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Preparing the Next Generation Workforce for the Digital Transformation of the Oil and Gas Industry -- Interview with Dr. Jennifer Miskimins

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Preparing the next generation workforce for the digital transformation of the Oil & Gas Industry is a critical task. The Big Crew Change of professionals hired in the 1970s and 1980s is largely over with and a new generation is taking their place. Beyond the obvious changes in technology, what other skills will the new petroleum engineer need and what new challenges will they face in the digital oilfield 2.0?

Tune in to this 30-minute interview to gain insight into this industry expert’s personal views and professional experiences on how leadership challenges are similar yet different, in the world of digital transformation.

Interview with: Dr. Jennifer Miskimins, Associate Professor and Associate Department Head, Petroleum Engineering Department at Colorado School of Mines.

Interviewed by: Jim Crompton, Reflections Data Consulting / CO School of Mines

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Dr. Jennifer L. MiskiminsSpeakerDr. Miskimins holds BS, MS, and PhD degrees in petroleum engineering and has over 25 years of experience in the petroleum industry. Between her BS and graduate degrees, she worked for Marathon Oil Company in a variety of locations as a production engineer and supervisor. Dr. Miskimins started teaching at CSM in 2002 and was full-time until 2013 when she returned to industry. From 2013-2016, she continued to hold a part-time appointment at CSM, advising research and graduate students, while working for Barree & Associates. In 2016, she returned full-time to the university.

Dr. Miskimins specializes in well completions, stimulation, hydraulic fracturing, and associated production issues. She is the founder and current Director of the Fracturing, Acidizing, Stimulation Technology (FAST) Consortium and also co-directs the Center for Earth Materials, Mechanics, and Characterization (CEMMC). Her research interest focus on the optimization of stimulation treatments and the importance of such on associated recovery efficiencies.

Dr. Miskimins served as the first Completions Technical Director on the SPE International Board of Directors from 2016-2018. She was an SPE Distinguished Lecturer in 2010-2011 and 2013-2014 on hydraulic fracturing in unconventional reservoirs. Dr. Miskimins serves on a variety of conference organizing committees, including the SPE Hydraulic Fracturing Technical Conference and Exhibition, and as a technical editor for various journals. She is a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Colorado (License #36193).
James CromptonSpeakerJim retired from Chevron in 2013 after almost 37 years with the major International Oil & Gas Company. After moving from Houston to Colorado Springs, Colorado, Jim established the Reflections Data Consulting LLC to continue his work in the area of data management and analytics for Exploration and Production industry.

Jim was a Distinguished Lecturer for the Society of Petroleum Engineers in 2010-2011, speaking on the topic of “Putting the Focus on Data.” He is a frequent speaker at SPE webinars and conferences on Digital Oilfield/Intelligent Energy and the Data Foundation. His most recent topics include “Measure what Matters” (regarding to methane emissions management) and “The Digital Oilfield” (on recent technology advances in upstream oil and gas production operations). His interests lie in the full spectrum of the information value chain from data capture, data management, data visualization (telling stories with data), data access, modeling and analytics, simulations, and cybersecurity.