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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 industry challenges by training them in business, geoscience, petroleum operations, and law. In addition to interdisciplinary course work, students are given multiple experiential learning opportunities and industry connections with domestic and global companies.


  • Dave Amend - Houston
    Sr. Executive Vice President, Houston Energy Inc.
    David Amend HeadshotP. 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, HDBC Investments Limited
    Harold Carter HeadshotHarold 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. He 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. He 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
    James Devlin HeadshotMr. 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.

    Mr. Devlin began his career in the oil and gas industry as a Landman with Harkins & Company. In 1990, Devlin joined Suemaur Exploration, Inc. as Land Manager. Devlin is now Vice President of Land and is a co-owner, Director and Secretary of Suemaur Exploration & Production, LLC and its affiliated entities.

    Mr. Devlin served as Secretary of the Executive Committee and is currently a Director of the American Association of Professional Landmen. He is currently chairman of the AAPL Forms Committee and is past chairman of the Ethics and Education Committees. Devlin has served on numerous additional committees within the AAPL, including the Nominations Committee, Strategic Planning Committee, Publications Committee and the Issues Management Committee. Devlin is past President of the Corpus Christi Association of Professional Landmen.

    Mr. Devlin serves on the Executive Committee of the Governing Board of Driscoll Children's Hospital, including the Compliance, Compension, Joint Conference and Bylaws committees. He also served as President of the Development Foundation Board of Driscoll Children’s Hospital. Mr. Devlin is a past Director of the John G. and Marie Stella Kenedy Memorial Foundation, including its Audit and Investment Committees.  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. He 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 management positions over 20 years with Noble Energy.

    In May 2015, Dinges was appointed chairman of the American Exploration & Production Council, a national trade association representing 31 of America’s premier independent natural gas and oil exploration and production companies. He also serves on the executive committee of America's Natural Gas Alliance, and serves as director of United States Steel Corporation, Houston Methodist Research Institute, Boy Scouts of America, Spitzer Industries, Inc., Palmer Drug Abuse Program, and The Foundation for Energy Education. Dinges is a member of the All-American Wildcatter’s. He received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Petroleum Land Management from The University of Texas.
  • Bobby Floyd - Midland
    President, CrownQuest Operating, LLC
    Bobby Floyd HeadshotMr. 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.
  • Erik Hanson - San Antonio
    Abaco Operating, LLC
    Bio to come.
  • David Kalish - Austin
    Tug Hill Operating
    David Kalish Headshot

    David Kalish is Area Land Manager / Land Leader, Bakken Business Unit, US Onshore for Norwegian based Statoil.  He graduated from the University of Texas with a Bachelor of Business Administration, majoring in Petroleum Land Management.  Upon graduation, Mr. Kalish began his career with Eagle Oil & Gas Co. in Dallas and then moved to Midland to open their Permian Basin office.  Later, David’s passion for land work persuaded him to become an independent landman and he continued as an independent in Midland for the majority of his career working primarily in the Permian Basin, Texas Panhandle and Texas Gulf Coast areas, along with being the founder or co-founder of several oil & gas companies engaged in oil & gas operations and the acquisition of royalties and minerals.  In 2005, David joined Brigham Oil & Gas, L.P. in Austin as Area Land Manager working the Bakken shale play in the Williston Basin and remained in that position until December, 2011 when Brigham was acquired by Statoil.  David is a member of the Austin Professional Landmen’s Association (2012-13 President), Houston Association for Professional Landmen, American Association of Professional Landmen (2013-14 Director and 2014-15 Forms Committee Chairman) and serves on the Advisory Committee for the McCombs Energy Management Program at The University of Texas.

  • Bill Phillips - Dallas
    Land Manager North American Exploration, Hunt Oil Company

    W.B. (Bill) Phillips is Land Manager, North America New Play Development for Hunt Oil Company in Dallas, Texas. Bill received a PLM degree from The University of Texas at Austin in 1976 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 a member in the DAPL, PBLA, HAPL, AAPL and has served on the boards of the DAPL and 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, golf and is a long standing member of the UT Longhorn Alumni Band and President of the newly created Longhorn Band Foundation. Bill lives in Lucas, Texas, north of Dallas with his wife Cathy and has two children.

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

    Larry Svab HeadshotMr. 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 Oklahoma/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, he returned 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 Vice President of Land in the North America Shale Production Division in January 2012.

    Family: Married (wife; Cathy) with 2 children (Brittany, John)
    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 senior in Chemical Engineering at Texas Tech University.
    Residence: Katy, Texas
    Hobbies: Working on my small Hill Country ranch, and other outdoor activities

  • Greg Wilson - Fort Worth
    Senior Vice President of Land, Bounty Minerals

    Greg Wilson Headshot
    Mr. Wilson graduated from the University of Texas in 1979 with a BBA in Petroleum Land Management.  He enjoyed a 35-year career with Marshall R. Young Oil Co.; a Fort Worth based oil and gas exploration company, and served as its Vice President of Land. Mr. Wilson is currently the Senior Vice President of Land at Bounty Minerals, founded recently by legendary oilman, Jon Brumley.  He is a member of AAPL, FWAPL and PBLA.

    While attending the University of Texas, Mr. Wilson was an enthusiastic member of the Longhorn Band, Kappa Kappa Psi and Phi Kappa Psi fraternities. He is now an active member of the Longhorn Alumni Band and serves on the Advisory Board for the Longhorn Band Foundation.

  • Brooks Yates - Dallas
    Vice President, Land Ventex Oil and Gas Inc.

    Brooks Yates Headshot

    Brooks Yates is Vice President-Land and Partner of Ventex Oil & Gas, Inc. in Dallas, Texas and has over 30 years’ experience as a landman. He previously held positions at Hunt Energy Corporation and Placid Oil Company, as well at The Rudman Partnership. He is a member of the American Association of Professional Landmen where he has served on the Executive Committee as Treasurer, a director three terms, Chairman of the NAPE Operators, Marketing, Publications, and Education Foundation Fundraising Committees. Yates presently sits on the Investment Advisory Council, NAPE Advisory Board and Industry/Public Relations Committees. He served on several committees in the Dallas Association of Petroleum Landmen, a three term director, and was President in 1992 and 2008. He was awarded Landman of the Year by DAPL in 2009, and one of TIPRO’s Texas Top Producers in 2013.

    Yates has served as deacon and on various committees at Highland Park Presbyterian Church, been associated with Texas Scottish Rite Hospital in multiple ways for several years, Park Cities YMCA, Boy Scouts of America, and he and his wife have three children, all of who have been at UT in recent years.


  • 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. Gregory FrebourgFrebourg received his masters in sedimentary geology and his doctorate in sedimentology from the University of Geneva, Switzerland in 2006 and 2010. His research interests lie in carbonate and clastic sedimentology from continental to abyssal realms, sedimentological processes in eolian and subaqueous environments, micropaleontology and sequence-stratigraphy. Before becoming a professor at The University of Texas at Austin, Frebourg was an assistant in micropaleontology and sedimentary petrography at the Department of Geology and Paleontology at the University of Geneva, Switzerland from 2006-2010. Frebourge also has a number of distinguished publications.
  • 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 Dr. Murray is the "Associate Professor" for the "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 of 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.


Dr. John C. Butler


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Brooks Hanna
Program Coordinator, Industry Outreach