TWA Editorial Board
Members of the editorial board and their respective employers are not responsible for the opinions, content, and viewpoints of articles appearing in The Way Ahead.
Thomas Shattuck is the Editor in Chief of TWA. He is also a third-year law student at the University of Houston Law Center where he serves as the Chief Notes & Comments Editor of the Houston Law Review. Previously, Shattuck was a research manager for the Deloitte Research Center for Energy & Industrials where he analyzed trends in the global energy markets with a focus on LNG as well as upstream exploration and development. Before Deloitte, he worked as a market researcher covering deepwater and frontier oil and gas projects in North America. Shattuck also has hands-on experience working in the oil and gas industry, where he started his career as a field engineer for a leading oilfield services company in the Gulf of Mexico.
Stephen Forrester is the Deputy Editor in Chief of TWA. He is currently manager, employee communications at Hines, a privately owned global real estate investment, development, and management firm. Before this he was content development manager at Gyrodata, content strategy manager and technical writer at NOV, and technical editor in the drilling integrity services division of Lloyd’s Register (now Vysus Group). He has been a member of SPE since 2014, where in addition to his role on TWA editorial board, he volunteers with the Young Member Engagement Committee to assist with their communications programs. Forrester is a contributing writer to OGGN and Drilling Contractor, the official publication of the IADC.
Andreas Michael is the Advisor of TWA. He is a postdoctoral fellow at Colorado School of Mines’ Civil and Environmental Engineering Department, doing research on underground tunnels. Michael holds bachelor's and master’s degrees from the University of Texas at Austin and a doctorate from Louisiana State University (LSU), all in petroleum engineering. His PhD dissertation on "Fluid-Driven Fracture Initiation from Oil and Gas Wells Considering Lifetime Stresses" received LSU’s Distinguished Dissertation of the Year Award for STEM in 2020. Michael has published 6 journal articles, 19 conference papers, and 15 magazine articles. At the 2019 SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition held in Calgary, he captained LSU’s PetroBowl team to win the championship and also placed second in the PhD Division of the International Student Paper Contest.
Aakash Biswas is a reservoir engineer at Shell and is currently based in Houston. In his current role, he is responsible for business planning and portfolio analysis supporting Shell’s Deepwater line of business. During the past 8+ years at Shell, he has worked in five different countries and has experience in supporting upstream project maturation, surveillance, and drilling/ WRFM operations. His volunteering experience with SPE dates to university days, where he served as program and public relations manager of the SPE Indian Institute of Technology (Indian School of Mines) (IIT ISM) student chapter during 2010–12. He served as the young professionals committee chairperson of the SPE Bangalore section during 2013–15. Biswas holds a bachelor’s degree in petroleum engineering from IIT ISM and is also a SPE Certified Petroleum Engineer.
Abdul Saboor Khan is pursuing a master’s degree in petroleum engineering with a specialization in reservoir engineering and petrophysics from Norwegian University of Science & Technology. He is an incoming reservoir engineer at Resoptima. Khan hails from Pakistan and has consciously chosen a diverse educational journey that has enabled him to study and work in four different countries: Pakistan, Qatar, USA, and Norway. His research interest lies in reservoir characterization and simulation, and his master’s research is focussed on fluid initialization in unconventional resources. He held leadership positions in organizations that he has been a part of such as SPE and Pi Epsilon Tau. In his free time Khan likes to play squash.
Abhinandan Kohli started his professional career at Shell India in 2011. He worked as an operational petrophysicist at PDO, Oman, followed by assignments in the Netherlands and Iraq. He currently works as a senior petrophysicist and opportunity lead for Shell in the Netherlands. Before joining Shell, Kohli worked as a researcher for a US-based climate NGO named 350.org. He has been serving and contributing to SPE at various levels for over 10 years. He was awarded SPE STAR scholarship and Young Member Outstanding Service Award for his contributions. He attended the Emerging Leaders Alliance in 2018 and was also invited to Antarctica by the 2041 foundation to talk about the world energy scenarios and climate change challenges. Kohli is the author or coauthor of 5 publications.
Abhishek Biswas is a strategy consultant with Accenture based out of Gurgaon, India. He combines his technical knowledge and business acumen to help his clients define clear actionable paths to competitive agility by bringing new thinking on business and technology. He has been an active volunteer with SPE from his undergraduate days. He was the lead for industry relations in SPE Indian Institute of Technology (Indian School of Mines) (IIT ISM) student chapter and represented the chapter in the 2016 PetroBowl. His paper was presented at OTC Malaysia 2016 and he was a student delegate in Gastech Student Program, Singapore, in 2015. Biswas holds a petroleum engineering degree from IIT (ISM) and an MBA from Indian Institute of Management Calcutta. Outside his work, he likes to play sports esp. football and lawn tennis, travel and explore different cuisines.
Adam Miszewski is the global operations manager for AnTech and oversees the planning and execution of global drilling operations. He is also active in developing and integrating operations with strategic partners for successfully executing coiled tubing drilling projects for the company. After graduating from Imperial College London, Miszewski began his career at BP as a drilling engineer delivering offshore wells in the North Sea, UK. While in Aberdeen, he was an active member of the SPE Aberdeen Section Young Professionals Committee.
Akshay Jagtap is a market development specialist at Tridiagonal Solutions, working on flow assurance, advanced computational modeling, and software solutions. He previously worked at TMR, Petrolink, and TomTom in various capacities ranging from an analyst to a technical communicator. During his ongoing professional tenure, he has continued to upskill by pursuing diploma courses in technical communication and international relations. Jagtap is a section officer for the SPE Mumbai Section and was a former secretary of SPE Nowrosjee Wadia Student Chapter. He is a geology graduate from Fergusson College, Pune; holds an MSc in petroleum technology; and recently completed the Executive Program in Management from IIT-Bombay. Apart from work, Jagtap is an avid reader; admires arts, culture, and heritage; and enjoys Hindustani classical music.
Aman Srivastava is technical advisor-well construction for Halliburton-Landmark. With a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from National Institute of Technology, Surat, India, and a master's degree in petroleum engineering from Oklahoma University, and almost 10 years of experience in on-field and off-field drilling activities, Srivastava holds a special interest in well construction engineering. He is a reviewer of two peer-reviewed journals in petroleum engineering, and holds a patent for his design of internal combustion engine. In his free time, he loves watching movies and reading books when he is not busy playing with his daughter and spending time with family.
Atheer Al Attar is a lead data scientist in TIBCO with a focus on oil and gas industry. He was previously
a lead engineering data analyst at Enterprise Products Partners in Houston. Attar holds a master’s degree from Louisiana State University’s Craft & Hawkins petroleum engineering department where he was a Fulbright Scholar, and a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from University of Basra, Iraq. He was a workover and integrity engineer in a joint venture between the Iraqi Ministry of Oil and BP, and worked as a geoscientist as part of the RDS team at Baker Hughes. Attar is the author of two SPE papers on data analytics in the oil and gas industry and is currently pursuing a second master’s degree in data analytics in Georgia Tech. His interests are 3D printing, coding, automation, and listening to classical music.
Ayushi Gupta is a production engineer at Well Stimulation Services, Oil and Natural Gas Corp. based in Ahmedabad, India. Her areas of expertise are in coiled- tubing intervention operations such as acid stimulation, nitrogen activation, and foam cleaning. She has been involved with various SPE volunteering activities since 2021. Gupta is leading the question writing committee for PetroBowl Championship 2022, serves as an Energy4me ambassador in Ahmedabad, and participates in SPE e-mentoring program. She is the secretary of the Ahmedabad chapter of Toastmasters International. Gupa holds a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Motilal Nehru National Institute of Technology, Allahabad, India. She believes in leading a healthy lifestyle and practices yoga, running, and heartfulness meditation.
Baraa Hameed Salman is a young professional engineer who works for the Petroleum R&D Center at the Ministry of Oil, Iraq, and an MSc student in renewable energy engineering at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, after being awarded the UK’s prestigious Chevening scholarship for international leaders. He is an alumni of the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), Hiroshima-Japan in entrepreneurship and leadership. He received his diploma degree in electricity from Baghdad Oil Training Institute, Iraq, and BSc degree in electric power engineering from Al-Mamoun University College, Iraq. Salman has 7 years of experience in the oil and gas industry in the instrument, power, renewable energy, and communications fields and worked with many international organizations to empower youth, including United Nations Development Programme, UNITAR, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and WorldDenver. He was a Regional Ambassador for the Global Startups Resources Index at IEEE in the US. Salman serves on the board of directors of the SPE Baghdad Section as the communications chairperson and student chapter liaison. He has served on several regional and international SPE committees and is an SPE Ambassador Lecturer and mentor.
Bhartendu Bhardwaj is a reservoir engineer at Bassein & Satellite Asset at Oil and Natural Gas Corp. based at Mumbai, India. He has more than 10 years’ experience in onshore and offshore field development from conceptualization to implementation of new exploration licensing policy as well as nomination regime. He currently serves as a section officer of the SPE Mumbai Section and is actively associated with section activities and functioning. He is also part of Indian Hydrocarbon Appraisal Program, an initiative by Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas, India. Bhardwaj holds a petroleum engineering degree from Indian Institute of Technology (Indian School of Mines) and a post graduate diploma in business analytics with specialization in finance from Symbiosis International University.
Bita Bayestehparvin is a software expert-thermodynamic specialist at VMG-A Schlumberger Technology based in Calgary, Canada. Before joining VMG, she worked as a subsurface development and technology engineer at CNOOC. Bayestehparvin holds PhD and MSc degrees from University of Calgary in petroleum engineering and a BSc degree in chemical engineering from Sharif University of Technology. Her technical interests include phase behavior modeling, reservoir characterization, pore-scale simulation, unconventional reservoirs, and enhanced oil recovery. Bayestehparvin has actively contributed to the SPE community by publishing papers and volunteering at events and conferences since 2011.
Chinyere Princess Offor is a surface asset engineer with ExxonMobil with more than 5 years of industry experience in petroleum engineering, project management, business development, and contracts and procurement. She continues to make outstanding contributions within and beyond her industry leading high-level discussions on energy sustainability, mentoring young professionals/students, providing academic scholarships, promoting STEM education, championing diversity and inclusion initiatives and organizing various professional development programs. She is a recipient of the 2022 SPE Giovanni Paccaloni Young Professional Service Award. She holds a master’s degree in petroleum engineering and project development from the Institute of Petroleum Studies, Nigeria and a bachelor’s degree in petroleum engineering from Covenant University, Nigeria.
Esther Umeh is an associate reservoir engineer at Shell, involved in reservoir simulation, reserves estimation, and forecasting. She was previously a strategy analyst at Accenture. She has been a member of SPE since 2008. Umeh served on the editorial board for The Energy Beacon, SPE Port Harcourt Section’s newsletter. She holds a BSc in petroleum and gas engineering from the University of Lagos. Outside of work, she is an avid traveller who has been to 20 countries and also enjoys baking and cooking.
Haruna Inuwa is a senior petroleum engineer and SAP consultant at Dangote Projects. In his current role, he is part of the SAP consultants implementing SAP S/4HANA Production Planning at Dangote Fertilizer. Inuwa holds a BS degree in petroleum engineering from Igbinedion University Okada (IUO), Nigeria and a MTech degree in production and industrial engineering from Sharda University, India. He was a freelance content developer at Great Learning, an educational platform in India. Inuwa’s research interest lies in the application of Industry 4.0 technologies to aid a sustainable energy transition. An active member of SPE, Inuwa led the SPE IUO student chapter to win its first SPE Presidential Outstanding Chapter Award in 2018. He also captained IUO chapter’s PetroQuiz team during the Nigeria Council 2018 Students Technical Symposium and Exhibition held at Nile University, Abuja. Inuwa is the founder of Inspire Young People, a NGO with a focus on career mentorship and educational support.
Haris Ahmed Qureshi's technical interests include but not limited to the enhanced oil recovery of heavy oil reservoirs, the implementation of solar-driven solutions to the oil and gas field, evaluation, and production of gas hydrates. He has diversified experience in academia and the upstream sector. Qureshi is an active young professional (YP) member of SPE and volunteers for many student and YP programs. He has been a student award judge and an SPE ambassador lecturer. He is passionate about helping young petroleum graduates around the world in all possible ways to achieve their targets. Qureshi holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in petroleum engineering from Pakistan in 2016 and 2019, respectively.
Hitisha Dadlani is a senior reservoir engineer at Oil and Natural Gas Corp. She is also a graduate student pursuing master of science degree in energy engineering at Heriot-Watt University, UK. She has experience in chemical and thermal enhanced oil recovery techniques and reservoir simulation. She is one of her organization's youngest members of the New Technology Scouting committee. Dadlani’s SPE journey dates back to her university days, when she served as head of research and development for Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University SPE student chapter and organized the maiden SPE Fest in 2017. She has participated as discussion leader/presenter in numerous SPE Conferences and workshops. In her spare time, she loves to travel and to do monologues, street plays, and dance performances.
Indira Saripally is a reservoir engineer advisor at Occidental Oil & Gas Company with more than 12 years of experience in the industry. She has worked across a breadth of roles in oil and gas—from operations to international business development, as well as specialized technical roles such as simulation modeling. Saripally has worked in the US domestic energy sector and in the Middle East. She has been actively involved with regional SPE chapters in India, Middle East, and US Gulf coast since 2005. She is also a member of European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers. Saripally earned a master’s degree in petroleum engineering from Stanford University. Saripally is a professional dancer in an Indian classical dance form. She loves hiking, and some of her favorite hikes are the Machu Pichu, Kilimanjaro, and the Himalayan ranges.
Jakub Frankiewicz is a drilling engineer at Equinor based in Stavanger, working on offshore wells in Equinor’s international portfolio. He recently graduated from the University of Stavanger, but had the opportunity to learn from countries like Poland, Croatia, Norway, and USA. As a student, he actively took advantage of the many SPE events and took part with success in Petrobowl and student paper contests. While not at work, he enjoys board games, sailing, and alpine skiing.
James Allotey-Okai is a graduate engineer at Halliburton based in Ghana. He previously interned with Tullow Oil Ghana in the well engineering department. Allotey-Okai is an officer of the SPE Ghana Section serving actively on various committees. He joined SPE as a student member in November 2011, and is a past president of the SPE Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Ghana, student chapter. He was also a past transport officer for the Heriot-Watt University SPE student chapter. Allotey-Okai holds bachelor’s and post-graduate diploma in petroleum engineering from the KNUST and Heriot-Watt University, respectively.
James Blaney is an engineer on a hydraulic fracturing fleet for Liberty Oilfield Services, and is based in the Permian Basin. He holds a bachelor’s degree in petroleum engineering from the Colorado School of Mines (CSM). While at CSM, he was an active member of the CSM SPE Student Chapter. He volunteered regularly at fundraising events and was a member and captain of the CSM PetroBowl team.
Kamel Bou Hamdan is an assistant professor in the chemical and petroleum engineering department at Beirut Arab University. He became involved in academia since 2014. Hamdan completed his PhD in petroleum engineering from the University of Aberdeen, UK. His research topic was focused on investigating the interaction between proppants and rocks in hydraulic fracturing. He holds a BE from Beirut Arab University and an MSc in petroleum engineering from Heriot-Watt University.
Luis Enrique Valencia is a geoscientist with more than 9 years of experience in the oil and gas industry. He held positions in the exploration and development divisions in Venezuela and Trinidad & Tobago at Chevron. He is currently based in Canada. As an active SPE member, he was the SPE Eastern Venezuela Section chairperson and program chairperson during 2015–2018, with a strong focus on the SPE eMentoring program and Ambassador Lecturer Program. He was awarded the SPE Young Member Outstanding Service Award for the South America and Caribbean Region in 2017. Valencia holds a MSc in Earth Sciences from Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada, BS in geochemistry (Magna Cum Laude) and BS in geological engineering from Universidad Central de Venezuela.
Mani Bansal is a reservoir engineer at the Institute of Reservoir Studies, Oil and Natural Gas Corp. based in Ahmedabad. He has expertise in the field of reservoir simulation, primarily focused on field development strategies for distinct onshore and offshore assets of the company. He previously worked as a reservoir engineering intern with Royal Dutch Shell at its technology center in Bengaluru. He currently serves as the membership chairperson of the SPE India Section and is actively involved in volunteering activities such as SPE e-mentoring and Ambassador Lecturer program. He also serves on the Energy4me Advisory Team for Asia Pacific. Bansal is a passionate orator and a recipient of the Competent Leadership Award from Toastmaster’s International. He holds a bachelor’s degree in petroleum engineering from Indian Institute of Technology (Indian School of Mines), Dhanbad.
Michael Cronin works as a reservoir engineer in the Upstream Research Company at ExxonMobil. He holds a PhD in energy and mineral engineering (petroleum & natural gas engineering option) from Pennsylvania State University, a master’s degree in geological sciences from the University of Texas at Austin, and dual bachelor’s degrees in petroleum & natural gas engineering and geosciences (with honors) from Pennsylvania State University, where he received the 2011 Eric A. Walker Award. Cronin is a member of SPE since 2009 and recipient of the 2019 Cedric K. Ferguson Medal and the 2021 SPE Regional Young Professional Member Outstanding Service Award. He served on the TWA editorial board between 2016 and 2020 holding various leadership roles including deputy managing editor. He rejoined TWA in 2022 as the Lead Content Creator of the soft skills section. His technical interests include enhanced oil recovery in ultra-tight reservoirs, gas injection, phase behavior, applied analytical modeling, reservoir simulation, and experimental core analysis. He lives in Houston with his wife Susanna and their three children.
Mohamed Mehana is a research scientist at the computational earth science group, environmental and earth sciences division, Los Alamos National Lab. He received his PhD in petroleum engineering from the University of Oklahoma working on multiscale modeling of subsurface phenomena. His research interests include modeling and simulation of transport and interfacial phenomena at the meso/nanoscale, and leveraging machine learning capabilities to enable a predictive concurrent scale-bridging and real-time reservoir management.
Mari Rada is a marketing professional and technical writer on production technology. She has authored many articles on the topics of innovation in centrifugal pumping applications and upstream energy market trends for publications such as The American Oil & Gas Reporter, Oilfield Technology, Hart’s E&P, as well as the Energy Institute of the Americas (EIA) Magazine for the University of Oklahoma. Rada received her bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Oklahoma with special distinction and is pursuing an MBA with an emphasis on marketing at the Oklahoma State University. Outside of work, Rada enjoys traveling, hiking, aerial dance, and touring craft breweries across the US.
Maryse Jackman holds a BSc in geology from the University of the West Indies and is working in the Resource Management Division at the Ministry of Energy and Energy Industries, Trinidad and Tobago. Her work functions include geological evaluations of open/idle blocks for the purpose of competitive bid rounds. She is currently pursuing an MBA in oil and gas management. Jackman has been an SPE volunteer with the Trinidad and Tobago section since 2017. She is currently the director of publicity, where she is the editor of the section’s newsletter, Top Drive. In her spare time, she enjoys reading inspirational books, playing the violin, dancing, and hiking.
Mohammed H. Alsheikh is a junior mechanical engineer at Saudi Aramco. He has R&D experience in both the downstream and upstream sectors. He is currently on an in-company work assignment with the drilling and workover engineering department where he is expanding his knowledge and getting hands-on experience in drilling tools and well restoration. Alsheikh holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and minor in engineering management from the University of Colorado Boulder. A major part of his journey is advocating the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle, mentally and physically. He enjoys calisthenics training, skiing, hiking, and reading.
Mohamed Nagy is a petroleum engineering team lead in Schlumberger’s Digital Division. He has been with Schlumberger since 2013. Before this, he worked as a reservoir engineer for Petroshahd Petroleum Co. His area of expertise is in asset management and optimization, fluid characterization, flow assurance studies, and reservoir management. He was previously a consultant for projects in Egypt, the Middle East, and Asia.
Mohammad Rasheed Khan is a reservoir engineer at Schlumberger, currently based out of Pakistan, focusing on reservoir, production, and well integrity domains, conducting real-time data processing and interpretation for wireline and D&M activities. He holds a combined experience of 4 years with the industry which includes reservoir engineering role at MOL Pakistan and researcher at SLB Dhahran Carbonate Research Center. Khan has authored around 20 conference and journal publications. Khan holds an MSc in petroleum engineering from KFUPM, Saudi Arabia, and is involved with mentoring students and volunteering for SPE on multiple fronts.
Mrigya Fogat is a data scientist at Halliburton based in New Delhi, India. She graduated with a degree in petroleum engineering from Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Petroleum Technology (RGIPT) and was awarded the institute and president’s gold medals. In her present role, she works by integrating her core subject knowledge and data science to come up with efficient and novel solutions for challenges faced in the energy industry. Fogat is an active member of SPE and was the president of the SPE student chapter at RGIPT. She is passionate about affordable, accessible, and sustainable energy.
Muhammad M. Almajid is a petroleum engineer at Saudi Aramco based in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. He held roles in the reservoir management department as well as the upstream research center (EXPEC ARC) at Saudi Aramco. In his current role, he is responsible for conducting research for CO2 applications in porous media including CO2 sequestration and gas mobility control methods. He holds a PhD and a master’s degree in petroleum engineering from Stanford University, and a bachelor’s degree in petroleum engineering from Colorado School of Mines. He is a member of SPE since 2008.
Murtadha J. AlTammar is a petroleum engineer in the Production Technology Division of Saudi Aramco’s EXPEC Advanced Research Center based in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. Previously, he worked in the field for 18 months as a completion and production engineer with the Gas Production Engineering Division in Saudi Aramco. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in petroleum engineering from Colorado School of Mines in 2010. He also holds master’s and PhD degrees in petroleum engineering from the University of Texas at Austin, with a specialty in hydraulic fracturing mechanics. AlTammar is an active technical reviewer for several journals, and has also been a member of organizing and technical committees for SPE and ARMA conferences.
Nihal Mounir is a graduate teaching assistant at Imperial College London and a member of the group of experts on carbon neutrality with the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe. Her work focuses on carbon capture and storage, low-carbon technologies, and decarbonization of energy-intensive industries. She has more than 7 years of experience in oil and gas reservoir geomechanics, production operations, drilling waste management, and petroleum engineering consulting. Mounir is one of the founders and the first chair of the SPE Diversity and Inclusion Committee. She is also the chair of SPE Young Member Engagement committee and the co-lead for the natural capital topic within SPE Gaia Board. She previously held several volunteer positions in the SPE Egypt Section young professionals committee and was a director on the section board. Mounir holds an MSc degree from Imperial College London in petroleum engineering and a bachelor's degree in natural gas and petroleum engineering from Alexandria University.
Osama Radwan is a field petroleum engineer at Petrobel. He is pursuing a master’s degree in petroleum engineering with a specialization in production technology and artificial lift. He has been an SPE volunteer for more than 8 years and is currently a Petrobowl 2022 question writer. His passion in writing, editing, and proofreading started with his involvement with ECHO, the SPE Suez University student chapter’s magazine. After that, he worked as a freelance writer and editor in different petroleum media platforms. Research is part of his daily activities where he finds himself active and updated. Traveling and cooking top the list of his personal interests.
Oyedotun Dokun is a business development professional at OES Energy Services. Dokun has both shore and rig-based experience spanning over a decade. He has supervised drilling campaigns successfully for international operating companies, including Chevron, Agip, and Shell. Dokun is a mechanical engineer, and International Well Control Forum-certified (Level 4) drilling well control supervisor. As a John Maxwell Certified Coach, he facilitates group and personal coaching sessions for individuals and corporates. In volunteer capacity, he is the current president of Garden City Toastmasters Club in Nigeria, and presently an MBA candidate at the University of South Wales.
Philip Kwasi Banini is a co-founder of iWatch Africa, a non-governmental organization and a policy think-tank aimed at shaping the national and regional discourse, deepening transparency, accountability, and citizen participation in the governance process in Africa. He previously worked with a number of public and private organizations, including as contract manager at Moville Realities and Logistics, the project administrator of the Strategic Partnership for Higher Education Innovation and Reform Project, and business development manager at Potters Hollow Company. Banini is a fellow of the Young African Leaders Initiative, African Change-makers Fellowship, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology Global Startup Lab. He was the University of Ghana SPE student chapter president in 2015 and currently the secretary of the technical and Distinguished Lecture committee of the SPE Ghana Section. Banini holds a MS in petroleum geoscience and BS in earth sciences from the University of Ghana, Legon.
Prithvi Singh Chauhan is a master's degree student at Texas A&M University and working as a research fellow in MCERI Group under the mentorship of Akhil DattaGupta on rerversoir simulation and its integration with data Science. He was the SPE Regional South Asia Student Paper Contest winner in 2019. He has worked in ExxonMobil, ClimateDonor.org, Institute of Hydrocarbon Recovery (Malaysia), and ONGC as an intern and scholar. Chauhan is the author or coauthor of two international research publications. He has held student leadership positions in organizations such as AIESEC International; Student Energy, London; and SPE. He holds a bachelor's degree in petroleum engineering from Indian Institute of Technology (Indian Shcool of Mines), Dhanbad. Outside of professional life, he enjoys traveling, reading news, cooking, and sharing stories.
Having taught many courses in universities in France and Lebanon, Rami Harkouss currently teaches at Beirut Arab University (BAU) and is the faculty advisor of the SPE BAU chapter. Harkouss is an active participant in the society; he is a member of the Lebanese Order of Engineers and a representative of BAU in Gas and Oil Processing, a European Lebanese Cooperation project. He is a reviewer of technical articles and has published papers on his research. Harkouss is the chairman of the NL TC 67 Committee responsible for the “materials, equipment, and offshore structures for petroleum, petrochemical, and natural gas industries” in Lebanon. He is the recipient of many awards, including the 2019 Student Chapter Excellence Award, and winning first place in ADIPEC University Program in 2017 and BAU’s Engineering Projects Day in 2015. Harkouss holds a BE in drilling engineering from Petroleum University of Technology (Ahwaz-Iran), a master’s degree from École Nationale Supérieure de Chimie de Clermont-Ferrand, and a PhD in process chemical engineering from École Nationale Supérieure des Industries Chimiques, France.
Robin Kueh is a production technologist at Petronas Carigali. In his 8 years of work experience, he had opportunities to work in a wide range of projects, from field development, infill drilling operations, to production enhancement proposal maturation, in both oil and gas field operations. He holds a bachelor’s degree in petroleum engineering from University Technology Petronas, Malaysia. Kueh is actively involved in SPE Sarawak Section, and is the treasurer for the 2019-2020 term.
Sayanima Kisku is a reservoir engineer with Oil and Natural Gas Corp (ONGC). Her skill set includes reservoir engineering and management with emphasis on mature-field management and resource optimization. She has played a pivotal role in reshaping her company’s brown field management strategy. Her efforts were recognized by ONGC and the Federation of Indian Petroleum Industry with Young Achiever awards. She was named a SPE TWA Energy Influencer in 2022. A petroleum engineer from Indian Institute of Technology (Indian School of Mines) Dhanbad, Kisku holds an MBA in oil and gas management and is currently pursuing an MSc in mature-field management from Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh.
Souvik Sen is a specialist geoscientist at Geologix since 2014 and presently based in Mumbai. Before this, he was a wellsite/operations geologist at Essar Oil. His technical interests include pore pressure, geomechanics, rock properties, and operations geology. Sen has published more than 20 peer-reviewed papers and presented at many oil and gas conferences. He regularly serves as a reviewer for various oil and gas journals and volunteered as a judge for the 2020 SPE South Asia Regional Student Paper Contest. He holds a master’s degree in applied geology from Indian Institute of Technology Bombay and bachelor’s degree in geological sciences from Jadavpur University. Outside of work, Sen enjoys travelling and cricket.
Sri Konsep Harum Wicaksono is a reservoir engineer at Pertamina Hulu Mahakam, based in Balikpapan, Indonesia. He has worked across roles in oil and gas with extensive experience in swamp and offshore operations. Wicaksono served in various roles in the SPE Balikpapan Section, including young professionals director, scholarship chair, and ambassador lecturer, and is currently the chairperson of the section. In his tenure, the section won the 2020 Presidential Award for Outstanding Section. He also delivers course works in STT Migas Balikpapan. Wicaksono holds a BSc in geophysics and MSc in petroleum engineering from Bandung Institute of Technology.
Syed Razavi is an application chemist at Clariant Oil Services. He provides flow assurance technical support to the Gulf of Mexico deepwater assets in the areas of wax, asphaltene, and hydrate mitigation and control. He is also involved in the process of umbilical qualification of production chemicals that require rigorous testing and evaluation before being deployed offshore via long umbilical lines. Razavi is experienced in flowback and produced water production modeling and reuse with friction reducers in the US shale basins in West Texas, North Dakota, and Oklahoma. He has been involved with SPE since 2012 and has participated in young professional volunteer opportunities in the past several years. He holds a BS in chemical engineering and a BA in chemistry with focus on petroleum engineering and mathematics from University of Houston.
Timilehin Adegbamigbe is an energy industry professional with primary experience in well intervention operations. He holds a bachelor’s degree in petroleum and gas engineering from the University of Lagos, Nigeria. He has been a student member of the SPE since 2017. Adegbamigbe represented his alma mater at the 2018 national PetroBowl and student symposium. He also previously served as a co-chair on the editorial board of the SPE UNILAG student chapter publication. His research interests include geomechanical modeling and drilling automation. Outside of work, Adegbamigbe enjoys reading, volunteering, football, and listening to classical music.
Umema Bohari is a mechanical engineer working with Schlumberger's Flow Control and Reservoir Monitoring technology group in Houston. Her work involves design, development, and qualification of flow control valves. Bohari completed her MS in mechanical engineering from Texas A&M University, where her research involved engineering design, optimization, and data-driven and machine learning enabled product design. Before pursuing her MS, Umema worked with Eaton Technologies in India for 2 years, on the Industrial Support and Electrical Systems portfolio. Bohari holds a BTech in mechanical engineering from College of Engineering Pune, India. When not working, Umema takes interest in amateur astronomy, writing/blogging, and traveling.
Utkarsh Gupta is a drilling engineer with Oil and Natural Gas Corp. He is associated with and has expertise in planning and managing deep onshore drilling operations in Assam Arrakan Basin in Northeast India. A recipient of 2020 SPE Regional Service Award for South Asia and the Pacific region, he is an avid SPE volunteer and delivers SPE Ambassador lectures, mentors undergraduate students through e-Mentoring, and had been associated with various SPE activities while serving as young professionals committee chairperson of the SPE Northeast India section. He holds a bachelor’s degree in petroleum engineering from Indian Institute of Technology (Indian School of Mines), Dhanbad.
Vikrant Lakhanpal is a production engineer at Proline Energy Resources, based in Houston, Texas, where he focuses on production optimization and enhancement. He also leads the company’s initiative of developing digitization workflows for small operators. Lakhanpal volunteers as an assistant director at Well Engineering Research Center for Intelligent Automation at University of Houston. Apart from conducting his research at the center, he guides younger engineers in their research and represents the center at various conferences and workshops. His research interests are data-driven modelling, automation, and analytics to make drilling and production more efficient. He holds two technology patents and is an active contributor to petroleum engineering literature on OnePetro. Being a member of SPE since 2010, Lakhanpal has held various positions in student chapters and the Gulf Coast Section. He is a member of the SPE Members-in-Transition committee, where he focuses on helping other members achieve their career goals. He holds a master’s degree in petroleum engineering from University of Houston and a bachelor’s degree in petroleum engineering from University of Petroleum and Energy Studies, India.
Yogashri Pradhan is a reservoir engineer at Endeavor Energy Resources, responsible for field development planning for unconventionals in the Midland Basin. She graduated from the University of Texas (UT) with a bachelor's degree in petroleum engineering in 2015 and previously worked for Devon Energy and Texas Oil and Gas Institute as a production engineer for both companies. As a student member, she was involved in SPE UT Student Chapter, was a member of UT's PetroBowl team, and won the bachelor's division of the 2015 International SPE Student Paper Contest. She is the cofounder of SPE Cares, a global community service initiative aimed to unite SPE members around the world through volunteering. She was recognized as a Houston Engineers' Week Young Engineer of the Year and with the SPE Young Member Outstanding Service Award. Pradhan is currently working on her master's degree in petroleum engineering at Texas A&M University.
Zhenzhen Wang is a lead simulation engineer and research scientist at Chevron Technical Center with 7 years of work experience. He has expertise in the areas of surrogate reservoir modeling, field development optimization, history matching, subsurface uncertainty assessment, pressure/rate transient analysis, and miscible flooding. Wang has published more than twenty papers and reviewed more than seventy manuscripts for various journals. He is the recipient of the Outstanding Technical Reviewer Award from SPE Journal and Reviewing Award from both Journal of Natural Gas Science and Engineering and Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering. He holds a PhD from Texas A&M University, a master’s degree from the Pennsylvania State University, and a bachelor’s degree (summa cum laude) from China University of Petroleum–Beijing, all in petroleum engineering.
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