March 8, 2007


A panel discussion with Emerging Leaders and the People Transforming Them

If men are from Mars and women are from Venus, where do all these young engineers come from and what language do they speak?

OK, maybe the communication gap isn’t as bad as all that, but based on feedback from the recent SPE Gulf Coast Section Membership Survey and the SPE Executive Breakfast held in January, we’ve heard that our members are concerned about how to more effectively hire, communicate with, train, and motivate young engineers in their organizations. 

Therefore, we’ve assembled a panel of people best suited to address these issues: a group of young professionals from the SPE’s Emerging Leader Program and managers from within their organizations who are involved with hiring, managing, mentoring, motivating and/or training.  Our goal:  To talk about perceptions and realities, myths and facts, in a candid forum where we can all learn how to bridge the generation gap by utilizing new technologies or leveraging existing ones more effectively.

Just a few of the topics our panel will discuss include:

v      What communication methods and approaches work best with young engineers?

v      Do young engineers actually learn and absorb information differently than their more experienced counterparts?

v      What best practices are out there that we can learn from?  What real-life success stories do we have in our own back yard?

v      What motivates this generation?  What turns them off?

v      What can the SPE do as an organization to get young engineers more engaged and involved? 

Whether you’re a young engineer or you come to the table with years of experience, you should plan to attend this energetic, participatory meeting.  Engineers and managers from all disciplines in our industry can learn from one another and play a role in shaping how the SPE and companies in our industry respond to and thrive in this challenging environment.

Featured Speakers


EMERGING LEADERS PANELISTSBasil Allam, EE, Major Capital Projects, Angola, ChevronBasil is currently the Chair of the Society of Petroleum Engineers Gulf Coast Section Emerging Leaders Program. For the past 2 years Basil has worked for Chevron''s Angolan Major Capital Projects group designing production control systems. Along with his engineering …


Basil Allam, EE, Major Capital Projects, Angola, Chevron
Basil is currently the Chair of the Society of Petroleum Engineers Gulf Coast Section Emerging Leaders Program. For the past 2 years Basil has worked for Chevron''s Angolan Major Capital Projects group designing production control systems. Along with his engineering duties he also serves as a member for Chevron''s University of Oklahoma recruiting team. Basil holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Oklahoma.

Gabrielle Guerre, Reservoir Engineer South Texas, ExxonMobil
Gabrielle is a member of the SPE Gulf Coast Section Emerging Leaders Program and is the 2007 Roughneck Camp Chair.  She has worked at ExxonMobil for one year as a Reservoir Engineer in the South Texas region.  Gabrielle earned a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Kansas State University in December 2005.

Ashish A. Chitale, Petroleum Engineer, BP                                                 Ashish is a Petroleum Engineer with BP in the fieldofthefuture™ technology development group, specializing in Integrated Asset Modeling, fieldofthefuture™ technology development , and deployment.  He serves as the technical lead for deployment activities in the Deep Water GOM assets. Recently Ashish received a Certificate of Excellence in BP’s young engineer of the year competition.  He was one of the 9 finalists selected out of 42 innovative young engineers worldwide.  Ashish has 6 years of experience and has a masters degree in Petroleum Engineering from Texas A&M University.  Ashish serves as International communications chair on the SPE - ELP board of directors.

Brian Glater, Petroleum Engineer, Northern Rockies, Anadarko      
Brian is currently serving on the board of the Emerging Leaders Program as the Community Outreach Chair.  He began his career as a petroleum engineer in the Kerr-McGee Associate Engineer Training Program, and is currently a production engineer for the Northern Rockies at Anadarko Petroleum Corporation.  Brian earned a BS degree in Petroleum Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines in May 2005. 



Jamie Barnhardt, Technical Competency Development Manager, Chevron
Jamie joined Texaco in 1990 upon graduation from Texas Tech University with a degree in Petroleum Engineering.  She held technical positions for the first 7 years of her career. She then held management positions in Operations, Asset Development and Major Capital Projects in California and Indonesia. Additionally, Jamie has had assignments in midstream operations as a Gas Plant New Business Development Coordinator and as a Strategic and Business Planning Manager with Chevron’s Energy Technology Department.  Jamie has been a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers and Society of Women Engineers since 1985 where she has held numerous leadership assignments.

Deborah Raught, Technical Manager,  ExxonMobil
 During her 29‑year career, Ms. Raught has held various engineering and management assignments in Exxon''s production operations in Texas,  U.S. environmental and regulatory groups, and project management.   Currently Deb is working  on the Nigerian Joint Venture Power Project. Ms. Raught is a charter member of ExxonMobil''s Upstream Women''s Leadership Team formed in 2003 to provide visible leadership and mentoring, and  to enhance the company''s ability to attract, retain and develop women professionals.  Ms. Raught has been a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers since 1978. 

Susan Howes, PE, PHR, Learning and Organizational Development Manager, Anadarko
Susan is the Learning and Organizational Development Manager for Anadarko, and she is the Gulf Coast North America Regional Director on the SPE International Board.  Susan is a UT grad, with a BS in Petroleum Engineering. She has worked for Anadarko in positions of increasing responsibility in reservoir engineering, business development, recruiting, and training.


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Date and Time

Thu, March 8, 2007

11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
(GMT-0500) US/Central

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