Contact Information

  • Nana Xu
    (832) 374-6327


My focus is petroleum geology - from large-scale petroleum systems evaluation down to prospect and pad-level development. I have 3+ years of experience in seismic interpretation in over 5 basins worldwide. I am a sequence stratigrapher and seismic interpreter by background with industry experience in unconventional development and operations, reservoir modeling, basin modeling, conventional offshore development, and near-field exploration. A generalist at heart, I am constantly looking to expand my knowledge of the subsurface, learn new methods of improving workflows, and add value. I am a team player above all with a track record of producing results independently through self-initiatives. 




Please refer to resume for work experience.

Awards and Certifications

- Noble Energy Exceptional Contribution Award – Aseng 6P Operations (2019)
- BOSIET - OPITO approved certification (valid until 2/26/2023)
- Imperial Barrel Award (IBA) International 2nd place with PSU team (2016)
- IBA Eastern Section Semifinals 1st place with PSU team (2016)
- Shell Geosciences Energy Research Facilitation Award (2015)
- Chesapeake Energy Scholarship (2015)
- Rice Devlin-Schnable Memorial Scholarship Award (2012)
- Rice Eugen Merten Memorial Prize in Geology and Geophysics (2012)


Geoscience Skills:
- Seismic interpretation
- Structural mapping
- Basin modeling
- Sequence Stratigraphy
- Well correlation
- Unconventional operations
- Geosteering
- Prospect development
- Shallow hazard evaluation
- Well planning
- Mud logging
Software Skills:
- Petrel
- Kingdom
- Petra
- Starsteer
- Paleoscan
- Genesis
- Trinity
- Kinex
- Spotfire


Graduate Education:
The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA (Aug. 2014 – May 2017)
Degree: M.S. in Geology, GPA: 3.78/4.0
Fellowship: Petroleum Geosystems Initiative (PGI)
Undergraduate Education:
Rice University, Houston, TX (Aug. 2010 – May 2014)
Degree: B.S. in Earth Science, Geology track
Secondary Degree: B.A. in Environmental Studies