Agenda

Monday, August 08

07:00 - 08:00
08:00 - 08:30
08:30 - 10:30
Session 1: The Energy Transition
Session Chairpersons Nathan Meehan, CMG Petroleum Consulting; Tom Blasingame, Texas A&M University

The global mix of energy options will be an "addition" scenario in the short-term (next 20 years) and fossil fuels are expected to peak during the mid-term (2030-2040 [coal], 2040-2050 [oil], 2060-2070 [gas]). In addition, the global utilization of renewables will be highly variable — with rapid deployment in the short-term (next 20 years) in wealthier countries where renewables can be both mandated and supported via incentive pricings. The ultimate path for de-carbonization will depend on the geographical distribution of various fossil resources (oil, gas, and coal) and non-fossil resources (hydropower, nuclear, wind, solar, and geothermal). As an example: large, integrated E&P companies have already begun to focus on renewables (primarily wind, solar, and biofuels), as well as geothermal, as this energy diversity is necessary to simultaneously expand their business models and to address societal demand for energy options.

​Panelist(s):
John Ardill, ExxonMobil; Bernadette Johnson, Enverus; Greg Leveille, ConocoPhillips; Don Paul, University of Southern California; 

10:30 - 11:00
11:00 - 12:30
Session 2: How PE Departments are Addressing the Energy Transition
Session Chairpersons Raffie Hosein, University of the West Indies; Jon Olson, The University of Texas at Austin

This session will provide a global perspective of the impact of energy transition on Petroleum Engineering Programs and Curriculum. Short presentations will be delivered to highlight changes implemented by different schools.

The New Undergraduate Minor in Sustainable Energy Hugh Daigle, University of Texas at Austin
Overview of PSU Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering Greg King, John Wang, Pennsylvania State University
Addressing the Energy Transition with a New GeoEnergy Engineering B.S. Degree Runar Nygaard, University of Oklahoma
CCUS as an Elective Christine Ehlig-Economides, University of Houston
How Does PE Fit Into Energy Resource Engineering in Time of Global Turmoil Tadeusz Patzek, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology

 

12:30 - 13:30
13:30 - 15:30
Session 3: Preparing Petroleum Engineers for the Energy Transition
Session Chairpersons Mashhad Fahes, University of Oklahoma; Marshall Watson, Texas Tech University

Panelist(s):
Lauren Borden, ConocoPhillips; Hannah Halpern, SM Energy; Katie Shahin, Oxy; Lee Looger, Oxy

Speaker(s):
Teri Reed, University of Cincinnati

Enrollment in petroleum engineering departments in the US has been on a downward trend since 2015. It is uncertain if high oil prices will reverse that trend. This session will start with a panel session, consisting of recent graduates, that will address attracting and preparing petroleum engineering students for the future and enabling them to be successful in the current economic and social environment. A job placement advisor will then provide their prospective on Gen Z, DEI and our ability to attract and retain students. The session will finish with attendees participating in a round table discussion.
 

15:30 - 16:00
16:00 - 17:00
Session 3: Continued
Session Chairpersons Mashhad Fahes, University of Oklahoma; Marshall Watson, Texas Tech University

​Panelist(s):
Lauren Borden, ConocoPhillips; Hannah Halpern, SM Energy; Katie Shahin, Oxy; Lee Looger, Oxy

Speaker(s):
Teri Reed, University of Cincinnati

Enrollment in petroleum engineering departments in the US has been on a downward trend since 2015. It is uncertain if high oil prices will reverse that trend. This session will start with a panel session, consisting of recent graduates, that will address attracting and preparing petroleum engineering students for the future and enabling them to be successful in the current economic and social environment. A job placement advisor will then provide their prospective on Gen Z, DEI and our ability to attract and retain students. The session will finish with attendees participating in a round table discussion.


 

17:00 - 18:30
17:00 - 18:30
Knowledge Sharing Posters
Session Chairpersons Raffie Hosein, University of the West Indies; Jon Olson, The University of Texas at Austin

Knowledge Sharing Posters allow one-on-one interactions with presenters and opportunities to study a particular concept at an appropriate level of detail. Subject matter varies, but topics are consistent with the other technical sessions.

How to Increase Sustainability Awareness in Petroleum Engineering Curriculum Linda Battalora, James Crompton, Will Fleckenstein, Colorado School of Mines

Developing the Petroleum Engineer of the Future: Data Science, Design, and Energy Transition

Anne Benneker, Roman Shor, University of Calgary
Petroleum Engineering Education – Evolution or Revolution? Tom Blasingame, Texas A&M University
Accelerating the ET: Carbon Capture and CO2EOR & Storage – A “Game Changer” Technology Ganesh Thakur, University of Houston

 

Tuesday, August 09

07:00 - 08:00
08:00 - 09:30
Session 4: Petroleum Engineering Competencies
Session Chairpersons Iraj Ershaghi, University of Southern California; Linda Battalora, Colorado School of Mines

The emergence of the energy transition and automation/AI requires employers and employees to evaluate the skillset needed to tackle the challenges the industry is facing today and in the future. In this session, we discuss potential solutions from service industry professionals as to how enhanced competencies requiring digital transformation including data analytics, automation/AI, and other professional skills can facilitate successful outcomes in the office and the field.
 

  Sonia Badilla, Schlumberger
  Sydney Ziober, Halliburton
  Ben Poppel, Liberty Oilfield Services

 

09:30 - 10:00
10:00 - 12:00
Session 5: The Future of Petroleum Engineering Departments
Session Chairpersons Jennifer Miskimins, Colorado School of Mines; Runar Nygaard, University of Oklahoma

This session will consist of small breakout groups to discuss and summarize what has been learned during the Colloquium. Breakout groups will construct scenarios that could occur in the next 5-10 years in the areas of petroleum engineering, specifically in the areas of energy transition. Summary presentations will then be shared by each group in final report outs to address which actions petroleum departments can take to proactively meet these changes.

Petroleum Engineering Education – Opportunities and Challenges Med Kamal, Chevron

 

12:00 - 13:30
13:30 - 14:30
Session 6: Career Professionals and Additional Skill Enhancement
Session Chairpersons Robello Samuel, Halliburton; Donald Paul, University of Southern California
Speaker(s) Robello Samuel, Halliburton; Donald Paul, University of Southern California; Marina Voskanian, California State Land Commission (retired)

This session will provide the service sector and operators’ perspectives for the upcoming professionals on how to develop a career in petroleum industry and how to enhance their professional development skills in the process. This session will focus on professional development and strategies which can lead to new opportunities and career advancement as the industry transitions.
 

14:30 - 15:00