SCA Instructors

Jill B. Almaguer, PE, MBA, PMP : Instructor

Jill B. Almaguer, PE, MBA, PMP


Jill Almaguer is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and Registered Professional Engineer in Texas. She provides leadership and project management to coordinate suppliers to deliver contract requirements on time and on budget while meeting or exceeding customer expectations for quality results.

While working at HP for 20 years, she led a number of technical project teams implementing a broad range of projects from $10 million of medical electronics for the new Brooke Army Medical Center built in San Antonio to nationwide high-speed telecommunications network monitoring systems. She also led software application engineering team for implementation of semi-conductor design software and was director of development for an RFID asset tracking system. At HP, she taught quality process improvement methods to over 600 employees in the southern US as part of the Voice of the Customer project implementation.

Almaguer also provided project management and consulting services to clients such as BP Gulf of Mexico division for a major ERP conversion project. She has presented at numerous national and regional conferences for Society of Women Engineers and Project Management Institute.

Jill has a BS in Bioengineering and an MBA and currently serves as Vice Chairman for the City of Bellaire Board of Adjustment and on the board of the Federation of Houston Professional Women, and Texas A&M University Biomedical Engineering Industry advisory board. She is current chairman of the Biomedical Engineering Society Houston Industry Chapter and past president of Association of IT Professionals in Houston.

Mrs. Almaguer teaches the following course:

Robert “Bob” Barba : Instructor

Robert “Bob” Barba


Bob spent 10 years with Schlumberger as an openhole field engineer, sales engineer, and product development manager. While at Schlumberger he was the North American product champion for the “FracHite” and “Quantifrac” products that integrated wireline, testing, and pumping inputs to optimize hydraulic fracture treatments. Since then he has spent 24 years consulting to over 250 companies on petrophysics and completion optimization.

He served as a SPE Distinguished Lecturer on integrating petrophysics with the hydraulic fracture treatment optimization process. He has implemented this integration process in a wide variety of reservoirs in North America, conducting numerous field studies for operators evaluating the effective frac length and recovery factors in over 4000 wells and providing "best practices" recommendations based on the study results (SPE 90483). He has been responsible for the petrophysical analysis of over 50 major fields worldwide as part of integrated reservoir characterization studies identifying remaining mobile hydrocarbons. He has authored 36 technical papers on the integration of petrophysics with completion designs, horizontal wells, and reservoir characterization projects.

Recent major consulting projects have integrated petrophysics with completions in organic shale reservoirs for major operators in the, Wolfberry, Wolfbone, Wolfcamp, Marcellus, Utica, Cline, Eagle Ford, and Bakken. His latest paper (SPE 174994) “Liquids Rich Organic Shale Recovery Factor Applications” (to be presented at the 2015 ATCE) demonstrates the application of the techniques presented in the school to estimate recoveries and producing heights with various landing options and to optimize the number of stacked laterals in organic shale reservoirs. Another recent paper (SPE 125008) “A Novel Approach to Identifying Refracturing Candidates and Executing Refracture Treatments in Multiple Zone Reservoirs” has received considerable attention lately with the resurgence of refracs in the current pricing environment. Bob has a BS from the US Naval Academy and MBA from the University of Florida. He is also a member of the SPE, SPWLA, and the AAPG.

Mr. Barba teaches the following courses:

Rajan N. Chokshi, PhD : Instructor

Rajan N. Chokshi, PhD


Dr. Chokshi works as an artificial lift and production ‘Optimizer’ for Accutant Solutions, a consulting firm out of Houston, USA. He has over 30 years of work experience in petroleum and software industries. He has worked at ONGC of India, The University of Tulsa artificial lift projects, CEALC and ConnectShip (consulting and software firms) and Weatherford (a global service company) in a variety of roles from petroleum engineer, research engineer, software developer, project manager, trainer, senior consultant, and a senior business leader. He has worked on many petroleum and software projects globally in the areas of multi-phase flow, artificial lift, production optimization, well performance improvement and real-time production monitoring.

Dr. Chokshi has taught many courses and conducted workshops for practicing professionals around the globe in public and private forums. He has co-authored over fifteen SPE papers. He has led the development of a semester-long curriculum and taught for senior-level university students in artificial lift and production optimization at Texas Tech and Missuori S&T universities. He led and guided industry experts in developing digital content like animations, iPad app, iBooks and webinars. He has delivered several SPE webinars. Dr. Chokshi is an SPE Distinguished Lecturer (2015-2016 and 2018-2019) and he serves on the SPE global committees for training and for the production awards. He has co-chaired an SPE artificial lift workshop.

Dr. Chokshi teaches the following course:

Scott P. Cooper, MS : Instructor

Scott P. Cooper, MS


Scott has spent the last 19 years working projects related to outcrop and subsurface fracture studies, CO2 sequestration, and security related issues. He received a B.S. in geology from the South Dakota School of Mines in 1997, under Dr. Alvis Lisenbee and Dr. James Fox. He received his Master of Science in geology from the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology (2000) working with graduate research and academic advisors Dr. Laurel Goodwin and Dr. John Lorenz; the thesis topic was fracture characterization and modeling of Teapot Dome a basement-cored anticline in central Wyoming. Scott was a Senior Member of the Technical Staff at Sandia National Laboratories, a Department of Energy Research Laboratory, working on projects related to outcrop and subsurface fracture studies with applications to reservoir characterization, production and CO2 sequestration. Since that time, he has had fun working in partnership with Dr. John Lorenz at FractureStudies LLC on naturally fractured reservoir issues around the world. Detailed descriptions of projects, published papers, short courses, and links to open-file reports and papers are available at

Mr. Cooper teaches the following courses:

Christine Ehlig-Economides, PhD : Instructor

Christine Ehlig-Economides, PhD


Dr. Ehlig-Economides is currently professor of petroleum engineering at the University of Houston & the Hugh Roy and Lillian Cranz Cullen Distinguished University Chair. Dr. Ehlig-Economides worked for Schlumberger for 20 years in a truly global capacity. She has published more than 60 papers and has authored 2 patents, and has lectured or consulted in more than 30 countries. Dr. Ehlig-Economides is internationally recognized for expertise in reservoir engineering, pressure transient analysis, integrated reservoir characterization, complex well design, and production enhancement.

Her professional service includes: Executive Editor of the Society of Petroleum Engineers Formation Evaluation journal 1995-96; SPE Distinguished Lecture 1997-98; and numerous posts as chairman or member of SPE committees and task forces. She was the Program Chairperson for the 2006 SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition. She is currently member of the National Academy of Engineering, recipient of the John Franklin Carll Award, The Anthony F Lucas Medal, and the Lester C Uren Award, and on NRC Board on Energy and Environmental Systems (BEES).

Christine Ehlig-Economides received a B.A. degree in Math-Science from Rice, an M.S. degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Kansas, and a Ph.D. degree in Petroleum Engineering from Stanford University. Dr. Ehlig-Economides has received numerous awards from the Society of Petroleum Engineers including the Anthony Lucas Gold Medal in 2010 and was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2003.

Dr. Ehlig-Economides teaches the following courses:

Ursula Hammes, PhD : Instructor

Ursula Hammes, PhD


Dr. Ursula Hammes is currently Adjunct Professor, Department of Geosciences, Texas A&M University and President, Hammes Energy & Consultants, Austin, TX engaged in teaching and assessing various shale oil/gas systems. Dr. Hammes has 20+ years of experience in the oil and gas industry and academia in Europe and USA in positions ranging from exploration, development, research and management. She has provided advanced consulting in shale-gas/oil systems and has taught industry short courses and in-house training courses for oil companies.

Dr. Hammes obtained her Diploma at the University of Erlangen, Germany, and her Ph.D. at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Her graduate studies specialized in carbonate depositional environments, sequence stratigraphy, carbonate diagenesis, and rock-water interactions. Her background is diverse ranging from exploration, exploitation and business development for Anadarko Petroleum, consulting for Marathon Oil, Statoil, and various other independent oil/gas companies, conducting research in Texas and the Gulf of Mexico as researcher and Principal Investigator of $3+ million projects for the State of Texas Advanced Resource Recovery project, and leading research and advising students at the University of Potsdam, Germany and Bureau of Economic Geology at the University of Texas at Austin.

Dr. Hammes served as president of the Gulf Coast Section of SEPM (GCSSEPM), currently assists as associate editor for the AAPG Bulletin, and has been chair of many AAPG conventions and sessions. She serves as shale liquids and gas committee chair for EMD. Her research interests range from mudrock analyses to clastic and carbonate sequence stratigraphy and sedimentology. She has published extensively in recognized sedimentologic and petroleum industry professional journals.

Expertise: Expert in mudrock/shale analyses from basin to nanoscale Sequence stratigraphy of carbonates and siliciclastics Teach core workshops and short courses in mudrock analyses and carbonate sequence stratigraphy and sedimentology

Dr. Hammes teaches the following courses:

Susan Howes, PE, PHR : Instructor

Susan Howes, PE, PHR


Susan Howes joined SCA in August 2016 as Vice President of Engineering. In 1982, Susan began her career with Anadarko as an Engineer in Denver, Colorado. Through the years she held a variety of engineering positions of increasing responsibility. In 2007, she joined Chevron as Horizons Program Manager and afterwards moved into their Reservoir Management function providing functional leadership that resulted in improved production and reserve trends.

Susan has coauthored several papers and articles on the topics of uncertainty management, risk management, and talent management for SPE conferences and publications. She is chair of the SPE Soft Skills Committee, previously served as SPE Regional Director for Gulf Coast North America, is a recipient of the SPE DeGolyer Distinguished Service Medal and is an SPE Distinguished Member. Howes holds a BS degree in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Texas.

As the Vice President of Engineering for SCA, Susan will be responsible for maintaining the highest technical quality standards for SCA’s recruitment, consultancy and training services. Additionally, she will participate in the direction, administration, and coordination of SCA’s operations, manage technical projects, and serve as the company’s primary liaison to the engineering community through her continued involvement in the SPE and other organizations.

Mrs. Howes teaches the following course:

Peter B. Jones, PhD : Instructor

Peter B. Jones, PhD


Peter Jones obtained his Doctor of Science degree in Geology and Geophysics from Colorado School of Mines, U. S. A., with a thesis in the southern Canadian Rockies. Since then he worked on projects and field studies in the Americas, Arctic Alaska and Canada, Africa, Europe Asia and Southeast Asia as an oil company geologist, academic, and international consultant. He was co-author of the world’s first commercially available software for constructing balanced cross-sections. In 1997 he was awarded the Douglas Medal, highest scientific award of the Canadian Society of Petroleum Geologists, for “…contributions to the understanding of fold and thrust belts in general, in particular the Canadian Rocky Mountains.” He was elected to the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences in 1998 for his contributions to the structural geology of the Soviet Union. He has published some 40 papers on the structural geology of many countries in journals ranging from Nature to Izvestia of the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences. He is best known for his demonstration that the “Triangle Zone” at the east edge of the Canadian Cordillera was not a local anomaly but the “type section” for the frontal margins of several worldwide orogenies. Since 1978 he had been running field trips for geologist and geophysicists through the foothills and Rocky Mountains of Alberta and British Columbia, illustrating trips and courses with his own aerial photography.

Mr. Jones teaches the following course:

W. John Lee, PhD : Instructor

W. John Lee, PhD


Oscar Lopez-Gamundi, PhD : Instructor

Oscar Lopez-Gamundi, PhD


Dr. Oscar Lopez-Gamundi has close to 30 years of worldwide experience in pathfinding, play trend definition, prospect generation and execution.  He has extensive expertise in onshore and offshore exploration in areas including Latin America, Gulf of Mexico, and Africa.  He served on a part-time basis as an Assistant Professor in Sedimentology at the University of Buenos Aires where he had previously received both his Bachelor’s degree equivalent and Ph.D. in Geology.  The bulk of his career was then spent holding various high-level positions with Texaco, Chevron, and Hess.  He has instructed various industry courses, given convention presentations, and has more than 100 publications on sedimentology, basin analysis, and oil and gas exploration.  He is also fluent in English, Spanish, and Portuguese.

Drawing from his wide-ranging experience in both the industry and academia, Dr. Lopez-Gamundi instructs a five-day course for SCA entitled “Carbonate Sedimentology and Sequence Stratigraphy”.  This course covers the basic concepts of carbonate sedimentology and sequence stratigraphy with emphasis on their practical applications for oil and gas exploration, appraisal, and production.  All concepts are illustrated with examples of outcrop well-log, core, and seismic data.  The final objective is to provide course participants with the tools and methodologies to effectively predict the pressure and quality of reservoir, source rock and seal.

Dr. Lopez-Gamundi teaches the following courses:

John C. Lorenz, PhD : Instructor

John C. Lorenz, PhD


Lorenz earned an undergraduate BA, with a double major in geology and in anthropology from Oberlin College in 1972. After serving in the Peace Corps, Morocco, he earned on his MSc, thesis on a Moroccan Triassic rift basin, at the University of South Carolina (1975), and PhD, studying the Nubian Sandstone in Libya and Cretaceous strata in Montana, at Princeton University (1981). Lorenz has worked for the US Geological Survey in Louisiana and New Mexico, and for Sandia National Laboratories where he was the geologist for the tight-gas Multiwell Experiment in the Piceance basin. Lorenz has been a consultant, specializing in fractured reservoir characterization and effects, since 2007.

Lorenz served as the Elected Editor (2001-2004) and President (2009-2010) of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists. As president he supported the advancement of the geosciences and their applications to hydrocarbon-related problems. His published papers on natural and induced fractures in reservoirs range geographically from the Lisburne Limestone in Alaska to the Spraberry Formation in Texas. These papers and presentations have been awarded the AAPG Levorsen (twice) and Jules Braunstein awards. He has worked closely with the oil and gas industry on problems involving reservoir dimensions and in situ permeability, gaining extensive hands-on experience with core analysis and fieldwork. He has led field trips, presented core workshops, and taught short courses for the industry-oriented geological community in numerous places around the world.

Dr. Lorenz teaches the following courses:

Catalina Luneburg, PhD : Instructor

Catalina Luneburg, PhD


Catalina Luneburg is the owner and director of TerraEx Group LLC, a customized consulting and training service for the energy industry focusing on Structural Geology/Tectonics.
Previously, Luneburg was a Product Manager and Senior Scientist at Landmark/Halliburton developing geomodelling workflows as well as managing and designing software applications such as LithoTect and DecisionSpace. She has also held positions with GeoLogic Systems and Midland Valley, focusing on structural restorations and modeling. Preceding her industry career, she spent many years in academic teaching and research.

As a Structural Geologist Luneburg is a recognized expert in the validation of a variety of basins and petroleum systems worldwide, applying best practices and innovative structural modeling and restoration techniques. Her areas of expertise include geologic interpretation and validation, Structural Geology modeling, cross section balancing and 2D/3D time-step restorations as well as HC reserve estimates, 3D framework building and fracture prediction analyses.

Luneburg holds a doctorate in Natural Sciences from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, Switzerland, and a master’s degree and bachelor’s degree in Geology/Paleontology from the Ludwig-Maximilian University in Munich, Germany.
She has published extensively in her field including several books, and has authored a number of patents. In addition, she has convened conferences and led numerous field trips and workshops. She is fluent in English, German, and Spanish, and proficient in French and Italian.

The course Luneburg teaches follow a unique modular structure where clients can combine and customize topics into a course of desired content.

Dr. Luneburg teaches the following course:

Robert Merrill, PhD : Instructor

Robert Merrill, PhD


Robert Merrill, Ph.D. has over thirty years of industry experience. He has worked for American Stratigraphic Company, Cities Service Company, Occidental, Unocal and Samson in various domestic and international exploration and staff positions. In these positions he has explored a variety of basins, including extensional basins, fold and thrust belts and foreland basins both from a regional context as well as prospect generation. Geographic areas outside North America in which he has exploration as well as acquisition experience include Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Russia, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, the North Sea, and Central Europe. He has experience generating and evaluating prospects in both conventional and unconventional clastic reservoirs, including fractured reservoirs and tight gas sands as well as carbonates. In his positions he participated or was responsible for implementing probabilistic methods to prospect evaluation and reserves estimation and using this information for comprehensive portfolio management.

Robert has been involved with evaluating and optimizing the geological and geophysical workflow to reduce cycle time from the origination of an idea to prospect drilling. He has taught in-house courses on a range of subjects including structural geology, basin analysis and plate tectonics and geology for engineers. He has served as Secretary and President of the American Institute of Professional Geologists, is active in the American Association of Petroleum Geologists where he co-edited the Giant Fields of the Decade 1990 - 2000 and edited Source and Migration Processes and Techniques for Evaluation and was the Technical Program Coordinator for the 2006 AAPG Annual Meeting in Houston. He is currently a Director of the Houston Geological Society. He has also published papers in subjects as diverse as risk analysis, deep, overpressured gas in the Green River Basin and origin and migration of oils, Wyoming/Utah/Idaho Overthrust belt. He is a Fellow of the Geological Society of America, a Chartered Geologist with the Geological Society and has served on committees for the American Geological Institute. Dr. Merrill has his Ph.D. and M.S. from Arizona State University and his B.A. in Geology from Colby College.

Dr. Merrill teaches the following course:

Jennifer Miskimins, PhD : Instructor

Jennifer Miskimins, PhD


Dr. Jennifer L. Miskimins is an Associate Professor and the Associate Department Head in the Petroleum Engineering Department at the Colorado School of Mines. Dr. Miskimins holds BS, MS, and PhD degrees in petroleum engineering and has over 25 years of experience in the petroleum industry. Between her BS and graduate degrees, she worked for Marathon Oil Company in a variety of locations as a production engineer and supervisor. Dr. Miskimins started teaching at CSM in 2002 and was full-time until 2013 when she returned to industry. From 2013-2016, she continued to hold a part-time appointment at CSM, advising research and graduate students, while working for Barree & Associates. In 2016, she returned full-time to the university.

Dr. Miskimins specializes in well completions, stimulation, hydraulic fracturing, and associated production issues. She is the founder and current Director of the Fracturing, Acidizing, Stimulation Technology (FAST) Consortium and also co-directs the Center for Earth Materials, Mechanics, and Characterization (CEMMC). Her research interest focus on the optimization of stimulation treatments and the importance of such on associated recovery efficiencies.
Dr. Miskimins is currently the Completions Technical Director on the SPE International Board of Directors. She was an SPE Distinguished Lecturer in 2010-2011 and 2013-2014 on hydraulic fracturing in unconventional reservoirs. Dr. Miskimins serves on a variety of conference organizing committees and as a technical editor for various journals. She is a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Colorado (License #36193).

Dr. Miskimins teaches the following course:

Bradford E. Prather : Instructor

Bradford E. Prather


Prather graduated from the University of Kansas in 1979 with a BSc in geology. Following graduation he moved to the University of New Orleans to pursue a Master Degree in Earth Sciences, graduating in 1981. Prather then joined the Onshore Division of Shell Oil Company, New Orleans in 1981 as a summer intern and became a full time Exploration Geologist on January 1, 1982. He began his exploration career prospecting for oil and gas in the Smackover and Norphlet plays of onshore Mississippi, Alabama and Florida. Over time he moved to the offshore starting in the US Atlantic margin, then to MAFLA (the offshore of Mississippi, Alabama and Florida), and shelf provinces of Louisiana and Texas, eventually he ended up in the deepwater and Gulf of Mexico when he served as Division Geologist. He left New Orleans in 1995 for a 5-year assignment in The Hague, The Netherlands focusing on global deepwater plays. This work eventually led to creation of Shell’s Turbidites Research Team (TRT) which he lead until 2008 from locations in Rijswijk, The Netherlands and Houston, Texas. He returned to exploration in the Americas in 2008 as a Geological Advisor and eventually became Regional Chief Exploration Geoscientist in 2009. Upon retirement from Shell in 2014 he joined the University of Kansas as an Adjunct Professor where he teaches courses focused on seismic stratigraphy, petroleum systems and sedimentology.

He is an Associate Editor for the AAPG Bulletin, serves on both the SEPM and AAPG Research committees, and is a referee for many scientific journals. He was a Shore-Based Scientist for IODP Leg 308, which cored the Brazos-Trinity Basin IV in the Gulf of Mexico. Prather currently is the Chairman-elect for Executive Committee of Geology Associates Advisory Board to the Department of Geology at the University of Kansas.
Prather is the recipient of Robert R. Berg Award for Outstanding Research (2009), Erasmus Haworth Most Distinguished Alumni Honors in Geology (2006), AAPG Distinguished Lecturer (2000-2001), Jules Braunstein Best Poster Award (2000), J. C. "CAM" Sproule Memorial Best Paper Awards (1993 and 1994) and W. A. Tarr Leadership Award (1979).

Mr. Prather teaches the following courses:

Leo Roodhart : Instructor

Leo Roodhart


Leo Roodhart’s career with the oil and gas industry spans some 35 years in the areas of Production Engineering, Production Optimisation and Water Management, Strategic Innovation, Scenario Planning, and New Business Development. He was distinguished lecturer for the SPE in 2008. He served on the board of directors of SPE from 2005-2008 and became President of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) in 2009. In addition he served as committee member or chairman of a number of SPE conferences workshops and forums on well stimulation and water management

He worked as Senior Advisor Production Engineering for Shell International, performing audits and reviews of Shell assets worldwide. As global well stimulation expert, he designed and supervised fracturing treatments in Shell’s operating units across the globe, such as Canada, Venezuela, Germany, North Sea, China and the Middle East. He has written and presented numerous papers in the area of production optimization, hydraulic fracturing and acidizing, water management and was Distinguished Lecturer for the SPE. As Head Well Stimulation and Water management Research he was responsible for the development of Shell’s Fracturing and acidizing simulators.
His last position was head of Group GameChanger, Shell’s corporate strategic innovation program that identifies and sponsors the development of new breakthrough technologies in the context of the various technology futures for the oil industry. Leo retired from Shell in 2010, having joined the company in 1980 after acquiring a PhD in Mathematics and Physics.

Mr. Roodhart teaches the following course:

Selim S. Shaker, PhD : Instructor

Selim S. Shaker, PhD


Selim S. Shaker is Director of and Consulting Geologist for Geopressure Analysis Services Inc. ( He received a B.Sc. (honor) in Applied Geology, and an M.Sc and Geology from ASU, Egypt. He also received a diploma in Hydrogeology from Prague University (UNESCO).
With over 30 years in the oil industry, he started his career in Egypt as a well-site, stratigrapher and structural geologist. During his 20 years of domestic service with Phillips Petroleum, his main function as Exploration Geologist was prospects generation in offshore Gulf of Mexico and onshore coastal areas. He discovered and developed several fields, and also evaluated several exploration projects in NW Australia, Libya, Algeria, the North Sea and China.

After retiring from Phillips in 2000, Dr. Shaker established G.A.S. to focus on evaluating the implication of geopressure compartmentalization, seal integrity and salt interaction on leads and prospects on the Shelf and Deep Water of the Gulf of Mexico. Pre- and post-drilling risk assessment of a prospect is his specialty. As a pioneering geoscientist, his recent domain is building the geological foundation for pore pressure prediction. He has been the first to recognize:
- The optimum seismic velocity for pore pressure prediction.
- Geopressure transgression and regression due to compartmentalization.
- Supra and subsalt geopressure models.
- The disparity between predicted pore pressure and measured pore pressure.
- Pitfalls of converting PP from psi to ppg mwe in reservoir rocks.
- The qualification of centroid phenomenon in the subsurface geopressure.
- His new method of NCT (normal compaction trend) calculation that eliminates serious mistakes and mishandling of pore pressure prediction modeling.

Dr. Shaker is the Co-Chair of the AAPG Deep Water Workshop. He is an active member of AAPG, SEG, HGS, GSH, and American Association of Drilling Engineers (AADE). He has published over 40 papers and articles regarding pore pressure predictions and the impact of geological settings on subsurface geopressure profile and risk assessments

Dr. Shaker teaches the following courses:

Robert ‘Bob’ Shoup : Instructor

Robert ‘Bob’ Shoup


Bob Shoup is a Board Certified Petroleum Geologist and a Louisiana Registered Geoscientist with over 35 years’ experience in basin analysis, regional studies, new play generation, prospect evaluation, field studies and development planning, and project management. Bob graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a M.S. in Geology and began his career at Shell Oil in 1980. Beginning in 1999, Bob worked for four years with private oil companies before becoming an independent consultant and trainer in 2003. He is currently consulting in the Asia Pacific region as well as the U.S. Gulf of Mexico. Over the course of his career Bob has discovered or helped to discover over 100 MMBOE, and has a commercial exploration success rate of 46%. Bob is a recognized expert in clastic depositional environments, rift basins, and in syndepositional structural systems. He is an active contributor in the professional community, currently serving as the Chair of the House of Delegates for AAPG.

Bob is a Past President of AAPG’s Division of Professional Affairs (DPA), and past Secretary-Editor of the AAPG House of Delegates. He has served on numerous AAPG Committees and was Chairman of AAPG's Mentor, Membership and Student Chapter Committees. He is a recipient of AAPG’s and, the DPA’s Distinguished Service Award and was granted Honorary Life Membership in the DPA. He currently serves as an ethics lecturer for the DPA, He is a past President of Bangkok’s Chapter of the South East Asia Petroleum Exploration Society and is a lifetime member of the South East Asia Petroleum Exploration Society, the Indonesian Petroleum Association and the Malaysian Geological Society.

Bob teaches various SCA training courses in the Austral-Asia and Middle East areas, including:

W. Lansing Taylor, PhD : Instructor

W. Lansing Taylor, PhD


For the past seventeen years, Dr. W. Lansing Taylor has been an accomplished structural geologist with extensive industry and field experience specializing in Structural Geology, Fractured Reservoirs, Geomechanics and Field Geology.  Dr. Taylor joined SCA as an instructor in 2008.  His Structural Styles in Petroleum E&P short course and the accompanying Structural & Sequence Stratigraphy Field Course (Hill Country, TX) are consistently rated at the top of the scale among our students.  His development and EOR experience includes Hugoton, Golden Trend, Permian Basin, Ozona, and the Austin Chalk, while his exploration experience includes Alaska, North Africa, Middle East, and SE Asia.

Dr. Taylor is currently working as a Sr. Structural Geologist with Talisman Energy and previously performed both technical and management roles with Anadarko Petroleum. His most recent experience with Talisman includes structural evaluation, providing in-house training, implementing new technology, interfacing with academic research and structural consortia, petroleum system analysis, and risk assessment from basin to wellbore scale. While at Anadarko he worked as a project advisor and fractured reservoir specialist aiding exploration and development teams in solving issues related to structural geology.

His accomplishments include three discovery wells on the Gulf Coast, one in Alaska, and a new basin entry for Anadarko in Indonesia.  Following the merger with Kerr McGee, he managed the evaluation of their mid-continent and west Texas fields, and made all G&G presentations for the subsequent divestiture of assets (proceeds ~$2 Billion).

Dr. Taylor received his B.A. in mathematics and geology at Skidmore College, receiving department honors of Suma Cum Laude.  He received his Ph.D. in Quantitative Structural Geology, “Fluid flow and chemical alteration in fractured sandstone”, Department of Geological and Environment Sciences from Stanford University.

Dr. Taylor teaches the following course:

James J. Willis, PhD : Instructor

James J. Willis, PhD


James J. Willis received his B.S. and M.S. degrees from the now University of Louisiana in 1989 and 1990, respectively, and his Ph.D. as a National Science Foundation fellow at Baylor University in 1993. From 1994-1996, he studied Planetary Geology as a NASA-funded postdoctoral fellow at Southern Methodist University. In 1996, he returned to UL, where he was awarded in 1997 the Hensarling-Chapman Endowed Professorship in Geology. In 2001, he left academia for industry consulting and teaching. He’s been the Editor and Publisher for the Lafayette Geological Society since 2002, and the Co-Editor/Managing Editor and Publisher for the Gulf Coast Association of Geological Societies since 2006. He’s received many grants and contracts, presented numerous talks, and published various papers on a diversity of geoscience topics. As an undergraduate, he developed a 4D quantitative well bore guidance theory, including the concept of positive versus negative thickness (sign indicating direction of drilling section), that predated availability of key real-time data—as an independent consultant and trainer for Baker Hughes for the last few years, it’s been particularly exciting to see just how far the reality of LWD technology has since advanced.

Dr. Willis teaches the following courses:

Lesli J Wood, PhD : Instructor

Lesli J Wood, PhD


Dr. Wood joined the faculty at Colorado School of Mines in January 2015 as a Professor and the Robert Weimer Endowed Chair in Sedimentary and Petroleum Geology, where she is director of the Sedimentary Analogs Database and Research Program (SAnD). Prior to joining CSM, Dr. Wood held positions at the University of Texas at Austin, Amoco Production Company and Arco. She received her doctorate in 1992 from Colorado State University following her MS work at the University of Arkansas. Dr. Wood specializes in quantitative seismic geomorphology of clastic basins, structural and sedimentary system interactions, submarine mass failures, petroleum geology, mobile shales and geomorphology of Mars. She has served as SEPM Society for Sedimentary Geology national Secretary-Treasurer, the GCSSEPM President and is active in the Geological Society of America, the American Association of Petroleum Geologists and the Geological Society of Trinidad and Tobago. She also served as a member of the Ultra-Deepwater Advisory Committee for the U.S. Secretary of the Department of Energy and sits on the RPSEA Board of Directors and the RPSEA GECO2 advisory board. She serves as an Associate Editor at Geosphere and Interpretation. Dr. Wood has published widely on the nature of modern and ancient deep- to shallow-water systems around the world and has won numerous best paper and poster awards, including AAPG’s Sproule Award, and most recently the 2014 EAGE Norman Falcon Award as co-author of the Best Paper in Petroleum Geosciences. She, her wife and her pig are very pleased to be relocated back to the Rocky Mountains after 23 years in Texas.

Dr. Wood teaches the following course:

Raymond Woodward : Instructor

Raymond Woodward


Raymond Woodward received his geology degree from Baylor University in April 1979, worked for various independent petroleum E&P companies in exploration, exploitation, and supervisory roles until joining Sonat Exploration in 1994. Woodward spent 4 ½ years in Sonat’s Austin Chalk Business Unit during the earlier years of the broad-scale application of horizontal drilling. That setting provided immersive experience in the early and still-developing areas of horizontal geology, stratigraphic geosteering, and horizontal drilling. Upon Sonat’s liquidation in 1999, Woodward remained in Tyler, TX as an independent geologist-consultant, and encountered the substantial demand for experienced geologic consultation pertaining to horizontal wells. BHL Consulting, Inc was incorporated in 2000. By 2004, Woodward had designed and brought to fruition BORESIGHT Geosteering Software, initially only for BHL’s consulting functions. Consulting clients’ demand for fully functional geosteering software led to the spin-off of BHL BORESIGHT, Inc, BHL’s software sister company, with Woodward as president of both companies.

BHL Consulting now includes 15 consulting geologists which have collectively steered over 25 million feet of horizontal hole in the US Lower 48, Canada, and Morocco, in 14 different basins, and most significant horizontal plays. As of BHL’s last market share estimate, BORESIGHT software accounted for roughly half of all horizontal wells in Texas and nearly one-third of them in the US onshore, plus scattered international applications. Given the ever-evolving nature and explosive growth of horizontal drilling use and technology, it has remained necessary to continue adding to BHL’s knowledge base, forward-evolve the software and keep BHL consultants updated. Woodward has made geosteering overview presentations for various geologic societies, expanded in-house training programs for client operating companies, and AAPG-related short courses on multiple occasions, receiving the 2015 Best Paper award from the AAPG Division of Professional Affairs for “The Three P’s of Geosteering: Principals, Practices, and Pitfalls.”

Mr. Woodward teaches the following course: