LASPE Petroleum Technology Forum Announcement
November 11, 2003

The Quadruple Bottom Line of Petroleum Engineering
Kate Hadley Baker

Petroleum engineering today faces a quadruple bottom line: technological; financial; demographic and health, safety & environmental (HSE). The technological bottom line is being driven by discoveries in ever-deeper water, production from geographies remote from markets, and the arrival of e-field. Successful technology application underpins outstanding financial and HSE performance. The business bottom line is about demonstrating how what we do daily contributes to ethically making a favorable return for the shareholders and supporting company brand values that make each of our enterprises uniquely valuable. The HSE bottom line begins with personal health and safety and extends to global social investment. Ours is an aging discipline; demographic action points include more effective recruiting in the worldwide talent pool, retaining women and minorities once hired, and encouraging experienced practitioners to defer final retirement.

Kate Hadley Baker
Technology Unit Coordinator, Reservoir Performance
BP Upstream Technology Group
Senior Advisor, Subsurface for BP Group

Kate Hadley Baker has nearly 30 years of experience in the upstream industry and is currently the Technology Unit Coordinator of Reservoir Performance for the BP Upstream Technology Group and the Senior Advisor of Subsurface for BP Group.

From 1998 to 2001, Baker served as the Director of Upstream Digital Business for BP Amoco, managing the consolidation of BP, Amoco and later, ARCO Upstream IT assets. In 1997, she served as Manager of the Technical Services Group at Amoco Worldwide Exploration. There she managed a group of 130-150 people providing hardcopy data to high performance computing services.

Other positions Baker held at Amoco include Exploration Manager of the Rockies Gas Business Unit, Amoco US Operations/Energy Group, North America, and Director of Geoscience Technology for Amoco Production Research. Baker joined Amoco to help form an upstream R&D organization that could do both research and technical services under one roof.

From 1975 to 1994, Baker held many positions for Exxon Production Research Company and Exxon Company, USA, including Research Geologist, Research Supervisor, Senior Supervisory Geologist, Project Leader, Planning Advisor, Division Operations Geologist, Well Evaluation Coordinator, and Senior Research Supervisor.

Baker has a BS degree in geology and a PhD in geophysics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She has been a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) for 25 years and is a member of the Council on Earth Sciences of the DOE/Office of Basic Energy Sciences.

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Anthony Taglieri
Brandy Fellers
Richard Finken

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