Board of Directors:
- Chair: Sudhir Pai, Autonomous Energy Ventures
- Vice Chair: Larry Strader, GeoControl Systems
- Secretary: Brian Harvie, Jacobs
- Treasurer: Henk Mooiweer, Innovenate
- Sahana Annadorai, Cumin Ventures
- Genie Bopp, KBR (past Chair)
- Dan Carson, Rice University
- Jeff Davis, Exploring 4 Solutions
- Linda Ham, NASA Johnson Space Center (ex-officio)
- David Horsup, Ecolab
- Maurice Nessim, Schlumberger
- Emmanuel Urquieta, Baylor College of Medicine
- Haibin Xu, Shell (ex-officio)
- Doug Zimpfer, Shell (ex-officio)
- Sudhir Pai (Chair), Genie Bopp, Linda Ham (non-voting), Brian Harvie, Henk Mooiweer, Larry Strader,
Haibin Xu (non-voting)
- Sudhir Pai (Chair), Genie Bopp, Linda Ham (non-voting), Brian Harvie, Henk Mooiweer, Larry Strader,
- Genie Bopp (Chair), Brian Harvie, David Horsup, Henk Mooiweer, Sudhir Pai, Larry Strader, Emmanuel Urquieta, Haibin Xu (non-voting)
- Henk Mooiweer (Chair), Sahana Annadorai, Genie Bopp, Jeff Davis, Linda Ham (non-voting), Brian Harvie, Sudhir Pai, Larry Strader, Emmanuel Urquieta, Doug Zimpfer (non-voting)
Sahana Annadorai was a Lead Chemist at Nalco Champion, An Ecolab Company, focused on specialty chemical development for the upstream oil and gas industry. Sahana has worked in the past in developing fit-for-purpose chemistries, synthesis, technical support, as well as product life-cycle management, and leads a versatile team in troubleshooting various customer and internal projects. With prime focus on project management, she has a track record of facilitating cross-functional teams for executing and deploying a multitude of complex projects effectively and collaboratively. She is one of the youngest scientists in the industry to be awarded a US patent for her work on hydrate inhibitor design and formulation that has since solved multiple production issues in the deepwater production space. She has authored several peer reviewed papers and a book chapter on fluorous chemistry. Sahana holds a Ph. D. in organic chemistry from Iowa State University. She is a member of Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) and American Chemical Society (ACS).
Genie Bopp, Vice President of Strategic Relations for KBR, is also the Director of Collaboration for the Human Health and Performance Contract at the NASA Johnson Space Center. She began at NASA JSC in 1987 in the Space Station Science Office, planning the Space Station Freedom experimental laboratory complement of hardware and analytical capabilities as well as the crew health care requirements. She has managed departments and projects since 1994 in multiple areas including: the Flight Experiments Mission Manager for biomedical experiments on Shuttle, Medical Sciences Flight Projects, Extended Duration Orbiter Medical Project, Space Medicine and Biomedical Research Department. She is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati and the University of Houston Executive Development Program. She is a certified Kepner Tregoe Project Management Instructor. In 2011, she was elected Fellow of the Aerospace Medicine Association (AsMA) She currently serves on the Board as Treasurer/Secretary of the AsMA Foundation. She also chairs the Board of Directors for the Technology Collaboration Center of Houston, is on the Advisory Council for SpaceCom and the Board of Directors for the Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership (BAHEP).
Dan Carson is the Schlumberger Chair of Advanced Studies and Research and Professor of Biochemistry at Rice University. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania, his Ph.D. from Temple University and did postdoctoral studies at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. He was a faculty member at MD Anderson Cancer Center for 15 years before becoming Chair of the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Delaware. In 2009 he joined the faculty at Rice University where he has served as Dean of the Wiess School of Natural Sciences and Vice Provost for Strategic Partnerships. He has authored >170 scientific publications and is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He has served on many editorial boards and scientific grant review panels and been the recipient of many federal grant awards including an NIH MERIT award. Dr. Carson’s research focuses on role complex cell surface components play in normal development and cancer.
Exploring 4 Solutions
Jeffrey R. Davis, MD is the founder and CEO of Exploring 4 Solutions, LLC, and an executive-in-residence at the Laboratory for Innovation Science at Harvard. He is a recognized international leader and consultant in strategic innovation, human system risk management in health care systems, and space and aviation medicine. He provides consulting expertise and experience in strategic innovation through collaborative and open innovation projects, organizational change management, and project management. Jeff’s unique experience and insights across government, academic, corporate and non-profit sectors provide a depth of technical knowledge that builds bridges between various disciplines and partners. He is a frequent speaker and author about open innovation. Prior to Exploring 4 Solutions, Jeff served as the Director, Human Health and Performance, and the Chief Medical Officer for the NASA Johnson Space Center. He received his B.S. degree in Biology from Stanford University, an M.D. degree from the University of California at San Diego, and a Master of Science degree from Wright State University.
NASA Johnson Space Center
Executive Committee (non-voting)
Linda Ham is the Head of NASA Johnson Space Center’s Partnership Development Office where Linda and her team facilitate collaborations with diverse industries, other government agencies, universities and research institutes. With over 30 years of experience with NASA, Linda held a multitude of operational, technical and management roles including serving as the first woman Flight Director in the Mission Control Center for Space Shuttle missions and as Manager of Space Shuttle Program Integration, a $13.6B program with over 19,000 contractor and civil servant employees. During her NASA career, Linda also led the Constellation Program’s Technology Development efforts and chaired the Facility Control Board which determined the priorities, budgets, and schedules for the Program’s facility needs across the Agency. Linda served as a NASA Executive Liaison to the Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Lab in 2003. Linda also chairs the Innovation Research Interchange’s Federal Lab Activity Group and represents JSC with the Federal Laboratory Consortium. Linda holds a M.S. in Astronautical Engineering from Naval Postgraduate School, an MBA from Rice University, a B.S. in Mathematics and a B.S. in Applied Science from the University of Wisconsin, Parkside.
Brian is the Manager for External Pursuits for the Jacobs Clear Lake Group in Houston, TX, and is responsible for partnership and business development with NASA Johnson Space Center (JSC) under the JSC Engineering Technology and Science (JETS) Contract. He has been with Jacobs for 9 years, primarily in engineering management roles. Prior to this, Brian was a program manager at start-up Eclipse Aviation when the company was awarded the National Aeronautic Association Collier Trophy in 2005 for the development of a technologically advanced private jet. Brian also served as a Captain in the United States Air Force in systems acquisition and engineering roles on various fighter and cargo aircraft used by the US and foreign allies. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and Master of Business Administration, both from the University of Texas at Austin.
David Horsup is the Vice President of Nalco Champion’s Global Research, Development and Engineering (RD&E) operation for their Oilfield Business. He is passionate about driving innovation and empowering his team to ‘connect the dots’ between disparate industries to solve the toughest challenges faced in the oil and gas sector. He leads a team of ~250 scientists and engineers distributed across eight technology centers around the globe. Previously, David was the Vice President of Nalco Energy Services’ global RD&E function and has served in various upstream and downstream technology leadership positions during his 25 years in the oil and gas industry. David holds a Ph.D. in Emulsion and Surfactant Science and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemistry from The University of Hull, United Kingdom. He has authored numerous papers and patents in the area of oilfield technology. He currently serves on the Technical Advisory Board of Pumps and Pipes Houston, Singapore’s A*STAR Technical Review Board, and is a board member of the People Helping People Foundation International - a non-profit dedicated to helping the poorest of the poor in the Philippines.
Henk Mooiweer, Founder and owner Innovenate LLC, is an innovation expert and consultant who successfully led many disruptive and high impact opportunities to Proof of Concept and implementation. In his 25-year career at Shell he effectively managed the development of multiple complex business opportunities and many, often unconventional, external partnerships. As Adjunct Professor at Rice University he studies and teaches approaches to make individuals better inventors and innovators.
Maurice Nessim, President of WesternGeco, is also the Chairman of the IAGC Board and Foundation Board Member of the SEG. With over 30 years of oil and gas industry experience in various management and technical positions Maurice has BS and MSc degrees in physics and geophysics and has won several prestigious awards and patents. He authored and co-authored over 25 papers that have been presented in various international conferences. He has been an SEG Active Member since 1991 and is a member of the EAGE, SPE and AAPG. In 2014, he was the SEG Director at Large and in 2017 was elected as board member for the SEG foundation and was named chairman of the IAGC in 2017. Maurice has been leading the World’s leading Geophysical exploration company since 2015. His current responsibilities include the development and implementation of the corporate vision and strategies associated with geophysical business. His visionary outlook positioned WesternGeco as the partner of choice in Mexico’s sweeping energy reform. His technology innovation leadership brought world-class IsoMetrix* marine, UniQ* land, Omega* data processing and Inversion advanced technologies to the industry for unrivaled subsurface imaging in any environment. Today he is pioneering WesternGeco’s progressive transformation into an asset-light business, built on WesternGeco’s leading position in multiclient, data processing and geophysical interpretation services. Implementing a vision that capitalizes on WesternGeco’s digital technology and digital assets to accelerating hydrocarbon discovery.
Sudhir Pai, based in Houston Texas, is President and CEO of Autonomous Energy Ventures. He has strong interests in energy, renewables, space, robotics and everything digital. He recently successfully completed a long, illustrious and exciting career at Schlumberger as Managing Director, Robotics services business. Sudhir held a variety of management, technology and business leadership positions within Schlumberger, including VP & GM of Completions business, GM of Schlumberger operations Mumbai India and more recently MD at Liquid Robotics Oil and Gas (LROG), a Schlumberger start-up JV. In June 2015, he was promoted to the board of LROG. His more than 30 years of worldwide oilfield services experience included assignments in corporate planning, supply chain, human resources, service quality, and health, safety & environment. He has worked in 9 countries including Middle East, India, UK and USA with focus on client relations, business & technology, service quality and personnel development. He holds several patents. Sudhir holds a degree in electrical engineering from Uni of Bombay. He is an active member of Society of Petroleum Engineers; was the vice-chairman of Arctic Technology Conference (ATC-2018), an Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) event. He is on advisory boards of SpaceCom, Energy Drone Summit and Subsea Systems Institute. In April 2016, Sudhir was recognized by the United States National Diversity Council with the 2016 Texas Multicultural Leadership Award. He is deeply involved in World Alliance Solar Impulse Foundation, United Way of Houston and KinkaidConnect mentor program at daughter’s school.
Larry holds a Bachelor of Science in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering from Purdue University, as well as a Master of Business Administration from Rice University. During his 30 years working in the aerospace community, Larry held multiple technical and managerial roles. Larry was the Business Development, Sales Executive for Jacobs Buildings and Infrastructure, PMCM. In this role Larry provided owner’s representative services to the healthcare, higher education, K-12, and commercial markets. Previously, Larry was a Department Director at L-3 Communications where he oversaw 500 people working NASA, NOAA, and FAA contracts. Prior to that position, Larry was the Senior Vice President of Operations at Enterprise Advisory Services, Inc. where he managed over 350 employees across a portfolio of government and commercial contracts. Larry provides a unique perspective to clients given his executive management and business development experience at small and large businesses.
Baylor College of Medicine
Emmanuel Urquieta holds a medical degree from Anahuac University in Mexico City and a master of science in aerospace medicine from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. Emmanuel completed a diploma in emergency medicine and then worked for Mexico City’s Department of Public Safety as a flight surgeon in the Helicopter Emergency Medical Service "Condors" where he participated in hundreds of rescue missions and aeromedical evacuation within the Mexico City metropolitan area. He holds a private pilot certificate and an open water scuba diver certificate. He has volunteered in medical missions in underserved regions throughout Mexico and in Nigeria, Africa. He was a volunteer paramedic for the Mexican Red Cross for more than 5 years. Emmanuel has participated as a crew member of an analog mission at NASA Johnson Space Center: in 2017 he was selected to participate in the Human Exploration Research Analog (HERA) XI mission where he spent 30 days in a capsule simulating a deep space long duration mission. This mission aimed to understand the behavioral and physiological effects from isolation and confinement. He currently serves as scientist at the Translational Research Institute for Space Health, where he manages different research projects in different areas going from radiation protection to psychological changes during deep spaceflight. Dr. Urquieta has a dual faculty appointment as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine and Center for Space Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine. During his free time he likes to design LEGO rocket ship models and spend time with his wife and daughters.
Executive Committee (non-voting)
Haibin Xu has worked at Shell since 2006, mostly in upstream technology and business. He started in exploration and development for 6 years; then became a petrophysics team lead and new ventures team and project manager, followed by a year working on corporate strategy, specifically related to Shell’s global LNG strategy, and Shell China upstream strategy. Currently Haibin is the regional manager for Shell Research Connect and Shell GameChanger in the US, responsible for Shell’s university & national lab research collaborations in the US as well as early stage investments in energy startups. Prior to Shell he worked for 4 years for Schlumberger. He holds a Ph.D. degree in Geophysics from Stanford University in 2002.
Doug Zimpfer leads the Wells Automation Technology development for Shell. Doug has been with Shell for the past five years, after spending nearly 30 years developing Guidance, Navigation and Control Technology for human space systems. As the team lead for automation technology, he is responsible for developing and deploying automation, data analytics and robotics technology to improve the safety and efficiency of Shell’s wells operations including drilling, completions and abandonments. Shell has developed software to employ AI to support front end planning and real-time drilling operations, digital systems for improved logistics and systems for automating drilling operations. Doug has a BSEE from The Ohio State University and MSEE from the University of Houston. He has been involved in the development, management and commercialization of technology in various aspects throughout his career.