JUNE 18-21, 2018 in San Antonio, Texas

Frac School


About the Event

Coming June 18-21, 2018 at the Hill Country Hyatt Resort and Spa in San Antonio, Texas.

Frac School is now open for ONLINE registration.

About the Instructors


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Jerry Jensen

Dr. Jerry Jensen joined the Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering in 2007 after 10 years in industry (Schlumberger and Gearhart Ind.) and 20 years at academic institutions (Texas A&M and Heriot-Watt Universities). He is coauthor of more than 100 publications, including the books Statistics for Petroleum Engineers and Geoscientists (Elsevier 2nd Edition, 2000, and reprinted 2003) and Practical Reservoir Engineering and Characterization (Elsevier, 2015).  Learn more



Mark Mulkern

Experienced operations manager with field management and engineering design focus. Organized, highly motivated, and detail-directed problem solver. Task-oriented individual with strong leadership capabilities. Track record of motivating and supervising incident-free field locations. Proven ability to direct projects from concept to fully operational status. Learn more



Steve Wolhart

Steve Wolhart is the Southern Region Business Development Manager for Liberty Oilfield Services (LOS).  Prior to joining LOS, he worked at Liberty Resources (LR) which is a Denver based operator with properties in the Williston and Powder River basins.  Before that he led Pinnacle (a Halliburton service) and was Director of the Hydraulic Fracture Engineering Center of Excellence at Halliburton.  Responsibilities included the application of advanced fracture diagnostics for optimizing fracture completion, well placement and infill drilling strategies, the design and evaluation of hydraulic fracturing treatments, reservoir engineering, and integrated field studies.  Steve has also worked for the Gas Research Institute and Exxon.  Steve is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) and was a Distinguished Lecturer for SPE in 2001-2002.  He has authored or co-authored more than thirty-five papers on hydraulic fracturing, advanced hydraulic fracture diagnostics, restimulation and reservoir monitoring.  Steve is a licensed Professional Engineer in the state of Texas.  He is a graduate of Texas A&M with a degree in mechanical engineering and a MBA from Southern Methodist University.  Learn more



John Ely

John with three partners founded Ely & Associates, Inc. This company is dedicated to providing a blend of practical and technical expertise on well completion, stimulation fluids and equipment, and reservoir analysis. John holds several patents and has numerous publications, including a book titled “Stimulation Treatment Handbook / An Engineer’s Guide to Quality Control”.  He is also a contributing author to the S.P.E. monograph on hydraulic fracturing, writing the chapter on hydraulic fracturing fluids and fracture fluid selection. He is a member of the American Chemical Society, The Society of Petroleum Engineers, and is a fellow of the American Institute of Chemistry. Learn more


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Dr. Stuart Scott

Dr. 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.



Nicholas N. Deutsch

Nick has successfully represented clients in a wide range of areas, including product liability, complex commercial litigation and environmental matters. He has represented numerous Fortune 500 companies in high-stakes litigation in state and federal courts throughout Texas and the nation and has also advised energy industry clients in regulatory matters. Nick’s extensive litigation experience includes the resolution of complex discovery disputes, motion practice, expert witness work, and settlement negotiations, and he has successfully obtained the dismissal of numerous cases through dispositive motions and through early settlement negotiations.  Publication: Michael Gray, Nicholas Deutsch & Melissa Marrero, Current Regulatory Issues Regarding Hydraulic Fracturing, Society of Petroleum Engineers Paper SPE-184859-MS, January 25, 2017.  Learn more


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Eric Schmelzl

Eric Schmelzl has more than 25 years of drilling and completions experience in the Western Canada Sedimentary Basin. He spent almost 20 years of his career with a major international oilfield service company in a broad range of technical and managerial roles, encompassing all aspects of drilling and completion operations. He then worked as a drilling and completions engineer for several Canadian oil & gas producers, and he was also self-employed as an independent consultant as the industry moved towards the exploitation of unconventional reservoirs. Eric holds a B.S. in mechanical engineering from the University of Calgary. Learn more

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