Petroleum Engineering Alumnus of the Month - June 2010

Wednesday, July 07, 2010

Pam (Brooks) Logan

Pam (Brooks) Logan graduated from The University of Tulsa in 1990 with a bachelor’s degree in Petroleum Engineering.  She joined Amoco Production Company in Denver.  As with many new Amoco engineers, her first assignment was as a production engineer for the 100+ year old Salt Creek Field, Powder River Basin, Wyoming.  After several other assignments in production operations and reservoir engineering working both oil and gas fields, in 1997 Pam jumped at the opportunity to participate in Amoco’s year-long Petrophysics School back in Tulsa at the Amoco Research Center.  The year was invested in the integration of core, log, production, and simulation data and resulted in significant reserves additions and the publication of “Using Petrophysics to Improve Recovery:  Whitney Canyon-Carter Creek Field, Wyoming” in Society of Petroleum Well Log Analysts (SPWLA) technical journal, “The Log Analyst”.  Subsequently she returned to the business unit in Denver but left Amoco in 1999 when BP acquired the company.  After working for two small independent oil and gas operators on assets in California and Colorado she joined The Williams Companies in 2001 as an acquisitions engineer.  2005 brought another opportunity with MAP Royalty to prepare acquisition evaluations for this $1B natural gas royalty acquisition company.  In 2008 Pam returned to the operations side with Williams where she is currently a Sr. Staff Reservoir Engineer evaluating new plays and basins as part of an integrated team in the Exploration Group. 

In her own words... 

Why did you choose TU?

As the first person in my family to go to college, I didn’t have a well developed selection criteria, but TU made it easy.  The Petroleum Engineering Department was well respected in the industry, the scholarship they offered me was generous, and it didn’t hurt that my father’s drilling operations were nearby for occasional visits.  

Did TU provide you with a good education that prepared you for your career?

I chose TU because of the Petroleum Engineering Department but came to equally appreciate the role of the “Tulsa Curriculum” which added course requirements in the humanities, communication, and business to build the foundation my education.  These skills have served me well because the ability to communicate my engineering assessments has been just as important as the evaluations themselves.  

Any fond memories?

I enjoyed the multi-cultural aspects of being in the PE department.  My time at TU had such an international flare that was fun to have explored after class, at SPE functions, and on Spring Break ski trips.  I was amazed that my Norwegian and Swedish friends could still ski after such nights of partying.  Thankfully, I only kept pace with the skiing.

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