TWA Editorial Board

Carter Clemens is the 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.

Asif Zafar is the Deputy Managing Editor of TWA. Zafar is a strategy consultant with Accenture and is based out of Mumbai. In his current role he reimagines the future at the intersection of business and technology. Before Accenture, he worked for 5 years at Halliburton designing drill bits for oil and gas companies in South Asia. He has been a volunteer with TWA since 2013 supporting multiple sections prior to transitioning to a leadership role in 2018. He is a keen technophile, an avid debater, and a passionate Toastmaster. He has participated in and won several public speaking and debate competitions. Zafar holds a bachelor’s degree in petroleum engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology (Indian School of Mines) and an MBA from the Indian School of Business. His hobbies include running, collecting key-rings, building robots, and keeping abreast of global geopolitics.

Kristin Cook is the Advisor to TWA. She is an MS candidate in Energy and Earth Resources 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 in the SPE section, spent a semester at 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.


Abdul Saboor Khan is pursuing a master’s degree in petroleum engineering with a specialization in reservoir engineering and petrophysics from Norwegian University of Science & Technology. He is an incoming reservoir engineer at Resoptima. Khan hails from Pakistan and has consciously chosen a diverse educational journey that has enabled him to study and work in four different countries: Pakistan, Qatar, USA, and Norway. His research interest lies in reservoir characterization and simulation, and his master’s research is focussed on fluid initialization in unconventional resources. He held leadership positions in organizations that he has been a part of such as SPE and Pi Epsilon Tau. In his free time Khan likes to play squash.

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 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.

Andreas Michael is a PhD student at Louisiana State University researching topics related to hydraulic fracturing. He received his bachelor and master’s degrees from the University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin) in 2013 and 2016, respectively. He has a broad knowledge on the discipline having represented UT Austin internationally at the PetroBowl Championship receiving second place in 2013 and 2015. His professional interests include unconventional reservoirs, petroleum geomechanics, petrophysics, economics, and geopolitics.

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.


Bruno S. Rivas is director of project evaluation at the National Hydrocarbons Commission (Mexican upstream regulator). Rivas was previously  a research analyst for the Latin America team at Wood Mackenzie and a petroleum engineer for Chevron. He graduated from UNAM in 2015 receiving the "Gabino Barreda” prize and became a professor for the petroleum engineering undergraduate program there. He has been a volunteer with TWA since 2015 supporting the Interview and Newsflash departments.

Chiranth Hegde is a PhD student in the Hildebrand Department of Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin. His research interests include drilling optimization, machine learning, and data science. Hegde holds a bachelor’s degree in mining engineering from the National Institute of Technology, Karnataka, India, and a master’s degree in petroleum engineering from the University of Texas at Austin. 

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.

Eko Yudhi Purwanto is a reservoir engineer at Pertamina Hulu Mahakam, working in Mahakam delta, one the biggest gas producer in Indonesia. Having more than 7 years of experience in the oil and gas industry, he started his career in Mahakam delta in 2012 and held several positions in geosciences and reservoir division in the company. He obtained a master's degree in petroleum engineering from University of Stavanger in 2011, with research on reservoir simulation, surfactant flooding, and rock wettability. Purwanto earned his bachelor's degree in petroleum engineering from Bandung Institute of Technology. Outside of work, he enjoys driving, travelling, and writing. He has been an active member of SPE since 2013.

Esther Umeh is an associate reservoir engineer at Shell, involved in reservoir simulation, reserves estimation, and forecasting. She was previously a strategy analyst at Accenture. She has been a member of SPE since 2008. Umeh served on the editorial board for The Energy Beacon, SPE Port Harcourt Section’s newsletter. She holds a BSc in petroleum and gas engineering from the University of Lagos. Outside of work, she is an avid traveller who has been to 20 countries and also enjoys baking and cooking.

Gareth MacMillan is a graduate reservoir engineer at ConocoPhillips, focussing on East Irish Sea and North Sea assets. He was previously a wellsite petroleum engineer for Perenco at the Wytch Farm oil field and a field engineer for Baker Hughes. MacMillan holds an MSc in petroleum engineering from Imperial College London and an MEng in mechanical engineering from the University of Glasgow. Outside of work, he enjoys golf, reading, volunteering, and traveling.

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.

James Allotey-Okai is a graduate engineer at Halliburton based in Ghana. He previously interned with Tullow Oil Ghana in the well engineering department. Allotey-Okai is an officer of the SPE Ghana Section serving actively on various committees. He joined SPE as a student member in November 2011, and is a past president of the SPE Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Ghana, student chapter. He was also a past transport officer for the Heriot-Watt University SPE student chapter. Allotey-Okai holds bachelor’s and post-graduate diploma in petroleum engineering from the KNUST and Heriot-Watt University, respectively.

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.

Kamel Bou Hamdan is an assistant professor in the chemical and petroleum engineering department at Beirut Arab University. He became involved in academia since 2014. Hamdan completed his PhD in petroleum engineering from the University of Aberdeen, UK. His research topic was focused on investigating the interaction between proppants and rocks in hydraulic fracturing. He holds a BE from Beirut Arab University and an MSc in petroleum engineering from Heriot-Watt University.

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.

Leyla Ramirez is a reservoir engineer at Occidental Petroleum with more than 5 years of experience. She is based in Houston, working on the Permian Basin. Ramirez began her career with Oxy Colombia as a petroleum engineering trainee, later joining the reservoir team working on a mature waterflood oil field. Here, she focused on production and reservoir surveillance, developing opportunities as well as the annual reserves process. Ramirez has been actively involved with SPE since 2012, first as secretary of the Pennsylvania State University Student Chapter and later as the Energy4Me director for the SPE Colombian Section. Ramirez holds a bachelor’s degree in petroleum engineering and a minor in environmental systems engineering from Pennsylvania State University, and a specialist degree in project management from EAN University. Outside of work, she enjoys reading, swimming and running.

Luis Enrique Valencia is a geoscientist with more than 9 years of experience in the oil and gas industry. He held positions in the exploration and development divisions in Venezuela and Trinidad & Tobago at Chevron. He is currently based in Canada. As an active SPE member, he was the SPE Eastern Venezuela Section chairperson and program chairperson during 2015–2018, with a strong focus on the SPE eMentoring program and Ambassador Lecturer Program. He was awarded the SPE Young Member Outstanding Service Award for the South America and Caribbean Region in 2017.  Valencia holds a MSc in Earth Sciences from Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada, BS in geochemistry (Magna Cum Laude) and BS in geological engineering from Universidad Central de Venezuela.

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.

Nihal Mounir is a reservoir geomechanics engineer for Advantek Waste Management Services. She has more than 5 years of experience in oil and gas production operations, drilling waste management, reservoir geomechanics, and petroleum engineering consulting.  Mounir is the chair of the SPE Women in Energy Committee and the innovation chair of the SPE Young Member Engagement Committee. Mounir is the editor-in-chief of the SPE young professional magazine of the Egypt section, and before that she was the Alexandria University SPE student chapter president. Mounir was recognized as a shortlisted finalist for the outstanding young female of the year in Egypt and is the recipient of the SPE Regional Service Award.

Oyedotun Dokun is a business development professional at OES Energy Services. Dokun has both shore and rig-based experience spanning over a decade. He has supervised drilling campaigns successfully for international operating companies, including Chevron, Agip, and Shell. Dokun is a mechanical engineer, and International Well Control Forum-certified (Level 4) drilling well control supervisor. As a John Maxwell Certified Coach, he facilitates group and personal coaching sessions for individuals and corporates. In volunteer capacity, he is the current president of Garden City Toastmasters Club in Nigeria, and presently an MBA candidate at the University of South Wales.

Pawandeep Singh Bagga is a LWD field engineer at Baker Hughes, a GE Company. He holds a bachelor’s degree in petroleum engineering from Maharashtra Institute of Technology (MIT), Pune, India. He has been member of SPE since 2013. Bagga served as vice president of MIT SPE student Chapter in 2014 and president in 2015–2016. In 2015 he was selected from India to attend the International Petroleum Technology Conference in Qatar and won the SPE Star Scholarship. With his team, Bagga represented his university at the 2016 PetroBowl competition held during the SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition in Dubai. His research experience is on application of nano particles in upstream oil industry, fluid flow mechanism, and reserve calculation in unconventional plays. He has published two papers in OnePetro and two papers in EAGE Earthdoc.

Philip Kwasi Banini is a graduate student in petroleum geoscience at the University of Ghana, Legon. He worked as the contract manager of Movelle Realities and Logistics and as a research assistant and IT administrator at the University of Ghana. Banini joined SPE in 2011 and served as the University of Ghana SPE student chapter president in 2015 and currently serves as the secretary of the Technical and Distinguished Lecture Committee of the SPE Ghana Section. He is a cofounder of iWatch Africa and a Fellow of Young African Leaders Initiative. Banini holds a bachelor’s degree in earth sciences from University of Ghana.

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.

Richa Bansal is the sustaining and rapid response manager for Schlumberger’s Flow Control technology group in Houston. She has experience working in deepwater operations, new product development, supply chain, and most recently in engineering management. In her current role, she oversees a large global team to support production, sustenance, and engineering customization of Schlumberger’s commercial portfolio of downhole flow control valves.  Bansal has authored several articles, conference papers, and a book chapter, and holds a technology patent. She serves on the board of SPE Gulf Coast Section young professional group as the membership coordinator. Bansal holds a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from Purdue University and an MBA from Rice University. Outside of work, she enjoys playing tennis, photography, and traveling with her husband Vivek and their two little boys.

Robin Kueh is a production technologist at Petronas Carigali. In his 8 years of work experience, he had opportunities to work in a wide range of projects, from field development, infill drilling operations, to production enhancement proposal maturation, in both oil and gas field operations. He holds a bachelor’s degree in petroleum engineering from University Technology Petronas, Malaysia. Kueh is actively involved in SPE Sarawak Section, and is the treasurer for the 2019-2020 term.

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.

Subrat Mohanty is a petroleum engineer at Cairn Oil and Gas, based in Barmer, Rajasthan. His area of specialization is artificial lift, with experience in installation and troubleshooting of different kinds of rod pumps. He joined Cairn Oil and Gas in 2015 as a trainee and moved to a field-based role, driving artificial lift projects in the Rajasthan asset. Mohanty holds a bachelor’s degree in petroleum engineering from the University of Petroleum and Energy Studies in Dehradun, Uttarakhand, India. Apart from being an engineer, Mohanty is an author of two English poetry titles and loves writing and reading books.

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 an emerging energy leader with over 7 years of energy industry experience. As an active SPE member since 2013, he has served in various SPE board positions. Outside of work, he enjoys sports, hiking, writing, and reading about industry trends. 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.

Victor Torrealba a postdoctoral fellow at the Ali I. Al-Naimi Petroleum Engineering Research Center at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology in Saudi Arabia. His research is focused on chemical enhanced oil recovery (CEOR) and simulation of naturally fractured reservoirs. Torrealba is originally from Venezuela. After a stint at Simon Bolivar University studying chemical engineering, he transferred to Pennsylvania State University where he continued his education in petroleum engineering, earning BSc (Hons), MSc, and PhD degrees. During his PhD he interned twice at Chevron Energy Technology Company, where he worked on CEOR simulations. He loves CrossFit and recently started sailing with his wife Lucy.

Vikrant Lakhanpal is a production engineer at Proline Energy Resources, based in Houston, Texas, where he focuses on production optimization and enhancement. He also leads the company’s initiative of developing digitization workflows for small operators. Lakhanpal volunteers as an assistant director at Well Engineering Research Center for Intelligent Automation at University of Houston. Apart from conducting his research at the center, he guides younger engineers in their research and represents the center at various conferences and workshops. His research interests are data-driven modelling, automation, and analytics to make drilling and production more efficient. He holds two technology patents and is an active contributor to petroleum engineering literature on OnePetro. Being a member of SPE since 2010, Lakhanpal has held various positions in student chapters and the Gulf Coast Section. He is a member of the SPE Members-in-Transition committee, where he focuses on helping other members achieve their career goals. He holds a master’s degree in petroleum engineering from University of Houston and a bachelor’s degree in petroleum engineering from University of Petroleum and Energy Studies, India.

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 reservoir engineer at Endeavor Energy Resources, responsible for field development planning for unconventionals in the Midland Basin. She graduated from the University of Texas (UT) with a bachelor's degree in petroleum engineering in 2015 and previously worked for Devon Energy and Texas Oil and Gas Institute as a production engineer for both companies. 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. She was recognized as a Houston Engineers' Week Young Engineer of the Year and with the SPE Young Member Outstanding Service Award. Pradhan is currently working on her master's degree in petroleum engineering at Texas A&M University.


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