R&D Study Group: How Evolutions Underway in Academia are Helping the Energy Sector Solve Problems

Speaker Fred Dupriest
Fred Dupriest retired in 2012 as the Chief Drilling Engineer after 35 years with ExxonMobil.  Fred has published 21 SPE papers on a wide range of operational practices and he led the development of the real time use of Mechanical Specific Energy (MSE) to maximize drilling performance, which evolved into ...

Fred Dupriest retired in 2012 as the Chief Drilling Engineer after 35 years with ExxonMobil.  Fred has published 21 SPE papers on a wide range of operational practices and he led the development of the real time use of Mechanical Specific Energy (MSE) to maximize drilling performance, which evolved into ExxonMobil’s Fast DrillTM and Limiter RedesignTM workflows.   As Chief Engineer he was involved in development of research and training strategies and he also represented ExxonMobil in numerous industry engagements. 


He’s an SPE Distinguished Member, was the recipient of the 2013 SPE International Drilling Engineering Award and is an inductee in the AADE Drilling Fluids Hall of Fame.  Since retiring from ExxonMobil, Fred has taken a position as a Professor of Engineering Practices at Texas A&M, where he has taught High Performance Drilling Practices and a senior capstone drilling design class. 

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Speaker Kerri Smith, Associate Managing Director, Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship Rice
Kerri has broad experience in developing strategies and programs that help maximize the success of tech-enabled startups. Her experience includes entrepreneurship education, startup acceleration, educational programming, technology licensing, and commercialization. For over 25 years, Kerri has provided leadership, oversight, and strategic direction for commercialization, entrepreneurship, community engagement, and technology transfer ...

Kerri has broad experience in developing strategies and programs that help maximize the success of tech-enabled startups. Her experience includes entrepreneurship education, startup acceleration, educational programming, technology licensing, and commercialization. For over 25 years, Kerri has provided leadership, oversight, and strategic direction for commercialization, entrepreneurship, community engagement, and technology transfer initiatives. Kerri joined Rice University in 2004 where she serves as Associate Managing Director of the Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship, Managing Director of Rice University's startup accelerator (OwlSpark), and Director of the NSF sponsored Innovation Corps program at Rice (I-Corps). In all positions, she plays a lead role in fostering collaboration, enabling entrepreneurship, and accelerating the formation of startups based on innovative technologies or scalable business ideas.

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Speaker Clois E. (Bert) Powell, Associate Director, Center for Nanophase Research, Texas State
Associate Director, Center for Nanophase Research, Director, Advanced Polymers and Nanomaterials Laboratory, Texas State University-San Marcos Prior to joining the Texas State University in 2004, Bert’s distinguished 28 year career in industry spanned a variety of roles, including  Senior Scientist  for Southern Clay Products, Director of Polymer R&D at The Sherwin Williams ...

Associate Director, Center for Nanophase Research, Director, Advanced Polymers and Nanomaterials Laboratory, Texas State University-San Marcos


Prior to joining the Texas State University in 2004, Bert’s distinguished 28 year career in industry spanned a variety of roles, including  Senior Scientist  for Southern Clay Products, Director of Polymer R&D at The Sherwin Williams Company, Chemist I at The Glidden Paint Company and earlier as a Sergeant in the U.S.  Army. He is a co-recipient of the American Chemical Society's Cooperative Research Award in Polymer Science and Engineering “for seminal contributions to the science and engineering of nanoclay-polymer nanocomposites which defined the concept of polymer nanocomposites for the community and established the foundation for global industrial enterprises.".


In addition to his ground breaking research work with nano technology with materials like  CLOISITE TM ,  aka Organically Modified Phyllosilicates, he has helped lead the creation of Texas State’s Materials Science, Engineering, and Commercialization PhD Program. He is an active supporter and favorite speaker for The Energy Polymer Group.

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These are “interesting“ times indeed for the oilfield. The massive economic and geopolitical changes that are being experienced across the gulf coast, and within commercial sectors in general have been noticed in Academia and have led to new programs and services that were not in existence just a few short years ago but show promise to help businesses address the new realties. A distinguished panel of Leaders from within Academia will share their views on the evolutions that are underway at their institutions, how these changes are helping the Energy Sector and others solve problems, and what new changes may be coming over the horizon.

Organizer Skip Davis

For information contact Skip Davis at skdavis@technologyintermediaries.com


 

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Thu, Jun. 1, 2017
11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. US/Central

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