Board of Directors

RPSEA is proud to have a distinguished and diverse Board of Directors, who are each renowned for their expertise, and when combined as our leadership team give RPSEA extraordinary guidance.

Board of Directors Chair

Dr. Daniel H. Lopez, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology*

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Daniel H. López was appointed as a RPSEA Board Member in Spring 2002.

López is the President of New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology (New Mexico Tech), in Socorro, NM. He has held this role for 20 years. He is responsible for supporting the academic and ancillary programs of the Science and Engineering Research University and maintaining the high-quality standards on which its reputation is based.

Prior to his current position with New Mexico Tech, he served as a Vice President and Division Director for the university’s oldest and largest research division. Before joining New Mexico Tech, López worked for the State of New Mexico in Cabinet positions, from labor to finance – he spent more than 20 years of uninterrupted employment in diverse enterprises, primarily in the public sectors of state government.

López holds a doctorate degree in political science from the University of New Mexico. He has accrued a number of leadership awards, served as the chairman of the Council of University Presidents in New Mexico (at the request of the governor) and chaired the New Mexico Distinguished Public Service Awards.

 

Board of Directors

Mr. John Allen, WorleyParsons Group
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Dr. Richard Bajura, West Virginia University*
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Mr. Herve Coutrix, Total E&P Research & Technology USA
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Herve Coutrix was appointed as a RPSEA Board Member in Fall 2013.

Coutrix is the President and CEO of Total E&P research &Technology USA, LLC, in Houston, TX.

He has held this role since August 2013. His responsibilities include: Identifying, constructing and leading R&D activities in the US, in line with Total’s strategy, as well as fostering a spirit of innovation and lateral thinking in addressing E&P operational challenges. 

Prior positions with Total include: Geophysicist in the Seismic Processing Department; Pre-salt 2G Asset manager in Gabon; Offshore Asset manager in Netherlands; Geosciences manager in Argentina; Head of Structural and Sedimentology Interpretation department and Deputy Vice President of the Exploration Technologies Division.

He holds an engineer degree in geology from Ecole Nationnale Supérieure de Géologie (ENSG engineering school) and an engineer degree in geophysics from École Nationale Supérieure du Pétrole et des Moteurs (ENSPM graduate engineering school).

 
Mr. Paul Doucette, GE Oil & Gas*
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Paul Doucette was appointed as a RPSEA Board Member in Fall 2013.

Doucette is the Global Government Affairs & Policy Leader of General Electric Oil and Gas, in Houston, TX. 

Doucette has held this role for seven years. His responsibilities are global policy and regulations associated with GE’s drilling and pipeline solutions business. 

Prior to his current role with GE, he was their Global External Funding Leader. Before joining GE, Doucette worked for Texaco for 30 years and Cornell Companies for seven.
 
He holds a bachelor’s degree in history and English from Louisiana Tech University, a master’s degree in finance and economics from Nicholls State University and he completed the Advanced Executive Development Program with the Kellogg School of Business at the Northwestern University.
 

Dr. Iraj Ershaghi
, University of Southern California
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Iraj Ershaghi, Ph.D., P.E. was appointed as a RPSEA Board Member in Fall 2009.

Ershaghi is the Omar B. Milligan Professor and the Director of the Petroleum Engineering Program, University of Southern California and Executive Director of Center for Smart Oilfield Technologies; based in Los Angeles, CA.

Ershaghi has held these roles for 27 years. His responsibilities are research supervision, academic teaching and graduate student mentoring.

Prior positions with the University of Southern California include: Assistant Professor (1972-1978) and Associate Professor (1979-2006).

Before joining the University of Southern California, Ershaghi worked as a graduate student at Oil and Gas Division of California State Lands Commission for two years and Signal Oil and Gas Company for one year.

He holds a bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degree in petroleum engineering. Ershaghi is a Registered Petroleum Engineer (PE 1286) and Honorary Member of Society of Petroleum Engineers.

 
Mr. Jeff Harvard, Harvard Petroleum Company, LLC 
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Jeff Harvard was appointed as a RPSEA Board Member in Fall 2010.

Harvard is the President of Harvard Petroleum Company, LLC., in Roswell, NM. He has held this role for 11 years. Harvard is responsible for company growth through optimization of existing properties, identification of new drilling and production property acquisitions for reserve replacement.

Prior positions with Harvard Petroleum Company include: Drilling and Operations Engineer and Vice President.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in petroleum engineering from the University of Texas at Austin.

 
Dr. Richard C. Haut, Houston Advanced Research Center
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Rich Haut was appointed as a RPSEA Board Member in Summer 2006.

Haut is the Program Director of Energy Production for Houston Advanced Research Center (HARC) in The Woodlands, TX. Haut has held this role for 11 years. He is responsible for providing unbiased science to address environmental issues associated with oil and gas development, as the Director for the Environmentally Friendly Drilling Systems (EFD) Program as well as the Coastal Impacts Technology Program.

Before joining HARC, Haut was instrumental in establishing joint ventures and other joint industry programs, including the start-up of Enventure Global Technology where he was the Chief Operating Officer. He has over 35 years of industry technical and management experience.

He holds three degrees in engineering; a bachelor’s degree from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, a master’s degree from the University of Tennessee and a doctorate from Old Dominion University.

 
Dr. Dan Hill, Texas A&M University*
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Dan Hill was appointed as a RPSEA Board Member in Fall 2012.

Hill is the Department Head of the Petroleum Engineering and holder of the Noble Endowed Chair for Texas A&M University, in College Station, TX. Hill has held this role for nearly two years.

He is responsible for overseeing the department.

Prior positions with Texas A&M University include: Professor and Associate Department Head.

Before joining Texas A&M University, Hill was Professor of Petroleum Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin for 22 years.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Texas A&M University and master’s and doctorate degrees in chemical engineering from University of Texas at Austin. Hill is a licensed professional engineer.
 

Mr. Craig Howard, Representing Independent Petroleum Association of America
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Mr. Edward Johnston, Gas Technology Institute*
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Eddie Johnston was appointed as a RPSEA Board Member in Fall 2012.

Johnston is the Vice President of Research Operations at Gas Technology Institute (GTI), in Des Plaines, IL .

He has held this role for one year. Johnston leads a staff of 180 researchers that focuses on applied R&D from downhole to the burner tip.

Prior to his current position, he was their Managing Director in the Infrastructure Sector.

Before joining GTI, Johnston worked for Atmos Energy Corporation for 15 years and Rowan Companies, in the Gulf of Mexico offshore oil industry for eight years.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Mississippi State University and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Chicago.

 
Mr. Fred Julander, Julander Energy Company*
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Fred Julander was appointed as a RPSEA Board Member in Spring 2013.

Julander is the President of Julander Energy Company, in Denver, CO.

He has held this role for 24 years. He is responsible for planning, coordinating and controlling the companies search for unconventional reserves.

Before joining Julander Energy Company, Julander worked as an Individual Independent for 19 years.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and journalism from the University of New Mexico, a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Denver and a doctorate of law from the University of Iowa.

 
Mr. Vello Kuuskraa, Advanced Resources International, Inc.
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Vello Kuuskraa was appointed as a RPSEA Board Member in Fall 2009.

Kuuskraa is the President of Advanced Resources International, Inc., in Arlington, VA.

He has held this role for 22 years. Kuuskraa and several other officers formed Advanced Resources International. His firm assists a select group of domestic and international clients, identifying the highly productive “core area” of emerging gas shale, coalbed methane and tight gas sand plays in the U.S. and worldwide. 

Before joining Advanced Resources International, Kuuskraa worked for ICF/Kaiser as the Head of Energy Consulting and Technical Services Business Unit for four years and Lewin Associates, Inc., as the Executive Vice President for 17 years.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in applied mathematics and economics from North Carolina State University. He earned his master’s degree in business administration from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and completed the Operations Research/Industrial Management program.

Mr. Steven McKetta, Southwestern Energy Company
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Steven McKetta was appointed as a RPSEA Board Member in Fall 2013.

McKetta is a Chief Reservoir Engineer working with team members at Southwestern Energy to unlock the gas reserves of the Fayetteville Shale in Arkansas and the Marcellus Shale in Pennsylvania. He has held this role for six years.

Prior to his current role with Southwestern Energy, he worked for Mitchell Energy as part of a team exploring the potential of the Barnett Shale in the Ft. Worth Basin in Texas. He worked in this role for twenty years and helped develop this area into one of the largest gas producing areas in the country.

Before joining Southwestern Energy, McKetta served as a Project Advisor for Gas Research Institute for 15 years; a Research Engineer for Columbia Gas for five years and a Field Engineer at Halliburton for two years.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in Earth and Mineral Sciences from Pennsylvania State University.


Dr. Dag Nummedal
, Colorado School of Mines
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Dag Nummedal was appointed as a RPSEA Board Member in Fall 2009.

Nummedal is the Director of Colorado Energy Research Institute, at Colorado School of Mines in Golden, CO.

Nummedal has held this role for nine years. His responsibilities are fossil and renewable energy research, development, fund raising and coordination.

Prior to joining Colorado School of Mines, Nummedal held the following positions: Director of the Institute for Energy Research for University of Wyoming for four years; Manager of Geoscience Research for Unocal Corporation, in Sugar Land, TX for five years and Professor of Geology and Geophysics for Louisiana State University for 18 years.

He holds a doctorate degree in geology from the University of Illinois.

Dag Nummedal was appointed as a RPSEA Board Member in Fall 2009.

Nummedal is the Director of Colorado Energy Research Institute, at Colorado School of Mines in Golden, CO.

Nummedal has held this role for nine years. His responsibilities are fossil and renewable energy research, development, fund raising and coordination.

Prior to joining Colorado School of Mines, Nummedal held the following positions: Director of the Institute for Energy Research for University of Wyoming for four years; Manager of Geoscience Research for Unocal Corporation, in Sugar Land, TX for five years and Professor of Geology and Geophysics for Louisiana State University for 18 years.

He holds a doctorate degree in geology from the University of Illinois.
 
 
Mr. James Pappas, Research Partnership to Secure Energy for America*
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James Pappas is the Acting President of Research Partnership to Secure Energy for America (RPSEA) in Sugar Land, Texas. He has recently been appointed to this role. He is responsible for the overall management and direction of RPSEA operations.

Prior to his current role in RPSEA, he was Vice President of the Ultra-Deepwater Program.

Before joining RPSEA, Pappas held various positions with Devon Energy, Santa Fe Synder, Fina, UPRC, and Amoco.

He holds bachelor’s degrees in Chemistry and Chemical Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin and a master’s degree in Business Administration from The University of Texas at Tyler.

 

Dr. Tadeusz Patzek, The University of Texas at Austin
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Tadeusz Patzek was appointed as a RPSEA Board Member in Fall 2013. 
 
 
Mr. James B. Raney, Anadarko Petroleum Corporation
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Jim Raney was appointed as a RPSEA Board Member in Fall 2013.

Raney is the Director, Engineering & Technology at Anadarko Petroleum Corp. in The Woodlands, TX. He has held this role for ten years.

His responsibilities include: Technology improvements for Drilling, Completions, Producing Operations, Mid-Stream Operations and Facilities Engineering for the corporation on a worldwide basis. Advisor to Senior Management and the Executive Management Committee on issues and technologies effecting corporate strategy.

Prior to his current position with Anadarko, he was Northern Regulatory Manager, Project Manager, Salt Creek CO2 Flood and International Development Project Engineer.

Before joining Anadarko, Raney served in a variety of technical and management assignments with Mobil and ExxonMobil. He was called to active duty to support Operation Enduring and Iraqi Freedom.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in Engineering & Applied Science from the United States Military Academy at West Point.

Jim Raney is past-Chairman of the API Committee on Standardization of Oilfield Equipment and Materials (CSOEM), member of the CSOEM and API Vice-Chairman of the Global Industry Service Committee (GISC). He is past Chairman of the API Monogram Program Board and past Chairman API Protocol for Equipment Rated above 15,000 psi Committee (PER15K).

 
Mr. Hani Sadek, Chevron Corporation*
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Hani Sadek was appointed as a RPSEA Board Member in Fall 2009.

Sadek is the Deepwater Focus Area Manager of Chevron Energy Technology Company, in Houston, TX. He has held this role for two years. His responsibilities are managing corporate deepwater research and development.

Prior positions with Chevron include: DeepStar Director, Drilling & Completions Engineering Manager and Drilling Manager.

Before joining Chevron, Sadek worked for Mobil for 14 years.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in petroleum engineering from the University of Texas at Austin.

 
Mr. C. Michael Smith, Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission
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Carl Michael Smith was appointed as a RPSEA Board Member in Spring 2009.

Smith is the Executive Director of Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission in Oklahoma City, OK.

He has held this role for five years. He is responsible for the head of government commission.

Before joining Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission, Smith worked for the U.S. Department of Energy (USDOE) for two years.

He holds a doctorate of law degree from the University of Oklahoma. 

 
Dr. Kenneth Tubman, ConocoPhillips*
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Ken Tubman was appointed as a RPSEA Board Member in Fall 2011.

Tubman is the Vice President of Geosciences and Reservoir Engineering at ConocoPhillips in Houston, TX. He has held this role for one year. His responsibilities are incorporating geoscience and reservoir engineering technology as well as innovation to optimize discovery, development and production of hydrocarbons.

Prior to his current position with ConocoPhillips, Tubman was the General Manager of Subsurface Technology.

Before joining ConocoPhillips, Tubman worked for Veritas DGC for seven years and Atlantic Richfield Company (ARCO) for 16 years.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in physics from the University of Massachusetts and a doctorate degree in geophysics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. 
 
 
Dr. Kalliat Valsaraj, Louisiana State University
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Kalliat Valsaraj was appointed as a RPSEA Board Member in Fall 2013.

Valsaraj is the Vice Chancellor of Research and Economic Development for Louisiana State University, in Baton Rouge, LA.

Valsaraj has held this role for two years. He has serviced the university for 27 years, in helping improve the research and economic development activities at LSU.

Prior to his current role, he was Chair of the Department of Chemical Engineering. Before joining LSU, Valsaraj worked for Vanderbilt University for three years.

He holds a doctorate degree in chemistry from Vanderbilt University and is a board certified environmental scientist.


Mr. T.J. Wainerdi, University of Houston*
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Dr. John Warren, Jr., Petrobras America Inc.*
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John Warren, Jr. was appointed as a RPSEA Board Member in Fall 2009.

Warren is the Legal Area Manager of Petrobras America Inc., in Houston, TX.

Warren has held this role for five years. His responsibilities are legal and corporate support.

Prior to his current role with Petrobras, he was their Corporate Secretary. Before joining Petrobras, Warren worked as Associate General Counsel for the University of Houston System, for nearly nine years.

He holds a doctorate of law degree from Stetson University College of Law.

Warren has numerous certifications, admissions, and honors.
 
 
 
*Serves on the Executive Committee

Officers

  • Dr. Daniel Lopez, Chair
  • Mr. James Pappas, Acting President
  • Mr. Steven H. Beach, Director of Corporate Affairs & Corporate Secretary
  • Ms. Traci Gholson, Treasurer and CFO