DR. OMAR BARKAT is a registered and licensed Professional Engineer and the Executive Director for Upstream Operations with PetroProTech. He has been a training specialist and technical consultant for OGCI-PetroSkills since 1997. He has over 28 years of combined industrial and academic experience in the USA, North Africa and Europe. He has been an active international oil and gas consulting engineer since 1993 involved in projects related to surface production operations, upstream facilities, field development, oil and gas production systems performance optimization, equipment selection, petroleum fluids treating and processing and fluids disposal management. From 1980 to 95, he worked on several oil and gas production technical issues and led research and development projects in areas such as: cement slurries, hydraulic fracturing fluids, proppant transport, emulsions, drilling muds, formation damage, cutting transport, H2S/CO2 corrosion, fluid flow and rheology, drag and pour point reducing agents and petroleum processing. He has successfully designed and delivered several short courses, seminars and lectures in a variety of oil and gas topics throughout the world. He is a former tenured university full professor in Louisiana and Oklahoma, a current member of several international societies including SPE, AIChE, ACS and ASEE, and a member of the US National Engineering Honor Society Tau Beta Pi. He is an invited Adjunct Professor of Petroleum Engineering at the University of Tulsa and a member of its Industrial Advisory Board. He is the author of numerous technical publications, the recipient of several professorship, research, teaching and merit awards and listed in the Who's Who in Science and Engineering. He received a Chemical Engineering State Diploma from the National Polytechnique School of Algiers, an MS and a PhD from the University of Tulsa.
MR. ERIC FOSTER is a Geoscience Technical Advisor with PetroSkills-OGCI based in Houston. He has 40 years of operations and management experience in the oil and gas industry. Prior to joining PetroSkills, he was with Landmark and responsible for managing geoscience and engineering consultants, representing geological, geophysical and petrophysical software applications and services for global operations. Starting as a geologist in field operations in the US, South America, North Sea, Trinidad and Mexico, he then worked as a training instructor and coordinator for worldwide operations at Core Laboratories in Dallas and subsequently moved to Calgary as Manager, Geological Operations. His background has included all aspects of formation evaluation and the application of software to geological and drilling engineering data acquisition and interpretation. He has acted as a technical advisor/consultant on projects throughout the world; and has extensive experience in the design and delivery of training programs. He was an instructor of petroleum technology at Mount Royal College and SAIT in Calgary and in-house for Amoco. He was nominated for the Distinguished Lecturer award. Mr. Foster graduated with a BSc (Honors) in Geology, from the University of London; he is a registered Professional Geologist and is a member of APEGGA, AAPG, SPE, HGS and SPWLA. He served as Publications Chairman and on symposium committees for the CWLS; he co-authored a paper on computer data formats (LAS) and has compiled numerous technical papers and training materials; he is a certified tutor for online learning.
DR. W. GREG HAZLETT is Vice President of PetroSkills where he designs competency-based training programs, evaluates course materials and instructors, teaches training courses, and consults on technical issues. Prior to joining OGCI, he was Vice President of a consulting firm, where he was in charge of the petroleum and geological engineering consulting group. He specializes in performing reservoir characterization, engineering and simulation studies. Studies include deep-water Gulf of Mexico oil and gas fields, a granite gas reservoir offshore India, and steamfloods in California. Dr. Hazlett has also worked for Mobil as a drilling engineer, and for Texaco as a steamflood project manager in Colombia, and as a reservoir and simulation engineer in both research and Kuwait operations. He was a Lecturer at Texas A&M University and an Associate Professor at New Mexico Tech, and has published on petroleum engineering topics, served as SPE coordinator for the Reservoir, Gas Technology, and Fluid Mechanics and Oil Recovery Processes committees, and has testified as an expert witness. Dr. Hazlett has BS, MS and PhD degrees in petroleum engineering from Texas A&M University and is a registered Professional Engineer in Texas.
MR. RON HINN is the EVP for Sales and Member Engagement for PetroSkills. He is a people oriented manager, possessing strong leadership and communication skills. A registered professional engineer, Ron's 39-year career has spanned numerous roles including staff engineering, engineering supervision, corporate knowledge management and professional staffing and competency development. Ron is an active supporter of global engineering accreditation activities, having served in multiple roles for ABET up to and including Executive Committee of the ABET Board. Ron received a BS degree from the University of Tulsa in petroleum engineering.
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. SATISH K. KALRA is a petroleum engineer with over 25 years of management, operations, teaching, research, and consulting experience with national and private oil companies. As an Associate Professor of Petroleum Engineering, he taught graduate and undergraduate students at the University of Southwestern Louisiana, Lafayette. He also worked for the University of Texas at Austin. His career includes assignments with ONGC (National Oil Company of India), ARCO Offshore (now BP), BJ Services, Agio Oil and Gas, Schlumberger / Holditch, Miller and Lents and SKAL-TEX Corporation. He is widely published in technical literature and was the Chairman of the National SPE Committee on Monographs. His technical expertise includes the design and supervision of production and well completion operations, formation damage and sand control, reservoir management, technology transfer and contract negotiations. He actively participated in several technology transfer agreements with various Indian, Chinese, and Russian companies. He is fluent in English, Russian and several Indian languages. Recently he was nominated as a member of the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences US Section. He received an M.S. and Ph.D. in petroleum engineering from the Gubkin Oil Institute, Moscow, Russia and a degree in law from Gujarat University, India.
MR. BOB LIPPINCOTT is an Employee Development Consultant with extensive oil and gas exploration and production experience including technical training and petroleum engineering. He is well versed and knowledgeable on petrophysical tools and petroleum technology. Bob is an experienced course director and lecturer for petrophysical and petroleum engineering training. Prior to retirement he was Learning Leader for Geoscience and Petroleum Engineering at Shell's Houston learning center. Previous jobs included global Petrophysical Learning Director at Rijskijk, NL and Principal Petrophysical Engineer for a deepwater development project. He also served in various technical management positions during his career prior to retiring from Shell in 2010. Bob is skilled at delivering technical training across cultural and geographic groups. He has a BS/ME from Mississippi State, an MBA from the University of New Orleans and is a Registered Professional Engineer.
MR. W.E. (BILL) POWELL is an oil and gas professional with over 30 years of experience in field operations, technical sales, marketing, and management with autonomous operations and profit and loss responsibility. Prior to entering the oil and gas industry with Schlumberger he served as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Marine Corps. Bill holds BS and MS degrees in Physics. He is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers, American Association of Petroleum Geologists, Society of Exploration Geophysicists, and European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers. Over the course of his career, Bill has taught short courses and seminars on a variety of technical topics. Bill served as Vice President Marketing for S.A. Holditch & Associates Inc., a well-known petroleum consultancy where he played a key role in building the brand equity that was the basis of their successful acquisition and integration into Schlumberger. His most recent assignment with Schlumberger was as North America Business Development Manager for Data & Consulting Services where he maintained close relationships with numerous major and independent oil and gas companies. Bill currently performs the role of PetroSkills Integrated Disciplines Manager for Unconventional Resources.
MR. GERRY ROSS, PetroSkills Advisor and Instructor, has more than 39 years' formation evaluation and rock based Petrophysics experience. He has participated in global oil and gas operations from exploration through production. He has been a PetroSkills Instructor for 14 years. From 2002 until 2016, while at PetroSkills, he was an executive VP with responsibility for Alliance membership growth and engagement. He is course director for Basic Petroleum Technology and the online ePetro industry overview program. While with Core Lab, he provided training to both majors and independents on a worldwide basis. During this time, he was the instructor and co-coordinator of an extensive internal Petrophysics applications program. This multi-year program focused on the applications of rock and fluid data in log analysis, formation evaluation, reservoir engineering and production. He also worked with major research centers and universities globally to provide reservoir conditions instrumentation for reservoir engineering, reservoir description, and formation damage research. His international oil and gas knowledge was developed through extended assignments in South America, Asia, the North Sea and the US. He is a member of the SPE, SPWLA, PESGB, SEAPEX and a past president of the Aberdeen Chapter of the SPWLA. He received a BSc in Geology from Bedford College, London University.
DR. GEORGE E. SLATER is an instructor/consultant with over 45 years' experience as an engineer and professor. In addition to creating software systems used worldwide to integrate engineering and geological data, he has worked in various management positions as a reservoir engineer, and taught at Pennsylvania State University. He has authored a number of papers on Reservoir Simulation and engineering problems, and is a 46-year member of the Society of Professional Engineers of AIME. He received a BA in Arts and Letters with MS and PhD degrees in Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering from The Pennsylvania State University.
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
numbers listed below.
Telephone 1- 832 426 1234
Facsimile 1- 832 426 1244
Public Course Presentations
How to contact PetroSkills:
1-800-821-5933 toll-free in North America or
Address P.O. Box 35448, Tulsa, Oklahoma 74153-0448, U.S.A