Speaker #1 Title: Co-founder and CEO
Speaker #1 Company: Cemvita Factory
Speaker #1 Bio: Moji Karimi is a multidisciplinary entrepreneur and engineer who helps ideate, develop, and commercialize ground-breaking technologies. He has a proven track record of taking ideas to market, both at big companies and startups. Moji's experiences range from developing advanced deep-water drilling methods to new biologically inspired technology with applications in the energy and space industries. After almost 6 years with TESCO and Weatherford, he joined Biota Technology as the fourth employee of the company to start the Houston office and commercialize DNA Sequencing in the energy industry. In two years, he grew Biota's business to multi-million dollars in revenue and played a key role in establishing Subsurface DNA Diagnostics as a common method for reservoir characterization. Moji holds BS and MS degrees in drilling and petroleum engineering, respectively.
Speaker #1 Abstract: How to Get a Job and Thrive at an Oil and Gas Startup
Startups are a new phenomenon in Oil and Gas and still are the elephant in the room. When it comes to hiring, startups don’t follow the same mechanisms as big companies and the day to day work in a startup is also much different than the major companies. In this seminar, an insider to oil and gas startups. Moji shares insights on how to plan for a successful career at an oil and gas startup.
Speaker #3 Title: Chief Technical Officer
Speaker #3 Company: Promethean Energy Corporation
Speaker #3 Bio: Dr. Ivor Ellul began his career in the oil and gas industry in 1980, in West Germany, as a design engineer on pipeline and storage tank systems. After specializing in the modeling of multiphase flow in pipelines, he worked for a number of years in the area of numerical modeling of single and multi-phase pipelines. He has conducted a comprehensive number of pipeline simulation studies for clients worldwide. Recent experience includes various executive positions in the upstream area of the oil and gas industry. He has been involved in starting up a number of ventures, among them Knowledge Reservoir which he successfully exited in 2013. Dr. Ellul is visiting Professor to the Petroleum Engineering Department of Imperial College London, where he lectures the M.S. course on pipeline and process engineering. He is also a past member of the advisory board of the Faculty of Petroleum Engineering of the University of Houston. He has served on the advisory board of Energy Ventures and on the Board of Trustees of Duchesne Academy of the Sacred Heart. He currently serves as Chairman of the Pipeline Simulation Interest Group as well as a former Chair of the Society of Petroleum Engineers, Gulf Coast Section. Dr. Ellul holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Malta and MS and PhD degrees in Petroleum Engineering from Imperial College, London. Dr. Ellul is a registered Chartered Engineer in the United Kingdom and a registered Professional Engineer in the state of Texas.
Speaker #3 Abstract: Engineering Ethics
There are a number of definitions of Ethics and, specifically, Engineering Ethics. An appropriate one is offered by the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department of the University of Missouri in their handbook on Engineering Ethics, namely: “Ethics is the study of the characteristics of morals, and involves the moral choices made by individuals as they interact with other persons. Engineers need to be aware of ethics as they make choices during their professional practice of engineering. Engineering ethics will be defined as the rules and standards governing the conduct of engineers in their roles as professionals.” The seminar will present and discuss codes of ethics as well as case studies that help us, as Petroleum Engineers, navigate our day-to-day professional careers. The seminar is appropriate for new graduates as well as seasoned professionals and will qualify for the annual PDH required by the Texas Board of Professional Engineers.