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  • Jihye Kim
    (806) 319-2305


Chemical Engineer experienced in flow assurance, production chemistry, new technology development, project management. Highly skilled at working in laboratory research environments and knowledgeable in oilfield chemicals, chemistries, and performance testing. Intensive experience in leading large-scale high-profile new technology development project management, cross functional stakeholder relationship, communication, and brainstorming solutions through thinking outside the box. Familiar with stage-gate process in product development management and Agile/waterfall/hybrid methodology. Passionate mentor to others.



Houston TX


Baker Hughes, Oilfield Services - Chemicals, Sugar Land, TX November 2017 - May 2020
Lead Engineer & Project Manager - Flow Assurance & EOR

Managed multiple large-scale high-profile projects and performed hands-on lab test to develop new technology.

Served as a focal point among various stakeholders - team of chemists and engineers, global operations, strategic sourcing, supply chain, manufacturing, pilot plant, regulations, safety, outsourcing and senior management.

Led a strategic, must-win, flow assurance business opportunity in Latin America for a major operator and won the business worth $160M/year, Provided project updates to customers in both high level and technical details and successfully delivered an innovative solution of new asphaltene inhibitor tailored to customer’s complex application.
Led high-profile project developing a new paraffin pour point depressant product to secure $23M/year of existing business in North Africa and delivered cost effective solutions reducing product cost by 20%-30% in a very competitive market. Reported progress update directly to the company president.
Managed large scale project to develop a novel concept of environmentally friendly hydrate inhibitor for the first time to be marketed in the industry, expected to generate $5M initial revenue in the North Sea and massive revenue potential thereafter.

R&D Engineer IV January 2016 - October 2017

Subject matter expert of microfluidics technology for oil and gas industry and Invited speaker to chemistry symposiums as a microfluidic technology ambassador for greater Baker Hughes across product lines, Developed microfluidic project portfolio for the chemicals organization, Managed and developed new testing platforms for oil production chemicals
Conducted chemical formulation and product performance test, designed experiments and analyzed data for new product development and selection of asphaltene inhibitors and EOR surfactant for customer recommendation
Tech support for field production issues and manufacturing to improve production efficiency and scale up issue

Baker Hughes, Pressure Pumping, Tomball, TX July 2014 - December 2015
R&D Engineer III - Hydraulic Fracturing

Managed and successfully delivered two high-tech research programs utilizing NMR and Microfluidics to generate analytical data translated into useful information for chemical treatment in shale fracturing in collaboration with other technology divisions.

Developed a patented microfluidic testing platform to investigate flow behavior in reservoir pore space to improve frac fluid cleanup after fracturing treatment
Developed a new testing method using NMR to evaluate the effectiveness of surfactants and understanding the interactions between shale formation and frac fluid additives to improve flow back recovery efficiency after fracturing treatment and to customize fracturing fluid design based on the individual shale formation
Assisted new product development and tech support: sea water based frac fluids system with environmentally friendly scale inhibitor and hydrophobic coating longevity testing
Performed surfactant package optimization for enhanced initial oil recovery with Eagle Ford shale

Texas Tech Microfluidics Laboratory, Lubbock, TX September 2009 - May 2014
Graduate Student Research Assistant

Owned and managed multiple research projects from conception to execution and delivery.
Performed literature search, fabrication of microfluidic device using photolithography, designed experiments, performed testing and data analysis, authored technical papers and presented project outcome at technical conferences.
Mentored two undergraduate researchers and served as a lab safety officer.

Texas PetroChemicals (TPC Group), Pasadena, TX May 2013 - August 2013
R&D Intern
Developed a new chemical product and lab scale pilot reactor for unconventional Poly isobutylene. Operated pilot reactor and optimized catalyst selection to improve production of Di-isobutylene.

Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX August 2010 - December 2011
Teaching Assistant
Taught discussion class of undergraduate level fluid mechanics.

Awards and Certifications

Long-term incentive award, Baker Hughes OFS Chemicals, February 2020
(Given to retain top 10% talents within company)
Best Manufacturing Project Award, Baker Hughes OFS Chemicals, February 2020
Outstanding Journal Reviewer of Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering, February 2018
R&D Group Manager's Award for Performance, Baker Hughes CIS, January 2017

Research Assistantship, Texas Tech University, 2009-2014
Harrington Engineering Scholarship & Competitive Scholarship, Texas Tech University, 2009-2010


Key skills include:

Innovation - Tech Leadership - Growth mindset - Mentoring
New Product Development - Project Management - Technical Research
Oilfield Chemicals - Chemistry - Test Methods - Manufacturing - Tech Service - Literature Search - Technical Writing and Presentation


Doctorate (Ph.D.), Chemical Engineering, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX 2014
Bachelor’s Degree, Industrial Chemistry, Sang Myung University, Seoul, South Korea, 2009

Coursework, Engineering Management, Univ. of Incarnate Word, San Antonio, TX, 2008-2009

CULTIVATE Leadership Program, Baker Hughes, Houston, TX, 2019 - 2020
(Corporate leadership program for top 1% of female engineers with high potential to groom into future technology leaders of the company)