Shell Energy Day
September 22, 2011
A Symposium on the New Frontiers in Oil and Natural Gas Exploration
John Casassa, Principal Deepwater Completion and Well Intervention Engineer, Shell International Exploration & Production
John Casassa received his BS Chemical Engineering in 1981 from Purdue University. He has been with Shell Oil Company for 30 years in a variety of assignments within the “Wells Organization” (Houston and New Orleans offices): (1) Onshore Fields in West Texas, Colorado, New Mexico, and Montana, and (2) Offshore Fields throughout the Gulf of Mexico including the coastal waters, shelf, and deepwater. His current position is Deepwater Subsea Well Intervention Manager. He is married and has two children. He enjoys golf as a hobby.
Ian Craig, Business Development Advisor, Upstream Americas, Clean Energy and Innovation, Shell Exploration & Production
Ian Craig was born and raised in Bloomington, IN. After graduating from Cornell University, Ian spent nine years as a US Navy intelligence officer, serving in Japan, the US, and the UK, as well as multiple operational deployments. After leaving the Navy, Ian completed an MBA from London Business School, and joined Shell in 2007. Following an initial assignment leading global contracting and logistics for two downstream marketing businesses, Ian is now focused on building new natural gas supply chains to support the use of natural gas in innovative ways in the US.
Dr. Chad Jafvert, Professor of Civil Engineering, Purdue
Dr. Chad Jafvert is a professor in the School of Civil Engineering and in the Division of Environmental and Ecological Engineering at Purdue University. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Iowa. As a postdoctoral fellow and Research Environmental Engineer he worked at the EPA Research Laboratory in Athens GA for 6 year until joining the faculty at Purdue. Dr. Jafvert’s primary research interests are the chemical and physicochemical fate processes of anthropogenic substances in natural and engineered environments. He has published widely on octanol-water, soil-water and sediment-water phase distribution processes of organic chemicals, including organic cations and anions. His recent interests include remediation strategies for contaminated sediments, aquatic photochemistry of pollutants including carbon-based nanomaterials, and real-time water quality monitoring. Dr. Jafvert teaches aquatic chemistry courses and water quality modeling courses. He has served as a reviewer of manuscripts, proposals, and reports for over 30 different journals and organizations. He is currently a member of the EPA National Food Quality Protection Act (FQPA) Science Review Board. He has supervised 13 completed Ph.D. and 10 thesis M.S. students, has served on the committees of over 60 other students, and has supervised 5 postdoctoral research associates.
For more information about Professor Jafvert’s research and teaching, please visit:https://engineering.purdue.edu/~jafvert/
Mark Lester, previous Executive Vice President for Exploration, Chesapeake Energy (retired)
Mark Lester received his BS in Engineering Geology in 1975 and MS in Geophysics in 1977, both from Purdue University. Mark recently retired as Executive VP - Exploration for Chesapeake Energy Corporation after a 33 year career in the oil & gas industry, of which the last 21 years were with Chesapeake. Mark is currently consulting on a part-time basis with Chesapeake. Mark's primary interest is in promoting natural gas as the most beneficial and efficient energy bridge to the future."
Dr. James Ogg, Professor of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Purdue
James Ogg is a Professor in the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Science at Purdue University, where he teaches an “Oil!” course that combines petroleum geology, history and politics. He has served a Secretary-General of the International Commission on Stratigraphy from 2000-2008, and now chairs the subcommission on stratigraphic information. As part of this role, he developed the TimeScale Creator visualization system, which is used by many petroleum companies for quick access to Earth history and basin sediment information, and co-authored synthesis books on the status of the The Geologic Time Scale (2004, 2008; in press for 2012). Dr. Ogg’s research specialties include Mesozoic marine stratigraphy, paleomagnetism and climate cycles.
Peter Velez, Global Emergency Response Manager, Shell Energy Resources Company
Peter K Velez is the Global Emergency Response Manager for Shell International Exploration and Production. He received a B.S. (1974) and M.S. (1975) in Civil Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York. He has been employed by Shell since 1975. His assignments have included Drilling Engineering, Civil Engineering, Division Civil Engineer, Operations Superintendent, Production Superintendent, Manager Production Engineering, Manager Health, Safety and Environment, Manager Regulatory Affairs, Manager Regulatory Affairs & Incident Command, and his present assignment.
He was appointed by the Secretary of Transportation to the USCG National Offshore Safety Advisory Committee in which he served for 7 years, the last 4 years as the Chairperson. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Marine Preservation Association (largest Oil Spill Response Organization in the U.S.). He is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences – Marine Board. He presently chairs the IPIECA Arctic Oil Spill Task Force, and serves on the API/NOIA Oil Spill Response Task Force established after the Deepwater Horizon incident. As the Incident Commander for Shell, he has responded to major incidents in the Gulf of Mexico and onshore involving oil spills, hurricanes, security, Y2K, and other events. He has performed work for Shell at international locations in Nigeria, Oman, Algeria, Gabon, UK, Norway, Russia, China, India, Mexico, Brazil, Bolivia, and Venezuela.
Dr. William Zinsmeister, Professor of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Purdue
William Zinsmeister is a professor of Geology at Purdue University. Between 1975 and 1995, he led five field expeditions to the Antarctic, and participated in five more. He has led other expeditions in South America, the Canadian Arctic, and locations around the world. Much of his research involves paleontology, stratigraphy, and biogeography, and much of his work has been on the Cretaceous and Paleogene periods. Zinsmeister has published over 100 papers spanning many topics related to paleontology and geology.