Officers for 2017 – 2019:
President: Ravinath Kausik K.V. is a Senior Research scientist at Schlumberger-Doll Research in Cambridge, USA where he has focused on the development of novel NMR and petrophysical techniques for porous media, especially unconventional shale gas and tight oil formations. His work has led to the development of techniques such as TGIP-NMR and RPI for unconventional plays. He has also worked on the development of next generation NMR diffusion and relaxation measurements for both laboratory and downhole applications. He has served as a SPWLA distinguished speaker both in 2015-16 and 2016-17. He obtained a M.Sc. from IIT Madras, India and Ph.D. degree in physics from Universität Ulm, Germany. He worked as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of California, Santa Barbara before joining Schlumberger-Doll Research in 2009. He has co-authored more than 30 peer-reviewed publications and several patent applications and is a scientific reviewer for more than 10 international journals.
Vice-President: Julie E. Kowan is a Geomechanics Consultant with over 12 years’ experience helping operators drill safer, more cost-effective wells and plan field development by reducing non-productive Time (NPT) due to wellbore instability and improving production. Julie has expertise in unconventional reservoirs, pore pressure prediction, stress constraint, wellbore stability, fracture permeability and compaction and is also skilled at summarizing complex scientific models into digestible reports. Prior to launching J. Kowan Consulting, LLC in June 2016, Julie was a Geomechanics Advisor at Baker Hughes from 2009 to April 2016. Before being promoted to Advisor, Julie held several other technical geomechanics positions at Baker Hughes and GeoMechanics International from 2005 to 2009. Julie earned a Master of Science in Geology from Brown University and a Bachelor of Science in Geology from Rutgers University.
Secretary: Paul Craddock is a Senior Research Scientist at Schlumberger-Doll Research Center in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA. His research addresses oilfield formation mineralogy and chemistry using infrared, X-ray, and nuclear spectroscopic methods: examples include core and cuttings mineral analysis, molecular-level characterization of organics in shale, and derivation of formation matrix properties for enhanced petrophysical interpretations. He received a BS degree in marine chemistry from University of Southampton, MS in geochemistry from University of Leeds, and PhD in chemical oceanography from Massachusetts Institute of Technology/Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. Prior to joining Schlumberger in 2011, Paul was a postdoctoral scientist at University of Chicago studying metal isotope systematics in Earth and planetary materials. Paul is a member of SPWLA and SPE.
Treasurer: Tancredi Botto is a Principal Research scientist at Schlumberger-Doll Research, where he has contributed to and initiated a number of research projects based on nuclear technologies. Among those, he has developed and field tested a novel deep-reading density imager based on naturally occurring cosmic rays. He is also involved in nuclear modeling and microwave sensor research. Tancredi holds a PhD from the Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam (1999) and a M.Sc. from the University of Genoa, Italy. Prior to joining Schlumberger in 2005 he worked on experimental nuclear physics as a Research Scientist at the MIT Laboratory for Nuclear Science.
Vice-President, Outreach: Sushil Shetty is a Senior Research Scientist at Schlumberger-Doll Research Center in Cambridge, USA, where he joined in 2009. He researches state-of-art computational and analytical methods for petrophysical analysis of borehole data from sonic, electromagnetic and nuclear sensors. The workflows have been commercialized in Schlumberger services, or deployed to address reservoir evaluation challenges for major oil companies. He is co-author on 5 patent applications and 15 journal and conference papers related to oilfield characterization. He received a BTech from IIT Kharagpur and a PhD from UC Berkeley in Mechanical Engineering. He is SPWLA distinguished speaker for 2017-2018.
President 2015 – 2017: Andrew E. Pomerantz is the Geochemistry Program Manager at Schlumberger-Doll Research. His research focuses on the development of novel techniques to characterize the chemical composition of kerogen and asphaltenes, including methods in mass spectrometry, X-ray spectroscopy, and infrared spectroscopy. That molecular information is used to understand fundamental physical and chemical processes in petroleum such as asphaltene compositional grading and storage and transport in shales. He graduated from Stanford University with a PhD in chemistry in 2005 and has co-authored 50 peer-reviewed publications.