Emeritus Professor honored by Ohio Oil and Gas organization

Bob Chase headshot

The Ohio Oil and Gas Energy Education Program (OOGEEP) recently awarded Marietta College Emeritus Professor Dr. Robert W. Chase the 2016 OOGEEP Pipeline Award for his numerous positive contributions to Ohio and the state’s oil and gas industry.

Chase served as chair of the Edwy R. Brown Department of Petroleum Engineering and Geology at Marietta College for 37 years. As department chair, Chase was responsible for the recruitment, education and training of more than 1,000 students who went on to become petroleum engineers, a critical career in the oil and gas industry.

Many students were Ohio residents and went on to work for Ohio oil and gas producers. Chase has worked closely with OOGEEP since the organizations’ inception in 1998. He played an active role in OOGEEP’s teacher workshops, held every summer at Marietta College; recruited students to apply for OOGEEP’s annual scholarship; and presented at more than 100 public events across Ohio, many alongside OOGEEP representatives.

“It’s an honor to receive this award from Ohio’s oil and gas industry and OOGEEP,” Chase said. “The opportunities for careers in all phases of the oil and gas industry and the economic benefits to our citizens and the state are immense. I have spent my entire career trying to give my students and Ohioans a better understanding of how we can safely produce oil and gas and protect the environment all the while benefitting Ohio’s economy. I enjoyed every moment of my 37 years teaching at Marietta College and will continue to be a positive voice for our industry as long as I am able.”

Many individuals throughout OOGEEP have only words of commendation for Chase and his contributions to the field.

“Ohio’s oil and gas operators wouldn’t be what we are today if not for people like Bob Chase,” said Marty Miller, OOGEEP Chairman and Senior Vice President of Operations, Alliance Petroleum Corporation. “Dr. Chase was instrumental in training thousands of young men and women who now work in our industry and produce the energy we all use every day. He’s an advocate for our industry and we are fortunate to have benefited from his hard work for so many years.”

Chase is the fourth recipient of the OOGEEP Pipeline Award. The award recognizes an individual, not employed in the oil and gas industry, who has made a positive impact on the industry and the state.

The Ohio Oil & Gas Energy Education Program (OOGEEP) is a nonprofit statewide education and public outreach organization. The primary mission of OOGEEP is to facilitate programs that benefit Ohioans on behalf of the industry. Some of these programs include teacher workshops, scholarships, science fairs, firefighter training, industry safety training, career and workforce development, research, landowner education and guest speaker programs. OOGEEP has developed nationally recognized curriculum and training programs, and has received numerous national and state awards from a variety of sources.