Ben Bamford, SPE, was appointed managing director of Geoprober Drilling, which specializes in innovative engineering solutions. He joined the oil & gas industry in 2006, first in finance and then in engineering. In 2011, he joined Geoprober to head the business development team, which identifies operator, service company, and original equipment manufacturer requirements and works with the innovations team to generate new concepts for downhole and subsea equipment. He has several patents pending for well control systems and enhanced drilling technologies. Bamford earned an honors degree in theoretical physics from the University of Durham, UK.