Department of Petroleum Engineering and Geology Winter 2008
High Oil Prices Pump Up
Enrollment in the Petroleum Engineering program reached levels not seen since the late 1970’s this
fall with 51 freshmen entering the program. Approximately 140 students now populate the program
representing nearly 10% of the students on the Marietta College campus (1450 total students).
Marietta College now ranks 9th in undergraduate enrollment among the eighteen schools in the U.S.
that offer the degree. Enrollment in Geology
has also shown an upturn with nearly 20
majors now enrolled.
PE enrollments traditionally lag the rise in the
price of oil, so consequently the Department
is preparing for another surge in interest. In
order to insure the quality of our graduates
and to maintain enrollment at manageable
levels, freshmen entering the program next
year will have to maintain a minimum 2.5 GPA
through 30 credit hours of freshmen classes
before being permitted to declare petroleum
engineering as their major. Our goal is to
maintain a stable enrollment and faculty so as
to avoid the stress and strain that both faculty
and students experienced in the mid to late
Our enrollment management policy
stands in contrast to open admission policies
U.S. Petroleum Engineering Enrollments
in effect at many other PE schools across the
country. Enrollments are growing rapidly with numbers exceeding 200 incoming freshmen at several
schools. Individual petroleum engineering course sizes reportedly exceed 100 students at these
institutions. We are, of course, committed to smaller class sizes that ensure students get the personal
attention they expect at a small private liberal arts college.
Dr. David Cress Eases into Retirement
Dr. W. David Cress eased his way into retirement at the end of the 2006-
07 academic year. Dave joined the Department in August 1982, and
taught a wide variety of courses at the college in addition to all of our
general engineering courses.
Dave was honored at the Petroleum Engineering and Geology Hall of
Fame Banquet in April 2007. Members of the Industry Advisory Committee
(IAC) presented Dave with shirts and jackets representing all of the
companies on the IAC.
Dave continues to maintain an office in Brown Building and hopes to
remain active in some departmental activities in the future.
Students Enjoy Excellent Job Placement in 2007
Challenges Lie Ahead in 2008
It will come as no surprise Timothy Neil Baker Hughes Inteq
to anyone working in our Thomas Archer Equitable Production Jason Ritchie Chevron Corp.
industry that we placed all Joseph Baker Chesapeake Matthew Peloquin Chesapeake Energy Corp.
twenty-two Petroleum Mark Dean Chevron Corp. Housseynou Sanghott Baker Hughes Inteq
Engineering graduates and Daniel Doebereiner Equitable Resources John Schilling Marathon Oil Co.
three Geology majors in Andrew Fish Marathon Jeconda Smith Chevron Corp.
Opeyemi Gesinde CDX Gas LLC Gary Snyder Aera Energy
permanent jobs or Allen Ward Columbia Transmission
Shannon Glancy Merit Energy Co.
graduate school last year. Abigail Higbie BP Amie Weis Encana Oil & Gas
Last year’s class is pictured Jeremy Jones Chevron Corp Sarah Yang Chevron Corp.
below along with a table Hunter Jonsson Weatherford
indicating where our Gary King Halliburton Services GEOLOGY
graduates began their Zachary Lemon Energy Corp of America Isaac Beardmore Triad Resources
careers in 2007. Kristen Martin Exxon Mobil Production Co. Jeremy Riedel Graduate School
Jeffrey Mast Equitable Production Justin Schubert Universal Well
Placement of underclass Alex Miller Equitable Production
students in summer jobs
was also excellent with over 90% of all of our juniors, sophomores, and freshmen obtaining summer work in the industry.
Therein lies the major strength of our program…….most of our seniors graduate with three summers of industry experience!
This year, twenty-two PE majors and six Geology majors will cross the stage. Placement for 2008 is equally robust. All
but one of the PE majors graduating this year has accepted a permanent job as this newsletter goes to publication. Starting
salaries are running as high as $85,000 per year with up to $20,000 signing bonuses.
With enrollment numbers up this year, it is more important than ever for alumni to get involved in the placement process.
If you can provide a summer job for a student or know of companies that might hire one, especially a freshman or sophomore,
please contact Bob Chase at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Class of 2007
Alumni Honor Elmer Templeton Annual Alumni Golf Outing in
Elmer E. Templeton, former Department Chair and Associate
Professor of Petroleum Engineering, was honored by his former Houston is Huge Success
students at a dinner last spring with the presentation of a The 4th Marietta College Petroleum Engineering and
$160,000 scholarship endowed in his name at the College. Geology Alumni Golf Outing was held at Cypresswood Golf
Elmer served the PE Program as a faculty member starting Course in Houston, TX on October 26, 2007. Twenty-five
in 1967, and chaired the Department from 1972 to 1978. teams participated in the event this year. Marty Hupp and
Opinionated, cantankerous, visionary and, most of all, loyal to Larry Stoltzfus continued their masterful organization of the
the program and his students, the “Chief” took the program event that has turned into a truly great alumni get-together.
to new heights in the early 70’s before stepping down from The 5th annual outing is scheduled for October 24, 2008
the chair’s position in 1978 to start his own consulting firm. at the same location. For more information on how your
company can sponsor a team, a hole, or prizes for the event,
please email either Marty Hupp (email@example.com),
Larry Stoltzfus (firstname.lastname@example.org), or Bob Chase
(email@example.com) for more details.
David Schaible, Co-Founder of Newfield
Exploration Succumbs to Cancer
David Schaible (class of ’83), President and CEO of Newfield
Exploration and co-founder of the
company, passed away after a battle
with cancer on October 13, 2007.
Dave’s long and distinguished career in
Elmer Templeton and some of his former students the petroleum industry began as
President of the SPE Student Chapter at
The scholarship drive was led by former students Cindy Marietta College during his senior year.
Reece, Clyde Crouch, Dave Pierce, and Jeff Sherrick. Elmer Dave began his career with Tenneco,
was recognized at a dinner attended by nearly a hundred and when the company was bought out
former students, friends, former faculty, and Marietta College by Chevron, Dave and several friends took a bold step to
administrators at the Marietta Shrine Club. Additional form the new company called Newfield Exploration. Dave
pictures from the event taken by Rob Sutton and Clyde will be inducted posthumously into the Department’s Hall of
Crouch can be found online at: Fame on April 23, 2008.
mariettacollegegathering.smugmug.com. Newfield Exploration has set up a $250,000 endowment
In the event that you would still like to contribute to the in Dave’s memory at Marietta College. Former classmates
scholarship fund, you may send a check to the Office of wishing to contribute to the fund may send their donations to
Advancement at Marietta College in care of the Elmer E. the Office of Advancement at the College with checks made
Templeton Scholarship Fund. We will gladly notify Elmer of payable to Marietta College.
any additional contributions received.
SPE Annual Conference in Anaheim, California
Boasts Record Marietta College Attendance
A record number seventy-one filled up an American Airlines flight to An alumni reception was hosted
students accompanied Drs. Bob Chase John Wayne Airport in Orange County, during the convention and was attended
and Ben Thomas to the SPE Annual CA. The nearly $55,000 in expenses by nearly 100 alumni, students and
Technical Conference and Exhibition for the trip were offset by $15,000 faculty. Next year SPE’s ATCE and our
(ATCE) in Anaheim, CA, November 10- raised at the spring 2007 golf outing, alumni reception will be held in Denver,
14, 2007. Students were bussed from $6,000 raised at the alumni golf outing, Colorado.
Marietta College to the Columbus and generous grants from several
International Airport where they nearly companies.
Utah Trip Yields More Exciting Dinosaur Finds
The annual Geology field trip to our central Utah
dinosaur excavation was once again led by Dr. Dave
Jeffery, Prof. Rocky Freeman, and Dr. Fred Voner
from the Department. Dr. Steve Spilatro from the
Biology Department, research associate John
Bishop, Brant Gay, and nine Marietta College
students continued with the excavation of the rich
dinosaur deposit discovered several years ago by
former student Aaron Scott.
The team once again uncovered more bones than
could be removed during the short season and will
return again in May 2008. This year, the excavation
team borrowed the crew team’s dually truck and
hauled several very large casts of bones back to the
Cincinnati Museum, some of which may belong to
yet undiscovered species of long-necked dinosaurs.
Wild Well Control, Inc. Puts on Well Dr. Robert Lipset Joins Staff
Dr. Bob Lipset has joined the
Control Schools for Juniors and Department replacing Dr. Dave
Cress. Bob has a B.S. degree in
Industry Mechanical Engineering from
This past year our junior petroleum engineering majors participated in General Motors Institute (now
Wild Well Control, Inc.’s basic well control short course thanks to Kettering University), an M.S.
arrangements made by Dr. Ben Thomas. The cost of the course is degree in Computer
normally $800 per industry participant, but Wild Well Control, Inc. has Engineering from Oakland
provided training to our students at a cost of $125 per participant. This University and a Ph.D. in
opportunity was made possible by donations from the Appalachian Systems Engineering also from Oakland University.
Petroleum Section, the Ohio Petroleum Section, the Pittsburgh Section, He has 16 years of engineering and management
and the Washington Capital Section of SPE last year, and by Equitable experience with General Motors and 7 years with
Resources and the Eastern Kentucky SPE section this year. Chrysler. He taught engineering at Ohio University
The well control course requires our students to commit to an for eight years where he earned both outstanding
additional 28 hours of classroom time crammed into a three day teaching and research awards. Dr. Lipset will teach
weekend during the semester. We are proud to report that every general engineering courses, our general education
student who participated passed the course and received their course entitled Energy Resources and Utilization for
certification. non-majors, and will work to develop a course on
Wild Well Control also offered a similar 3-day well control course for alternative energy systems design for the petroleum
industry on campus. Twenty-four engineers and field hands engineering curriculum.
participated in the course held just prior to the students’ course. Wild
Well Control generously donated $5,000 to our SPE student chapter
in support of their activities
Fekete Associates Offer Well
. Testing Short Course for
North East Mud Services Donates Industry
Equipment to Mud Lab Mr. Louis Mattar with Fekete Associates, Inc. of
In October, the Department of Petroleum Engineering received a Calgary, Canada put on a short course in well test
generous contribution to the Drilling Engineering and Mud Lab. interpretation January 16-18, 2008, for 16 industry
Mitchell Ring, of North East Mud Services Company (NEMSco), participants and several seniors and faculty. Fekete
donated six waterproof Ph test kits, two stainless steel mixing cups, Associates, Inc. very generously donated half of the
four commercial grade mud blenders, two bottles of buffer solution, 2 course fees to the Department. The Department is
bags of Bentonite, and one bag of Barite. Mitchell’s gift is an example making a concerted effort to offer short courses of
of the continued support and generosity of our associates in the this nature at the College on a more regular basis
industry that promote the success and growth of our program for the regional petroleum industry.
Hall of Fame Induction Recognizes Distinguished Alumni and Stoney!
The 2nd annual Petroleum Engineering From the North Sea, Australia, the the Department of Geology for one,
and Geology Hall of Fame (HOF) Netherlands and South America and perhaps two years before seeking a
ceremony was held in conjunction with back again to Norman, Oklahoma, Keith teaching position at a school in the
our Industry Advisory Committee Millheim (class of 63) has remained on western United States. Somehow,
Meeting and Senior Recognition Dinner the cutting edge of research and Stoney never made it to Colorado or
at the Marietta Country Club in April development of operational techniques Utah, at least not on a permanent basis.
2007. Dr. Ben Eaton, Dr. Dwayne Stone, within the oil and gas industry. A 1963 Instead, he served Marietta first as an
and Dr. Keith Millheim were recognized graduate of Marietta College with a instructor in geology and then later rose
for their contributions in the fields of degree in Petroleum Engineering and through the ranks to achieve the rank of
petroleum engineering and geology. holder of advanced degrees from the full professor before retiring twenty-nine
Upon graduation with a degree in University of Oklahoma and University of years later in 1993. While pursuing an
Petroleum Engineering from Marietta Leoben in Austria, Keith has worked advanced degree at the University of
College and, later, with a Ph.D. in the primarily in the private sector over his Utah in the late Sixties, he uncovered his
same field from the University of Texas, thirty-six-year career. As an engineer first dinosaur bones and the results of
Ben Eaton (class of 62) advanced his and consultant for some of the largest that dig continue to captivate
professional career at Conoco, Gulf Oil exploration and production companies generations of Marietta College
students and graduates. For many years,
Stoney led Marietta College students to
“... In the late Sixties, [Stoney] the site for extended study and he has
also taught a course for the College’s
uncovered his first dinosaur bones and Institute for Learning in Retirement in
the geology of the Marietta/Parkersburg
area. In 2001, shortly after his
the results of that dig continue to retirement, Dr. Stone established the
Stone Family Fund in honor of his father,
captivate generations of Marietta mother and brother. Providing resources
for Marietta College, the fund divides its
College students and graduates.” support between the Library and the
Board of Trustees with each able to
expend the funds as deemed
and Union Oil. Recognized industry-wide around the world, he has earned not only
2008 Hall of Fame Nominees
for his expertise in production and industry-wide recognition leading to his
drilling engineering, Ben then founded role with Anadarko Petroleum The HOF nominees for induction in
Universal Drilling and Engineering Corporation as manager of operations, 2008 are the late Robert Smith (Drilling
Consultants, a subsidiary of Texas technology and planning, and most Supervisor of Chevron and class of ’69),
United. From there, he went on to create recently to managing director of Global the late David Schaible (President and
Eaton Industries of Houston in 1975, Drilling, LTD., but also achieved COO of Newfield Exploration and class
retiring as president thirty years later. leadership within the academic sector as of ’83), and James Wilkes (friend and
The Eaton Method for pore pressure director of the Mewbourne School of supporter of the program).
prediction and fracture pressure Petroleum and Geological Engineering If you would like to nominate someone
prediction, accepted around the world, is at his second alma mater. When not for future induction into the Hall of
also his creation and serves as an serving as a special columnist for the Fame, please simply email your letter of
integral element of his current Journal of Petroleum Technology, he is nomination to firstname.lastname@example.org. We
enterprise, Eaton Pore Pressure contributing his time and expertise to a will research all candidates nominated.
Consultants. An accomplished author on number of professional organizations All nominees will be evaluated by a sub-
topics within the field, he extended his including the Society of Petroleum committee of the Industry Advisory
business expertise to the publishing Engineers. An SPE distinguished Committee (IAC) that is responsible for
industry purchasing a struggling firm and lecturer emeritus, he is also holder of the recommending nominees for induction
turning it into an impressive SPE Drilling Engineering Award and to the entire IAC for final consideration.
moneymaker just a few years later. An Distinguished Service Award. Once nominated, a candidate will remain
active committee member within AIME, When Dwayne Stone arrived at in consideration for a period of five years.
Ben was honored with the Rossiter W. Marietta College in 1964, it was with the We anticipate inducting two to three
Raymond Award in 1971. expectation that he would remain with individuals into the HOF each year.
SOOGA Awards Paul Fulton AADE Awards Scholarships to Six
Research Prizes Five Marietta College petroleum engineering majors were
Continuing in the long tradition of supporting awarded scholarships from the American Association of
undergraduate research in petroleum engineering and Drilling Engineers(AADE) this spring. Pictured left to right,
geology that benefits the local oil and gas industry, the this year’s recipients included Adam Esparza, Carter Shaver,
Southeastern Ohio Oil and Gas Association (SOOGA) Ashleigh Pottmeyer, Tanya Carr and Ardie Renze.The AADE
announced its 2006-07 research awards at its April meeting has been a strong supporter of our students for the past ten
in Marietta. John Schilling was awarded top prize of $1,500 years. Students have also expressed an interest in
for his research project. Lyle Sulfridge, Zachary Lemon, and organizing a chapter of the AADE on campus.
Karl Biermann also received awards for their efforts.
Six students have received $500 research stipends from the
fund for the 2007-08 academic year. Corey Tunnell, Jordan
Slavin, Chike Akah, Carter Shaver, Buddy Walker, and Clinton
Perkins are participating in undergraduate student research
projects this year.
The Department is always in need of fresh, practical ideas
for research projects that will benefit both our students and
the local industry. Please contact the Department if you have
any suggestions or if you would like to work with a student
on a project.
Senior Charles Reynolds and junior Wes Casto were also
awarded undergraduate student research grants from the
Ohio Space Gant Consortium of NASA in the amounts of
$3,000 and $2,000 respectively.
AADE Award Winners (L-R) Adam Esparza, Carter Shaver,
Ashleigh Pottmeyer, Tanya Carr and Ardie Renze
SPE Student Chapter News
Hannah Erb is serving as President of the SPE student chapter. Joining Hannah on the leadership team this year are Zach
Voithofer (VP), Dan Lopata ( Secretary), and Matt Dutko (Treasurer). Dr. Chase serves as chapter advisor. In addition to
organizing the trip to the SPE annual conference, the officers also organized a trip to Lexington, KY to attend the SPE
Eastern Regional Meeting. A ski trip to Seven Springs Resort in Pennsylvania took place in early February.
The group is looking for speakers for monthly meetings and also for the April 2008 annual spring technical meeting and
golf outing. If you would like to present a talk, please contact Dr. Chase at email@example.com.
The SPE Student Chapter is promoting “pride in your program” by selling some very special watches shown in the attached
photo. The watches have Seiko movements, stainless steel bands with adjustable clasps, water
resistant casings and a lifetime warranty. The watches are being sold for $75 and can be
purchased with either “Petroleum Engineering” or “Geology” on the watch face along with the
traditional Marietta College logo. For an additional $15 you can also receive a laser engraved key
ring, money clip and pen bearing the same logo as the watch. Please include $10 for shipping
Bill Blass monogrammed dress shirts ($35), tee shirts ($20), and golf shirts ($35) are also
available for purchase. Senior Ardie Renze can be seen sporting the dress shirt in the AADE
scholarship photo above. Note that shipping and handling are included in the price. If you are
interested in ordering shirts or watches, please send a check for the proper amount (or a generous
improper amount) payable to “Marietta College SPE” to:
Department of Petroleum Engineering & Geology
215 Fifth Street
Marietta, OH 45750
Colloquium on Petroleum Engineering Education Held in Houston:
Marietta Alums participate
Dr. Robert W. Chase, chair of the Department of Petroleum Engineering and Geology, attended
the Society of Petroleum Engineers’ Colloquium on Petroleum Engineering Education (CPEE)
held at the Woodlands Resort and Conference Center in the Woodlands, Texas, Jan. 7-10, 2008.
Chase served on the program committee that organized the event for SPE. He also chaired a
session of the CPEE entitled “Exploration and Production Competencies: Today vs. Tomorrow.”
Several other Marietta College graduates working in the petroleum industry made presentations
as part of Chase’s session. Cindy Reece '78, Manager of Global Upstream Technical Support for
Upstream Information Technology for ExxonMobil, presented a talk entitled “Enhancing
Engineers’ Value through Effective Use of IT Skills.” Rodney K. Bane '79, Division Subsurface
Supervisor for the Artificial Lift Group, discussed “Leadership Skills for the Oil and Gas Business:
What I Wish They would have Told Me 30 Years Ago.” Keith Millheim '63, managing director of
Global Drilling LTD, talked about “Teaching Innovation to Engineers.”
Scott Heck '80, Vice President for Amerada Hess, also served on the program committee and Dr. Robert W. Chase
co-chaired a session entitled, “Responding to Key Challenges for Today’s Petroleum Engineering
Departments” at the conference.
More than 100 representatives from the petroleum industry and petroleum engineering departments from around the U.S.
attended the conference. Dr. Ben Thomas also attended the conference from Marietta.
Freeman and Chase Co-Chair ERM Technical Program
Professors, Dave Freeman and Bob Chase co-chaired the technical program committee for the Eastern Regional Meeting
(ERM) held in Lexington, KY. The Eastern Kentucky section of SPE led by Robert Laughuer and Derek Hina entertained over
30 Marietta College students and faculty at the event. Students served a supporting role at the event as well and earned a
gift of $2,000 from the SPE section for their efforts.
Assessment/Accreditation Survey Help Needed from 1998-2003 Graduates
Periodically, the Department seeks information from
our alumni that is critical to our assessment efforts
and our continuing ABET accreditation. If you
graduated between the years of 1998 and
2003, we need your help! We need you to
complete a survey called a “5-10 Years Out Survey.”
If you graduated during the period 1998-2003,
please take the time to visit the following website
and complete the brief on-line survey that will help
us assess whether or not we are achieving our
program objectives. We are asking you to reflect on
your education after being out of school for five to
ten years. The survey should take no more than 5 to
10 minutes of your time and it will provide us with
data that we need for our next accreditation visit.
Every person completing the survey will receive one
entry in a drawing to win your choice of a
Department dress shirt or golf shirt!
My Back Pages... now in prominent positions within their
companies volunteering to serve on our
to the Department in support of our
wide range of needs and activities.
As I sit here typing the last page of this Industry Advisory Committee; all are Personally, I give ten times more to
newletter I am reflecting back on my united in one cause……making the Marietta College than I do my own alma
30th year at the helm of the Petroleum Engineering and Geology mater (Penn State in case any of my
Department. It is great to see our programs at Marietta College the best formers have forgotten!) because I
established alumni stepping up and that they can be. My 30 year believe in what we are doing here. And
supporting the program and the anniversary wish is that all of our alumni I split my gift between the Annual Fund
College in so many different ways. would commit to being part of this and the Department. I have to believe
Whether it is Cindy Reece, Clyde cause. that the education you received at
Crouch, Dave Pierce and Jeff Sherrick The transformation I have seen at this Marietta College is worth an investment
leading a campaign to honor Elmer institution over the last six or seven in the future of the students we have
Templeton with an endowed years has been nothing short of here now. I would love to be able to
scholarship; Kean Weaver, Don Ritter, spectacular. You all really need to come look at the list of donors to the College
Cindy Reece, and Jason Rebrook back to campus to see what has at the end of 2008, and be able to
accepting positions on the Board of transpired under the leadership of boast that alumni from the Petroleum
Trustees or Alumni Board; Marty Hupp President Jean Scott. But big changes Engineering and Geology programs
and Larry Stoltzfus running our annual carry big price tags and, to that end, we, were tops in terms of the percentage of
alumni golf outing in Texas; Ron Rinard the whole College, really do need your graduates among all programs
and David Worthington setting up support. supporting their alma mater. Help me
scholarships to support our students; There are obviously many ways you celebrate 30 years at Marietta College
Jim Metcalf throwing some support can support Marietta College…..you and give a little something back to
behind our men’s crew program; Tim can give to the Annual Fund, contribute Marietta College in ’08.
Maddox or John Stansfield sponsoring to our endowments like the Elmer Thanks!
a big field trip; Jerry James employing Templeton Scholarship Fund or the - Bob Chase
our students all year long; or others David Schaible Fund, or earmark gifts
Marietta, OH 45750-4017
215 Fifth Street
Department of Petroleum of Engineering and Geology