Heading to India later in November so these trips are just warmups.
06.11.2015 - 14.11.2015
The SPE Latin American and Caribbean Petroleum Engineering Conference (LACPEC) is the major E&P conference in the region. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to present a keynote address, present awards, meet with students and local industry leaders. I have always enjoyed Quito. Here with student Chapter leaders and faculty from five local Universities.
I attended a BBQ with local industry leaders.
The YP leaders from around the region had a workshop; I had a keynote address.
I had an afternoon as a tourist and have way too many pictures to include.
In addition to Quito I had a few domestic trips in between my last long trip and my next one!
Back in the USA
On the day I landed from Azerbaijan we went to the Houston Grand Opera's performance of Tosca. Tosca is of course a favorite 'first' opera. Puccini's music is great and the story is hyper melodramatic... jailbreak, two suicides, torture, attempted rape, a murder and an execution. Yes, all the components for a great opera. We went to Dallas the next day for an opera (Great Scott). Friday night in Houston we went to a third opera in 8 days, Eugene Onegin.
I visited the University of Texas and spoke to a massive group of students and answered questions at length.
I went to the University of Houston with another group of petroleum engineering students. They also had a lot of questions and were very engaging.
Finally, I went to the University of Oklahoma over the weekend just before my trip to Quito. We toured impressive labs, met various faculty members and really enjoyed the art museums. The Roman busts from the Capitoline museum were great. I really enjoyed the Adkins collection but I was blown away by the impressionistic art at the Weitzenhoffer collection. The display left me with a much warmer feeling than seeing these masterpieces in a typical museum setting.
We toured OU and spent a lot of time at the amazing Galileo exhibition at the library. Seeing the original works by Copernicus, Brahe, Newton, Einstein, Euler, Kepler and more... it was really powerful. The library has very classical study study rooms and immersive 3-D visualization.
We went into OKC for dinner with local industry leaders and ate atop the impressive Devon towers. Here is the lobby.
Travel this trip (basically includes airport to airport) 6,266 miles. SPE travel to date 254,110 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): 32
United Arab Emirates
United Kingdom (Scotland, England)
Operas this month = 3 Operas to date = 30