Tom Blasingame is a Professor and holder of the Robert L. Whiting Professorship in the Department of Petroleum Engineering at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. He holds B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees from Texas A&M — all in Petroleum Engineering. In teaching and research activities, he focuses on petrophysics, reservoir engineering, analysis/interpretation of well performance, exploitation of unconventional reservoirs, and technical mathematics. He also holds a joint appointment in the Department of Geology and Geophysics at Texas A&M. He served as Assistant Department Head (Graduate Programs) for the Department of Petroleum Engineering at Texas A&M from 1997 to 2003 and has been recognized with several teaching and service awards from Texas A&M.
Blasingame is 2021 President of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE), an SPE Distinguished Member of (2000), and the recipient of the SPE Distinguished Service Award (2005), the SPE Uren Award (for technology contributions before age 45) (2006), the SPE Lucas Medal (SPE’s preeminent technical award) (2012), the SPE DeGolyer Distinguished Service Medal (2013), the SPE Distinguished Achievement Award for Petroleum Engineering Faculty (2014), and SPE Honorary Membership (2015). He has served as an SPE Distinguished Lecturer (2005-2006) and as the SPE Technical Director for Reservoir Description and Dynamics (2015-2018). He has prepared approximately 160 technical articles and has chaired numerous technical committees and technical meetings.
Zachary Evans is a senior storage engineer for WSP, with over a decade of experience in Appalachian basin underground gas storage, specializing in reservoir characterization and performance monitoring, well integrity assessment, well test analysis, regulatory compliance, workover prioritization, employee hiring and training, and capital project oversight, and growth and expansion project coordination. Before joining WSP, he worked in directional drilling and open-hole logging as an MWD/LWD engineer and senior field engineer for Schlumberger in Saudi Arabia, Malaysia, and Australia.
Evans has been the SPE Regional Director for North America since 2019. He began his involvement with SPE as treasurer of the West Virginia University Student Chapter. He was program chairman of the Appalachian Section from 2010 to 2012 and has served as chairperson of the Appalachian Section from 2012 to 2019. He served on the SPE Eastern Regional Meeting Technical Program Committee in 2009 and as the meeting’s chairperson in 2014 and 2019. Evans is a member of the underground storage planning committee of the Southern Gas Association and a former member of its Natural Gas Connect Planning Committee. He chaired the Underground Storage Roundtable in 2013, 2014, and 2020. He also has been an Appalachian Gas Measurement short course lecturer on underground storage. Evans holds a bachelor’s degree in petroleum and natural gas engineering from West Virginia University.