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  Chevron Champions

Andrei Popa is currently Reservoir Management Consultant within Chevron’s RM Upstream Capability unit. He has over 22 years of experience applying Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning technologies to complex optimization problems in the energy industry.  He has published more than four dozen papers on the subject, and co-author the book “Artificial Intelligence & Data Mining (AI&DM) Applications in the Exploration and Production Industry”. Dr. Popa’s service within industry organizations has earned him several awards including the 2015 SPEI “Distinguished Service Award”. He served on the SPE Board of Directors as the Western North America Regional Director (2015 – 2018). Since joining Chevron in 2002, Andrei has had multiple assignments including reservoir engineer, special projects lead engineer, subsurface team lead, and reservoir management supervisor. Since 2009 he has taught “Applied Reservoir Engineering” and “Natural Gas Engineering” at University at Southern California, and served as a guest lecturer for several course within the “Smart Oilfield” program.

Dr. Popa earned his Ph. D. and M.S. degree in Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering from the West Virginia University and he holds a B.S. degree in Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering from the University of Ploiesti.

Richin Chhajlani

Richin Chhajlani is currently Technology Manager at Chevron with 25 years of comprehensive, proven & highly successful track record in most aspects of upstream activities including responsibility for successful management of intense multi-million dollar offshore and onshore major capital projects with a Super-major. Proficient in strategic base business development and growth skills across many Asset Class. Well-versed in intercultural communication and negotiations in both, the operational and service sector of the oil industry, adaptability to diverse environments, and effective dealing with executive business partners & management in Southeast Asia, Europe, US and Africa. Expertise includes:

• Full-fledged project development in complex Deepwater, Heavy Oil, Shale Resources and conventional Asset class
• Entire spectrum of Asset Management
• Operational Excellence & integrated Services Management with proven safety record
• Comprehensive Petroleum Engineering & Earth Science Consultancy

Dallas Tubbs Dallas Tubbs is Asset Optimization Manager for Chevron’s San Joaquin Valley Business Unit’s Subsurface Optimization. Team members oversee all Chevron operated fields to optimize wells and reservoirs. Organization includes three reservoir teams, Well Reliability, Subsurface Information Management, and Surveillance, Analysis and Optimization staff.
Attila  Aksehirli is currently Reservoir Management Supervisor at Chevron in Bakersfield, California. He has over 20 years’ O&G experience with effective and efficient business engagement philosophy, situation analysis, strategy development and deployment resulted impactful leadership with result-oriented business discipline.
Carl Bloomquist
Brian Sullivan