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Inaugural Oil and Gas Development Partnership Lecture Series to be launched on Sept. 26

Ref. No. 11

DATE:     Sept. 19, 2001
SUBJECT:     Inaugural Oil and Gas Development Partnership Lecture Series to be launched on Sept. 26

Note to editors:

Memorial University is launching a new lecture series related to oil and gas. The Oil and Gas Development Partnership Lecture Series will hold its inaugural lecture on Wednesday, Sept. 26. The lecture will be given by Tom Zimmerman, Technology Centre Manager with Schlumberger Oilfield Services in Houston, Texas. The lecture -- titled The Role of Technology in Meeting Our Future Energy Needs -- begins at 7 p.m. in Room EN-2006, located off the main lobby of the Engineering Building on Memorial's St. John's campus.

Mr. Zimmerman received his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering in 1971 at Purdue University. He also holds a Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Maryland. Mr. Zimmerman began his career in 1971 as a Mechanical Engineer at Harry Diamond Labs, Department of Army, Washington, D.C. He joined Schlumberger in 1975 and during the past 26 years has held numerous positions, and is currently the Vice-President and Technology Center Manager, Sugar Land Product Center.

In November 2000 he received the distinguished honour of Schlumberger Fellow, a title currently awarded to only seven Schlumberger employees worldwide. A Schlumberger Fellow is considered to be a leading technical expert in all Schlumberger industry worldwide, and who is an ultimate authority on technical issues. Such a person advises at the highest level on technical strategy and how new technology will impact Schlumberger business.

Mr. Zimmerman also has a number of other notable affiliations. He is a member of the Industrial Advisory Board of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, member of Schlumberger Distance Learning Board, chair of Schlumberger SCT Team, a Steering Committee for product development software, among others.

Mr. Zimmerman's lecture will focus on how new technology can be used to attain maximum efficiencies in oil and gas extraction and production, as well as the importance of understanding the whole system and the value of interaction and collaboration. Presenting technology that is currently available, Mr. Zimmerman will also give examples of where the oil and gas industry is heading.


For further information, please contact Ivan Muzychka, manager, Memorial University News Service, 737-8665.


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