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Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering Industry Support

  • Industry Support

    PNGE Industry Advisory Council:

    • Mr. Craig Neal, VP Operations E&P, CONSOL Energy, Inc.
    • Mr. Art Cantrell, Chief Commercial Officer, Mainline Energy Partners, LLC
    • Mr. Ben Wallace, Chief Operating Officer, Penneco Oil Company, Inc.
    • Mr. Tom Lopus, Director of Operations - Range Resources
    • Dr. John Baltrus, Supervisory Team Lead, Computational Molecular Engineering, U.S. Department of Energy – National Energy Technology Laboratory
    • Mr. Oleg Tolmachev, Senior Vice President of Drilling and Completions, Eclipse Resources
    • Mr. Robert Ovitz, Chief Operating Officer, Rex Energy Corporation
    • Dr. Michael S. Harr, P.E. , Business Development Advisor,  Chevron North America Exploration and Production Company, Appalachian/Michigan Strategic Business Unit
    • Mr. George Koperna, Vice President of Advanced Resources International, Inc.

    Industry Donation to PNGE Program:

    We greatly appreciate all the generous donations made by the industry companies. It is a great support for our Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering program at Saint Francis University. If you are interested in donating to our program, please contact Dr. Alireza Shahkarami (email:

    Seminar Talks Offered by Industry Experts:

    Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering program at Saint Francis University is delighted to provide a stage for industry professionals and academic scholars to share their knowledge and experience with our students. We appreciated all the speakers to present their research and experiments at our campus. At this page, only these talks by industry professionals were presented during the previous semesters. If you are interested in giving us a talk, please contact Dr. Alireza Shahkarami (email: Our seminar sessions are hold on Friday afternoon (2:10~3:00 pm). The audience is mainly undergraduate PNGE majors as well as engineering and science faculty.
    • 3/31/2017-Dr. Faegheh Javadi (Arsenal Resources)-Well Performance Analysis for Shale
    • 3/24/2017-Drs. Kristin Kutchak and Marlon McKoy (Halliburton)-Well Cementation and Stimulation
    • 3/17/2017-Ms. Atoos Mash (Silver Creek Services, Inc.)-Reuse of Produced Water in Hydraulic Fracturing of Wells
    • 3/10/2017-Mr. David Wang (CEO of Lift Innovation Universal)-Vertical Pump Unit Introduction and Job Opportunities
    • 2/3/2017-Ms. Kimberly Ayers (Lola Energy)-Marcellus Business Development using Big Data-from a reservoir engineer's perspective
    • 1/20/2017-Dr. Joe Roberts (Development Manager in Area)-Overview of Petroleum Industry/Area, Typical Duties of Reservoir, Production, Facilities Engineers
    • 11/18/2016-Ms. Klee Avary (Consulting Petroleum Geologist)-Geology and Production of Marcellus and Utica Shale
    • 10/21/2016-Ms. Anne Yanni (Cobalt International Energy)-Life in the Offshore Drilling Company
    • 10/7/2016-Dr. Art Cantrell (Mainline Energy Partners, LLC)-Marcellus/Utica Midstream Development
    • 9/16/2016-Dr. Alireza Haghighat-Reservoir Modeling of Shale
    • 1/29/2016-Mrs. Anthony Sisto and Rick Wasfy (Specialized Desanders Inc.)-About Sand Control Technology in Oil Wells