DR. ISKANDER DIYASHEV is a director and a co-founder of Petroleum and Energy Technology Advisors, Inc., an engineering and consulting firm based in Houston, Texas, focused on drilling, completion and stimulation (www.1penta.com). Prior to that Dr. Diyashev was an officer and a board member with Independent Resource Development Corporation, based in Moscow with operations in Western Siberia Russia. Dr. Diyashev was responsible for the planning of field development, reserves evaluation and addition, planning of exploration activities, as well as engineering and technology. In 2001-2006 Dr. Diyashev served as a Chief Engineer for Sibneft, one of the largest integrated oil companies in Russia with a daily production of 700,000 BOPD.
During his career, Dr. Diyashev worked in R&D, consulting, and the service and production sides of the business both in Russia and internationally. Prior to his work with Sibneft, Dr. Diyashev was one of the key Schlumberger specialists to start the horizontal drilling project in Noyabrsk Western Siberia. He holds a PhD in Petroleum Engineering from Texas A&M University, and advanced degrees in Physics and Mathematics from Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology. He has authored 30 technical papers. Dr. Diyashev is a member of the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences, and served on the Board of Directors of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE International), and on the boards of various private E&P, service and engineering firms in the petroleum industry. Twice in his career Dr. Diyashev was elected to serve as a Distinguished Lecturer of the SPE, in 2005-06, and in 2017-18.
MR. MASON GOMEZ is a Licensed Petroleum Engineer (LA#26131) with 30 years diversified experience including production/reservoir/drilling engineering, offshore field development/mature field optimization, unconventional drilling/ completions, operator/service company perspectives, engineering, sales, operations management, human resource development, and project management roles. He received a BS degree in Petroleum Engineering from Stanford University. Within PetroSkills, he teaches 8 courses across the Completions, Reservoir, and Drilling disciplines, and helps support the overall organization as VP, Learning.
MR. STEPHEN JEWELL is an independent oil and gas consultant and advisor with 30 years' experience in the upstream sector. He was previously the Managing Director and co-founder of Xodus Subsurface Ltd, the Wells and Subsurface company within the Xodus Group of technical consultants. He was also Chief Operating Officer and a founding shareholder of Composite Energy Limited, a European Unconventional Gas company, growing the company from seed capital of $500k to an ultimate sale value of over $60 million in 5 years. He has over 16 years' experience with Amerada Hess starting as petroleum engineer and progressing to Acting General Manager of its North Sea Operations Base. He received a BEng (Honors) degree in Electronic Engineering from the University of Sheffield and speaks Norwegian and French.
DR. HOWARD L. MCKINZIE is a petroleum consultant from Sugar Land, Texas. His prior industry experience includes 21 years with Texaco, Inc. and Getty Oil Company in numerous areas of production and completions engineering. Specific specialties include sand control, downhole oil/water separation, compact surface oil/water separation, artificial lift with progressive cavity pumps, formation damage, water shutoff, drag reduction techniques for fluid flow, and well stimulation by acidizing and fracturing. He also worked in the area of surface well logging, and was one of the co-developers of QGM (Qualitative Gas Measurement) and QFT (Qualitative Fluorescence Technique). Prior to joining Getty, he was employed by GTE Labs in Waltham, Massachusetts, where he worked primarily in the areas of catalyst development research and developing photo-catalytic techniques. He was the Chairman of the Completion Engineering Association in 1991-1992, after being Vice Chairman in 1989-1990. He was a member of the research team that received the Special Meritorious Award for Engineering Innovation from Petroleum Engineer International (1999). He was also a member of another team that received the Hearst Newspapers Energy Award for Technology in 1998. He has twice received Texaco's Corporate Technology Innovation Award and holds numerous patents in several of the above areas. He held a post-doctoral appointment in Chemistry at Brown University, and subsequently taught engineering several more years at Brown. He received a BS degree in Chemistry and Mathematics from Central Oklahoma University, and a PhD in Physical Chemistry from Arizona State University.
MR. RICHARD SCHROEDER is founder and President of RHS Management, specializing in technical and management consulting for the petroleum industry. He has more than 50 years of experience in engineering, international operations, management and teaching experience in all phases of exploration, production, research and corporate development. He specializes in reservoir management, production optimization, drilling, operations, completion and workover capabilities, personnel development, communications and multi-discipline team building. His professional experience includes: 9 years in engineering, research and supervision with Exxon; 8 years as Senior Vice President with May Petroleum, an independent drilling fund company; 8 years as President of Rosewood Resources, a privately-owned international integrated oil company; and 7 years as President/Vice Chairman/Consultant of Harken Energy Corp., an international exploration company. He has authored articles and manuals on various phases of petroleum engineering and personnel management. He is a member of API, SPE, IPAA, and TIPRO, is a Tau Beta Pi Fellow, and has various outstanding lecturer awards. He received a BS in Engineering Science and an MS in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin.
MR. HUGO VARGAS has more than 33 years of active experience in oil fields. He provided professional technical training to engineers and supervisors as a Senior Technical Instructor for 5 years. He worked in office and field positions with both a major Service Oil Co. and also with a Major Oil Co. His experience includes execution, supervision and management with well testing, down hole tools, data acquisition, completions, cementing, fracturing, stimulations and workover in general. He has coordinated testing operations at well sites with authority over all service companies at rig and rig-less environments, both land and offshore including deep water. While coordinating completion and testing phases, he became familiar with Electric wire line, Coil Tubing and Slick line operations. He has a high level of understanding of workover operations, costs and technical issues, with emphasis in testing. He has authored applications in Visual Basic for hydraulic calculations, risk assessment, financials and for training purposes. He is IWCF certified and received a B.S. in Chemistry and is fluent in English, Spanish and Portuguese and communicates in French.
In-House Course Presentations
All courses are available for in-house presentation to individual organizations. In-house courses may be structured the same as the public versions or tailored to meet your requirements. Special courses on virtually any petroleum-related subject can be arranged specifically for in-house presentation. For further information, contact our In-House Training Coordinator at one of the
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