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CSM & SPE Joint Session 2024

April 17 @ 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM


SPE Joint Session


April 17th

5:30 – 8:30 pm

The Buffalo Rose – 1119 Washington Ave, Golden, CO 80401


The Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) – Colorado School of Mines Student Chapter, in partnership with the SPE – Denver Section, proudly hosts the annual Joint Session. This prestigious event offers an exceptional opportunity for students and industry professionals to engage in a dynamic exchange of enjoyment, networking, knowledge, and ideas. This year’s event will host a panel themed “Powering Tomorrow: Unleashing Innovation in the Energy Industry” to be discussed by influential speakers from the oil and gas industry. The event is scheduled for the evening of April 17th, 2024 at the Buffalo Rose in Golden, Colorado.

Panelists Bio 

Susan Howes | Subsurface Consultants and Associates

  1. Susan Howes, PE, PHR is President at Subsurface Consultants & Associates, LLC (SCA) where she is responsible for all facets of the company’s consulting, recruitment and training services business including maintaining the highest technical quality standards. Howes’ prior experience includes roles of increasing responsibility at Anadarko and Chevron in reservoir engineering, business development, corporate engineering, HR, organizational capability and reservoir management.  Howes is recognized an industry leader in petro-technical talent attraction, development and retention. She has coauthored papers and articles on the topics of ethics, uncertainty management, risk management, and talent management. Howes holds a BS degree in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Texas. She chairs the Program Committee for SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition (ATCE) 2024 and serves as past-chair of the SPE Management Technical Section.  Howes received the SPE DeGolyer Distinguished Service Medal, is an Honorary Member of SPE, and served as a SPE Distinguished Lecturer for 2019-20. She serves on the Colorado School of Mines Petroleum Engineering Department Program Advisory Board, on the Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council BOD and chairs the Society of Women Engineers – Houston Area Awards Committee. Howes received the 2020 Woman of Excellence award from the Federation of Houston Professional Women.


Chris Wright | CEO Liberty Energy

Self-described tech nerd turned entrepreneur, Chris Wright serves as Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Liberty Energy. Chris is a dedicated humanitarian with a passion for bringing the benefits of energy to every community in the world. This passion has inspired a career in energy working not only in oil and gas but fusion, solar, and geothermal. Chris embraces all sources of energy if they are abundant, affordable, and reliable. Chris has become a bold advocate, bringing rational thought to the energy dialogue. He has spoken on energy and the merits of the Shale Revolution to the UK House of Lords, and state and federal lawmakers, with multiple appearances on network TV, documentaries, and podcasts. Recently, Chris’ #ThankYouNorthFace campaign went viral with over 5 million views, forcing a sober discussion on the multiple uses of oil and gas in products. Chris completed an undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering at MIT and graduate work in Electrical Engineering at both UC Berkeley and MIT. Chris founded Pinnacle Technologies and served as CEO from 1992 to 2006. Pinnacle created the hydraulic fracture mapping industry and its innovations helped launch commercial shale gas production in the late 1990s. Chris was Chairman of Stroud Energy, an early shale gas producer, before its sale to Range Resources in 2006. Additionally, Chris founded and serves as Executive Chairman of Liberty Resources and Liberty Midstream Solutions and also sits on the Board of Directors for Urban Solutions Group, and the Federal Reserve Bank, Denver Branch. Chris grew up and currently lives in Colorado with his wife, Liz. He is a passionate father, skier, cyclist, climber, and outdoor enthusiast. He serves on the board of numerous nonprofits including PERC, ACE Colorado, ACE Montana, PRI, and the YCCF.

Jack Norbeck | Co-founder & CTO at Fervo Energy

Jack Norbeck is an innovative petroleum engineer with a deep-seated commitment to advancing renewable energy technologies. As the co-founder and Chief Technology Officer of Fervo Energy, he leverages his six-plus years of expertise to spearhead the development of sustainable energy solutions from his hub in Berkeley, California. His role as a Research Affiliate at Berkeley Lab allows him to intersect cutting-edge research with practical energy applications, enhancing the lab’s contribution to the energy sector.

Prior to his current endeavors, Norbeck honed his expertise in seismic risk assessment as a Mendenhall Postdoctoral Fellow with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). His academic pursuits include impactful research as a Graduate Research Assistant at Stanford University, where he delved into the intricacies of reservoir geomechanics within unconventional oil, gas, and geothermal systems.

Internationally recognized, he has served as a Visiting Research Scholar at The University of Auckland in New Zealand, further broadening his global perspective on geophysical challenges. Before embarking on his research-focused career path, Norbeck applied his skills in the industry as a Geothermal Reservoir Engineer at Calpine, where he performed well testing and computational modeling at The Geysers geothermal field, the largest complex of its kind in the world.

With a scholarly background rooted in the Colorado School of Mines, Jack Norbeck’s career reflects a blend of theoretical knowledge, applied science, and a passion for pioneering renewable energy practices that resonate on a global scale.


Tickets for the joint session are $60 for working professionals and $15 for students.

Meal Options

For food, there will be a Mexican-themed dinner buffet that includes the following options:






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April 17
5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
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Colorado School of Mines SPE Student Chapter


Buffalo Rose
1119 Washington Ave
Golden, CO 80401 United States
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