Message From The Chair

Farewell to Chairperson Robert Schaaf and Welcome New Chairperson Baldev Gill

Dear Friends and Members of SPE,

After 3 years as LASPE Chair, I am finally able to step aside. Baldev Gill, one of our past chairs, has graciously agreed to be the 2019-2020 LASPE Chair. Mr. Gill has over 18 years of professional experience and academic research in the areas of reservoir simulation, field development, gas blow down studies, and asphaltene precipitation and wettability. He has worked in the North Sea, Houston, West Texas, Michigan, Hague, Wyoming, and California for large international companies including Schlumberger and Royal Dutch Shell. He has a BEng (Hons) Chemical Engineering, a MSc Computer Aided Engineering, and a MSc Petroleum Engineering from Imperial College London. He also has a Masters in Chemical Engineering from Rice University. In addition, Mr Gill is a Chartered Chemical Engineer, A Chartered Petroleum Engineer and is a Fellow of the Energy Institute and a Fellow of the Institute of Chemical Engineers in the UK.

Currently he is a Petroleum Operations Coordinator for the City of Long Beach’s Energy Resource Department. Mr. Gill has also led the team putting together the SPE Western Regional Meetings in 2015 and 2018, he was also selected to be on the 3 Year SPE International Cedric K. Ferguson Medal Award Committee. Please welcome Baldev back has our new Chairperson.

In leaving, I look back that my three goals when I became Chair were to restore financial sustainability, re-establish the Annual Charity Golf Tournament, and continue a strong technical program at our Luncheons. With the great help of Francois Florence and Susan Weinfurther, the LASPE financial position is strong and able to support programs well into the future. JR Smoyer of Tiger Wireline and Ryan Kwong of CRC have led the successful annual tournaments the last 3 years. The Golf Tournament has made scholarships and other student support at USC and Cal State Long Beach possible. Our Luncheons have continued every month with great speakers including this month’s presenter, Don Clarke. Don is one the most respected geologist in the area.

Finally, I would also like to thank Dr. Ted Frankiewicz and Brian Tran who have both given countless hours to help keep the LASPE going strong.

So, with that, I wish Baldev good luck in the year ahead.

Robert Schaaf
SPE LA Basin Section Chair 2016-2019