Dr. Neal Nagel, this course's primary instructor, has 26-plus years of industry experience and has provided geomechanics consulting and training since 2009. Nagel is currently the Chief Engineer and co-founder of OilField Geomechanics LLC. He previously worked for 20 years with ConocoPhillips as a world-wide geomechanics specialist. He has taught extensively over his career as well as given many invited presentations, including serving as an SPE Distinguished Lecturer in 2004, and potentially 2016, and giving a keynote presentation at the 2014 SPE Hydraulic Fracturing Technical Conference.
Among other industry activities, he was chief editor of the 2010 SPE Monograph on Solids Injection and has written more than 50 peer-reviewed and conference papers, including more than 20 related to unconventional play geomechanics.