PE Distinguished Lecture Series

We invite guests from industry and academia to come speak to our graduate students on topics of interests ranging from technical presentations to career development. If you are interested in joining the PE Distinguished Lecture Series, please contact Rachel McDonald for more information.


Spring 2020

January 17, 2020

Linda Mohammed, Aera Energy

Case study on the performance of slotted vs precision punched vs wire wrapped liners


January 31, 2020

Dr. Osman Apaydin, KODA Resources

Role of Reservoir Engineers in Unconventional Era


February 14, 2020

Dr. Mike Mayerhofer, Liberty Oil Services

Shale Frac Designs Move to Just-Good-Enough Proppant Economics


February 28, 2020

Dr. Perapon Fakcharoenphol, Shell, Houston

Geomechanical Challenges for Deepwater Development


March 13, 2020

Dr. Abbas Firoozabadi, Reservoir Engineering Research Institute

New Opportunities from Use of Functional Molecules and Molecular Simulations in Hydrocarbon Energy Production


The planned distinguished seminars for Spring 2020 beyond those listed above were cancelled due to COVID-19.




Fall 2019

September 6, 2019

Dr. Mehdi Salehi, Surtek, Golden

Challenges of New Technology Development and Deployment in the Oil & Gas Industry
An overview of a new technology development: Next Generation Mobility and Sweep Improvement with Excelceor Technology


September 27, 2019

Dr. John de Wardt, Steamboat Springs, CO

Drilling Systems Automation is Here: Propagation, Pitfalls, Profits. Drilling automation is a fast-growing technology application that impacts all companies and disciplines connected to well construction.


October 11, 2019

Dr. Kumar Ramurthy, Halliburton, CO



October 18, 2019

Thanh Nguyen, CMG,, Houston

Initiation and growth of hydraulic fracture & proppant transport modelling using CMG


November 1, 2019

Dr. Hui-Hai Liu, LSU

Well Integrity Loss due Gas Flow behind Casing – Mechanism, Diagnosis, and Remediation


November 15, 2019

Dr. Mahmood Ahmedi, MI3 Petroleum Engineering, Golden

EOR workflow in conventional and unconventional reservoirs with case studies


November 22, 2019

Dr. Rick Sarg, Geology & Geol. Engineering, CSM

Organic-Rich Lacustrine Rocks – The Green River Formation, Colorado and the Pre-Salt of Brazil – A Story of Beaches, Microbes, and Chemical Precipitates



Spring 2019

January 18, 2019

Roel Sneider, W.M. Keck Distinguished Professor of Professional Development Education, CSM

How to (Not) Give a Truly Terrible Talk


February 1, 2019

Christopher Thiry and Brianna Buljung, CSM, Arthur Lakes Library

Start Your Research Right: Conducting Literature Reviews and Organizing Your Research


February 15, 2019

Dr Rajan Chokshi, University of Houston

Real-Time Data Acquisition & Analysis for Enhanced Production


March 1, 2019

Shari Dunn-Norman, Missouri State University

Are there Health Effects from Unconventional Oil and Gas Development?


March 15, 2019

Andrzej Wojtanowicz, LSU

Well Integrity Loss due Gas Flow behind Casing – Mechanism, Diagnosis, and Remediation


April 5, 2019

Dr. Phaneendra Kondapi, Director of the Subsea Engineering program at the University of Houston



April 19, 2019

Soheil Saraji, University of Wyoming

Flow of Complex Fluids in Porous Media: Implications for Enhanced Oil Recovery


April 26, 2019

Mark Knackstedt, Australian National University (Xialong)


Fall 2018

September 9, 2018

Stefan Miska, University of Tulsa
Men Induced Earthquakes

October 5, 2018

Naveen Nair
Directional Drilling Approach: Bridging the Classroom Learning With Field Operations

October 19, 2018

Cheng Chen, Virginia Tech
Interaction Between Proppant Compaction and Single-/Multiphase Flows in a Hydraulic Fracture

November 2, 2018

Russell Johns
How to Fix the Old Concept of Relative Permeability

November 9, 2018

Ergün Kuru, University of Alberta
Assessment of Critical Conditions Required for Effective Hole Cleaning in Horizontal Wells

November 30, 2018

Francisco Alhanati, CFER
Artificial Lift Challenges in Unconventional Horizontal Wells

Super School
Newly Revamped program – Now hybrid!

Cooperative effort is increasingly important in the petroleum industry as teams of geologists, geophysicists, engineers, and operations personnel work together to solve complex problems. The Petroleum Engineering Summer SuperSchool is an intensive, immersive, program designed to provide the technical fundamentals needed for effective teamwork across the breadth of activities in the upstream petroleum industry. The program is a hybrid of six days of in-person, face-to-face learning coupled together with online modules to be finished individually over a nine-week time frame.

Please visit the SuperSchool website for more information on Summer 2020

Chevron Short Course Series

The Chevron Short Course Series provides intensive one- or two-day courses taught by industry professionals in software or skills that will be beneficial to seniors about to enter the workforce. Previous short course topics have included Trouble Free Drilling, Production Technologies and Applications, Microseismic Fundamentals and Applications, Reservoir Engineering, Petrophysics Reservoir Characterization. Please see a listing below of the sessions offered in AY 2019-2020 To sign up or find out more information, please contact Rachel McDonald at

Trouble Free Drilling

Oct. 25-26, 2019

Presented by Mr. John Mitchell

Function:  Drilling Engineering

  • Dealing with down hole problems
  • Wellbore stability
  • Freeing procedures and tripping practices


Cementing Technologies and Applications

Nov. 8-9, 2019

Presented by Ahmed Mansour, Field Engineer II, from BJ services

Function: Cementing

  • Primary Cementing
  • Deep Well Cementing
  • Squeeze Cementing
  • Open-Hole Cement Plugs
  • Flow Calculation
  • Special Cementing Application


Data Analytics

Jan. 24-25, 2020

Presented by Naser Erwemi, Nobel Energy. Houston, Texas

Function: Enhance Data Analysis Skills

  • Learn the essentials and understand the components and functionalities of TIBOC Spotfire X
  • Load, explore, analyze oil and gas production Data Sets Via Spotfire X platform
  • Build visualizations within the application to answer business questions
  • Explore different Spotfire chart types
  • Publishing and reporting


Reservoir Management

Feb. 21, 2020 9:00 a.m. -4:30 p.m.

Presented by Zack Warren and Michael Hirsch, Great Western Oil and Gas

  • Mix of lecture and practical applications of reservoir management. Topics to include
  • PDP decline curve analysis for producing tight oil wells
  • Type well analysis for undeveloped tight oil wells
  • Practical rate-transient analysis (PI-cum) for producing tight oil wells
  • Practice using software such as Spotfire, (ARIES and Harmony were also requested)


Reliability Engineering

Mar. 20-21, 2020

Presented by: Miller Newlon, Aera Energy LLC.

  • Details TBA


PE Short Courses

We are pleased to offer continuing education short courses to industry personnel. Some of the offered courses include the following:

  • Petroleum Data Analytics: Big Data, Automation, Advanced Analytics and the Industrial Internet of Things meets Oil and Gas with instructors Jim Crompton and Elio Dean, CSM.
    • This course will take a detailed look at the opportunities, challenges and specific requirements for petroleum data analytics for the energy industry.
    • Please contact Nellie Link if you are interested in having this course at your facility.

Check with Mines’ department of Continuing and Professional Education Services for details on these and other courses.