADMA-OPCO, and other companies in the use of new technologies. This led to 23 years of providing courses and conferences in horizontal drilling, coiled tubing, geosteering, and emerging technology areas, as well as data management and integration for the oil industry through the consulting company’s division, Petroleum Network Education Conferences.

Crouse was a registered professional engineer and recognized for his accomplishments in petroleum engineering by the Texas Society of Professional Engineers. He was an SPE Distinguished Member, served on the SPE Board of Directors, and was a trustee to the American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical, and Petroleum Engineers (AIME). Crouse was also instrumental in starting up the SPE Arkansas Section. A member of the Society of Petroleum Evaluation Engineers and the Society of Exploration Geophysicists and former president of the Petroleum Engineers Club of Dallas, he received numerous awards and honors. He authored many articles and training manuals and gave more than 800 speeches to the international petroleum community. Crouse was an oil industry leader whose aim was to help the general public understand the industry better and to mentor the next generation of industry leaders. He is survived by his wife, Cindy, to whom he was married for 42 years.

Member Deaths

O.D. Butler, Midland, Texas
L.E. Salinas Estenssoro, Addison, Texas
Norton E. Fincher, Pensacola, Florida
George H. Hacke, Sugar Land, Texas
B.J. McEver, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Wiliam T. Sherman, Austin, Texas
Fred. M. Springer, Santa Fe, New Mexico
Donald L. Wafer, Albany, Texas
Richard Woodhouse, Weybridge, England, UK