June 23, 2016


SPE Gulf Coast Section
Emerging Engineers Conference


Asset Management 2.0

Driving Operational Efficiency in Challenging Environments 

Date: 23rd June 2016
Venue: ExxonMobil Campus (North Houston)
Address: 22777 Springwoods Village Pkwy, Spring, TX 77389

The Emerging Engineers Conference (EEC) is an annual conference designed specifically for young professionals to provide a forum to explore topics that will shape and develop their careers. The EEC will feature technical and soft skills presentations, panel discussions, poster competition, and networking events.

This year the EEC will take place at ExxonMobil Campus in North Houston, on June 23, 2016. The theme this year is ‘Asset Management 2.0 – Driving Operational Efficiency in Challenging Environments’ and our keynote speaker is Vicki Hollub (President & CEO, Occidental Petroleum Corp.). The lectures and panel sessions will focus on actions YPs can take to drive innovation and efficiency in operations and asset management strategies, providing essential tools for career development of young engineers. We expect to host about 200 attendees and 15 speakers at this event.




Early Bird Registration: $75 (Extended until June 17th, 2016)

Registration : $100  (Ends on June 21st, 2016)

Members-in-Transition : $25 (Extended until June 21st, Limited Seats Left)*

Students: Discounted seats are no longer available!

No walk-ins allowed the day of the conference

* Members-in-Transition & Students: Please provide your SPE member number during registration. MiT & Student status verification will be done post registration. Failure to provide status verification documents will result in registration cancellation without any refunds.  


Technical Program

Keynote Address

08:30 to 09:20

 Room A+B

Maneuvering Through A New Kind of Downturn in the Oil and Gas Industry




Vicki Hollub

President & Chief Executive Officer,

Occidental Petroleum Corporation


Panel Session 1

09:30 to 10:45

 Room A+B

Asset Management: Key factors for improving efficiencies in mature and newly planned assets:

Oil and gas companies thrive to create and improve systematic processes to appraise, develop, operate, and ultimately abandon assets cost-effectively. As global market dynamics, geopolitical forces, and volatile commodity prices continuously challenge the industry, successful organizations quickly adapt to new environments by leveraging key resources: people, technology, and assets. This panel session will focus on the key factors that drive efficiencies of asset management strategies for both, mature and newly planned assets, highlighting the role to be played by young engineers to take our industry to new heights. Addressing this enormous challenge requires YPs to rapidly develop the necessary skills that take into consideration the energy outlook today and that expected in the future, aiming to increase overall return over investments for all types of assets. This panel will have experts from the all the three major domains – drilling, reservoir as well as completion/production for a wellrounded discussion on this subject.

Moderator: Simeon Eburi
Petroleum Engineer/ Decision & Economic Analyst
Shauna Noonan
Chief of Production Engineering
Occidental Petroleum
John Linderman
Chief Reservoir Scientist
Exxon Mobil
Dr. Robello Samuel
Halliburton Technology Fellow, Drilling Engineering,



11:00 to 11:40 

 Room A

Maximize Value in Unconventional Plays: Incorporating Refrac and Gas Injection into a Plan of Development
Basak Kurtoglu
Vice President


11:00 to 11:40 

Room B

Entrepreneurship on the Oil Patch- Keeping the Dream Alive

Denis Pone
President and CEO
Upcurve Energy


E-Poster Session

11:00 to 11:40 

Room A+B

Effective Multi-Well Pad Development Strategy for Unconventional Reservoirs’
Kush Gakhar


Numerical Analysis of Cyclic Methane Injection Based on the Experiments Using Different-diameter Shale Cores and Crude Oil
Lei LI
Texas Tech University
A Fully Coupled Multi-Mechanism Compositional Simulator for Fractured Shale Gas Reservoirs with Complex Fracture Geometry
Wei Yu
University of Texas at Austin
Fluid Diversion Comprehensive Design: Slurry Displacement, Plugging, Fracturing and Production Enhancement
Mojtaba Pordel Shahri

Panel Session 2

13:15 to 14:30 

Room A+B

YPs in Oil & Gas: Steering your career path amid the industry’s crests and troughs
How would you describe yourself or your role as a young professional in the oil and gas industry? High levels of motivation and drive, accountability, efficiency, ingenuity, and resilience, certainly tend to resonate with most of the YPs. However, career paths of any two individuals in our industry are seldom similar, more so in the case of young engineers as they encounter cross roads in both, their professional and personal lives.
Join this panel session to explore the career progressions of highly experienced and recognized panelists, who have identified opportunities in challenging environments in the past and have succeeded in their endeavors in the industry. Discussions will highlight several aspects including professional development, opportunities for innovation, and the path to entrepreneurship in oil and gas.


Moderator: Pavitra Sainani
Planning Advisor
Exxon Mobil
Marisela Sanchez-Nagel
Oilfield Geomechanics 
Shantanu Agarwal
Energy Ventures
Eric R Calderon
President and CEO,
LK Industries



14:45 to 15:25 

Room A

Unlocking Opportunity: Rapid Advancements Impacting Unconventional Asset Development


Gregory P. Leveille
Chief Technical Officer
Nathan McMahan
Director/Unconventional Reservoirs Excellence,
14:45 to 15:25 

Room B

Production Operations: Lessons from a Low Price Environment
Bob Foglesong
US Production Operations
15:30 to 16:10

Room A

Field Development Strategies in the Wolfcamp Shale
Manuel Cossio
Reservoir Engineer
Pioneer Natural Resources


15:30 to 16:10

Room B
Developing the Wilcox in DW GOM - Turning up the Pressure on Ingenuity, Partnering, and Technology

 Christopher Riccobono

Subsurface Manager Deepwater





The mission of the SPE-GCS Young Professionals board is to engage and develop the leadership potential of young oil and gas professionals to enable them to challenge and lead the industry. The New Technical e-Poster Competition at the 2016 Emerging Engineers Conference does just that!

Emerging Engineers are encouraged to share their knowledge, ideas, expertise, innovations, practices, case studies, and vision, regardless of the progress, with other industry peers by submitting a poster abstract and an ePoster upon abstract selection.

Simply submit an abstract (Min 225 words, Max 450 words) describing the contents of the poster.






Click Here to visit our website and to know more about the Poster Competition



















Sponsorship Opportunities Available!! 



Contact EEC 2016 Co - Chairs: 

Aniket Kumar, Halliburton

Ernesto Valbuena, Chevron


EEC 2016 Coordinators: 

Shakti Sehra, IHS

Deep Joshi, SPE UH Student Chapter


Featured Speakers

Speaker: Keynote Speaker: Vicki Hollub (Occidental Petroleum Corporation)
Speaker Keynote Speaker: Vicki Hollub (Occidental Petroleum Corporation)

Vicki A. Hollub is President and Chief Executive Officer of Occidental Petroleum Corporation, an international oil and gas exploration and production company, and one of the largest U.S. oil and gas companies based on equity market capitalization. She has been a member of Occidental’s Board of Directors since 2015.
Ms. Hollub, …

Vicki A. Hollub is President and Chief Executive Officer of Occidental Petroleum Corporation, an international oil and gas exploration and production company, and one of the largest U.S. oil and gas companies based on equity market capitalization. She has been a member of Occidental’s Board of Directors since 2015.

Ms. Hollub, who began her career with Occidental in 1982, has held a variety of management and technical positions with responsibilities on three continents, including roles in the United States, Russia, Venezuela and Ecuador. Most recently, Ms. Hollub served as Occidental’s President and Chief Operating Officer, overseeing the company’s oil and gas, chemical and midstream operations.

She previously served as Senior Executive Vice President, Occidental Petroleum Corporation and President, Oxy Oil and Gas, where she was responsible for operations in the U.S., the Middle East region and Latin America. Prior to that, Ms. Hollub held a variety of leadership positions, including Executive Vice President of Occidental and President, Americas; Vice President of Occidental and Executive Vice President, U.S. Operations; Executive Vice President, California Operations; and President and General Manager of the company’s Permian Basin operations.

Ms. Hollub started her career in 1981 at Cities Service, which was acquired by Occidental. She holds a B.S. in Mineral Engineering from the University of Alabama, and was inducted into the University of Alabama College of Engineering 2016 class of Distinguished Engineering Fellows.

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Aniket Kumar and Ernesto Valbuena

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Date and Time

Thu, June 23, 2016

7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
(GMT-0500) US/Central

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ExxonMobil Campus (North Houston)

22777 Springwoods Village Parkway
Spring, TX 77389
United States