Faculty

Robert Chase

Robert Chase

Professor

Dept: Petroleum Engineering

740-376-4776

chaser@marietta.edu

bob.chase@marietta.edu

Office: BRWN 201

Degrees: Ph.D. in Petroleum Engineering (Penn State); Master of Science in Petroleum Engineering (Penn State); Bachelor of Science in Petroleum Engineering (Penn State)

Year appointed: 1978

Dr. Robert W. Chase holds B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering from Penn State. He is a professor and chair of the Department of Petroleum Engineering and Geology at Marietta College. He has served in that position since 1978. Prior to coming to Marietta, he served as an assistant professor of petroleum engineering at West Virginia University from 1976 to 1978. He worked previously for Halliburton Services, Gulf Research and Development Company, and the Department of Energy. He has served as a consultant to Columbia Gas, NiSource, Dominion Resources, EQT, Cabot Oil and Gas, and CONSOL Energy/CNX. He has published numerous technical papers in the areas of natural gas engineering and well testing, but his primary devotion has been to undergraduate petroleum engineering education.

Dr. Chase was as a member of the Board of Directors of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) from 1991-94. He has served as chair of the Education and Accreditation Committee of SPE, president of the Association of Heads of U.S. Petroleum Engineering Schools, and served one year as SPE's representative on the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET in addition to serving as a visitor on numerous ABET visiting teams. He has been Marietta College's faculty representative to the NCAA and the Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC) since 1992, and served as President of the OAC from 2002-03. He was appointed by Governor Ted Strickland to serve a five-year term on the Ohio Oil and Gas Commission in 2008.

Dr. Chase received the C. Drew Stahl Distinguished Achievement in Award in Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering from Penn State in 2006 and was also named a Centennial Fellow by the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences at Penn State in 1996. He received the SPE Distinguished Member Award in 1998, the SPE Distinguished Service Award in 2009, and the SPE Distinguished Faculty Award in 2011. He was inducted into the Marietta College Petroleum Engineering and Geology Hall of Fame in 2010 and received an honorary alumnus award from Marietta College in October 2011.


David Freeman

Name: David Freeman

Title: Professor

Department: Petroleum Engineering

Education: Master of Science in Petroleum Engineering, University of Oklahoma, 1984; Bachelor of Science in Chemistry, Marietta College, 1982

Research Interests: Waterflooding, Production from Shale Reservoirs

Courses (Fall 2014): Production Systems Engineering II

Courses (Spring 2015): Production Systems Engineering I, Senior Capstone Seminar

Phone: (740) 376-4778

Email: freemand@marietta.edu

What can a student expect when taking one of your classes?

Lots of current, relevant, information; fast-paced; practical; design-oriented; work the types of problems engineers in the field work.

What excites you about teaching at Marietta College?

Opportunity to teach what I practice.

When you aren’t teaching, what other activities do you enjoy?

Working out; running 5ks; working around the farm

Do you prefer flipping through the pages of a book or an e-book?

Flipping through the pages of a book

What is your favorite location on campus and why?

My office; my home-away-from-home

What is your favorite Marietta College event?

Homecoming 5k


Frederick Voner

Frederick Voner

Associate Professor of Geology and Ebenezer Baldwin Andrews Chair of Natural Science

Dept: Geology

740-376-4845

vonerf@marietta.edu

fred.voner@marietta.edu

Office: Brown

Degrees: Ph.D. (Miami University); Master of Science (Miami University); Bachelor of Arts (Maine)

Year appointed: 1982

Dr. Voner joined Marietta College in 1982. Every summer he takes students to central Utah in search of dinosaur fossils. A few years ago Dr. Voner and his students discovered an Apatosaurus skull connected to its vertabrae, one of only a few in the world.


David Jeffery

David Jeffery

Associate Professor

Dept: Geology

740-376-4844

jefferyd@marietta.edu

david.jeffery@marietta.edu

Office: BRWN 301

Degrees: Ph.D. (Texas A&M); Bachelor of Science (Marietta)

Year appointed: 2003


Benjamin H. Thomas

Benjamin H. Thomas

Associate Professor of Petroleum Engineering and Geology

Dept: Petroleum Engineering and Geology

740-376-4846

thomasb@marietta.edu

ben.thomas@marietta.edu

Office: Brown

Degrees: Ph.D. in Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering (West Virginia University), 2002; Master of Science in Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering (West Virginia University), 1997; MBA (Ashland University), 1987; Bachelor of Science in Petroleum Engineering (Marietta), 1981; Bachelor of Business Administration (Kent State), 1975

Year appointed: 2002

Dr. Thomas has worked in the oil and gas industry for more than 30 years. His positions have included staff and district engineering positions and various management positions including being the president of Marbel Energy Corporation and a senior vice president at Great Lakes Energy Partners. Dr. Thomas began his career with Quaker State Oil Refining Corporation serving in various engineering positions from 1979-84.

Dr. Thomas is currently the president of Thomas Consulting, which provides consulting services to clients involved in the petroleum and natural gas sectors. He was elected to the board of Trans Energy, Inc., in St. Marys, W.Va., in July of 2011.


Daniel Jones

Daniel Jones

Academic Technician

Dept: Petroleum Engineering
Geology

740-376-4781

jonesd@marietta.edu

dan.jones@marietta.edu


Veronica (Rocky) Freeman

Name: Veronica (Rocky) Freeman

Title: Geology Instructor

Department: Petroleum Engineering and Geology

Education: Master of Science in Geology, with an emphasis in paleontology, University of Texas at Arlington, 1986; Bachelor of Science in Geology with a minor in Biology, Missouri University (SMSU), 1981

Research Interests: Paleozoic cephalopods and Jurassic dinosaurs

Courses (Fall 2014): Dinosaurs, Dinosaur Lab, Physical Geology lab sections

Courses (Spring 2015): Dinosaurs, Dinosaur Lab, Historical Geology lab sections

Phone: (740) 376-4779

Email: freemanv@marietta.edu

What can a student expect when taking one of your classes?

Any student in my courses will have the opportunity to learn by reading, writing and interacting with the material.

What excites you about teaching at Marietta College?

The material available to me for use in the classroom is predictable but also has variety. I feel the same way about the students in my classes… a variety of predictable.

When you aren’t teaching, what other activities do you enjoy?

Actually I enjoy watching the students in their ‘other activities’ like sports and music. Also, I am the faculty advisor for a student organization where field trips are a common activity. Other than that I enjoy flea markets and hiking.

Do you prefer flipping through the pages of a book or an e-book?

Most definitely I prefer turning the pages with my own fingers.

What is your favorite location on campus and why?

The Geology Annex is my favorite location on campus because it is a dinosaur hangout.

What is your favorite Marietta College event?

Any and all college sporting events.