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Danny Rehg

Danny Rehg

Co-Founder and CEO
Criterion Energy Partners, Inc.

Presentation Title: Drilling for Geothermal; Opportunities for Technology Cross Pollination

Abstract: An opportunity exists to apply best practices from oil and gas exploration and development to the search for geothermal resource. Tools and technology from advanced drill bits to the latest application in 3D seismic inversions are critical to unlocking potential in the geothermal industry. Oil and gas professionals are well positioned to leverage their talents to contribute to industry. This talk will explore opportunities for technology cross pollination with a focus on exploration and development drilling.

Biography: Danny is a business leader, innovator, and entrepreneur focused on building companies and leading change efforts. He has diverse experience in engineering and management in geothermal energy, oil & gas, operations, well construction, subsurface engineering, capital planning, and optimization. He is the Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Criterion Energy Partners (CEP) an independent exploration and production company focused on developing decentralized direct geothermal energy projects to help commercial and industrial consumers reduce their emissions and improve their operating efficiency by providing clean, reliable, baseload energy using heat from the Earth. Danny held positions of increasing responsibility in engineering and management at a Fortune 500 company, Anadarko Petroleum, and a private O&G company, Endeavor Energy Resources. He has lead energy exploration and development projects in the United States and Africa and holds an MBA from Rice University and a Bachelor of Science in Petroleum Engineering from The University of Oklahoma.

Alan Rossiter

Alan Rossiter

Executive Director, External Relations/Educational Program Development
UH Energy, University of Houston

Presentation Title: Where is the Hydrogen Economy Now?

Abstract: Jeremy Rifkin's book The Hydrogen Economy was published in 2002. In the book Rifkin, an economist and social theorist, envisaged a worldwide hydrogen energy web as an answer to peak oil and as a way to democratize global energy. In this presentation we'll examine the current uses of hydrogen, the current trends towards hydrogen hubs and decarbonization, and the likely future for the hydrogen economy. Spoiler Alert: It's a far cry from Rifkin's vision.

Biography: Alan Rossiter is UH Energy's Executive Director, External Relations & Educational Program Development, at the University of Houston.

Prior to joining UH Energy, Dr. Rossiter served in a variety of engineering and management positions with two major chemical companies, Imperial Chemical Industries (ICI) in England, and Saudi Basic Industries (SABIC) in Saudi Arabia. He also worked for the industrial energy efficiency and waste minimization consulting firm Linnhoff March in the US, as a senior consultant, operations manager, and interim president. Later he ran his own independent consulting firm.

Dr. Rossiter obtained his bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees in chemical engineering from the University of Cambridge. He is a licensed professional engineer (Texas), and a Fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers.

He is also the lead author of Energy Management and Efficiency for the Process Industries (AIChE/ Wiley, 2015), and the contributing editor for Chemical Processing's award-winning monthly Energy Saver column.

Matt Johnson

Matt Johnson

Primary Vision Inc.

Presentation Title: Refracs: The Time Is Now

Biography: Matt Johnson's diverse background allows him to see challenges from a variety of perspectives, thus finding optimal, innovative, and creative solutions. Before entering into the oil and gas industry in 2011, Matt was a successful entrepreneur and consultant to multiple Fortune 500 companies in the automotive, entertainment, gaming and real estate spaces. Matt has helped design and launch unique data, insights and video commentary for the oil and gas industry that serves upstream and midstream participants, financial institutions and news organizations globally through the company he heads, Primary Vision Network.

  • Co-Creator of the Frac Spread Count, a tool designed to track and accurately forecast active pressure pumpers across the United States
  • Frequent contributor to the Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, Reuters, Forbes,, American Oil and Gas Reporter and more
  • Represented Primary Vision Network in several keynotes at major events hosted by the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) HFTC, OTC and IQHUB from 2014 to current.


Bob Barba

Bob Barba

Owner and CEO
Integrated Energy Services

Biography: Bob Barba is a pioneer in the integration of petrophysics with reservoir and completion engineering to maximize production from oil and gas reservoirs. Instrumental in the development of the FracHite product while at Schlumberger bringing the product from the concept phase to implementation as a highly successful commercial product. Recognized by the International Society of Petroleum Engineers Distinguished Lecturer program 1995-95 for this work and for subsequent work as a consultant implementing the concepts. Served as an expert witness for BP on log based rock mechanics for the Macondo trial 2013. Delivered the keynote address at a major refracturing conference for the SPE in Calgary January 2016. Received the Regional Formation Evaluation Award for the Society of Petroleum Engineers Southwest North America region (Permian Basin) in May of 2018. Currently teaches the refrac optimization, organic shale petrophysical analysis, and openhole log analysis courses for Subsurface Consultants and Associates worldwide.

Texas Representative Jon Rosenthal

Jon Rosenthal

Texas House of Representatives

Representative Jon Rosenthal has been in Texas since 1979 after being born in the prestigious Stanford University Hospital in 1963. His father Haskell was the John T. Stuart III Centennial Professor of Mathematics at the University of Texas at Austin for over 25 years and his mother Maryon is a retired Cosmetics Sales Director.

A graduate of The University of Texas at Austin in 1991, Jon earned his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. He has since worked for over 25 years as a Project Manager, Engineering Manager, and Subsea Systems Engineer in and around the oil & gas industry. In 2016, Jon earned a Graduate Certificate in Subsea Engineering from the University of Houston.

Representative Rosenthal has been a strong fighter, advocate and champion for better public schools, healthcare and ensuring we have comprehensive criminal justice reform across the State of Texas. Grateful and fortunate enough to be elected by the great constituents of House District 135 (Northwest Houston - Cypress and Jersey Village), Jon continues his fight in the state legislature to advocate for these issues amongst other needs. He will bring a unique background to the chamber as being only one of two practicing engineers in the Texas State House of Representatives and the only mechanical engineer serving in the body.

As a new member to the 86th Legislative session, Representative Rosenthal served on the County Affairs and Energy Resources Committees. He was honored to receive the Freshman of the Year award from the non-partisan Legislative Study Group, the second largest caucus in the Texas State House dedicated to developing mainstream solutions and advancing sound public policy benefitting all Texans.

Jon is happily married to his wife Aminta, and they share 2 adult children; Janet and Bryan. The Rosenthal family has lived in Northwest Houston since 2007.

TechnipFMC is transforming the onshore petroleum market with breakthrough technologies that reduce costs and greenhouse gas emissions. Through digital innovations and lean engineering and design principles, TechnipFMC has developed 2 automated ecosystems: iComplete for hydraulic fracturing and iProduction for production facilities. Learn more on how TechnipFMC is implementing automation in these sessions.

TechnipFMC Technologies

John Eden

John Eden

Vice President, Sales
Surface West

John Eden is Vice President of Sales for Surface West focused on drilling and completions for the North American Shale market. Prior to his current role, he was Vice President of Integrated Upstream Unconventional. John joined FMC Technologies in 2011 and held several positions in Service and Operations. John served in the US Army.


Bill Melton

Bill Melton

North America Sales Director

Bill Melton is the North America Sales Director focused on production and emission solutions. Bill collaborates with North America unconventional operators to address challenges of emissions reduction and improving cash flow. Prior to joining TechnipFMC, Bill spent 20 years at Halliburton in a number of roles focused on engineering, sales, and operations. Bill has an MBA from Rice University.


Mark LaCour

Mark LaCour

Editor in Chief
Oil and Gas Global Network

Biography: Mark LaCour has lived and worked in the Oil and Gas industry for over 25 years. Later he started his own market research company and has a well-earned reputation as an industry "insider" and independent 3rd party researcher. This led to him becoming a part of the new media, where he runs the world's largest Oil and Gas podcast network, with over 2.6 million listeners from 198 different countries. He is a sought-after public speaker, author, sits on several oil & gas boards and has one of the top oil & gas presences on social media.

Richard Spears

Richard Spears

Vice President
Spears & Associates

Abstract: After a full generation of rapid production growth fueled by investors who desired more and more at – quite literally – any cost, today's newly disciplined oil and gas industry, along with its side kick, the oilfield service and equipment sector, is minting record profits at a pace already sustained for longer than ever thought imaginable. The question is, how long will the world want more oil and gas each year and, in a world where investors and lenders alike still shun the sector, how will that growth be delivered? Richard Spears, managing partner of oilfield market research firm Spears & Associates, will use examples from the company’s unique research to forecast the course being set in the upstream oil and gas industry for the next quarter century.

Biography: Spears & Associates has 250 corporate clients around the globe – Schlumberger, Saudi Aramco, Halliburton, ConocoPhillips, Fidelity Investments… The firm's unique oilfield market analysis is used by clients to better deploy capital in companies, product lines, and regions. Richard also sits on the boards of several oilfield service companies, ranging from drilling to completion to production. As a result, and unlike most consultants in the oil industry, Richard is a consumer of his own firm’s research.


Dave Savelle

Dave Savelle

General Manager
Field Ticket

Presentation Title: Digital Field Ticketing in the Industry

Abstract: Digital field ticketing is becoming more and more prevalent in upstream E&P operations. Enverus has been involved in providing solutions to both oilfield service companies and operators since 2016. This talk will be focused on two things; (1) learnings from those experiences, why some implementations succeed and some fail. (2) The future of digital field ticketing, how evolving technology can drive real change in operations.

Biography: As General Manager, Field Ticket, Dave Savelle is responsible for all aspects of Enverus’ OpenTicket digital field ticketing solution.

Dave is a 33-year veteran of the oil and gas technology industry. He started as a wireline engineer for NL McCullough in Western Canada and then joined Munro Engineering in 1988, deploying drilling database management systems. Over the course of the next 30 years, he undertook a number of roles in technology development and operations, including support, sales management, marketing, and development for Munro Garett, which was acquired by Landmark, in turn acquired by Halliburton. In 2000, Dave left Halliburton and co-founded Digital Oilfield, running US operations from its inception and was on hand for the first deployments of OpenInvoice. In 2006, he returned to Halliburton in the role of Technical Business Line Director for Drilling. Dave is a member of the SPE and is a mechanical engineering graduate from the University of Western Ontario.

Brandon Chandler

Brandon Chandler

Product Director

As Product Director, Brandon Chandler is responsible for all aspects of select products within the Business Automation division of Enverus.

Brandon has twelve years of experience serving the energy industry. Brandon previously held roles as Project Manager and Controller of midstream service provider, M&M Pipeline Services. He was also a co-founder of Phoenix DAS, an OFS-focused software provider offering workflow applications. From 2014-2018, Brandon managed the growth of SaaS products including operations, support, and development at Phoenix, which was acquired by Oildex, in turn acquired by Enverus. Brandon holds a B.B.A. in Information Systems, as well as an M.B.A. from Mississippi State University.

Syed Raza

Syed "Ali" Raza

Senior Vice President and Chief Digital Officer

Keynote Title: Digital Impact on Cleaner Oil and Gas Fields

Ali Raza is senior vice president and Chief Digital Officer for ChampionX.

Ali was previously senior vice president and Chief Digital Officer for Apergy, which he joined in 2018 after serving as president of Dover Energy Automation, a division of Dover Energy. He has 27 years of experience in oil and gas automation and business process optimization software management.

Prior to joining Dover Energy, Ali served in a variety of senior leadership roles with Honeywell Process Solutions, including vice president and general manager-advanced solutions. He also worked for AspenTech in process and supply chain optimization. Ali began his career with Caltex, a joint venture of Chevron and Texaco in Pakistan.

He received a bachelor's degree in computer systems engineering from NED University of Engineering and Technology and a master's degree in computer engineering from Wayne State University. Ali serves as a member of the University of Houston Engineering College and University of Oklahoma School of Computer Science Advisory Board.

ChampionX is a global leader in providing chemistry programs and services, drilling technology, artificial lift solutions, and automation technologies for the upstream and midstream oil and gas industry. Our world-class safety culture fuels our purpose to improve lives through our commitment to deliver sustainable operations.

Amanda Raddatz Bopp

Amanda Raddatz Bopp

Organization: DNV
Business Title: Principal Geoscientist

Bio: Amanda Raddatz Bopp joined DNV in 2022 as a Principal Consultant in the CCUS Venture, where she provides CO2 storage expertise to support the development of CCUS projects across the globe. This ranges from risk management, permitting assistance, recommended practices, and technical advisory. Amanda brings 15 years of industry experience as a Geologist, with the past 8 years focusing on Carbon Management. Her experience comes from Battelle, Oxy, and Shell, where she held various roles in exploration, production, EOR, CO2 sourcing, and project management. Amanda has a Master’s degree in Geology from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Presentation Title: Common Questions in CCUS
Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage has been attracting attention from oil & gas operators, industrial facilities, startups, and policy advisors. As CCUS emerges as a major industry across the globe, oil & gas operators are well positioned to take on a significant role in this space. When learning to apply the traditional skillset of an operator to a CCUS project, some key questions get repeated. Lifecycle project cost, schedule, permitting, infrastructure planning, political and social setting, and risk management are at the forefront when developing new projects. This talk will address common planning and operational concerns in CCUS projects.

Kerryanne Leroux

Kerryanne Leroux

Organization: Energy & Environmental Research Center
Business Title: Principal Engineer, CCUS Systems Lead

Bio: Ms. Kerryanne Leroux, Principal Engineer at the Energy & Environmental Research Center (EERC), holding a B.S. and an M.S. in Chemical Engineering. She currently leads teams of scientists and engineers who focus on integrating carbon capture and storage (CCS) systems with fossil energy, such as enhanced oil recovery (EOR) and coal-generated electricity, as well as renewable energy. She has direct experience with assessment of CO2 capture technologies and transportation; implementing and evaluating near-surface and downhole monitoring concepts for geologic CO2 storage; and techno-economic evaluation of CCS applicability for state and federal CO2 reduction incentive programs.

Presentation Title: First Commercial CCUS Projects in North Dakota
The first landmark permits coupled with the prudent regulatory environment and excellent geology and stacked storage potential of North Dakota have resulted in a broad range of commercial carbon capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS) projects being advanced in the region. The dozens of projects lining up include capture from coal-fired power generation; ethanol production; industrial processes; and natural gas compression, processing, and generation. Each application is driven by project-specific business cases and varying combinations of incentive programs. Each of the commercial CCUS projects being advanced boosts investment in the region and provides a means of significantly reducing the carbon intensity of the energy or products produced.

In addition, the University of North Dakota Energy & Environmental Research Center (EERC) leads the Plains CO2 Reduction (PCOR) Partnership Initiative, with support from the University of Wyoming and the University of Alaska Fairbanks. This initiative, funded by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), the North Dakota Industrial Commission, and participating member organizations, is accelerating the deployment of CCUS within the PCOR Partnership Initiative region. CCUS is the key technology option to manage carbon emissions while allowing the full range of economic and societal benefits derived from fossil fuels.

Jenny McCahill, Ph.D.

Jenny McCahill

Organization: Carbon Engineering/Oxy

Bio: Jenny joined CE in 2014 with more than 10 years' experience on the development of chemical processes for industrial applications. Jenny was a key contributor during the commissioning and early stage operations of the DAC and AIR TO FUELSTM pilot facilities, and led optimization work of current technology and investigations of next generation technologies for process integration. Jenny is now part of the Project Management Team for the development of CE’s first industrial-scale plant.

Presentation Title: Direct Air Capture – Commercial Deployment
Since 2009, Carbon Engineering (CE) has been developing an industrially scalable DAC technology, which can remove CO2 directly from the atmosphere at an affordable price point and at industrially relevant scales. The captured CO2 can be safely stored deep underground to deliver permanent carbon removal. CE, Oxy Low Carbon Ventures and 1PointFive are now focused on bringing this technology to commercial scale with multiple large-scale plants underway around the world. The first facility to use CE’s technology is expected to be operational in late 2024 in Texas. The technology and development behind this process will be described.

Ron Beck

Ron Beck

Organization: AspenTech
Business Title: Senior Director, Industry and Product Marketing

Bio: Ron Beck has 40 years experience in the oil and gas industry, and for the past 15 years has worked for AspenTech. His current role relates to applying digital technology to sustainability pathways for global oil and chemical enterprises.

His work has taken him to almost every major process manufacture and oil producer globally. His first experience in the sustainability area dates back to the 1970s when he was involved with processes for pyrolysis of waste materials and development of global energy models. He has a degree in geology and biology from Princeton University.

Presentation Title: Decision Support for Balancing Carbon Mitigation and Asset Optimization
Upstream companies are scrambling to improve their ability to measure, track and report on greenhouse gas emissions in oil and gas fields and processing facilities. The approach today is largely semi-manual, with spreadsheets that draw from a combination of data sources, indirect calculations, estimates and remote sensing. This approach is auditable by governments and investors, but only just. The biggest drawback to this approach, of course, is the time it takes to roll up the information across an enterprise, reducing its value in providing timely, actionable information to identify and solve "bad actors" that leave a company exposed from a carbon emissions viewpoint.

This presentation will discuss how a combination of modeling, analytics, and advanced visualization can provide a near real time picture of the performance of an upstream asset, can identify actions that can reduce energy and water use and reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and can ensure that consistent data is being used by different analysts and decisionmakers.

The presentation will show a technology pathway and an overview of the following technical elements:

  • Hydrocarbon mass balance model to trace losses (fugitive emissions) in the asset
  • Energy model to measure and optimize energy and water use in the upstream asset, benchmark among equipment across the asset and multiple assets, and identify bad actors
  • Systemwide model to identify where capital and operating spending will have the biggest impact on carbon emissions and production
  • Advanced process control (APC) for upstream, and its surprisingly large impact on energy use, yield and uptime in the asset
  • Predictive analytics for uptime, which avoid unplanned releases of methane and emissions

Biography: Ron Beck has 40 years experience in the oil and gas industry, and for the past 15 years has worked for AspenTech. His current role relates to applying digital technology to sustainability pathways for global oil and chemical enterprises.

His work has taken him to almost every major process manufacture and oil producer globally. His first experience in the sustainability area dates back to the 1970s when he was involved with processes for pyrolysis of waste materials and development of global energy models. He has a degree in geology and biology from Princeton University.


Roland L. Moreau

Roland L. Moreau

BTS Special Advisor

Roland Moreau retired from ExxonMobil in August 2014 with 34 years of service where he held the position of Safety, Security, Health and Environment (SSH&E) Manager for ExxonMobil's Upstream Research, Gas & Power Marketing, and Upstream Ventures business units. Prior to ExxonMobil, Roland also worked five years in the naval nuclear industry. He received his B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in 1975, followed by an MBA in Finance from Fairleigh Dickinson University in 1984.

Roland remains active with various industry organizations. He currently serves on the Board of Trustees for the United Engineering Foundation, as well as the National Academies’ Gulf Research Program Gulf Offshore Energy Safety (GOES) Board. Prior to that, Roland was the 2018 President for the American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical, and Petroleum Engineers (AIME), and served two terms on the Board of Directors for the Society of Petroleum Engineers International (SPE) – as Vice President of Finance from 2015-2018, and as Health, Safety, Security, Environment & Social Responsibility (HSSE-SR) Technical Director from 2011-2014. He is also the recipient of the 2022 OTC Heritage Award for his leadership in advocating for the gathering and analyzing of safety data and sharing learnings from operations in the Gulf of Mexico to improve industry safety.

Roland is also a Senior Advisor with the U.S. Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) on development of the SafeOCS Industry Safety Data (ISD) industry-wide safety data management framework.


Allison Fischman

Allison Fischman

Bureau of Transportation Statistics

Allison Fischman is a data analyst at USDOT, Bureau of Transportation Statistics, where she conducts statistical analyses to support the BTS SafeOCS program. Prior to USDOT, she worked for 7 years for the Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, where she was involved in a range of studies on the safety of offshore energy systems.

She is currently pursuing a master's degree in data science at Johns Hopkins University and holds an MA and JD from the University of Florida.

Bruce Hamilton

Bruce Hamilton

Argonne National Laboratory

Bruce Hamilton is Global Energy Solutions Program Lead at Argonne National Laboratory where he provides leadership for initiatives designed to deliver measurable benefits to countries, states, and communities in pursuit of sustainable energy and economic development. For the U.S. Department of Energy, Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, Bureau of Transportation Statistics, Asian Development Bank, International Atomic Energy Agency, World Bank, and numerous energy companies around the world, Bruce has applied his expertise in systems engineering to resolve priority issues affecting energy infrastructure development, evaluation of operational safety risks, environmental assessment, and creation of sustainable business models for innovative energy technology.

Bahadir Inozu

Bahadir Inozu

Sharp Focus Inc.

Bahadir "Baha" Inozu is the Co-Founder and CEO of Sharp Focus Inc. based in Los Angeles. He is an outcome-driven Senior Executive and Thought Leader with more than 28 years of experience. He worked with more than 40 client organizations to improve performance across a wide spectrum of industries including maritime, aviation, construction, manufacturing, healthcare, information technology and government. His areas of expertise include Near Miss Reporting & Analysis, High Reliability Organization, digital transformation, AI/NLP/ML, process improvement, dynamic risk management, project management, portfolio management, operational excellence, supply chain management, operations management, change management, and business strategy. He is also an Adjunct Professor at University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business and Bovard College, teaching Project Management and Professor Emeritus at University of New Orleans, where he served as the Chairman of the School of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering. He is a co-author of "Performance Improvement for Healthcare" (2011) and "High Reliability for a Highly Unreliable World"(2018). He is a Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt, a Theory of Constraints Jonah. He has PMP and PROSCI Change Practitioner certifications. He received his MS and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Michigan in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering in 1986 and 1990 respectively.

Dr. Birol Dindoruk

Birol Dindoruk, NAE
Distinguished Professor
University of Houston

Dr. Ganesh Thakur

Dr. Ganesh Thakur, NAE, NAI
Distinguished Professor
University of Houston

Dr. Robello Samuel

Dr. Robello Samuel
Technology Fellow Halliburton
Adjunct Professor, University of Houston