TWA Editorial Board

Kristin Cook is the Managing Editor of TWA. She is a dual degree MA candidate in Energy and Earth Resources and Global Policy Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. Her interests include energy policy, oil and gas project development, and energy security and geopolitics. Prior to starting graduate school, Cook worked for 5 years as a production engineer in the San Juan Basin, a natural gas field in northwestern New Mexico. Her technical skillset includes artificial lift selection, production optimization, and management of daily oilfield operations. Cook served on the board of the SPE Four Corners Section for 4 years. She received the 2015 SPE Young Professional Service Award for the Southwest North America Region. Cook holds a BS degree in petroleum engineering from the University of Oklahoma (OU), where she was a National Merit Scholar. At OU, Cook served in leadership roles at the SPE section, spent a semester in the Middle East Technical University in Ankara, Turkey, and led the OU PetroBowl team to victory at the 2010 Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition in Florence, Italy.

Carter Clemens the Deputy Managing Editor of TWA. He is a petroleum engineer for BP based in Houston, Texas.  He recently moved back from Abu Dhabi where he spent 4 years helping a team start up a new offshore field.  Clemens has worked in several operating environments across the US and in the Middle East in shale, tight sand, coal bed methane, and carbonate formations both onshore and offshore.  At work he specializes in designing well interventions, stimulation and well testing, and new field startups.  He is currently working on an audit team that looks at company projects across the globe.  Originally from El Paso, Texas, Clemens later moved to Austin where he graduated from the University of Texas.  He has been a volunteer with TWA since 2014 supporting multiple sections prior to transitioning to a leadership role in 2017.  Before TWA he served in a leadership capacity for OTC’s The Next Wave, a one day conference for energy young professionals.  Outside of work he enjoys golf, rock climbing, and traveling with his wife, Kate.

Amber Sturrock is the TWA Adviser. She joined Chevron in 2013 and is currently a  risk and interface engineer for the Jack and St. Malo Future Development Project responsible for managing the flow of information through both internal and external interfaces in addition to supporting the identification and mitigation of project risks. She was peviously a subsea umbilical engineer for the Blind Faith 2 Project based in Houston. Before joining Chevron, she worked for ExxonMobil as a subsea and pipeline engineer in Houston and in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, where she gained extensive experience in brownfield subsea expansion projects and subsea operations support. Sturrock’s early career focused on the design and execution of completion and workover operations in Southern Louisiana and Piceance Basin in Western Colorado. She has been a volunteer with TWA since 2013 supporting multiple sections prior to transitioning to a leadership role in 2015.  Sturrock has been an active SPE member since 2001, volunteering on many local and international committees. She currently serves as the vice-chair for the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) Networking Committee, a member of the OTC d5 Planning Committee, and is a member of the SPE Production and Facilities Advisory Committee.  She has held leadership roles with the Women’s Energy Network and is an USA Ultimate member playing on the Houston Inferno Women’s Ultimate Frisbee Team.  Sturrock received the SPE International Young Member Outstanding Service Award in 2014.  She holds a BS in petroleum engineering from Louisiana State University.

Aaron Mendonsa is a drilling engineer focused on complex deepwater systems and drilling mechanics theory. He has served in various engineering roles, most recently as an engineer working for Schlumberger in Drilling and Measurements in locations such as offshore Norway and Saudi Arabia.  An active SPE member, his most recent work included SPE paper 185488, “Investigation of Transient Behavior During Dual-Gradient Drilling” presented at the 2017 International Association of Drilling Contractors Managed Pressure Drilling & Underbalanced Operations Conference. He holds an MSc in petroleum engineering from Texas A&M University and a BS in chemical engineering from Carnegie Mellon University.


Abhijeet Anand is a well intervention and stimulation engineer at Schlumberger. He has a diverse portfolio of onfield experience in complex stimulation and intervention jobs across India and Saudi Arabia. He has contributed to SPE starting from his student days and has conducted guest lectures, served in the YP Steering committee, and mentors young petroleum engineering students. With a quest to improve the society around, he conducts motivational and career counselling sessions for high school students in suburban parts of the country. He is a graduate in petroleum engineering from the Indian School of Mines.

Adam Miszewski is the global operations manager for AnTech and oversees the planning and execution of global drilling operations. He is also active in developing and integrating operations with strategic partners for successfully executing coiled tubing drilling projects for the company. After graduating from Imperial College London, Miszewski began his career at BP as a drilling engineer delivering offshore wells in the North Sea, UK.  While in Aberdeen, he was an active member of the SPE Aberdeen Section Young Professionals Committee.

Alex Hali began his tertiary studies in advanced sciences at the University of New South Wales in Australia. After completing a master’s degree in chemical engineering at the University of Sydney, he began to support the startup of a chemical distribution company while pursuing a diploma in project management. After graduating, he started his career with Baker Hughes and is currently responsible for coordinating technical projects and developing business opportunities in the Upstream Chemicals business unit throughout Australasia. Hali is a member of Baker Hughes HS&E committee, and the chairperson of the Offshore Technology Conference Asia’s The Next Wave committee.

Alex Osorio works for Inflatable Packers International as regional manager for the Middle East in Dubai. Osorio’s early career began in Schlumberger as a wireline field engineer in Equatorial Guinea and Ivory Coast. He has held various technical roles in the inflatable packer industry in Texas and the Middle East, and has co-authored two SPE publications on inflatable packer technology. His current role is focused on identifying and supporting growth opportunities for IPI in the Middle East region while providing technical support for ongoing global operations. He graduated from the Florida Institute of Technology with a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering in 2006 and is fluent in four different languages. Outside of work, Osorio enjoys cooking, traveling, and experiencing new cultures.  

Ali Habibi is a PhD degree candidate in petroleum engineering at the University of Alberta, Canada. His research interests include wettability evaluation of unconventional resources, application of enhanced oil recovery techniques in tight oil formations, and application of nanotechnology in formation-damage prevention. Habibi holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in chemical engineering and reservoir engineering from the University of Tehran, Iran.

Aman Gill is an engineer-in-training working as an account manager with GE Water and Process Technologies working in the Alberta oil sands industry. Gill has been involved with TWA since 2014 in various lead and associate editor roles. He is a member of SPE since 2008, was the president of the SPE Calgary Student Chapter in 2013, and captain of the 2013 University of Calgary PetroBowl team in New Orleans. He is very passionate about the industry and excited to be part of the TWA team. Gill graduated with a major in chemical engineering and a minor in petroleum engineering in 2014 from the University of Calgary..

Angela Dang is a field operations engineer with Encana Corp. based in Midland, Texas. Before joining the company, she was a graduate student at the Colorado School of Mines where she recently completed her MS in petroleum engineering. Her thesis on the application of chemical tracer technology on unconventional development won first place in the SPE Rocky Mountain Regional Student Paper Contest (Master’s Division). In her spare time, Dang enjoys all forms of outdoor activities, especially skiing and hiking.

Asif Zafar is currently pursuing his MBA from the Indian School of Business. He hails from Mumbai, India, and has 5 years of experience evaluating applications and designing drillbits for Halliburton’s clients in South Asia. Zafar holds a bachelor’s degree in petroleum engineering from the Indian School of Mines. He is a passionate Toastmaster, an avid debater, and a keen technophile.

Atheer Al Attar holds a BS in mechanical engineering from the University of Basra, Iraq, and a master’s from Louisiana State University’s Craft & Hawkins Petroleum Engineering Department, where he was a Fulbright Scholar. His research interests include reservoir characterization and management. He entered the oil and gas industry as a workover and integrity engineer in a joint venture between the Iraqi Ministry of Oil and BP, and then worked as a geoscientist as part of the RDS team with Baker Hughes. He is currently volunteering and working with the fresh graduates in the University of Basra through the SPE Section there to deliver some of the most needed skills in the industry that a fresh graduate might need. He has two published papers and other interests in artificial intelligence and machine learning applications in oil and gas.


Austin Williams Umoh  runs a professional resume writing website devoted to the oil and gas industry. He is also managing “talkoilandgas,” a page on Instagram that provides a platform for networking, knowledge transfer, and oilfield learning on social media. Umoh previously worked with Mobil Producing Nigeria Unlimited as a reservoir engineering intern. He is a member of SPE since 2013 and has served in various volunteering positions as a student member. Umoh holds a BS in petroleum engineering from the University of Uyo, Nigeria.

Avi Aggarwal is a production engineer with Schlumberger at Gurgaon, India. He has previously led sales and product at A-Desk, a startup which is solving procurement needs cum office administration of medium-sized enterprises, and taught Maths while handling operations at an NGO working for education and vocational training of underprivileged children. He was also a undergraduate research assistant at Indian School of Mines and has authored five SPE conference papers. Aggarwal served as the secretary of the SPE ISM Student Chapter and holds a BS degree in petroleum engineering from the Indian School of Mines.

Bruno S. Rivas is a Mexico City-based petroleum engineer for Chevron. His work primarily focuses in the identification and evaluation of blocks and fields for the exploration and extraction of hydrocarbons that are being offered as result of the Mexican Energy Reform. Bruno graduated from UNAM in February 2015 and was awarded with the medal "Gabino Barreda” as the best student. He is also a professor at the undergraduate program in the department of petroleum engineering at UNAM since August 2015.

Growing up in West Texas, Colter Morgan was exposed to the energy industry at a young age. He spent several years working in his family’s oil and gas service company before going on to earn a BS degree in petroleum engineering from the University of Tulsa. After graduation he moved back to the Permian Basin and worked in both production and reservoir engineering roles in CO2 and secondary recovery fields. Currently he works for Chevron as the execution coordinator for Midland Basin Unconventional Development. He is a member of the SPE Permian Basin Section, and an active volunteer in his community and church.

Deen Femi Akinrinsola has held various engineering roles in the oil and gas industry, including environmental engineer, integrity engineer, and most recently pipeline integrity engineer at notable energy companies based in Dallas and Houston. He is a certified engineer-in-training in the state of Texas. He is a member of the SPE Gulf Coast Section YP group and is an avid SPE eMentor.  Akinrinsola holds a BS in biological engineering from Texas A&M University and an MBA from Forbes School of Business at Ashford University.

Eric Angelos is currently employed by Concho Resources, a Permian-Basin-focused company engaged in the acquisition, exploration, and development of oil and natural gas properties. He has served in various engineering capacities since beginning with the company, most recently as an operations engineer managing assets in southeast New Mexico. Angelos received the 2016 SPE Young Member Outstanding Service Award for the Southwestern North America Region and currently serves as the Young Professional Chairperson and Student Chapter Liaison for the SPE Roswell Section.  He holds a bachelor of science degree in petroleum engineering from the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology.

Gaurav Dixit is a geochemist at Oil and Natural Gas Corp. (ONGC) He has a master’s degree in chemistry from the Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee. He holds the Energy Risk Professional certification from GARP. Dixit started his career working on rigs as a drilling fluid engineer and has worked on India’s biggest drilling fluid recycling plant. He currently works in the R&D institute of ONGC, where his focus areas are unconventional resources and biomarkers. Dixit has been an active member of SPE’s North India Chapter since 2014.

Gaurav Seth works as a reservoir engineer at Chevron's Energy Technology Company (ETC) based in Houston. As a part of ETC, he provides reservoir simulation and production modeling consultancy for Chevron's assets worldwide, including those in Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Brazil, and Australia. Seth has been an active member of SPE and has volunteered for the eMentoring program, technical journal review committees, and SPE conference technical review committees. He holds a master’s degree from University of Tulsa and a bachelor’s degree from Indian School of Mines Dhanbad, both in petroleum engineering. In his spare time, Seth loves traveling, reading, and photography.

Harshad Dixit is a reservoir engineer with Halliburton Consulting in Asia. He has worked on an assortment of projects such as FDP in conventional assets and shale, hydraulic fracture optimization studies, and EOR studies. He has been an SPE volunteer since his days at the University of Petroleum and Energy Studies, India, where he studied petroleum engineering and oil and gas management. Dixit enjoys traveling, riding motorcycles, playing DoTA, exploring culinary delights, and cooking.

Ivo Foianini began his career working as a production engineer for Petrobras Energia in his home country of Bolivia.  After a brief stint there, he was hired by Halliburton, where he worked for the past 11 years in a variety of roles, including field operations, management, and technical instruction, primarily in the Wireline & Perforating product line. His most recent position was global product champion for well integrity diagnostic services, based out of Houston. Foianini graduated as a petroleum engineer from the University of Texas at Austin in 2004.

James Blaney is an engineer on a hydraulic fracturing fleet for Liberty Oilfield Services, and is based in the Permian Basin. He holds a bachelor’s degree in petroleum engineering from the Colorado School of Mines (CSM). While at CSM, he was an active member of the CSM SPE Student Chapter. He volunteered regularly at fundraising events and was a member and captain of the CSM PetroBowl team.

Originally from India, Jaspreet Singh Sachdeva is a PhD candidate at the University of Stavanger in Norway. He is working on rock-fluid interactions and rock mechanics at the National IOR Centre of Norway, and was interviewed by Norwegian and German national media for his active involvement in the center’s activities. He completed his master’s degree in reservoir engineering from the University of Stavanger with distinction. Before that, he worked as a reservoir engineer in Jindal Petroleum for 4 years, with 2.5 years of on-site overseas experience. He holds a bachelor’s degree in applied petroleum engineering from the University of Petroleum and Energy Studies, India. Sachdeva has disseminated his research results in various conferences and seminars and represented the National IOR Centre in Forsker Grand Prix 2016, a Norwegian national-level research dissemination competition organized by the Research Council of Norway. He loves listening to music, traveling and playing chess in his free time. Sachdeva has been an active member of SPE since 2011.

Katarzyna Sienkiewicz (Kasia) is a wellbore construction field engineer at Baker Hughes working in the Danish North Sea sector. Kasia graduated from AGH University of Science and Technology in Krakow, Poland. She was one of the two students awarded by the International Subsidiary of Polish Oil & Gas Company. The purpose of this project was to enable the recipients to write a thesis with the support of the industry and complete an MSc degree at the University of Stavanger. During her studies she was involved with the International Association for the Exchange of Students, where she had a chance to get an internship in Oman. Together with a team of engineers she established the SPE Esbjerg Section, Denmark. She is an active member of  the Toastmasters Club.

Lavish Garg is a Real-Time Data Services operations support engineer at Weatherford in India. His job scope involves providing real-time support to clients all over the globe for drilling activities. He has been an active member of SPE as part of the League of Volunteers. Involved in writing various blog posts for the SPE community, he has also participated in regional and international SPE fests, conferences, and Advanced Technical Workshops. He represented his college at the 2016 PetroBowl competition held during the SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition in Dubai and also participated in the SPECares initiative. Garg served as the president for the Maharashtra Institute of Technology (MIT) Pune Society of Petroleum Geophysicists Student Chapter. He is interested in well engineering aspects and gaining knowledge about the drilling operations in his current role. Outside of work, his interests include blogging, traveling, reading, and exploring nature. He holds a bachelor’s degree in petroleum engineering from MIT Pune, India.

Matthew French is a reservoir engineer at ConocoPhillips Canada’s Surmont Reservoir Modelling group. He performs detailed thermal simulations on various oil sands developments in the Surmont asset that allows for characterization of the reservoir and associated production. French also worked to develop Surmont projects, including water source and disposal wells and the SAGD observation wells in addition to developing sustaining pads and infill wells. He earned his BS degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Calgary. Since then, he has held several engineering roles both in conventional assets and oil sands. French holds a professional engineering designation in the province of Alberta, and has been a member of SPE for more than 5 years.

Michael Cronin is a doctoral student in energy and mineral engineering (petroleum and natural gas engineering option) at Pennsylvania State University. His research and professional interests include reservoir modeling and simulation, EOR, and experimental characterization. He holds a master’s degree in geological sciences from the University of Texas, dual bachelor’s in petroleum and natural gas engineering and geosciences (with Honors), and received the 2011 Eric A. Walker Award from Pennsylvania State University. He is a member of SPE since 2009.

Nazneen Ahmed is a chemical engineer from Calgary, Canada. She works at FourQuest Energy as a project engineer, designing, scheduling, and executing precommissioning projects. She holds a master’s degree in chemical engineering, with a petroleum specialization, from the University of Calgary. She has been involved with SPE since 2010, first as a student member, then as a member of the SPE Calgary Section Young Professionals Committee and the section’s Growth and Development team. Ahmed also volunteers at the Salvation Army, teaching English as a Second Language to new immigrants. She is an avid traveler, who has been to 29 countries, and has an Advanced Scuba Diving certification.

Nii Ahele’s oilfield career started in 2012 designing and qualifying electronics for projects on high-shock, high-pressure, and high-temperature downhole tool applications. His focus and expertise is in downhole drilling tools for closed-loop automation. He earned his BS in electronic engineering from Minnesota State University. In his free time, Ahele organizes science fairs for middle school students in low-income areas in Houston. He served on the SPE Young Professionals Committee as the chair for the Emerging Engineers Conference and is the incoming chair for the SPE Gulf Coast Section Young Professionals group.

Rachel Kakade is a petroleum engineering master’s degree student at the University of Houston. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Maharashtra Institute of Technology (MIT), Pune, India. Her current research focus is on investigating enhanced oil recovery in shale formation, and previously she worked on applications of nanoparticles in the oil and gas industry. Kakade has certified training in CMG in various applications. She has held short-term positions at Oil and Natural Gas Corporation and Focus Energy in India as a petroleum engineer. Kakade has been an SPE member since 2013 and served as an officer of the MIT Student Chapter during 2015–16 and serves as a volunteer for North America Student Symposium. 

Radmila Mandzhieva is a recent master’s degree graduate of the Norwegian University of Science and Technology with 1 year of work experience. Her interests include pore-scale modeling and digital rock analysis, as well as enhanced oil recovery methods and reservoir simulation. An active SPE member, she was the director of the SPE Trondheim Section in 2015–2016. She likes traveling and volunteering work.

Renato Rios is a senior drilling engineer at Lloyds Register and specializes in deepwater drilling. He is a native Ecuadorean and has worked in different drilling, completions, and workover projects around the world, onshore and offshore. Rios has over 10 years of experience in well construction, project management, procurement, and high-performance team building in complex exploration and development projects. He holds a PMP Certification and is currently working toward an MSc in oil and gas engineering at RGU.

Reza Rahimi is a geomechanics consultant with HXR Drilling Services. He holds PhD and master’s degrees in petroleum engineering from the Missouri University of Science & Technology and a bachelor’s degree in petroleum engineering from the Petroleum University of Technology. He has 3 years of experience with offshore drilling in the Persian Gulf working on the South Pars gas field project. Rahimi’s primary research interests are drilling geomechanics and drilling optimization. The outcome of his research has been published in several journals and conference proceedings. Rahimi received the Outstanding PhD Student Award from the Geosciences and Geological and Petroleum Engineering department at Missouri University of Science and Technology in 2016 and GDL Foundation Fellowship Award in 2014. He is an active member of SPE since 2005.

Samuel Ighalo is a senior drilling consultant at Halliburton, with more than 10 years of industry experience. In his current role, Ighalo specializes in advanced tubular design of deepwater wells. Before joining Halliburton in 2007, he worked as a deepwater drilling engineer for Korea National Oil Corporation in Lagos, Nigeria. Ighalo holds a BS in mechanical engineering from Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria, an MS in petroleum engineering and project development from the Institute of Petroleum Studies (IFP School France and University of Port Harcourt Nigeria), and an MS in petroleum engineering from the University of Southern California.

As part of the Deloitte Center for Energy Solutions, Thomas Shattuck analyzes trends in the global energy industry with a focus on LNG as well as upstream exploration and development. Before joining Deloitte, he worked as a market researcher covering financial and production metric for deepwater and frontier oil and gas projects in North America. Shattuck also has hands-on experience working in the oil and gas industry, where he started his career as a field engineer for a leading oilfield services company in the Gulf of Mexico.

Stephen Forrester has worked at National Oilwell Varco (NOV) as a marketing/technical communications writer since 2014. His editorial interests at the company have largely centered on using surface and downhole data analytics to drive drilling optimization and closed-loop automation, though he is currently expanding his knowledge of additional product lines and technologies. Before joining NOV, Forrester worked at the oil and gas division of Lloyd’s Register as a technical editor of compliance inspection reports on subsea blow out preventors and related pressure-control equipment. He holds BA and MA degrees in English from the University of Houston and has been an SPE member for 2 years.

Tarang Lal is a production engineer at Aera Energy in Bakersfield, California, focusing on artificial lift in a thermally mature reservoir. As an active SPE member since 2013, he has served as the Young Professional Liaison and is currently serving on the 2017 Western Regional Committee within his local chapter. Outside of work, he enjoys sports, hiking, writing, and reading. In January, 2016, he started a blog focusing on the energy industry. Lal holds an MSc from Texas A&M University and a BS from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Luis Enrique Valencia is a development geologist at Chevron based in Venezuela, working in the Orinoco Heavy Oil Belt, the biggest reserve of heavy oil in the world. A geoscientist with more than 9 years of experience in the oil and gas industry, he joined Chevron in 2008 and held several positions in the exploration and development divisions in Venezuela and Trinidad & Tobago. Valencia is an active SPE member; he is the SPE Eastern Venezuela Section chairperson, with a strong focus in the SPE eMentoring program and Ambassador Lecturer Program. He was awarded the SPE Regional Young Member Outstanding Service Award for the South America and Caribbean region in 2017. Valencia holds an MSc in earth sciences from Memorial University of Newfoundland, and BS in geochemistry (magna cum laude) and BS in geological engineering from Universidad Central de Venezuela.

Wei Wang is a production engineer at Shell, focusing on artificial lift, integrated production modeling, hydraulic fracturing design, and borehole stability. She obtained a PhD degree in petroleum engineering from Louisiana State University, with research on geomechanics simulation, underground venting, hydraulic fracturing, and wellbore integrity. She holds a master’s degree in petroleum engineering from the University of Wyoming, and  bachelor’s and master’s degrees in petroleum engineering from North Northeast Petroleum University, China.

Winston Kosasih is an early career petroleum engineer with experience specializing in drilling optimization. He previously held positions at Apache Energy and Halliburton where he was responsible for undertaking BHA modeling and drilling simulation, geomechanical studies, and drilling efficiency strategies for clients throughout the Australasia region. Kosasih holds a petroleum engineering degree with honors from Curtin University. An active member of SPE since 2010, he previously served as the president of the SPE Curtin Student Chapter.

Yogashri Pradhan is a production engineer for the Texas Oil and Gas Institute. She graduated from the University of Texas with a bachelor's in petroleum engineering in 2015. At the Institute, she oversees various production and completions engineering projects in the Permian Basin. As a student member, she was involved in SPE UT Student Chapter, was a member of UT's PetroBowl team, and won the bachelor's division of the 2015 International SPE Student Paper Contest. She is the cofounder of SPE Cares, a global community service initiative aimed to unite SPE members around the world through volunteering.


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