Petition for Nominations to Board of Directors
The SPE Board of Directors has approved and published in JPT a slate of candidates for the 2023 open positions on the Board. SPE's bylaws allow alternative nominations for the open positions to be made by petition from at least one percent (1%) of the voting members of SPE (as of January 1), provided that such nominees meet the requirements for the position. If the required number of signatures are received for a petition, then a ballot election will be held between the successful petition candidate and the Board approved nominee.
SPE has received a request to create a petition for three nominations for Board positions. Information on each of these candidates, and the Board approved candidate for that position, is listed below. At the bottom of each of the nominations is a link where, if you choose to do so and believe that the candidate meets the requirements for the position, you can add your name to the petition to hold an election for this position. Signing the petition requires that you be a current SPE professional member. When you click a link below to sign a petition, you will need to sign in (with your SPEorg login) so that your membership can be verified and your support for the petition can be officially recorded.
North America Regional Director
Proposed Nominee - Marco Thiele
Nominated by: Dr. Marc Haci
Marco Thiele is president and co-founder of Streamsim Technologies, Inc. where he commercialized dynamic flow simulation technology and novel reservoir engineering solutions based on streamlines. He is also an adjunct professor in the Department of Energy Resource Engineering at Stanford University. He has previously taught short courses for HOT Engineering and served as a technical advisor with Quantum Reservoir Impact.
He is a Distinguished Member of SPE and recipient of the Lester C. Uren Award, for significant technical achievement before the age of 45. He was awarded the Cedric K. Ferguson Medal for the outstanding peer-approved technical paper authored before age 33. He served as a Distinguished Lecturer in 2011-12. He has been a member of the program committee for the Improved Oil Recovery Symposium since 2014.
As associate editor of SPE Reservoir Engineering & Evaluation journal 2005-2012, he received several reviewer awards including “A Peer Apart.” He is the author of one book, a chapter in the Petroleum Engineering Handbook, editor of the Getting Up To Speed series on Streamline Simulation, as well as the author of 25 peer-reviewed papers and more than 40 conference papers. In addition, he was on the SPE Primer Book Series Committee for the years 2004 through 2010.
Thiele holds a BS and MS in petroleum engineering from the University of Texas at Austin, a PhD in petroleum engineering from Stanford, and a business administration certificate from the University of California, Berkeley.
Production and Facilities Technical Director
Proposed Nominee - Cem Sarica
Nominated by: Dr. Marc Haci
Cem Sarica is the F.H. "Mick" Merelli/Cimarex Energy professor of petroleum pngineering at the University of Tulsa, specializing in multiphase flow in pipes, flow assurance, oil and gas production, and horizontal wells. He is the director of three industry-supported consortia on fluid flow, paraffin deposition, and horizontal well artificial lift. He is the lead faculty in energy transition at the University of Tulsa. He has taught at Pennsylvania State University (where he was director of the Stripper Well Consortium) and Istanbul Technical University. He has completed more than 40 major company-funded research projects. He has presented/published more than 275 papers (7650 Google Citations and h score of 48), contributing significantly to technology development.
He is a recipient of the SPE International Production and Operations Award and is a Distinguished Member of SPE, and received both the John Franklin Carll Award and Cedric K. Ferguson Certificate. He has served as an SPE Production and Facilities Advisory Committee member. He is one of the founding directors of SPE Flow Assurance Technical Section (FTS) and served as vice-chair and chair of FTS and several SPE conference committees and as a member and chair of two different Technical Awards Committees. He is a reviewer for SPE Production and Operations and SPE Journal, recognized with an Outstanding Editor Award.
Sarica received a BSc and MSc in petroleum engineering from Istanbul Technical University and a Ph.D. in petroleum engineering from the University of Tulsa.
Drilling Technical Director
Proposed Nominee - Marc Haci
Nominated by: Dr. Marc Haci
Marc Haci is the chief technology officer at Drilling Tools International. He was previously CEO and founder of WellFence, which offered credentialed wellsite access services that he developed and patented. He has nearly 30 years’ experience in directional and horizontal drilling, gained through leadership positions with Schlumberger, Smith International, Noble, Welltec, and Drilling Measurements, Inc. Haci developed, field tested, and commercialized Slider automated directional drilling services.
Earlier in his career, he served as a research associate at IFP on a slim-hole hydraulics research project, and as an assistant professor at Istanbul Technical University, focusing on drilling engineering and drilling fluids.
He holds 17 patents and has authored 14 conference and journal papers for SPE and others. A member of SPE since 1981, Haci has served as the program chair and registration chair for the Drilling Study Group in the SPE Gulf Coast Section and was the founding faculty advisor for the I-Tech Student Chapter.
Haci earned a BS in petroleum engineering from Istanbul Technical University, and an MS and PhD in petroleum engineering from Louisiana State University.