Four professionals with experience in the oil & energy industries will discuss their careers and answer questions. The panel will be followed by a meet and greet with the panelists—a great opportunity to network!
Thursday, February 20th
Daniels College of Business, Schneider Boardroom, 6th Floor
David N. Wilson, Principal, Resource Solutions, LLC
David Wilson is a cofounder of Resource Solutions, a geoscience consulting company based in Denver, Colorado. For more than 15 years, Resource Solutions provided consulting services to public and private oil and gas companies located throughout North America. Resource Solutions’ exploration projects resulted in drilling more than 200 wells with a 70% success rate and the discovery of more than 900 BCFE. Prior to forming Resource Solutions, Wilson held positions such as exploration geophysicist with ARCO Oil and Gas in Houston and Amoco Production Company in New Orleans. He holds a B.S. in Geophysical Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines and an MBA from the University of Denver.
Darin Hittle, Vice President of Business Development, Wood Group Mustang
Darin Hittle has more than 20 years of experience in the oil and gas industry. He currently oversees Global Business Development Onshore for Wood Group Mustang, the engineering division of Wood Group (based in Aberdeen with 42,000 employees worldwide in over 50 countries). Wood Group Mustang provides engineering and project management consulting services to the Upstream, Midstream and Downstream markets of the energy industry. Since joining the Wood Group family of companies in 2008, Hittle has led the Group’s worldwide Shale initiative, while establishing regional offices in Calgary, Canada and Bogota, Colombia, and regional shale markets in the U.S. Prior to joining Wood Group, he held senior executive positions at Russel Metals (largest steel supply chain and trading company in Canada) and MuniMae. Hittle is a past board member of the Gas Processors Association (GPA). He holds an accounting degree from the University of Illinois with an emphasis in geology and an MBA from the University of Denver’s Daniels College of Business.
Richard D. Slack, President/Chief Executive Officer, Transzap
Richard Slack is Transzap’s President and Chief Executive Officer, responsible for the strategic direction, operations and growth of the company. He has over 30 years of experience in the oil and gas industry, with the majority dedicated to developing, marketing, and selling software products and services. Prior to joining Transzap, Slack held a variety of senior level strategic operations roles at leading software technology companies in the oil and gas industry. Under his guidance, two of the companies were recognized as some of the fastest growing companies in North America by Inc. magazine and Deloitte Consulting. Slack holds a B.S. degree in Geology from the University of California and an M.S. degree in Geophysics from the University of Houston.
Melanie Westergaard, Technical Development Advisor, Encana Oil and Gas Inc.
Melanie Westergaard joined Encana in 2010 as Group Lead of Development for USA New Ventures based in Denver, She is currently the Technical Development Advisor, overseeing technical development and progression of Encana’s Engineers, Geologists and Geophysicists. Formerly she held positions at BP and ARCO Oil & Gas working a variety of Exploration and Development projects in Alaska and the Gulf of Mexico. While with BP, Westergaard was Executive Assistant to the Vice President of Exploration & Production Technology, comprised of 800 technical experts supporting worldwide projects. Following a stint in London leading BP’s geological experts in support of Eastern Hemisphere projects, she moved further North to Aberdeen, Scotland to look after Field Development and Production of BP’s Central North Sea Fields (100,000 BOED). She holds a B.S. in Geophysical Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines and attended the Kellogg School of Management Executive Development Program in 2003.
Robert “Bob” M. Baldwin, Principal Scientist, National Bioenergy Center, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Dr. Bob Baldwin is Professor Emeritus of chemical engineering at the Colorado School of Mines (CSM), where he was on the faculty from 1975 to 2004, including 10 years as chair of the chemical engineering department. Prior to leaving CSM, Dr. Baldwin spent 5 years in Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates) where he co-founded the Petroleum Institute (PI). The PI is a joint venture between ADNOC, TOTAL, BP, JODCO and CSM, and is dedicated to educating baccalaureate-level engineers for the oil and gas industry with specific emphasis on professional practice in the Middle East. Baldwin has been at NREL since 2008 where he is involved in all aspects dealing with research and development for transportation fuels from biomass, including first and second-generation biofuels as well as advanced ‘drop-in’ biofuels. Most recently he spent 2 years at Masdar Institute in Abu Dhabi. Masdar is a cooperative enterprise between the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the government of Abu Dhabi, and is concerned with graduate-level education and research on renewable and sustainable sources of energy. Dr. Baldwin holds the BS and MS degrees from Iowa State University and the PhD from the Colorado School of Mine — all three degrees are in chemical engineering.