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Mexico and Brazil

After the Middle East trip we saw the Houston Grand Opera version of Götterdämmerung (Wagner) and then drove to Fort Worth for their version of Carmen (Bizet). Back to Houston for The Abduction from the Seraglio (Mozart). Great time for opera considering that we had just had a backstage tour and joined HGO as patrons.

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The Mexico trip was awesome as we spent time at UNAM, PEMEX and with the local SPE section. UNAM's Petrobowl team won the 2015 International contest and I had promised to visit. We also visited the Mexico City LDS temple briefly.

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We flew to Merida for more students and the LDS temple there. The next day we took some personal time and drove to Tulum and had dinner at Noma Mexico. We had previously eaten at Noma in Copenhagen when it was rated the number one restaurant in the world. Two of the Mexico City restaurants we had (in prior trips) enjoyed are now in the world's "top 15." Noma Mexico was an unbelievable treat and we managed to see the local ruins. The a quick drive to Carmen and a flight home. large_IMG_0933_1_.jpglarge_90_IMG_0944_1_.jpglarge_90_IMG_0949_1_.jpglarge_90_IMG_0934_1_.jpg

Not much time at home and then off to Brazil. I flew to Sao Paulo and drove to Campinas for a meeting with UNICAMP and then a quick flight to Rio. In Rio we met with the local SPE section, Petrobras, Young Professionals and at UFRJ, the 2016 Petrobowl champions! Nice lunch and meeting with local Baker Hughes leaders.

At UNICAMP there is the Fundação de Desenvolvimento da Unicamp or FUNCAMP. This does not seem as hilarious to the locals as it does to me.

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Great group at UNICAMP.

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Also toured a lot of labs. Just a few of those pics.

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At UFRJ we had a lot of enthusiasm. Three consecutive female SPE Chapter Presidents!

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It was back to Houston and a keynote speech at the Gulf Coast Section Awards banquet. large_DAto4KPXkAEjzdC.jpglarge_yu_li.jpg

Only a few more days and then off to Europe again.

Other Blogs

You can of course read about my barbecue at This site
My Baker Hughes reservoir blog is here.
My (old) blog detailing my 18 months in Hong Kong is here,

Travel this trip (basically includes airport to airport) 13,015 miles. SPE travel to date 533,465 miles. Round trip earth to moon is 477,800 so almost back!

Countries to date (my counting rule is basically that I spent the night there with some sort of SPE content...not just went through the airport like New Zealand or Panama): 43
Australia
Austria
Azerbaijan
Bahrain
Belgium
Brunei
Canada
China
Colombia
Czech Republic
Denmark
Ecuador
Finland
France
Germany
Ghana
Kuwait
Indonesia
India
Ireland
Italy
Malaysia
Mexico
Nigeria
Netherlands
Norway
Oman
Qatar
Russia
Saudi Arabia
Singapore
Spain
Sweden
Switzerland
Thailand
Trinidad & Tobago
Turkey
United Arab Emirates
United Kingdom (Scotland, England)
USA
Vietnam

Operas this month =3 Operas to date = 77

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Northeast USA from Boston to Detroit (the long way)

This was an unusual "all American" trip. The gf accompanied me as we flew to Boston. I spent the day at the SaudiAramco research facility and addressed their staff along with the staff at Detroit and Houston via teleconference. Jan and I went to the Boston LDS temple and spoke at some length with my old Stanford professor (from the business school) Steve Wheelwright and his wife. We drove to Hartford, CT (LDS temple there) and then to Trumbull where I spoke to a group of Unilever engineers on sustainability. Very intriguing to see the points of view of this different industry (where my daughter works). The differences were less than the similarities as they were into additive manufacturing, nanotechnology, big data, etc.

Over the weekend we met my college roommate and his wife for two operas at the Met along with a Frick visit. Church in Manhattan and then off to Pennsylvania, My Philadelphia talk got shifted to Tuesday so we decided to spend Monday morning at Gettysburg and enjoyed a historical tour and the temple in Philadelphia. I addressed student chapters at Penn, Penn State, Pitt and the SPE section in Pittsburgh. The next stop would be the Detroit SaudiAramco research facility but we stopped by Columbus Ohio en route.

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LDS temple in Boston
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Metropolitan Opera, New York
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Philadelphia Art Museum. Can't see this without the theme from ROCKY being in my head....
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Philadelphia LDS temple
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Penn State students and a famous Professor!
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SPE Section and a few pics in Pittsburgh
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A few shots from the Detroit research facility of SaudiAramco. I learned a lot there.

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CERA week with my friend Bandar Alkhamies. Note my car's license plate.

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Other Blogs

You can of course read about my barbecue at This site
My Baker Hughes reservoir blog is here.
My (old) blog detailing my 18 months in Hong Kong is here,

Travel this trip (basically includes airport to airport) 3,980 miles. SPE travel to date 477,090 miles. Round trip earth to moon is 477,800 so almost back!

Countries to date (my counting rule is basically that I spent the night there with some sort of SPE content...not just went through the airport like New Zealand or Panama): 43
Australia
Austria
Azerbaijan
Bahrain
Belgium
Brunei
Canada
China
Colombia
Czech Republic
Denmark
Ecuador
Finland
France
Germany
Ghana
Kuwait
Indonesia
India
Ireland
Italy
Malaysia
Mexico
Nigeria
Netherlands
Norway
Oman
Qatar
Russia
Saudi Arabia
Singapore
Spain
Sweden
Switzerland
Thailand
Trinidad & Tobago
Turkey
United Arab Emirates
United Kingdom (Scotland, England)
USA
Vietnam

Operas this month =4 Operas to date = 70

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New York, Doha and Abu Dhabi

This month's map

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Baker Hughes' annual executive leadership meeting is usually held in Houston but this year we went to the GE leadership training facility in Ossining, New York. (https://www.facebook.com/pages/GE-Global-Learning-Crotonville-Leadership/166479726706324)
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It is an impressive facility and several GE executives spoke to us.

After the meeting I spent Saturday with my daughter touring the Frick museum (my favorite), going to the opera (Rigoletto set in Las Vegas, c. 1960) and dinner. It was a fun break before the long flight to Doha. large_90_IMG_0072.jpglarge_IMG_0071.jpglarge_180_IMG_0091.jpg

Meetings in Doha and Abu Dhabi were primarily for Baker Hughes but I did manage to have dinner with a few local SPE members.

Other Blogs

You can of course read about my barbecue at This site
My Baker Hughes reservoir blog is here.
My (old) blog detailing my 18 months in Hong Kong is here,

Travel this trip (basically includes airport to airport) 12,350 miles. SPE travel to date 473,110 miles. Round trip earth to moon is 477,800 so almost back!

Countries to date (my counting rule is basically that I spent the night there with some sort of SPE content...not just went through the airport like New Zealand or Panama): 43
Australia
Austria
Azerbaijan
Bahrain
Belgium
Brunei
Canada
China
Colombia
Czech Republic
Denmark
Ecuador
Finland
France
Germany
Ghana
Kuwait
Indonesia
India
Ireland
Italy
Malaysia
Mexico
Nigeria
Netherlands
Norway
Oman
Qatar
Russia
Saudi Arabia
Singapore
Spain
Sweden
Switzerland
Thailand
Trinidad & Tobago
Turkey
United Arab Emirates
United Kingdom (Scotland, England)
USA
Vietnam

Operas this month =2 Operas to date = 66

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Houston! Great to be home for a few weeks!

I go from President-elect to President

The SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition (ATCE) is the big annual meeting for the Society of Petroleum Engineers. This year's Houston meeting was a huge success. I spent less time on the exhibit floor than normal! The SPE Board meeting precedes the ATCE and as the incoming President my schedule is hectic. I will leave out all the committee meetings, filming of videos, teleprompter practices, etc. However, we do have some fun. On Thursday night we had a dinner at the home of Roger Hite, an old friend and incoming Director. My gf has also made many friends on these SPE trips and it was fun for her to see old friends.

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The Board meetings started for me on Wednesday AM and continued in earnest through Sunday. I spoke many times for the Board, as a keynote at the R&D Technical section, at the Presidential luncheon, recording welcoming greetings for various upcoming meetings, speaking to the YPs at their reception, kicking off the Petrobowl, leading the industry advisory board discussion, etc. Helge turned the gavel over to me on Wednesday and I gave my first speech as SPE President.

Along the way I had a LOT of #SPElfies taken and have published over 75 of them here.

Here are a couple for fun. I will add a lot more ATCE 2015 pictures in a separate post.
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These are the U of H students

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Finally, as my first act as SPE President I spoke to a Baker Hughes audience for their annual technology awards banquet.

It wouldn't be long for my Presidential year to kick off in full swing as I left for Utah and California the next morning!

Other Blogs

You can of course read about my barbecue at This site
My Baker Hughes reservoir blog is here.
My (old) blog detailing my 18 months in Hong Kong is here,

Travel this trip was just back and forth to downtown so I didn't add any! SPE travel to date 207,193 miles.

Countries to date (my counting rule is basically that I spent the night there with some sort of SPE content...not just went through the airport like New Zealand or Panama): 29
Australia
Austria
Bahrain
Belgium
Brunei
Canada
China
Colombia
Czech Republic
Denmark
Germany
Kuwait
Indonesia
Italy
Malaysia
Mexico
Netherlands
Norway
Oman
Qatar
Saudi Arabia
Singapore
Switzerland
Thailand
Turkey
United Arab Emirates
United Kingdom (Scotland, England)
USA
Vietnam

Operas this month = 0 Operas to date = 21

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