Dr. Brian Toelle is a Professor of Practice in Petroleum Engineering in the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences at the University of Wyoming in Laramie. This appointment occurred after Brian served in the capacity of a Visiting Professor in the department, teaching various courses. He specializes in Unconventional Reservoir analysis and teaches "Shale Reservoir Development" and "Tight Gas Sand and Coalbed Methane" classes. Additionally, he is continuing his research into characterizing porosity systems through the analysis of seismic attributes and the investigating the Petroleum Systems of various basins in Wyoming.

Previous to his appointment with the university Brian was an Advisor for Schlumberger PTS (PetroTechnical Services) in the fields of Petroleum Exploration and Geophysics. Schlumberger is a Global 500 company specializing oilfield services which, at the time, employed 120,000 people in 85 countries. Brian has assisted Schlumberger's clients since 1997 by providing geoscience-focused, consulting services for various projects, providing guidance to project teams worldwide and teaching industry courses. These projects have included exploration and field development projects, underground gas storage projects, CO2 sequestration projects and shale reservoir development projects. He has developed course materials and taught classes on shale reservoirs and structural geology for open industry classes and closed classes for specific clients.

Brian has more than 33 years of continuous experience in the oil industry, specializing in exploration geology and geophysics. In the past he has worked for one of the largest major oil companies in the industry (Texaco, 9 years) and the largest National Oil Company in the world (Saudi Aramco, 5 years). He also worked for Schlumberger, the largest oilfield service company in the world, for nearly 18 years.

Brian is an Adjunct Professor for the Department of Geology and Geography at West Virginia University where he has held half-day workshops on shale reservoirs. Previously Brian was on the adjunct faculty for Wright State University where he taught a number of 1 hour seminars in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences.

During his career in the oil and gas industry Brian was presented with a number of awards for his work. These included Saudi Aramco's Exploration's Personal Achievement Award and Schlumberger's "Performed by Schlumberger" Awards. Additionally, Brian was named a "Distinguished Lecturer" by the Society of Petroleum Engineering. See the "Education, Honors and Memberships" section.

As of this posting Brian has been fortunate enough to have visited 38 countries around the world. Many of these countries he has visited multiple times due to various work related projects, however, Brian and his family enjoy traveling and a number of these have been visited during various family vacations. To see Brian's travel log click here.

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