Speaker James Pappas
Vice President - Technical Programs Research Partnership to Secure Energy for America James Pappas is Vice President of Technical Programs for RPSEA, the Research Partnership to Secure Energy for America, in Sugar Land, TX. He has held the positions of Global Technology Coordinator, Facilities Engineer in the Deepwater & International …
Vice President - Technical Programs
Research Partnership to Secure Energy for America
James Pappas is Vice President of Technical Programs for RPSEA, the Research Partnership to Secure Energy for America, in Sugar Land, TX. He has held the positions of Global Technology Coordinator, Facilities Engineer in the Deepwater & International Well Engineering & Facilities Division, Deepwater Project Coordinator for Devon Energy in the past, as well as Production Engineer in the Gulf of Mexico Division for Devon, and Santa Fe Snyder prior to their merger. He has also held drilling, completions, production, operations superintendent, reservoir, and A&D positions with Fina Oil and Chemical Company, UPRC, Amoco Production Company.
He has been involved with the Society of Petroleum Engineers for 30 years. He is both the immediate past SPE International Production and Operations Technical Director and SPE Technical Programs and Meetings Committee Chair. He serves on several technical program committees for meetings including: OTC, SPE, ATCE, LACPEC, R&D, and P&O conferences. He is also active in API, NSPE, TSPE, and MTS, and he chairs the University of Texas Petroleum Engineering Advisory Council.
James has authored over 40 papers or spoken at various conferences and interviews on various technical and professional topics including: Monte Carlo reservoir simulation, hydraulic fracture analysis, well conformance remediation, subsea tiebacks, flow assurance issues, floating platform concepts, project management, drilling, government and the oil and gas industry, engineering, professionalism, recruiting, training and development, retention, volunteerism, and ethics.
James earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering, as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry with Math and Spanish minors, from the University of Texas at Austin in 1979. He graduated with a Master of Business Administration with highest honors from the University of Texas at Tyler in 1993. He has earned numerous accolades including the SPE Gulf Coast Section and Gulf Coast Regional Service Awards, Houston Area Engineer of the Year, Texas Engineer of the Year by the Texas Society of Professional Engineers, and was selected Distinguished Engineer in Texas by the Texas Engineering Foundation. He has been a Registered Professional Engineer in Texas since 1985.