Juan Garcia joined Humble Oil & Refining Company after graduating with honors from Texas A&M University. During his 39 year career with EXXON, he worked and managed drilling operations in numerous geographic areas, both domestic and international. When he retired in 2005, he was Drilling Manager for ExxonMobil's worldwide operations.
Juan has been an active member of the SPE, the API and the IADC, serving on several national SPE Committees and on the Program Committee for the SPE/IADC Drilling Conference. He has authored several SPE & ASME papers and holds several patents for drilling and completions equipment. He is a Registered Professional Engineer in the State of Texas.
Since his retirement, Juan has remained active in both industry and volunteer activities. He served on a project advisory committee (PAC) of a National Science Foundation financed project to upgrade and refurbish the drillship JOIDES Resolution, which is involved in a scientific program to recover deep ocean cores used for studies on environmental change processes, climate change, solid earth cycles and geodynamics. Juan is currently a member of the IADC publishing committee involved in the production of the “Encyclopedia of Drilling”. Juan also serves as a “Science Ambassador” in a volunteer group that promotes Science, Technology, Engineering and mathematics careers in schools. He authored the drilling presentation kit that is used by the volunteers in this effort.
Dr. Leon Robinson spent 39 years with Humble/Esso/Exxon Production Research before he retired in 1992. He made contributions in many technology areas, such as mud cleaners, explosive drilling, drilling data telemetry, subsurface rock mechanics, modular mud systems, drilling and hydraulic optimization techniques, tertiary oil recovery, on-site drilling workshops, world-wide drilling fluid seminars, and rig site consultation.
He currently is teaching drilling courses for PetroSkills. He also serves as chairman of the IADC Technical Publications Committee, is an API task group leader for solids control, and is a member of the AADE national fluids conference planning committee. He has been awarded 39 US Patents; 22 International Patents; the 1985 SPE Drilling Engineering Award; the SPE Legion of Honor (2003); and has received Service Awards from AADE (1999), API (2006), and IADC (1984 & 2013). He was inducted into the AADE Hall of Fame in 2006, and was designated as an SPE Drilling Legend in 2008.