Petroleum Engineering Alumni Newsletter - May 2010

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Jack Wahl, Dr. Mohan Kelkar, and Roger JarvisOn April 22nd, The University of Tulsa' College of Engineering and Natural Sciences held its 2010 Hall of Fame dinner and ceremony, where it inducted its new honorees. This year, the College inducted three people, including two Petroleum Engineering alumni: Jack Wahl and Roger Jarvis.

Jack Wahl and FamilyAfter proudly serving in the U.S. Army and receiving the Purple Heart for his service in World War II, Jack Wahl earned his Bachelor of Science in Petroleum Engineering from The University of Tulsa in 1949. Wahl went on to become president, consultant and petroleum engineer for James A. Lewis Co. Ltd. in Alberta, Canada, for over 10 years. Using the expertise gained there, Mr. Wahl formed Columbian Northland Exploration Ltd. and served as its President. When this company merged with Great Basins Petroleum Co., he became CEO and majority shareholder and managed all operations in Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom and Africa. After selling Great Basins Petroleum Co. and enjoying retirement in Bermuda, Mr. Wahl has achieved great success as president of Richmond Oil & Financial Holdings Ltd.

Roger Jarvis and FamilyEntrepreneur Roger Jarvis (BSPE ’76) has an exploration track record that’s the envy of the energy industry. In 2001, Ernst & Young named Jarvis its Entrepreneur of the Year and Worth magazine named him one of the nation’s top 50 public CEOs. In 2005, Norsk Hydro bought his oil and gas exploration start-up, Spinnaker, for $2.7 billion. As CEO of King Ranch from 1988 to 1995, he guided the turnaround of the 150-year-old Texas institution and established King Ranch as the largest producer of citrus, cotton and fine grains in the United States while continuing its tradition as the nation’s largest beef operation. His managerial and entrepreneurial drive is now behind Common Resources, which has quickly become one of the most successful independents in the domestic gas shale plays.

Roger Jarvis, Dr. James Brill, Dr. Cem Sarica and guestsI want to congratulate both of these individuals for their outstanding success. On April 22nd, I had an opportunity to visit both of them as well as their families. We visited the North Campus and toured our research facilities. This was followed by lunch hosted by the Petroleum Engineering department in their honor. I had wonderful conversations with both of them. If there was one common theme which emerged from our discussions, it is their advice to new students: “Pay attention to the details.” This is short but succinct advice applicable to young students trying to make an impression in a company. Both Jack and Roger expressed the need for hunger in order to be successful. Both of them are very good in sports. Jack was an avid golfer for many years and won many tournaments until his back problems simply became too much for him to play. Roger was a star quarterback at his fraternity and played many sports while at TU. He still enjoys throwing a baseball with his teenage sons. While on a visit, Roger told me that he has just sold his new company, Common Resources. I am certain that within a few months, we will hear about some new venture he has started.

While visiting both these individuals, I realized that there are many alumni from the department who probably have many success stories to share. I would encourage you to share with us so that we can pass those stories on to our alumni.

Keep sending your comments.

Mohan Kelkar
Chairman and Williams Endowed Chair Professor

Petroleum Engineering Dept.