Tom Bratton

Tom Bratton



and Safety Subcommittee and the 2015 ATCE Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) Subcommittee. I received a Faculty Enhancement Travel Grant to attend the 2014 SPE International HSSE-SR Conference in Long Beach, CA. I was awarded the 2014 SPE North America Rocky Mountain Region Health, Safety, Security, Environment and Social Responsibility Award for service in the technical category of HSSE-SR.

Our SPE Student Chapter had another great year. We received over $50,000 in undergraduate scholarships from SPE Denver Section as well as financial support for our Petro Bowl Team to attend the 2014 ATCE in Amsterdam. The student chapter organized their annual major fundraisers, a golf tournament and a clay shoot. Both of these activities had great industry turnout and they are slated again this year.

The annual Joint Session Meeting with the SPE Denver Section was a tremendous success. For the third year, the event was held at CSM in Freidhoff Hall. We were pleased with the tremendous turn out from the SPE Denver Section and industry and are grateful for their financial support. We are also very proud of our SPE Student Chapter Officers for their tremendous leadership, professionalism and organizational skills that made this event so successful.

I continue to work closely with the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators (AIPN). One of my favorite “duties” as a member of the Education Committee is to judge the annual Writing Competition that is open to all universities that have an affiliation with AIPN. I enjoy the opportunity to read and rate the papers and to work with other members of the Education Committee to select winners to attend the Annual Conference. Additionally, I advised a graduate student from the Economics

and Business Department who was awarded $5000 to perform Summer Research.

Outside of CSM, I maintain my legal consulting practice in environmental and international oil and gas law. It is a pleasure to work with my colleagues Laure Bonna, Philippe Auzas, and Audrey Grosset at Bonna Auzas Avocats of Paris, France and to occasionally have them co-teach with me a short course on international hydrocarbon agreements. On a personal note, I continue to take ballet and pointe classes, yoga, lap swim, hike and occasionally attend a book club meeting.

“Rosebud,” my brilliant Boston Terrier, will be six years old in December. Where does the time go? She continues her education a few days a week at Animal Lodge, the doggie daycare of Alameda East Veterinary Hospital, where she has many friends. A socialite, she loves all people and other animals!

Thanks for your continuing support of the Petroleum Engineering Department and Mines! We look forward to seeing many of you at ATCE 2014 in Amsterdam and of course, we always enjoy seeing you on campus for alumni events and recruiting!



Another year has come

and gone and what a year

it was. Dr. Prasad and I

taught petrophysics to over

200 students. I don’t know

if this was a record number

of students, but we never

could have done it without

the help of our fourteen

teaching assistants who

were among the top students

from the previous class.

I’ve heard it said that you

develop a deeper insight

and understanding while

Tom Bratton teaching. I know I certainly

believe it and I’m sure Dr. Prasad does as well. I think that is why she organized a two

week “Boot Camp” for this year’s crop of top students and this year’s new teaching assistants. The first week was held over spring break. Eighteen students gave up Daytona Beach for a review of the previous course material graciously taught by Don Westacott, the Global Unconventional Reservoirs Advisor for Halliburton. Don again returned in June for the second week consisting of field visits to Halliburton and Weatherford and a short but advanced petrophysical project. The dedication of last year’s teaching assistants and this new batch of teaching assistants is remarkable. Thanks to all of you for all your help. It’s exciting to look toward the future and see the advancements in technology. What took weeks to compute with pencil, paper, and a slide rule in the 1970s now takes microseconds with today’s computers and specialized software. This resource is vital to the solution of the typical problems facing the industry today. Special thanks go to Schlumberger who donates their state-of-the-art software on a yearly basis to CSM for teaching and research. Schlumberger’s Techlog is a good example. It is