Unconventionals in Transition —How To Support a Sustainable Energy Future?

In this SPE Live, we’ll visit with a panel of technical leaders who have been active in URTeC, the Unconventional Resources Technology Conference, for many years and helped steward its transition and relevance to evolving energy challenges in our world.  We'll see how URTeC became one of the preeminent multi-disciplinary venues for oil and gas professionals and where the panel sees the technical needs of the industry are headed at URTeC and beyond.

This SPE Live is categorized under the Production and Operations technical discipline.

Scott Reeves

Executive Director, Sub-Surface Technology

Gas Technology Institute (GTI)

Scott Reeves is Executive Director, Sub-Surface Technology at the Gas Technology Institute (GTI) where he has responsibility directing GTI’s subsurface technology development and commercialization activities for unconventional reservoir development, CO2 storage, hydrogen production and storage, and enhanced geothermal systems.   

His experience includes 35 years in various technical and leadership roles including with an entrepreneurial consulting firm, government and institutional research organizations, domestic operating companies, a multi-national production corporation, and a globally integrated oilfield service company. 

He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Petroleum Engineering from Texas A&M University and an MBA from Duke University. He is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers and a former SPE Distinguished Lecturer on the topic of enhanced coalbed methane recovery.   

 Scott is recipient of the SPE Gulf Coast Section Reservoir Engineering Award, and author of many trade magazine articles, symposium papers/presentations, research reports, and private consulting reports. He was appointed United Nations Special Advisor to China on Coalbed Methane Technology. 

Jay Stratton

Oil & Gas Executive / Philanthropist

URTeC Technical Program Co-chair (SPE)

Jay Stratton is an experienced oil and gas executive whose career spans over 35 years in the US and international oil & gas industry.  Jay is the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) co-chair of the URTeC 2021 technical program along with co-chairs from the AAPG and SEG.  He most recently served as Chief Operating Officer of Ultra Petroleum.  Prior to Ultra Petroleum, he was COO at Jagged Peak Energy and earlier Permian Resources.  Jay began his career as an operations engineer with ARCO Alaska after graduating with honors from Texas A&M with a Bachelor of Science in Petroleum Engineering.  He progressed to positions at Occidental Petroleum in Doha, Qatar and Anadarko Petroleum in Algeria and London.  Jay was also District Manager for Chesapeake Energy’s greater than one-million-acre position in the Permian Basin and managed the transition of those assets to purchasers Shell, Chevron, and Enervest in 2012. 

Jay has been a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers for almost 40 years and served on various SPE technical committees and in technical editor roles.  He has been active in the Unconventional Resources Conference (URTeC) program committee since 2014.  Jay has a passion for empowering new leaders and integrating technology and performance measures across disciplines in the development teams he has led.  His favorite role has been as husband to his wife and father to their six children and enjoying the growing crew of seven soon-to-be eight grandchildren.  Jay is active with several charitable causes and serves on the board of Von’s Vision, Denver Bronco and Super Bowl MVP Von Miller’s charitable foundation. 

Douglas N. Valleau


Strategia Innovation and Technology Advisors, LLC

Mr. Valleau works with Industry, National Labs, and Universities to identify and nurture breakthrough innovation in geoscience and engineering. Mr. Valleau provides geoscience and engineering consultancy for field development, EOR, and expert witness for arbitration and litigation. He also represents Piri Technologies at the University of Wyoming, the only facility in the world offering full reservoir condition, three-phase core-flood imaging and testing at the macro, micro, nano, and atomic scales.   

Prior to Strategia, Mr. Valleau was Chief Geologist and Director of Unconventional Technology for Hess Corporation. He has held various management and geoscience and engineering positions with ConocoPhillips, Burlington Resources, Maxus, BHP Billiton, Monsanto, and Gulf Oil.  He has served as Geoscience Operations Manager, Global Exploration Coordinator, Corporate Risk and Strategic Planning, and Deepwater & Shelf Exploration Regional lead.  

His professional affiliations include the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, Society of Exploration Geophysicics, Society of Professional Engineers, Society of Professional Well Log Analysits, and the Houston Geologic Society.  Mr. Valleau is a certified petroleum geologist registered in the State of Texas and a certified AAPG petroleum geologist.   He has published papers on geomechanical drilling risks, development of multipay geopressured fields, use of geopressure in prediction of hydrocarbon migration, and using microseismic to illuminate reservoir depletion.  He co-developed an analytical protocol for shale-gas analysis for which a U.S. Patent was awarded.   

Mr. Valleau currently serves as Chairman of the URTeC Management Committee, a member of the URTeC Industry Advisory Board, and a member of the Technical Program Committee.

Katerina Yared

Senior Petrophysicist

SM Energy

Katerina Yared holds the position as Senior Petrophysicist at SM Energy in Denver.  Her oil field career started as a field engineer focusing on formation evaluation with Baker Hughes after she received her master’s degree in geology from the RWTH Aachen University in Aachen, Germany. She advanced through various roles at Baker Hughes, ranging from applications engineer in the BHI Houston Technology Center to geoscience manager for the US Western Region. Katerina broadened her experience by working for NEOS GeoSolutions (Lakewood, CO) and later as petrophysicist at Apache Corporation as well as QEP Resourcesbefore joining SM Energy. 

Katerina is also president of the International Society of Petrophysicist and Well Log Analysts (SPWLA).  She is also a lifetime member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE). Katerina is the co-CEO of the Yared household enjoying raising three kids in beautiful Colorado. With a family to raise consisting of three young boys, life is never boring, but she also believes the foundation of one’s belief systems form at an early age and she is determined to broaden social perspectives of social awareness towards various groups to ultimately increase the success of all people at work and in life. 

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