Macro/Micro Economic Environment

Wednesday Panel:  4/26/2017 8:00 – 9:45 am
Views on “Waves of Change – Oceans of Opportunity”


Dr. Behrooz Fattahi, EnerTrain Institute
2010 SPE President
2014 AIME President

Dr. Behrooz Fattahi holds Ph.D. degrees in Aerospace Engineering and in Mechanical Engineering from Iowa State University. After 37 years of working in the industry, he retired from Aera Energy LLC, an affiliate of Royal Dutch Shell and ExxonMobil companies in 2014. He was the Heavy Oil Development Coordinator at Aera, and in his last position as the Learning Advisor, he taught several internal company technical courses including topics on reservoir engineering and enhanced oil recovery.

Prior to joining the oil industry, he conducted research for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and the National Science Foundation, and taught a variety of courses in fluid dynamics and solid mechanics at Iowa State University. He joined the petroleum industry in 1977 by joining Shell International.

Dr. Fattahi is a past member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, and American Association of University Professors. He served as the Executive Editor of the SPE Reservoir Evaluation and Engineering Journal, and on the board of the Society of Petroleum Engineers International (SPE) as the Director of the Western North America Region, President of SPE Americas Inc., and Vice President-Finance. He served as a member of the United States National Petroleum Council. He is currently the Vice President of the SPE Foundation. Dr. Fattahi is the recipient of AIME/SPE’s “DeGolyer Medal”, AIME’s 2017 “Presidential Citation”, and is recognized by SPE as a “Distinguished Member”, and “A Peer Apart.”

Dr. Fattahi served as the Chairman of the Board, and the 2010 President of SPE International. He was the 2014 President of the American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical and Petroleum Engineers, AIME. He is now the President of the EnerTrain Institute, providing petroleum technical training and consulting internationally.


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Donald L. Paul, Executive Director of USC Energy Institute

Donald Paul is the Executive Director of the USC Energy Institute, Professor of Engineering, and holds the William M. Keck Chair of Energy Resources.

The USC Energy Institute supports university-wide research, education, workforce development, and commercialization initiatives with industry and governments in the area of “intelligent energy”, involving the intersection of digital technologies, systems engineering, and energy infrastructures. Major programs include: digital oilfields, smart power grids, and cyber-physical security for critical energy infrastructures.

Dr. Paul had a distinguished 33-year career with the Chevron Corporation, retiring in June 2008 as Vice President and Chief Technology Officer. During his career, he advanced through positions of increasing responsibility in research and technology, exploration and production operations, and executive management, including appointment as the president of Chevron’s Canadian subsidiary.

Dr. Paul also serves as a Senior Advisor at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington D.C. and in 2014, was re-appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Energy to serve as an academic representative to the National Petroleum Council. He participates in advisory roles at several major universities (including USC, MIT, Harvard, Rice, Stanford, and the University of Texas), governments and national laboratories, oil and gas companies, power utilities, and technology companies. He is frequently recruited to speak at national and international forums on the future of energy, the security of energy systems, intelligent energy infrastructures, petroleum economics, and energy careers.

He holds B.S., M.S., and PhD degrees from MIT and an honorary doctorate from the Colorado School of Mines.


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Roger Hite, Petroleum Engineer Consultant, Inwood Solutions, LLC

Dr J Roger Hite is a petroleum engineering consultant in Houston. His consulting firm is Inwood Solutions, LLC. Dr Hite is also part owner of a production company with property in Louisiana. He has published a number of papers and articles, primarily on various aspects of EOR management. He holds a BS degree in Chemical Engineering from Tulane University and a PhD degree in Chemical Engineering from Princeton University. Dr Hite is an SPE Distinguished Member and is a recipient of the International Management and Information Award. He is currently Regional Director for the Gulf Coast North America Region.

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Donald L. Gautier, Ph.D. Consulting Petroleum Geologist

Dr. Donald L. Gautier is a consulting geologist, who teaches petroleum geology to graduate students of the Viterbi School of Engineering at the University of Southern California. He is Adjunct Professor of Geology at the Australian School of Petroleum in Adelaide and Scientist Emeritus with the United States Geological Survey. Gautier is an internationally recognized leader and author in the theory and practice of petroleum resource analysis. As a principal architect of modern USGS assessments, he led the development of performance-based methodology for evaluation of unconventional resources, the first comprehensive analysis of undiscovered oil and gas north of the Arctic Circle, and the first national assessment of petroleum resources to be fully documented in a digital environment. His recent work has focused on growth of reserves in existing fields and on development of probabilistic resource/cost functions. Gautier is the author of more than 200 technical publications, most of which concern the evaluation of undiscovered and undeveloped petroleum. He holds a Ph.D. in geology from the University of Colorado.