Apr. 3 - Apr. 4, 2008


The Emerging Engineers Conference is a forum for young professionals to explore topics that will shape and develop their careers offering presentations and the first annual paper contest. The program comprises highly regarded leaders of our industry covering a variety of topics including career progression, work-life balance, emerging technologies and environmental issues.   

   • Who:        Industry professionals with less than 10 yrs experience in oil field
   • What:       Hedging your Future: Operating in the Boom
   • When:      April 3–4th, 2008
   • How Many: 150 people for EEC. Only 80 golf attendee slots available (on a first come basis).

DAY 1: Thursday, April 3               

7:30-8:00 a.m.        Registration and Breakfast
8:00-8:15                 Welcome
                                   Marjorie Nogueira, SPE GCS Young Professionals Chair
8:15-9:00 a.m.        Keynote Speaker: Keys to Open New Doors
                                   J. Michael Yeager, BHP Billiton Petroleum, Chief Executive Petroleum
9:00-9:45 a.m.        Renewables and Alternative Energy–New Demand for Engineers
                                  John W. Mahoney, Chevron Energy Solutions, Chief Operating Officer
10:00-10:45 a.m.   Novel Stimulation Technologies in the Piceance Basin
                                  Randy C. Tolman, ExxonMobil, Piceance Development Project Coordinator
10:45-11:15 a.m.   The Importance of Effective Communication
                                  Sean Ferguson, Rice MBA Program, Assistant Dean for Degree Programs
11:15-12:00 p.m.   How to be a Professional
                                  Kenneth E. Arnold, P.E., Principal, K Arnold Consulting

12:00-1:00 p.m      LUNCH


3:15-4:00 p.m.      Global Warming Misconceptions and Myth Busters
                                Maria A. Barrufet, P.E., Texas A&M University, Baker Hughes Endowed Chair of Petroleum Engineering
4:00-4:45 p.m.       Overview to Risk Analysis
                                  Mark A. McLane, Partner in Rose & Associates, LLP

4:45-5:00 p.m.      Closing Remarks and Door Prizes

5:00 p.m.                Networking social at the Post Oak Grill


Day 2:   Friday, April 4 

7:30-8:00 a.m.            Breakfast

8:00-8:45a.m.             Keynote Speaker: Relevant Career Paths for Young Professionals
                                     Chris Hopkins, Schlumberger, President Data and Consulting Services
8:45-9:30 a.m.            The Development of Cascade and Chinook Fields in Ultra-deep Waters of The Gulf of Mexico
                                     Cesar Palagi, Petrobras America Inc., Walker Ridge Production Asset Manager

9:45-10:30 a.m.          Work-Life Balance: How to be a Success at Work and Still Have a Life!  
                                    Jamie Barnhardt, Chevron Global Upstream, Technical Competency Development Manager
10:30-11:15 a.m.        Development for All in the Next Generation for the Oil & Gas Industry
                                    Janet Weiss, BP Exploration & Production Inc., Director of Unconventional Gas Technology

11:15-12:00 p.m.       Grand Prize and Paper Contest Awards

12:00-1:00 p.m.         Lunch and Golf Announcements

1:00-6:00 p.m.           Golf Tournament at Pine Crest Golf Club


Featured Speakers



Eric Detton

Date and Time

Thu, Apr. 3


Fri, Apr. 4, 2008

7:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
(GMT-0600) US/Central

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