Chairperson's Monthly Newsletter August, 2021

Section Members,

Can you believe summer is almost over? With summer vacations winding down and school about to start, many of us have returned (or are soon returning) to the office at least a few days a week. Although returning to the office has its own set of challenges, many companies (both in and out of the energy space) are providing more flexible options including designated work from home days or flexible days to come into the office. As an industry, we’ve learned to be flexible by finding innovative methods to reduce costs, operating with capital discipline in a tumultuous environment, and now (hopefully), incorporating just a little more flexibility to better balance our work/life responsibilities.

Speaking of balancing work/life responsibilities, our Dallas Section members have continued to stay engaged in the section’s activities despite the virtual burnout. Last month, our study group meeting featured Detlef Hohl with Shell who presented modern machine learning examples that have impacted established petroleum engineering practices. Our programs meeting featured Ted Brandt with Marathon Capital discussing trends in the energy market with a focus on investment with renewables. The YPs are still going strong with their in-person networking events. I’ve been to a handful of them now and it feels so great to see SPE colleagues from all ages and all backgrounds networking and exchanging experiences and insights. The next YP event will be on August 26th (register here) and I hope that all of you can make it out to one of these events soon.

Now to the final announcement: I’m pleased to inform you that we have finally found a space to hold our monthly meetings! Our next monthly meeting will be held on Wednesday September 1st at the Norris Conference Center in Dallas (near the intersection of I-35E and 635) beginning at 11:30am featuring one of our own, Mr. Dwayne Purvis. A few key things to note:

  1. Address is 12005 Ford Rd #200, Dallas, TX 75234 located inside Brightwood College (Norris Conference Center is on the second floor).
  2. Ample free parking is available in the open lot shared by Brightwood College
  3. Lunch will be provided with your registration but please be sure to register early so we can provide an accurate headcount. Last minute or day-of registrations will not be guaranteed lunch so I urge you to register here at least one week before the meeting or earlier.
As we transition to indoor in-person events, I urge all of you to please get vaccinated if you are able to do so. Although the Delta variant is affecting both vaccinated and unvaccinated people, the majority of folks who have been hospitalized in recent weeks have been unvaccinated. COVID hospitalizations have already risen 101% in the last 2 weeks and cases are expected to surge to critical levels limiting bed capacity by September if no behavioral changes are made (UTSW). We are about to reach a highly anticipated milestone of meeting in person again and I’d like each and every one of you to do your part to make this transition successful and safe. I look forward to seeing all of you at our upcoming events!


Pragnya Maruwada
(469) 682-6554


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