2020 Board of Directors

The Board of Directors is the policy-making and governing body of SPE. Its board committees oversee many of SPE's administrative and operating responsibilities. The board retains final authority on all SPE matters, including any actions the board committees may take.


2020 SPE President

Shauna Noonan
Occidental Petroleum
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Shauna Noonan is the director of artificial lift engineering for Occidental Petroleum Corporation, based in Houston, where she directs the company’s efforts in artificial lift system performance globally. Prior to joining Oxy in late 2015, she worked worldwide on artificial lift projects and technology development at ConocoPhillips and Chevron for over 22 years. She has authored or co-authored more than 25 technical publications on the subject of artificial lift and is a frequent speaker at industry events. 

She has been an avid SPE volunteer in many roles since first serving as a student section officer. She served on the SPE International Board of Directors as the Technical Director for Production and Operations from 2012-2015. She has driven the development of industry standards and recommended practices for artificial lift systems while serving as chair for ISO and API committees, and has received industry awards for her contributions to the discipline.   

Noonan holds a BS degree in petroleum engineering from the University of Alberta. She is the proud mother of two daughters.


2021 SPE President

Tom Blasingame
Texas A&M University
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Tom Blasingame is a Professor and holder of the Robert L. Whiting Professorship in the Department of Petroleum Engineering at Texas A&M University in College Station Texas.  He holds B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees from Texas A&M — all in Petroleum Engineering.  In teaching and research activities, he focuses on petrophysics, reservoir engineering, analysis/interpretation of well performance, exploitation of unconventional reservoirs, and technical mathematics. He also holds a joint appointment in the Department of Geology and Geophysics at Texas A&M.  He served as Assistant Department Head (Graduate Programs) for the Department of Petroleum Engineering at Texas A&M from 1997 to 2003, and has been recognized with several teaching and service awards from Texas A&M.

Blasingame is a Distinguished Member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (2000) and the recipient of the SPE Distinguished Service Award (2005), the SPE Uren Award (for technology contributions before age 45) (2006), the SPE Lucas Medal (SPE's preeminent technical award) (2012), the SPE DeGolyer Distinguished Service Medal (2013), the SPE Distinguished Achievement Award for Petroleum Engineering Faculty (2014), and SPE Honorary Membership (2015).  He has served as an SPE Distinguished Lecturer (2005-2006) and as the SPE Technical Director for Reservoir Description and Dynamics (2015-2018).  He has prepared approximately 160 technical articles and has chaired numerous technical committees and technical meetings.  


2019 SPE President

Sami Alnuaim
Saudi Aramco
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Sami Alnuaim has been with Saudi Aramco for 30 years, where he has worked in reservoir engineering, production engineering, research and development, and at the upstream computer center. He currently serves as manager of the petroleum engineering application services department where he leads information technology support for all upstream operations, including exploration, drilling, production, reservoir engineering, and facility design. A current area of focus is reservoir simulation of giga cells and giga models using Saudi Aramco’s GigaPOWERS simulator.

Alnuaim has a long history of service to SPE and is currently a member of the SPE Middle East Board of Directors. He has won several local, regional, and international awards, including the SPE Regional Service Award for the Middle East in 2010 and the SPE Distinguished Service and SPE Distinguished Member awards in 2011. He recently served on the society’s DeGolyer, Rand, and McConnell Awards Committee and the 2017 SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition Executive Advisory Committee.

Alnuaim obtained BS and MS degrees from King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, and a PhD degree from the University of Texas at Austin, all in petroleum engineering. He completed the Wharton Advanced Management Program at the University of Pennsylvania and the Advanced Asian Business and Culture Program at Pennsylvania State University.


Darcy Spady 2018 SPE President

Darcy Spady
Independent Director
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Darcy W. Spady, the 2018 SPE president, is the first Canadian to have been elected to this position. He has been an active SPE member since graduating from university. Most recently, he served on the SPE International Board as regional director for Canada; he is also a member of the Vancouver and Calgary sections. Spady has held officer positions in the Calgary, Illinois Basin, and Appalachian sections. In 2012, he won a Regional Service Award for his work in the Canada region.

Spady has an extensive background in the natural gas, oil, and heavy oil segments of the industry, having worked a decade for Schlumberger across North America in their wireline and pressure pumping segments, and for the Columbia Natural Resources/Triana Energy group in the Appalachians, Atlantic Canada, and internationally. He has also served as CEO of Calgary-based Contact Exploration and, more recently, as head of sales for Sanjel Corporation.

He is an active independent director, serving as board chairman for Green Imaging Technologies and as a board member of MNP Petroleum. He has previously served on the boards of Edge Resources, Contact Exploration, Guildhall Minerals, and Poplar Point Exploration.

Spady holds a BS degree in petroleum engineering from the University of Alberta.


Mark RubinSecretary

Mark A. Rubin
SPE CEO and Executive Vice President
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Mark Rubin is responsible for overall management of SPE. He works with the Board of Directors and senior staff to develop strategic and business plans and formulate the organization’s goals, objectives, policies, and programs. He also organizes and directs the global staff organization, which includes offices in Dallas, Houston, Kuala Lumpur, Dubai, London, and Moscow, to ensure the accomplishment of SPE’s mission.

He was appointed executive director of SPE in August 2001. Prior to this appointment, he served as upstream general manager for the American Petroleum Institute (API) in Washington, D.C. He joined API in 1988 and held a series of positions working on federal regulatory and legislative matters as well as technical standards development.

A member of SPE since 1979, Rubin held petroleum engineering positions for Unocal in Houston and east Texas from 1981 to 1987 and for Buttes Resources in Dallas 1987–88. Rubin is a member of the American Society of Association Executives and Council of Engineering and Scientific Society Executives. He has been a member of the National Petroleum Council, Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission, and International Association of Oil and Gas Producers. He earned a BS degree in petroleum engineering from Texas A&M University and an MBA from Southern Methodist University.

Director for Academia

Dan Hill

Ramona Graves
Colorado School of Mines (Ret.)


Technical Directors

David ReidDrilling

David Reid

Shauna NoonanCompletions

Terry Palisch
Carbo Ceramics


Johana DunlopHealth, Safety, Environment, and Sustainability

Johana Dunlop
Affiliate – Schlumberger Professional Societies Program

Robert PearsonProduction and Facilities

Robert Pearson
Glynn Resources


Olivier HouzéReservoir

Erdal Ozkan
Colorado School of Mines

JC CunhaManagement and Information

Birol Dindoruk


Regional Directors

Africa Region

Omowumi Iledare
University of Cape Coast



Asia Pacific Region

Nasir Darman



Europe Region

Jean-Marc Dumas
Aedes Energy International



Latin America and Caribbean Region

Cesar Patiño


Middle East and North Africa Region

Qasem Al-Kayoumi


Middle East and North Africa Region 

Faisal Al-Nughaimish
Saudi Aramco

North America Region

Steve Cheung
SteveIOR Consultants



North America Region

Zachary Evans



North America Region

Barry Hanson



Russia and the Caspian Region

Aizhana Jussupbekova



South Asia and the Pacific Region

T.K. Sengupta
ONGC (Ret.)