Our top quality instructors are drawn from both industry and academia. All have excellent communication skills, Industry/consulting experience for real-world application, The educational background to teach that specific subject/discipline. They are proven leaders in their field of expertise, receiving high rankings for their ability to teach and provide an enjoyable training environment.
Tony L. Becker
Tony Becker is currently a Traffic Crash Reconstruction Consultant and Trainer. His extensive experience includes criminal and civil investigations involving traffic crash analysis and simulations, and auto and heavy truck event data recorder forensic evidence collection. He is a consultant to law enforcement and private reconstructionists, plus is an experienced expert witness.
Dan A. Billman
Dan Billman has over twenty-five years of experience in the Appalachian Basin with the last 21 as a consulting geologist and the president of Billman Geologic Consultants, Inc. Prior to independent consulting, Dan worked as an exploration and development geologist for Mark Resources and Easter States Exploration Company. He has extensive experience in both unconventional and conventional development and exploration plays in the Appalachian Basin. He also has experience in the Illinois, Black Warrior, Anadarko, Delaware/Permian, East Texas and Forth Worth Basins. He has performed numerous geologic and economic reviews of natural gas and oil exploration prospects, as well as feasibility studies for gas storage and coal bed methane development. Mr. Billman received his degree in Geology (BS) from the University of Toledo and his MS in Geology from West Virginia University.
Sue Bray is Executive Director of “New Vistas,” a consulting practice founded to assist universities, corporations, and government agencies in the implementation of distributed education and work programs. She is also an Associate of Potencium LTD, an international consultancy with a major focus on the issues of global and virtual teams, and a licensed agent of WorldWork Ltd, a London-based Management Consulting firm. She currently serves as “Adviser in Globalization” to the General Motors Technical Education Program (GM TEP), and facilitates a major partnership between GM TEP and the University of Michigan’s College of Engineering. In addition, Ms. Bray is an instructor in the Extension Program of UCLA. Ms. Bray’s consulting clients have included AETNA, LearnLinc, California State University, The Sage Colleges, the University of New Hampshire, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, NYS Science and Technology Foundation, New York State Training Council, the international Medical Project, and others.
James P. Brill
Dr. Brill is Professor Emeritus adn Research Professor of Petroleum Engineering at The University of Tulsa (TU). He is a recognized authority on behavior prediction and applications for multiphase flow in pipes and paraffin deposition. He has worked for Chevron Oilfield Research Company, Amaco Production Company’s Research Center, plus The University of Tulsa. At TU, he has been actively engaged in teaching, research and consulting in multiphase flow, and is the founder and director emeritus of TUFFP and TUPDP.
Donald L. Burdick, PhD
Dr. Burdick earned a PhD from Kansas University and has been an educator, industrial researcher, petrochemicals marketer, and senior executive with Gulf, Chevron, BASF, and Haltermann Custom Processing, where he was vice-president. Since his recent retirement after more than 40 years in the industry, he has pursued writing and consulting. Dr. Burdick co-authored Petrochemicals in Nontechnical Language and several scientific papers, and has 12 patents credited to his name.
Stephen B. Carman, PhD
Stephen Carman is a strategic and customer focused learning and talent development leader with over 20 years experience in learning management and consulting across diverse industries, including energy and finance. He was previously Senior VP, Client Services for NYSE’s Governance Services organization, responsible for the customer care organization in North America. As a senior learning executive, Dr. Carman’s expertise includes organizational leadership and development and customer relationship management and has been involved with learning programs directly for Fortune companies. Dr. Carman has a Bachelor of Science from Abilene Christian University, a Master of Arts from the University of Phoenix, and a PhD in Organization and Management from Capella University. He is a member of the Academy of Management and the American Society for Training and Development.
James C. Childress
Mr. Childress is a Visiting Instructor with The University of Tulsa, Department of Mathematical and Computer Sciences. He earned degrees in Geosciences and Applied Mathematics and worked as a Computational Consultant for the Minnesota Supercomputer Center (MSC) where his specialties were in parallel programming and data IO optimization techniques. Some of his professional accomplishments include implementing the first parallel geophysical application for the Cray-2, processing one of the first terabyte size geophysical field surveys, and consulting with geophysicists in six different countries for MSC/Cray Research. Mr. Childress’s areas of research focus on parallel programming and computer systems administration. His previous teaching experience includes Jackson State University and University of Minnesota’s Supercomputer Center. He is a member of the Society of Exploration Geophysicists.
Mark Cronshaw is a principal with Resource Economics LLC in Boulder, Colorado. He has years of experience as a resource economist, financial analyst, and engineer. His domestic and international projects have included valuation, gas market development, regulatory review, project planning, cost contingency, and assessment of economic damage. He has taught at the Colorado School of Mines and the University of Colorado. Dr. Cronshaw has a Ph.D. from Stanford, an MBA from Southern Methodist, an MS (Chem.E.) from Caltech and a BA (Chem.E.) from Cambridge UK.
Jeremy Daily is an Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering at The University of Tulsa. He received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Mechanical Engineering; and his Ph.D. in Engineering all from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. His areas of research have been focused in Traffic Crash Reconstruction; Digital Forensics of Vehicle Systems, Dynamics and Solid Mechanics. He is a Registered Professional Engineer and a member of SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers).
Dr. Jerald Dawkins is the CEO and Founder of TRUE Digital Security and has extensive experience in regulatory compliance, technical risk assessments, penetration testing, web application vulnerability analysis and secure coding. Jerry is the author of numerous publications and presents at national and international conferences. He also holds the following certifications: CISSP, NSA IAM, and CNSS 4011-4015. Jerry received his B.A. in Computer Science from Fort Lewis College in Durango, CO and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science from The University of Tulsa in Tulsa, OK.
Ron Dieck served as President of the Instrumentation Systems and Automation Society, ISA, and the Asian Pacific Federation of Instrumentation and Control Societies. He received his BS in Physics and Chemistry from Houghton College and his MS in Physics from Trinity College. He was employed in aerospace in test measurement instrumentation and metrology for over 35 years and has been directly responsible for data validity and measurement uncertainty assessment as they relate to metrology, calibration, testing, and data analysis. Mr. Dieck founded and chaired the Data Analysis and Measurement Uncertainty Committees of the Air Pollution Control Association (APCA) and the ISA. He is co-author of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers’ performance test code on Measurement Uncertainty, and acts as the uncertainty consultant to the SAE E-31 Committee on Gas Turbine Emission Measurements. Mr. Dieck was awarded both the ISA Dr. Charles Stark Draper Award for the best tutorial lecture and the Test Measurements Division Mills Dean III Award for service to ISA. He served as the ISA Vice President for Automation and Technology and is a Felllow of ISA in measurement uncertainty.
Timothy C. Dowd is an attorney with Elias, Books, Brown & Nelson in Oklahoma City. His primary area of practice is oil and gas law, including the rendering of title opinions and drafting of industry contracts. Mr. Dowd is the past president of the Oklahoma City Mineral Lawyers Society and former Chairperson of the Oklahoma Bar Association Mineral Law Section. He is also a member of the Legal Committee of the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission and the Advisory council to the Marginal Well Commission of Oklahoma.
Rick Erickson is an independent petroleum geologist with over 30 years of experience in exploration and development of oil and gas in the Mid-continent and Permian Basin. He is currently active in the evaluation, acquisition, and development of producing properties in Oklahoma, Kansas, and Texas. Mr. Erickson has taught short courses in petroleum as well as semester courses in geology, chemistry, and petroleum engineering for The University of Tulsa, and he currently operates Erickson Petroleum Training, which provides training to employees of oil companies in West Africa.
John Farina is a consultant to the petroleum industry in well drilling, evaluation and completion. He spent nine years with Shell Oil Company supervising a well workover and completion group, and seven years as a production manager for Sneider and Meckel Associates. He currently lectures for several major oil companies, and teaches Petroleum Engineering for Non-Engineers through The University of Tulsa. Mr. Farina is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers and a past Distinguished Lecturer for the American Association of Petroleum Geologists.
Dr. Henshaw is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at The University of Tulsa. Professor Henshaw teaches courses and performs research in the areas of materials science, engineering design, and sustainable energy technology. He also writes books about science and technology for a general audience. Specific research interests in materials science include automotive composite materials, and in particular the durability of those materials, the use of composites to repair steel pipe and other metallic structures, and the fracture mechanics of very thin metal structures. In the area of engineering design, research interests include the decision-making process in design, teamwork, and design education. Related to sustainable energy, research interests include novel wind turbines, hybrid-electric vehicles, and human-powered vehicles.
Bill Hermann has over 35 years of industrial experience in engineering, marketing, business development, human resources, training, administrative, sales and consulting roles. He has worked in firms engaged in construction, engineering and equipment supply, largely related to the hydrocarbon energy sector. His international work has been an important part of his career, which has included assignments in Abu Dhabi and London, and extensive business travel in Latin America. Mr. Hermann hols BS and MBA degrees from Northwestern University in Chicago.
Dr. Norman J. Hyne is a certified Petroleum Geologist and President of NJH Energy. He joined The University of Tulsa’s Geosciences Department in the late 1960s and is now Professor of Petroleum Geology in TU’s CESE Department. He is the instructor of the popular seminar, Basic Petroleum Geology for the Non-Geologist. He received his geology degrees from Pomona College, Florida State University, and the University of Southern California. Norm is the author of our online petroleum glossary, and several books including the 2nd Edition of his Dictionary of Petroleum Exploration, Drilling & Production, published by Pennwell Books. He recently received the AAPG Grover E. Murray Memorial Distinguished Educator Award which is given in recognition of distinguished and outstanding contributions to geological education.
Mark Klins, PhD, is a management consultant specializing in the development of petroleum resources and building the teams that coordinate those efforts. He received his PhD in Petroleum Engineering from The Pennsylvania State University and attended the Wharton Executive Development Program at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Klins served as a Professor of Petroleum & Natural Gas Engineering at Penn State and the University of Southern California. He later joined Chevron and worked for 25 years in variuos upstream operations, serving in an array of drilling, production, and reservoir engineering assignmetns and asset management positions in the Gulf Cost, West Texas, the San Joaquin Valley, South America, and the Middle East. Dr. Klins has served as the SPE Pittsburgh Section Chairman and chaired the Educational & Professionalism, Distinghished Lecturer, Distinguished PE Faculty, and Outstanding Young Member Award Committees as well as served as a Technical Editor for the Journal of Petroleum Technology. In addition, Dr. Klins has authored or co-authored three textbooks and written over 25 refereed papers and articles.
Glenn Koller, PhD
Glenn Koller most recently has been an Advisor for Risk Management at Schlumberger. Prior to joining Schlumber, Dr. Koller spent 30 years at US Department of Energy, DuPont, Amoco, and BP. His primary responsibilities for the past 20 years focused on aspects of risk and uncertainty analysis, management, and training. He received his PhD in geochemistry/geophysics from Syracuse University and has experience with heading a large basin-modeling group, leading a corporate risk group, implementing risk-assessment and risk-management technologies and processes in the corporations, developing statistical routines that comprised corporate risk systems, keeping abreast of risk technology developed by vendors, other companies, and the National Laboratories, marketing risk technology, and performing technical and consulting services. Dr. Koller was the primary developer of Amoco’s risk-based exploration system. Current areas of responsibility include development and deployment of risk-based technologies for SLB, developing and implementing multivariate statistical data-processing routines, and evaluating potential new business opportunities. Dr. Koller has authored four books on risk/uncertainty.
Danny Lee has over 25 years experience in the construction industry. As a business owner, he has knowledge in financial, personnel, and project management. Mr. Lee has been responsible for budget, construction, implementation, and oversight for multi-million dollar projects in multiple states, while consistently being on time and under budget. After leaving the construction industry, he entered the aviation field and is presently at American Airlines. Mr. Lee earned his Bachelors and Masters Degrees while working full time and his senior design project at The University of Tulsa won “Outstanding Engineering Achievement for the State of Oklahoma” from the Oklahoma Society of Professional Engineers. He graduated top of his class in the Masters Program at The University of Phoenix. He is a member of The University of Tulsa’s Mechanical Engineering Advisory Board.
William Leffler, PhD
Dr. Leffler holds degrees from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and New York University. His career includes 36 years with Royal Dutch Shell, with positions in petrochemicals, refining, transportation, the gas liquids and gasoline businesses, and corporate planning. He was lead strategist for Shell UK Exploration & Production, and is the author of several books, including Petroleum Refining in Nontechnical Language and Petrochemicals in Nontechnical Language (PennWell books).
Dr. LoPresti is an Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering at The University of Tulsa. He earned his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Pennsylvania State University in 1994, and his BSEE in Electrical Engineering at University of Delaware in 1988. Areas of research focus include fiber optic transmission systems, optical sensors (environmental, instrumentation) and free-space optical systems.
Kristie Luchtel Ferguson
Kristie Ferguson provides over 18 years of technical and applied petroleum geology experience in both conventional and unconventional plays throughout the world. She received her education in Geology (BS) and Geologic Oceanography at Oklahoma State University and Humboldt State University, and in Petroleum Geology at the University of Kansas (MS). After several years with Exxon and ExxonMobil, she returned to Oklahoma with Samson Resources and then Newfield. Ms. Ferguson is now President of her own company. She is an active member of AAPG, and past President of the Tulsa Geological Society and the OSU School of Geology Advisory Board.
Dr. Manning, Professor of Chemical Engineering; Adjunct Professor of Petroleum Engineering at The University of Tulsa. He received his Ph.D., M.S.E., and A.M. from Princeton University. He received his B. Eng. (Hons.) from McGill University. He is a registered P.E. in Oklahoma and Pennsylvania. He has been awarded the Kermit Brown Award for Teaching Excellence and was TU’s Outstanding Teacher of the Year in 1995.
Mr. Moritz, a certified mineral appraiser, and also a petroleum geologist and President of Gustavson Associates in Boulder, CO. He has been involved in numerous projects involving oil, gas and mineral property appraisal and has testified as an expert witness in court proceedings. His technical contributions include several papers presented at conferences and published papers in professional journals.
Ray E. Morrison, PhD
Dr. Morrison is the President and Principal Consultant of the Marietta, Georgia based consulting firm ACETS. His experience includes contracts with the University of Missouri, W.T. Grant Foundation, NASDVTEC Assoc., Lockheed Aeronautical Systems, and others. He has been an active member of the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), the Society for Manufacturing Engineers (SME) and the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE). He has served as a Director, Board Member, and Chair for the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Division. He has authored many publications. Dr. Morrison holds a PhD from the University of Missouri, a MS from Syracuse University, a BS from the State University of New York, and an AAS in Mechanical Engineering Technology from Hudson Valley Community College, Troy, NY.
Brian S. Musso is a licensed petroleum engineer with more than thirty eight years of experience in the petroleum industry, including project / asset development, portfolio management, reserves assessment, and reservoir appraisal. His heritage was with Amoco and BP/Amoco where he worked onshore, offshore (shelf and deep water) and international operations. After retiring from BP/Amoco he functioned as project manager for a tight gas pilot program in Argentina, engineering manager for MCX, and as engineering manager for Venoco, overseeing Southern California operations. Mr. Musso specialized in reservoir characterization and reserves assessment, including the execution of cross-disciplined team asset development of multi-billion dollar deep water projects. He has conducted seminars and presentations at Amoco’s research center, to the Board of Directors of major US and International Corporations, and to both US and international government officials.
Dr. Eduardo Pereyra, is the Associate Director of TUFFP and the horizontal wells artificial lift project at The University of Tulsa, College of Engineering and Natural Sciences. He is also an assistant professor of petroleum engineering at TU. Previously, he worked as a research scientist intern at Chevron’s advanced production technology / subsea technology unit, carrying out theoretical studies on conventional separators performance. He also worked on multiphase systems integration. His research interests are multiphase flow systems and transport, flow assurance, and separation technologies.
Mauricio Prado, PhD
Dr. Prado is Director of The University of Tulsa Artificial Lift Project. He brings more than 18 years practical experience as a petroleum engineer to his work at The University of Tulsa. His current research interests include performance of ESP in gas environments, gas lift simulation, beam pumping simulation and artificial lift optimization.
Dr. Sarica is the F.H. “Mick” Merelli/Cimarex Energy Professor of Petroleum Engineering at The University of Tulsa (TU). His current research interests are multiphase flow in pipes, oil and gas production, and flow assurance. He is currently serving as the director of TUFFP, Tulsa University Paraffin Deposition Projects (TUPDP) and Tulsa University Horizontal Well Artificial Lift Projects (TUHWALP). He teaches the Fluid Flow Projects: Two-Phase Flow in Pipes Short Course, along with several other multiphase flow in pipes, flow assurance and oil and gas production courses at ITU, PSU, and TU.
Adam K. Seaman
Adam Seaman is founder of Seaman Associates, a Tulsa-based coaching and consulting practice. His experience includes coaching individuals, business leaders, entrepreneurs, non-profit executives and creative professionals. He holds a MA in Organizational Communication Consultancy from Oklahoma State University and is member in good standing with the International Coach Federation. He has served in leadership roles with the American Society for Training and Development (ASTD), International Association of Business Communicators, and Tulsa Area Human Resources. His work has been published in several coaching and consulting journals including Consulting Today.
Heidi L. Shadid
Heidi Shadid was raised in Colorado Springs, is now a Tulsa attorney as an Associate with Eller & Detrich. Her practice includes Civil, Business, Employment and Construction Litigation. She is a Director for the Board of Undercroft Montessori School, serves as the Chair of the Policy Committee and is a Member of the Funds Development Committee. Her core areas of practice and experience include: General Civil Litigation; Business Litigation; Construction Litigation; & Employment Disputes. Education: University of Kansas, School of Law, J.D., 2008; University of Tulsa, College of Law, 2005-2006; University of Tulsa, B.A. Law & Society and French, magna cum laude, 2004
John Shadley, PhD
Dr. Shadley is a Professor Emeritus of Mechanical Engineering at The University of Tulsa. He received his BS from Case Institute of Technology and his MS and PhD degrees from the University of Houston. He specializes in Solid Mechanics, Residual Stresses, Vibrations, Acoustics, Noise Control, Erosion/Corrosion, and Thermal Spray Technology.
Siamack Shirazi, PhD
Dr. Shirazi is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at The University of Tulsa. He received his BS, MS, and PhD degrees from The University of New Mexico. His specialization includes Fluid Mechanics, Computational Fluid Dynamics of Multi-Phase Flow, Turbulent Flow Modeling, Two-Phase Flow Separation, Particle/Bubble Tracking in Fluids, and Erosion/Corrosion.
Scott Skinner owns and operates Collision Consulting and Reconstruction LLC which provides consultation services in civil cases. Previously he managed the Collision Reconstruction Unit of the Oregon State Police. He holds an Associate of Science Degree in Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement, plus an Advanced Law Enforcement Certificate from the Board of Public Safety Standards and Training. He has been accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Traffic Accident Reconstruction (A.C.T.A.R.).
Kerry Sublette, IPEC Co-Chair
Dr. Sublette is the Sarkeys Professor of Environmental Engineering at The University of Tulsa. He has many years of experience in a wide variety of bioengineering problems. He worked for several years in a corporate R&D environment for Combustion Engineering and has 12 U.S. patents, nine of thoose in bioprocessing inventions. He is the IPEC: International Petroleum Environmental Conference Co-Chair.
Steven M. Tipton, PhD
Dr. Tipton is a faculty member in the University of Tulsa’s College of Engineering & Applied Sciences, where he has received the Frank W. Murphy Distinguished Professor Award. He has been with TU for over 30 years, teaching classes on Mechanical Engineering Design, Structural Fatigue, Interdisciplinary Design, and Mechanics of Materials. He has consulted for many companies including ConocoPhillips, Schlumberger, Nordam, FinTube, BP, John Deere, Crosby McKissick, Ford, and Zebco. Dr. Tipton is a member of ASME, ASTM, SAE, and the International Coiled Tubing Association.
John Veil, IPEC Co-Chair
John Veil’s career includes 10 years regulating wastewater discharges for the State of Maryland government and 20 years working in research and policy analysis for Argonne National Laboratoy. He has extensive experience in evaluating water regulations affecting the oil and gas and electric power industries. Veil served as a Distinguished Lecturer for the Society of Petroleum Engineers in 2008-2009 and again in 2013-2014. He is the IPEC: International Petroleum Environmental Conference Co-Chair.
Michael R. Walls, PhD
Michael R. Walls, PhD is currently a Professor and the Director of the Division of Economics & Business at Colorado School of Mines. He received his BS from Western Kentucky University and both his MBA and PhD in Management from the University of Texas at Austin. He has extensive experience in risk assessment and management including decision analysis, strategy, strategic planning and technology commercialization. He is a frequent lecturer of short courses to industry, and has published a large number of papers and articles for professional journals.
Jeff Wilkie has made a career in human resources with an emphasis in employee development and workforce engagement strategies since 1992. Mr. Wilkie has worked with First Data Corporation, the Williams Companies, the City of Tulsa, and as a private consultant working in the field of change management and organizational development. In this role, he has served as a trusted resource for many small to medium sized businesses to enhance their strategic growth and direction. In addition, Mr. Wilkie works closely with Leadership Tulsa where he graduated from Class 26.
Kenneth M. Wolgemuth, PhD
Ken Wolgemuth has proven experience in teaching petroleum industry short courses on basic petroleum geology, as well as other related topics. He holds degrees from Wheaton College and Columbia University. In addition to teaching at both the university level and in industry, Dr. Wolgemuth’s experience includes ten years as petroleum consultant, seven years with the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, and several years with Amerada Hess Corporation. He is a member of AAPG, SPWLA, and SPE.