Melissa Batum (Workshop Planning Committee Co-Chair) is a senior program analyst and a technical subject-matter expert for the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM). As a senior analyst she manages complex program issues and initiatives, drives strategic planning, and influences policy decisions and procedure development. With her education in geology, she serves as the BOEM principal representative for policy and technical issues regarding subseabed CO2 use and sequestration on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS). She is a liaison for and within the Department and Bureau and works collaboratively across other federal agencies, state and local governments, foreign governments, and international groups. She also works on policy and technical issues regarding hydraulic fracturing on the OCS. She received her B.S. in geology from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and her M.S. in geology from Texas Tech University. She is also a Licensed Professional Geologist in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Joe Lima (Workshop Planning Committee Co-Chair) is the global environmental solutions manager and director of environmental sustainability for Schlumberger Services, Inc. Before this role, Mr. Lima served as the unconventional resources theme manager for North America where he was responsible for directing technology development and application throughout the region specifically for shale and tight gas environments. From 2004 through 2008 he was the oilfield services marketing manager for the western United States, developing strategic growth plans for Schlumberger as well as managing the sales organization and executive level client relationships. Previously, he was the business development manager for Schlumberger’s multistage hydraulic fracturing technologies. Mr. Lima also served in various management roles for Well Services facilities throughout the United States hydraulic fracturing markets including the San Juan, Anadarko, and Arkoma Basins. He spent 4 years as an in-house completions engineer for various Schlumberger clients and has served on the boards of Colorado Oil and Gas Association, Independent Petroleum Association of Mountain States, and California Independent Petroleum Association. He holds a B.S. in petroleum engineering from Marietta College, Marietta, Ohio.
David A. Dzombak (NAE) is the Hamerschlag University Professor at Carnegie Mellon University and is currently serving as the head of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. The emphasis of his research and teaching is water quality engineering, environmental restoration, and energy-environment issues. His current research, all of which is being conducted collaboratively, is focused on climate change adaptation for infrastructure, forecasting the sustainability of water supplies, recovery of rare earth elements from brines, and the use of low-grade heat for membrane treatment processes for wastewater management and reclamation in power production. Dr. Dzombak served on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Science Advisory Board, the U.S. Department of Defense Strategic Environmental Research and Development Science Advisory Board, the Water Science and Technology Board of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, and the Roundtable on Science and Technology for Sustainability of the National Academies. He received his Ph.D. in civil engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1986. He also holds an M.S. in civil engineering and a B.S. in civil engineering from Carnegie Mellon University, and a B.A. in mathematics from Saint Vincent College. He is a registered Professional Engineer in Pennsylvania, a Board Certified Environmental Engineer by the American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists, and a member of the National Academy of Engineering.
Wendy J. Harrison is a professor of geology and geological engineering at the Colorado School of Mines (CSM). Her fields of scholarly expertise are in geochemistry and hydrology as well as geoscience education. She has published papers in topics that range from impact shock metamorphism in lunar materials, the formation of gas hydrates and their role in CO2 sequestration, metals uptake by trees in mined lands, and mitigating respiratory quartz dust hazard. During her career in academia at CSM, she has served as the president of the Faculty Senate, the director of the McBride Honors Program in Public Affairs for Engineers, the associate provost and dean of Undergraduate Studies and Faculty, and a faculty trustee of the CSM Board of Trustees. Dr. Harrison completed an appointment at the National Science Foundation as the Division Director for Earth Sciences in the Geosciences Directorate. She currently serves as an advisor to the Petroleum Institute, Abu Dhabi, and Nazarbayev University, Kazakhstan, in the foundation of in-country educational and research programs in earth resources. Dr. Harrison is a member of the Kazakhstan-U.S. Joint Commission on Scientific and Technological Cooperation. She received her B.Sc. and Ph.D. in geology from the University of Manchester, United Kingdom. Dr. Harrison held a pre-doctoral fellowship at the Geophysical Laboratory of the Carnegie Institution of Washington and a National Research Council research fellowship at NASA-Johnson Space Center. Her work experience includes 8 years as a senior research geologist for Exxon Production Research Company in Houston, Texas.
Jan Mares is a senior policy advisor at Resources for the Future. He was previously a business liaison and the deputy director at the Private Sector Office of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. During the Reagan administration, Mr. Mares was an assistant secretary of commerce for import administration and a senior policy analyst at the White House, where he was involved with environment, energy, trade, and technology issues. He also served as assistant secretary of energy for international affairs and energy emergencies; assistant secretary of energy for policy, safety, and environment; and assistant secretary of energy for fossil energy. For 6 months, he was the acting under secretary of energy. Before entering federal
service, Mr. Mares was with Union Carbide Corporation for 18 years, half in the Law Department, working on antitrust compliance and purchasing issues, and half in its chemical business, including leading an effort for 3 years to create a chemicals joint venture with a Middle East government company and being the operations/profit manager for several groups of industrial chemicals. Subsequent to his service in the Reagan administration, he worked with the Washington, DC, law firm Shaw Pittman, the Synthetic Organic Chemical Manufacturers Association, and the EOP Group (a Washington, DC, environment, energy, and budget consulting firm). He received his B.A. in chemistry from Harvard College, his M.S. in chemical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and his L.L.B. from Harvard Law School.
Elena S. Melchert is the director for the Upstream Oil and Gas Research Division at the U.S. Department of Energy. She was a program manager at U.S. Department of Energy headquarters from 1990-2013 and led the development of several U.S. Department of Energy technology research plans and research programs, including Advanced Drilling, Completion and Stimulation Research Program Plan, and the Offshore Technology Roadmap. Starting in 1985, she was a production engineer at the U.S. Department of Energy’s commercial oilfield, producing oil and natural gas for 4 years, after spending 5 years in field operations for Getty Oil/Texaco, all in California. From 1995 through 2000, she served as the U.S. Department of Energy’s U.S. coordinator for natural gas in the Western Hemisphere under the President’s Summit of the Americas/Western Hemispheric Energy Initiative. In 2001, she served as a member of the Senior Professional Staff for oil and gas technology at the Executive Office of the President of the United States/National Energy Policy Development Group, and provided subject-matter expertise for the President’s National Energy Policy. In 2010, she served as the committee manager for the President’s National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling where she also served as the Designated Federal Officer for several of the Commission’s subcommittees, and at times for meetings of the full Commission. In 2011, she supported the Shale Gas Subcommittee, Secretary of Energy Advisory Board. In 2012, she served as a subject-matter expert on the Spill Prevention Subcommittee of the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Ocean Energy Safety Advisory Committee. In 2014, she led the development of the “fuels” section of the Department’s Quadrennial Technology Review. Ms. Melchert received her B.S. in soil science at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, and her M.Sc. in petroleum engineering from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. She earned an Executive Certificate in international business at Georgetown University and is a graduate of the Federal Executive Institute.
Kris J. Nygaard is a senior stimulation consultant at the ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company. In his senior technical professional role, Dr. Nygaard is the Corporation’s recognized expert on hydraulic fracturing and related well construction technologies. Dr. Nygaard advises the research and development program at ExxonMobil’s Upstream Research Company and works with ExxonMobil’s business units on technology strategy, deployment, and applications. He began his career at Exxon Production Research in 1992 following a postdoctoral research and teaching assignment at the University of Arizona. During his time with ExxonMobil, he has held technical and management positions in the areas of drilling, subsurface engineering, well completions, and unconventional resources. In 2010, he was assigned to lead the Upstream Fracturing Center of Excellence, coordinating ExxonMobil’s worldwide hydrau-
lic fracturing resources and fracturing related technical interfaces. During the past several years he has also led ExxonMobil’s efforts to address risks of induced seismicity, serves as chair of the American Petroleum Institute’s induced seismicity workgroup, and is currently a technical advisor to several oil and gas regulators in the United States (via the States First Initiative). In addition, he has served as consultant to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency related to studies associated with hydraulic fracturing and underground injection. He is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, and the Seismological Society of America. He holds a B.S. in mechanical engineering, an M.S. in aerospace engineering, and a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering all from the University of Arizona.
Michael P. Parker is a principal of Parker Environmental and Consulting, LLC, which provides environmental and regulatory policy development, technical, and advocacy support on a range of issues, focusing on nonconventional oil and gas development including hydraulic fracturing, produced water management, water resource management, onshore and offshore environmental management issues, and carbon capture and storage issues. Prior to establishing his consulting practice, Mr. Parker worked for ExxonMobil Production Company for more than 35 years in a variety of engineering and technical assignments. At retirement, Mr. Parker was a technical advisor in ExxonMobil’s Upstream Safety, Health, and Environment organization. Mr. Parker provided technical support and guidance to ExxonMobil affiliates worldwide on a range of issues including drilling and production discharges, underground injection control, spill prevention and control, facility decommissioning, artificial reef programs, marine environmental issues, carbon capture and storage, hydraulic fracturing, and general issue management coordination. Mr. Parker has served as chair of the American Petroleum Institute’s (API’s) Upstream Environmental Subcommittee, the Hydraulic Fracturing Workgroup, the Carbon Capture and Storage Work Group and the Water Issues Group, and was involved in the revisions to API’s Hydraulic Fracturing Guidance Documents and Recommended Practices. He holds a B.S. in civil engineering from The University of Texas and an M.S. in ocean engineering from Texas A&M University.
Sandra Wiegand is a petroleum engineer in the Houston office of the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE)—part of the Houston Engineering and Technology Center, which evaluates new or current technologies and provides guidance and recommendations on current or potential technical challenges. Prior to BSEE, she spent 14 years in the oil and gas industry with Petrobras America Inc. and Shell where she focused on production engineering and, specifically, production surveillance, inflow/outflow modeling, production optimization, and decommissioning projects. She has extensive experience interfacing with non-operated ventures as the liaison between international and domestic partnerships. She received her M.S. in engineering management from The University of Texas at Austin and her B.S. in petroleum engineering from Universidad Surcolombiana, Colombia. Fluent in three languages (English, Portuguese, and Spanish), she was also an exchange student at the University of Oklahoma and has a certificate in advanced international affairs with emphasis in diplomacy from Texas A&M University.