A&M Qatar Discussion & Update

Dr. Mark Weichold, Dean & CEO TAMU Qatar

Tuesday, March 8, 2016


Dr. Mark H. Weichold
Dean and CEO of Texas A&M Qatar

Dr. Mark H. Weichold is an electrical engineer and has worked for General Dynamics Ft. Worth Division, Motorola in Austin, TX and the U.S. Army Electronic Technology and Devices Laboratory in Ft. Monmouth, NJ. He joined the Electrical Engineering faculty at Texas A&M University in 1982 and now holds the title of Professor. His research interests include electron device fabrication process development, device design and characterization. He has authored more than 80 journal articles, conference papers and scientific reports and holds three US patents. At the University’s main campus, he served as the Dean of Undergraduate Programs and Associate Provost for Academic Services. In 2009, he was recognized as a Regents Professor for his outstanding work and exemplary contribution to Texas A&M University. In 2013, he was awarded the Abdullah bin Hamad Al Attiyah International Energy Award for ‘Lifetime Achievement for the Advancement of Education’. He is a Fellow of the IEEE, a member of the American Physical Society, and a registered professional engineer in the State of Texas.

In January 2007, Dr. Weichold became Dean and CEO of Texas A&M University’s branch campus in Doha, Qatar. Since its inception, Texas A&M at Qatar has grown to more than 500 currently enrolled students, including 50 graduate students and over 80 faculty members. Of the more than 600 graduates, nearly half are Qatari nationals and 40% are female. Texas A&M at Qatar is also home to a dynamic research program with more than $160 million in cumulative funding that supports responsive research projects closely aligned with the goals of Qatar National Vision 2030.

Dr. Weichold is a recognized expert in international engineering education, invited to speak at conferences and meetings in Canada, Greece, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Sweden, the United Arab Emirates, the United States, and of course, Qatar. He has also held leadership positions in international conferences, forums, and symposiums including the International Petroleum Technology Conference, the Doha Carbon and Energy Forum, the Higher Education Leadership Asia Summit, the 19th International Conference on Neural Information Processing, the World Congress on Engineering Education, the SPE Intelligent Energy Conference, International Conference on Cognitive Radio Oriented Wireless Networks, and the IEEE Wireless Communications and Networking Conference.

After completing nine years as the Dean and CEO of Texas A&M at Qatar, he returned to College Station and assumed the role of executive director of the Halliburton Global Engineering Program at Texas A&M University. In that role, he directs all aspects of overseas education related activities for the Dwight Look College of Engineering including identifying and developing opportunities for international experiential education, study abroad, international internships, and collaborative capstone design projects.

A&M System Update

John Sharp, Chancellor of The Texas A&M University System

Tuesday, January 12, 2016


Chancellor John Sharp
The Texas A&M
University System

John Sharp was appointed chancellor of The Texas A&M University System by the Board of Regents on Sept. 6, 2011. As chancellor, Sharp leads the 19-member system, which has an annual budget of $4.2 billion. Enrollment at the A&M System’s 11 universities and health science center has grown to more than 137,000, and externally funded research expenditures are in excess of $932 million.

The system’s flagship, Texas A&M University, stands among the nation’s top research universities for total research expenditures and is the only Texas institution of higher education listed in the National Science Foundation’s top 20.

Sharp brings with him more than three decades of public service. He came to the A&M System from Ryan & Company, where he was a principal with the largest state and local tax consulting firm of its kind in Texas.

He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Texas A&M University in 1972, where he was a member of the Corps staff of the Corps of Cadets and was elected student body president. Upon graduation, he was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the United States Army Reserves. He belongs to American Legion.

In 1976, Sharp received a master’s degree in public administration from Southwest Texas State University while working full-time with the Legislative Budget Board in Austin. In 1978 he opened a one-man real estate firm in Victoria and became a successful small business owner. That same year he was elected to the Texas House of Representatives and was named “Outstanding Freshman” by Texas Monthly. He won a seat in the Texas Senate in 1982, where he served on the powerful Senate Finance Committee, and was elected to the Texas Railroad Commission in 1986.

Sharp was elected state comptroller in 1990 and re-elected in 1994. When he took office, he quickly began working to fulfill his pledge to “make government work more like our most successful businesses.” Eight years later, he reinvented Texas state government and turned it into a high-quality, low-cost customer service operation that has saved taxpayers billions, helped avert a state income tax and served as a model around the world.

Sharp has been married to Charlotte Han of Austin since 1978. They have a son, Spencer, and a daughter, Victoria. The Sharps are active members of their church and are involved in many community and humanitarian efforts.

TXDOT Update

Lt. General Joe Weber ‘72, USMC (Retired)Executive Director of the Texas Department of Transportation

Tuesday, November 10, 2015


Lt. General Joe Weber ‘72, USMC (Retired)
Executive Director of the Texas Department of Transportation

LtGen Joe Weber, USMC, (Ret) serves as executive director of the Texas Department of Transportation.

Under the direction of the Texas Transportation Commission, he is responsible for the strategic direction and overall management of TxDOT’s policies and operations. He maintains relationships with elected leaders all over the state and represents TxDOT before the Texas Legislature.

Weber’s goal is to provide and maintain a safe and reliable transportation system for the 26 million people who live in the great state of Texas, and to support transportation as an economic development tool that makes Texas the best destination for businesses and visitors.

Prior to TxDOT, Weber served as vice president for Student Affairs at Texas A&M University, where he was responsible for the oversight of more than 900 student organizations and activities and all co-curricular student services and support associated with student development and success.

In his 36 years in the United States Marine Corps, Weber served in numerous command and leadership positions throughout the United States and overseas, including tours in Europe, South America, Southeast Asia and Iraq. Weber honed his management and leadership skills on and off the battlefield, where he trained, educated and prepared thousands of Marines, Sailors, Soldiers and Airmen for combat across the world theater. During those assignments, Weber also was responsible for the supervision of a variety of infrastructure projects which included road, port, aviation and rail systems to include their associated maintenance and upkeep.

Weber was born in Weimar, Texas, and grew up in Abilene. In 1972 he graduated from Texas A&M University and later earned a master’s degree from the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas. He became executive director on April 23, 2014.

Energy Today and Beyond

Eric D. Long, Jeff Tanner, Dick Lonquist, P.E. & Greg Cusack, P.E.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015


A Panel Discussion featuring: Eric D. Long, Jeff Tanner,
Dick Lonquist, P.E. & Greg Cusack, P.E.

Eric D. Long, President and Chief Executive Officer – USA Compression Partners, LLC
Eric D. Long has served as our President and Chief Executive Officer since September 2002 and has served as a director of our general partner since June 2011. Mr. Long co-founded USA Compression in 1998 and has over 30 years of experience in the oil and gas industry. From 1980 to 1987, Mr. Long served in a variety of technical and managerial roles for several major pipeline and oil and natural gas producing companies, including Bass Enterprises Production Co. and Texas Oil & Gas. Mr. Long then served in a variety of senior officer level operating positions with affiliates of Hanover Energy, Inc., a company primarily engaged in the business of gathering, compressing and transporting natural gas. In 1993, Mr. Long co-founded Global Compression Services, Inc., a compression services company. Mr. Long was formerly on the board of directors of the Wiser Oil Company, an NYSE listed company from May 2001 until it was sold to Forest Oil Corporation in May 2004. Mr. Long received his bachelor’s degree, with honors, in Petroleum Engineering from Texas A&M University. He is a registered Professional Engineer in the state of Texas.

Jeff Tanner, Sr. Vice-President Geosciences – Jones Energy
Jeff Tanner Joined Jones Energy in 2014 as Senior VP- Geosciences. Mr. Tanner has over 27 years of diverse technical and managerial experience in the oil and gas business. Prior to joining Jones, Mr. Tanner was VP, Exploration for Southwestern Energy. During his career, Mr. Tanner has held a variety of management and technical positions for Laredo Petroleum, Cabot Oil & Gas, and Noble Energy. He began his career with Shell in Houston. Mr. Tanner is a member of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists and the Houston Geological Society. He holds a B.S. in Geology from Texas A&M University and an M.S. in Geology from University of Houston.

Richard (Dick) R. Lonquist, P.E., President/CEO – Lonquist & Co. LLC
Dick Lonquist founded Lonquist & Co. LLC in September 2005. He has more than 25 years’ experience in petroleum engineering, underground storage engineering, mining engineering and financial consulting services for energy production, transmission and energy storage companies, mining companies, banks, trusts and institutional investors. Texas A&M University (USA) 1988; Bachelor of Science in Petroleum Engineering

Greg Cusack, P.E., Bakken Subsurface Manager over Reservoir Engineering and Geology – Statoil
Mr. Cusack is a practicing Petroleum Engineer with over 30 years of experience in the Oil and Gas business. He is currently with Statoil, working as the Bakken Subsurface Manager, over Reservoir Engineering and Geology. Cusack graduated from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Science in Petroleum Engineering in 1983. He worked 16 years with an independent oil company in Houston as a Reservoir Engineer, Operations Engineer and Vice-President of Operations. He spent this time drilling, completing and producing wells, evaluating and preparing SEC Reserves and working on numerous acquisition and divestiture opportunities in most of the major producing US Basins, as well as working in Argentina, Egypt and Cote d’ Ivoire. For the past 14 years he has worked with Brigham Oil and Gas in Austin and continued with Statoil after their acquisition of Brigham in 2011.