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About Us

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A dynamic regulatory environment and sophisticated resource owners make the modern era of energy production far more complex than it was 30 years ago. Technological advancements in deep-water operations, wind energy and unconventional shale resources present new challenges for energy professionals. Leaders need flexible and creative commercial arrangements to accommodate operations.

Our Energy Management Program equips students to successfully meet these challenges by training them in business, geoscience, petroleum operations and law. Elective coursework provides students with increased understanding of environmental issues, sustainable development, energy trading, and alternative energy solutions.


Advisors

  • Dave Amend - Houston
    Sr. Executive Vice President, Houston Energy Inc.
     
    P. David Amend has over 34 years of experience as a Petroleum Landman and previously held positions at Texas Oil & Gas Corp., Hamman Oil & Refining Co., Amend Energy Co., MG Oil & Gas and TECO Energy. He is a member of the Houston Association of Petroleum Landmen, the American Association of Professional Landmen (AAPL) and the AAPL OCS Committee. Mr. Amend graduated from the University of Texas with a BBA in Petroleum Land Management.
  • Harold Carter - Dallas
    Principal, HDC Energy Company
    Harold D. Carter, a director of Abraxas since October 2003, has over 40 years of oil and gas industry experience and has been an independent consultant since 1990. Prior to consulting, Mr. Carter served as Executive Vice President of Pacific Enterprises Oil Company (USA). Before that, Mr. Carter was associated for 20 years with Sabine Corporation, ultimately serving as President and Chief Operating Officer from 1986 to 1989. Mr. Carter has served as a director of Longview Energy Company, a privately-owned oil and gas exploration and production company, since 1999. Mr. Carter also serves as Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children. Mr. Carter previously served as a director of Abraxas from 1996 to 1999 and as an advisory director from 1999 to 2003. Mr. Carter also previously served as a director of Brigham Exploration Company, a publicly-traded oil and gas company, from 1998 to 2011 and as a director of Energy Partners Ltd., a publicly-traded oil and gas exploration and production company, from 2000 to 2009. Mr. Carter received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Petroleum Land Management from the University of Texas and completed the Program for Management Development at the Harvard University Business School.
  • Jim Devlin - Corpus Christi
    Vice President-Land, Suemaur Exploration & Production, LLC
    Devlin graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Business Administration, majoring in Petroleum Land Management. While at The University, Devlin was President of the Student Landman’s Association and was named Outstanding Senior in the Petroleum Land Management Program. Devlin also received the prestigious University of Texas Cactus Goodfellow Award.

    Devlin began work as a Landman with Harkins & Company. In 1990, Devlin joined Suemaur Exploration, Inc. as Land Manager. Devlin is now Vice President – Land and is a co-owner, Director and Secretary of Suemaur Exploration & Production, LLC and its affiliated entities.

    Devlin served as a Director of the American Association of Professional Landmen for numerous years and chaired the American Association of Professional Landmen 1990 Annual Meeting. He is currently Chairman of the AAPL Ethics Committee and past Chairman of the Education Committee. Devlin has served on several additional committees within the AAPL, including the Nominations Committee, Long Range Planning Committee, Publications Committee and the Issues Management Committee. Devlin has served as President of the Corpus Christi Association of Professional Landmen and co-chaired the CCAPL Skeet Shoot for seven years.

    Devlin is a Director of the John G. and Marie Stella Kenedy Memorial Foundation. Devlin serves on the Governing Board of the Driscoll Children’s Hospital, including the Compliance, Quality, Joint Conference and Bylaws committees. Devlin also served as President of Driscoll Hospital’s Development Foundation Board for two terms. Devlin served on the Board of Governors of the Art Museum of South Texas as well as its Executive Committee and received its Chairman’s Award. Devlin is a former Director and member of the Executive Committee of the Incarnate Word Academy School Board and former chair of its Finance Council.
  • Dan Dinges - Houston
    Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation 
    Dan O. Dinges joined Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation in September, 2001 as its President and Chief Operating Officer, and a member of its Board of Directors.  In May, 2002 he assumed his current position as Chairman, President and CEO.  Prior to joining Cabot, Dinges held various management positions over 20 years with Noble Energy.

    Dinges is a current director of the American Exploration & Production Council (formerly Domestic Petroleum Council), America’s Natural Gas Alliance, Spitzer Industries, Inc., United States Steel Corporation, the Foundation for Energy Education, the Boy Scouts of America, and Palmer Drug Abuse Program.  Dinges is also a member of the All-American Wildcatter’s.  He graduated with a BBA degree in Petroleum Land Management from The University of Texas.
  • Bobby Floyd - Midland
    President, CrownQuest Operating, LLC
    Mr. Floyd graduated from The University of Texas in 1983 with a B.B.A. in Petroleum Land Management. Upon graduation, he worked as a Landman for Sabine Corporation in its West Texas Division from 1983 to 1988. During that period, Mr. Floyd managed Sabine’s 4,000,000+ acre mineral and royalty portfolio.  In 1988 he formed R.W. Floyd Oil & Gas Properties to engage in the acquisition and exploration of minerals and royalties throughout the United States.  In 1996, he joined Tim Dunn and co-founded the predecessor entities for  CrownQuest Operating, LLC,  where he serves as President. Mr. Floyd is a current member of the American Association of Petroleum Landmen, Permian Basin Landmens Association and IPAA.  He also founded or co-founded various entities engaged in the acquisition of minerals, royalties, and ranch land including Mallard Royalty Partners. Mr. Floyd and his wife have four children.
  • Eric Hanson - San Antonio
    Hanson Production Company
    Bio to come.
  • David Kalish - Austin
    Area Land Manager, Statoil
    Bio to come.
  • Bill Phillips - Dallas
    Land Manager North American Exploration, Hunt Oil Company

    W.B. (Bill) Phillips is Land Manager, North America Exploration for Hunt Oil Company in Dallas, Texas. Bill received a PLM degree from The University of Texas at Austin and has over 35 years of industry experience. Bill has extensive experience domestically and internationally as former Vice President of Land for The Wiser Oil Company and Business Development Manager for Marsh Operating Company. Bill is a frequent speaker to various industry trade organizations as well as universities such as TCU. Bill is member in the DAPL, PBLA, HAPL, AAPL and has served on the board of the Marcellus Shale Coalition. He currently serves on the board of the Dallas Wind Symphony and the McCombs Energy Management Program’s Advisory Committee as its chair. He is an instrument rated multi engine pilot, likes to hunt, plays bad golf and is along standing member of the UT Longhorn Alumni Band.

  • Larry Svab - Houston
    VP Land North American Shale Production, BHP Billiton Petroleum (Americas) Inc.

    Mr. Svab began his career with Shell Oil Company in July of 1980. Worked as a Landman in the Rocky Mountain Land Division from 1980 to 1984. In 1984 was promoted to District Land Manager handling the Rocky Mountain States, then the Okahoma/Appalachian District, the Michigan Land District and finally the Pacific Frontier Land District, which comprised Alaska (Offshore and Onshore), and the exploration efforts in California (Offshore and Onshore). In 1987 was promoted to Division Land Manager over the Rocky Mountain Land Division including west Texas and the Pacific Frontier areas of Alaska and California. In 1989 was promoted to Contracts & Negotiation Manager and transferred to Pecten International Company (international subsidiary of Shell Oil). While in Pecten worked on or supervised EP Petroleum Contracts work involving projects in Africa, Middle East, Asia, Pacific Rim, Caribbean and Latin America. In 1995 transferred to Shell Gas Products and Services (SGPS) as Business Development Manager. In 1996, SGPS reorganized into Shell Midstream Enterprises (SME). At that time became the Vice President of Transformation & Marketing Communications for SME. In 1998, SME completed its merger with Tejas. At that time became Manager Partner Strategy & Competitive Intelligence for Shell Deepwater Development. In May, 2000, return to Land to rebuild Shell’s US Land & Contracts Organization. In 2003, was appointed to the position of Regional Manager, Contracts & Joint Ventures for EP Americas. Retired from Shell in October 2010 after 30 years of service.

    After retiring, began a consulting career working on projects in the USA and Australia for various clients including BG and BHP Billiton. Officially joined BHP Billiton as an employee in January 2012 as Vice President Land in the North America Shale Production Division.

    Family: Married (wife; Cathy) with 2 children (Brittany 23, John 18)
    Brittany graduated from Southern Methodist University (SMU) in Dallas with a Mechanical Engineering Degree (BioMedical specialization) and works for TD Industries in Dallas.
    John is a second year Chemical Engineering student at Texas Tech University
    Residence: Katy, Texas
    Hobbies: Working on my small Hill Country ranch, and other outdoor activities

  • Greg Wilson - Fort Worth
    Regional Land Manager, Western Land Services
    Bio to come.
  • Brooks Yates - Dallas
    Chairman of NAPE, Ventex Operating Corporation
    Bio to come.

Faculty

  • Dr. Paul M. Bommer
    Bommer headshot Bommer is a senior lecturer in the Petroleum Engineering Department at The University of Texas at Austin and the newest member of the PETEX advisory board. He has 25 years of drilling and production experience in industry and has been teaching for eight years at UT. He was a member of the National Academy of Engineering committee that investigated the BP – Macondo Blow Out and the NOAA committee that estimated the flow rate from the Macondo blow out. Bommer’s father and grandfather were Texas oil men, so he knows firsthand the importance of understanding the fundamentals of the petroleum business.

    Professor Bommer received his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in petroleum engineering from The University of Texas at Austin.

  • Dr. John C. Butler
    John Butler headshotButler’s research focuses on the Decision Sciences: decision analysis, operations, information systems, management science and statistics. He serves as secretary/treasurer of INFORMS Decision Analysis Society, an organization comprised of over 900 academics and practitioners in the field of decision analysis.

    For the Energy Management and Innovation Center (EMIC), Dr. Butler is focused on building energy-specific business curriculum. He teaches MBA-level energy finance classes and supervises student participation in practicums and case competitions.

    Professor Butler received his B.B.A. from Texas A&M University and his Ph.D. from The University of Texas at Austin.
  • Dr. William L. Fisher
    William FischerFisher's research has focused in the areas of stratigraphy, sedimentology, and oil and gas assessment. In 1967 he introduced the concept of depositional systems, now a household term and a fundamental part of modern stratigraphy and sedimentology, as well as the basis for modern resource assessment by class or play. In 1987 he led an assessment team for DOE that turned around the then-prevalent view of natural gas scarcity. He has championed the importance of technology in resource availability and has been a leader in the rethinking of the significance of reserve growth from existing, geologically complex oil and gas fields.

    Professor Fisher holds a B.S. and D.Sc. (Hon.) from Southern Illinois University, a M.S. and Ph.D. in geology from the University of Kansas, and a D. Eng. (Hon.) from the Colorado School of Mines; he received the Presidential Citation (equivalent to an honorary doctorate) from The University of Texas at Austin.

  • Dr. Gregory Frebourg
  • Dr. Carey W. King 
    Carey King Head ShotKing's research focuses on energy systems and how they work together and within the environment. Carey's research interests focus upon:

    (i) relating measures of net energy to economics;
    (ii) understanding how technology and policy can interact within the nexus between energy and water;
    (iii) integration and transition to increased renewable energy production;
    (iv) the economics and life cycle of system-wide/integrated carbon capture and storage infrastructure; and
    (v) promoting objective analyses of energy tradeoffs for energy education, decision-making, and policy development for natural resources.

    Professor King received both a B.S. with high honors and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin.
  • Dr. Paula C. Murray
    Paula Murray Murray, Paula C. Associate Professor, Department of Business, Government and Society Paula Murray received her B.A. from Baylor University and her J.D. from The University of Texas at Austin. Her research and teaching interests include real estate and environmental law, wills, trusts, and estates.

     

  • Dr. Fran Pedersen
    Fran Pedersen Head Shot Previously a lawyer, Pedersen felt she found her true calling when she began teaching business law courses eight years ago. Since then, she has made it one of her goals to make each her students feel like an individual and not just another number in the lecture hall.

    “Anyone who has had Professor Pedersen knows how much time and effort she puts into students learning,” says Ian Beckcom, senior finance student. “She is the only professor I know who actually takes the time to know the name of every single student she has.”

    Pedersen hopes to ignite her students into being passionate about her course material so that they will see how easily it applies to their lives as students and in the workforce.

Student Spotlight

The Energy Management Program (EMP) directors choose one EMP student each year that best exemplifies the talent, drive, and personal growth encouraged within our program for our Student Spotlight. EMP students are value-centered leaders who are making a difference in the world of energy and the world at large. EMP congratulates these up-and-coming leaders, and hopes that this honor garners the encouragement and exposure they deserve. See below for our student spotlights. 

Contact


Dr. John C. Butler
Director 
butlerjc@mccombs.utexas.edu 

 


Tanya_Andrien
Tanya Andrien
Associate Director 
tanya.andrien@mccombs.utexas.edu




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Jessica Miller

Program Coordinator
jessica.miller@mccombs.utexas.edu