Dr. Stuart Scott
OWNER (Director of Technology)
Dr. Stuart L. Scott is a well-known technical authority in the areas of artificial lift, multiphase pumping, and production engineering/operations. He is a Distinguished Member of SPE and holds the ASME Henry R. Worthington Medal for “Eminent Achievement in the Evolving Field of Multiphase -Pumping.” Received the status of ASME Fellow January 2017.
Scott is currently the Director of Technology for Petroleum Emerging Technology Corporation (Petroleum ETC). From 2008-2016, he managed the Shell Deepwater Artificial Lift Technology Program and served several years as the Artificial Lift / Pumping Principal Technical Expert (PTE) for Shell globally. Before coming to Shell, Scott held the Bethancourt Professorship of Petroleum Engineering at Texas A&M University, was a faculty member at Louisiana State University (LSU) and worked for Phillips Petroleum Company in a variety of roles. He holds B.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Petroleum Engineering and a M.S. degree in Computer Science all from The University of Tulsa.
Brian Joseph Schwanitz (Stratigic Partnership Manager)
Brian is a graduate of Michigan Technological University in Applied Geophysics and has worked in the oil field service industry for the past 41 years, having spent 25 years with Schlumberger in various engineering and management positions. Brian joined Welltec® in 2002 as General Manager in Houston, Texas, where in six years, the US business grew from a single start-up location into 8 operating bases with over 80 employees. After two years as VP of Global Sales and Marketing at the company headquarters in Denmark, he took the position of Welltec’s VP of Latin America in Rio de Janeiro, followed by Senior VP of Middle East and North Africa and is now semi-retired, as the first Welltec Fellow, where he focuses on technical advising and industry associations.
Brian has 37 continuous years as an SPE member and has 28 published SPE papers and trade journal articles. He spent 13 years on the international board of ICoTA (Intervention and Coiled Tubing Association), serving two years as both chairman and treasurer. He was a SPE Distinguished Lecturer for 2012 – 2013, has presented 3 SPE Short Courses, currently serves on two API committees, and on the SPE Energy Information Committee for public education. In 2016 Brian was awarded the SPE Production Operations Distinguished Service Award at the ATCE in Abu Dhabi.
Charles Zimmermann is an Upstream Oil and Gas operations and projects leader, with 20 years’ experience in expanding project leadership roles with the super major BP, working across five global regions. In his last position, Mr. Zimmermann was Vice President of Projects in Egypt, where he was accountable for the planning and execution of the WND project, one of BP’s largest capital projects in the world. Prior to working in Egypt, Mr Zimmermann successfully delivered deepwater projects in Angola, Trinidad and Tobago, and Gulf of Mexico. Mr. Zimmermann has a proven track record of delivery with a bias to optimize for value and execute with predictability. He has also and has significant experience leading organizations through change and working collaboratively with national governments, contractors and international oil companies.
Business Development Strategist (Events & Venture)
Amanda Scott started her oil and gas industry career with Petroleum ETC in 2013 as an Event Coordinator. Her expertise in providing advisory services now spans across the entire energy value chain from think tank to commercialization and from concept to venture capitalists. She is a dynamic deliverer of training programs that incorporate client’s specific developmental needs, such as work protocols, technology training, safety and etiquette skills for young professional engineers.
Amanda oversees operations of Petroleum ETC’s Ventures and Events. She has obtained a challenging leadership position applying creative problem solving and lean management skills with a growing company to achieve ideal utilization of its resources and maximum profits. Through strategic marketing, branding, and strong partnerships, she has been able to drive successful businesses to reach and connect with their target markets.
Building a successful organization requires far more than talent and strategy, it boils down to one thing—passion. Amanda credits her passion for outstanding performance and a commitment to building long-lasting, trusting relationships with clients and key stakeholders as the foundation to her success. Her specialty is working with start-ups to produce performance breakthroughs in productivity and leadership.
Throughout her career, Amanda has led several initiatives in corporate strategy and operational excellence, which has given Petroleum ETC a strong foundation and framework in which to grow. Her highly-customized approach to each project ensures all projects are delivered on schedule, within budget, and with the highest level of quality. Her other focuses include client services, account management, internal/external communications, marketing communications, non-profit association management, training material development and implementation, and O&G event marketing. Additionally, Amanda is a passionate supporter for women’s leadership roles and an activist for human-trafficking victims.
Amanda is certified by Rice University, through the university’s Leadership & Decision Making in the Energy Industry Program (with a focus on Oil & Gas, Petrochemical, Renewable and Electric Energy).
Event Logistics (EVENTS & Communications Manager)
Nicole is a Houston-area event planner who focuses on creating balanced events while maintaining the creativity of each client. Her work in the Petroleum industry began in 2015. At Petroleum ETC, Nicole manages our Vesting opportunities to provide memorable, life-enriching experiences for all attendees.
She helps determine Petroleum ETC’s events and training strategy to better serve the industry as well as optimize the delivery of Petroleum ETC’s services nationally and globally. She is a recognized thought leader on the disruptive trends facing the various segments of the O&G emerging technology industry. When it comes to event planning, her target is time management while still allowing space for attention to detail as well as holding a flawless, innovative technical production. Her degree is in Accounting and Business Management. As a young professional in the Houston area with a strong entrepreneurship mindset she has been on the Young Professionals Board for Big Brothers Big Sisters since 2013 and a Committeemen with the Houston Livestock Show Rodeo since 2015, where she enjoys spending her spare time.
intern (EOR Venture)
Kristopher Hildebrand came onboard in May 2018 as an Intern focused on supporting Petroleum ETC's new tech startups, with specific focus on Lift ETC. Kris engages in planning and research for new technologies.
Kris will graduate in 2019 with a Petroleum Engineering degree from The University of Tulsa. Kris is active in a variety of organizations at TU including Kappa Alpha Order and Reformed University Fellowship. He is the Executive Board Secretary for The University of Tulsa SPE Student Chapter and a Justice on the Student Association Judicial Committee. Kris enjoys backpacking, hunting, and fishing in his free time.
Dr. Cem Sarica
Advisor - Co-FOunder (Venture)
Cem is currently serving as professor of petroleum engineering and the director of three industry supported consortia: Fluid Flow, Paraffin Deposition, and Horizontal Well Artificial Lift Projects at the University of Tulsa. His research interests are production engineering, multiphase flow in pipes, flow assurance and horizontal wells. He has over 200 publications. He is a well-known expert in the multiphase production and transportation and Flow Assurance subject matters. He independently consults and teaches short courses in these areas through (FFE). F.H. “Mick” Merelli/Cimarex Energy Professor of Petroleum Engineering, The University of Tulsa, President, Fluid Flow Experts (FFE), LLC
Production Facilities Manufacturing Director (Validate & Venture)
Al began as a Product Manager and Executive Sales Representative for Oil States Industries. Responsible for the rebirth of a dying product line, and global integration of the MSV into multiple markets and applications. An (SME) Subject Matter Expert regarding the (MSV) Multiport Selector Valve with over 25 years’ experience in the Oil & Gas Industry; committed to providing the latest technology and highest quality, service and support. Al possesses the latest design, engineering, automation, commissioning, service skills, understanding and dedication to providing the exact disciplines required for all your current and future manifold/skid, production, well testing and storage solutions.