Fred Dupriest retired in 2012 as ExxonMobil’s Chief Drilling Engineer after 35 years in drilling operations, and he now teaches as a Professor of Engineering Practices at Texas A&M University. He joined Exxon after graduating from A&M with a BS in Mechanical Engineering in 1977 and spent the following 35 years working various projects around the world. Fred has published 20 SPE papers on new drilling practices, ranging from the use of Mechanical Specific Energy in real time surveillance, Fracture Closure Stress practices for building integrity, the operational use of Hydrostatic Packers, stuck pipe avoidance practices, and the Fast DrillTM and Limiter RedesignTM workflows used to maximize drilling performance.
As Chief Engineer, Fred represented ExxonMobil in numerous industry engagements and professional societies. Fred is an inductee in the AADE Drilling Fluids Hall of Fame, and the recipient of the 2012 SPE Drilling Engineering Award.
Since the big crew change began, Fred has been involved in the creation of strategies to develop competency in young engineers, and to teach new practices to experienced engineers and rig supervisors. He delivered up to 400 classroom hours per year of training himself prior to retirement. As a Professor at Texas A&M he continues to take every opportunity to teach, and particularly help the next generation get ready to go to work.