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

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

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.


Tej Gautam

Tej Gautam

Title: Assistant Professor

Department: Petroleum Engineering & Geology

Education: Ph.D. in Applied Geology, Kent State University, 2012; Master of Science in Environmental Studies, The University of Tokyo; Bachelor of Science, Geology, Tribhuvan University.

Research Interests: My teaching and research interests include environmental & engineering geology, soil & rock mechanics, hydrogeology, and geo-hazards.

Courses (Fall 2014): Physical Geology, GIS Mapping

Courses (Spring 2015): Environmental Hydrogeology

Phone: (740) 376-4371

Email: tpg001@marietta.edu

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

Geoscience is multidisciplinary in nature. Understanding resources, environment and geo-hazards in the context of geologic processes.

What excites you about teaching at Marietta College?

MC, located in Appalachian region, has various geologic sites or resources and challenges nearby.

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

Adventure

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

Book

What is your favorite location on campus and why?

Prince Forum in Legacy Library; location of the room, its structure and setting inside. It’s like an overlook point.

What is your favorite Marietta College event?

Science Olympiad


Ben Ebenhack

Ben W. Ebenhack

Title: Associate Professor

Department: Petroleum Engineering

Education: Master of Science in Petroleum Engineering, University of Wyoming, 1984; Bachelor of Science in Petroleum Engineering, Marietta College, 1976.

Research Interests: Formation Evaluation in complex lithologies. The role of energy in development. Energy systems analysis and valuing energy systems.

Recent Publications: The Path to More Sustainable Energy Systems (book from Momentum Press, coauthored with Daniel M. Martínez) 2013. Valuing Energy Systems (Momentum Press, with Daniel Martínez) due in 2014.

Courses (Fall 2014): Formation Evaluation; Energy Systems Design; Engineering 101.

Courses (Spring 2015): Petrophysics; Energy Resources 2.

Phone: (740) 376-4547

Email: bwe001@marietta.edu

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

I encourage discussion. I’d like students to read and listen — and bring forth questions.

What excites you about teaching at Marietta College?

Being able to teach Petroleum Engineering at a teaching college (which happens, as well, to be my alma mater.) I appreciate the focus on the students that we have, both in the classroom and beyond.

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

I do quite a bit of writing and public speaking. I think that energy is a critical issue for the world in the coming decades and want to play a role in helping people to understand its importance and to be able to make informed choices. I also enjoy working on my home and doing some woodworking.

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

I still like reading the pages of a book, but am trying to teach myself to read e-books (and articles and student papers).

What is your favorite location on campus and why?

I like going to the Gilman Cafeteria. I often see other faculty members there and many of my students. In spite of the typical student complaints about food, I always find plenty (perhaps too much) that I enjoy eating there.

What is your favorite Marietta College event?

I enjoy the start of recruiting season in our department. Lots of folks from industry (many MC alumni) are on campus to meet with our students — and often to visit with us.


Paul Daniell

Dr. Paul T. Daniell

Title: Assistant Professor

Department: Petroleum Engineering and Geology

Education: Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering, West Virginia University, 1986; Master of Science in Chemical Engineering, West Virginia University, 1984; Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 1981

Research Interests: Transport Phenomena, Thermodynamics, and Process Control

Recent Publications: Thermodynamics of Wet Gas NGL Separation, presentation to SPE Ohio Petroleum Section, April 19th, 2013.

Courses (Fall 2014): Thermodynamics, Statics

Courses (Spring 2015): Fluid Mechanics, Electrical Engineering, Heat Transfer, Fluids Lab

Phone: (740) 376-4780

Email: ptd001@marietta.edu

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

They should expect to apply their experience to solving real-world problems immediately. I am heavy on application-based teaching of engineering.

What excites you about teaching at Marietta College?

Our graduates are out there finding energy right here at home. I take great joy in being a part of developing our energy independence.

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

Duplicate bridge, Astrophotography

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

Both

What is your favorite location on campus and why?

Upper Gilman for Breakfast Burritos

What is your favorite Marietta College event?

Founders Day has had spectacular guest speakers.


Andrew Grimm

Andrew Grimm

Visiting Assistant Professor

Dept: Physics

740-376-4759

adg003@marietta.edu

andrew.grimm@marietta.edu

Office: BRWN

Degrees: M.S. Astronautical Engineering (Rocket Science), University of Illinois B.S. Mechanical Engineering, West Virginia University

Year appointed:

Mr. Grimm brings to Marietta College a passion for renewable energy and a broad knowledge of the field. Before joining Marietta College, he and his wife, Kate, developed Grimm's Green Acres: the most modern commercial apple orchard in Ohio. He taught at West Virginia University at Parkersburg for fifteen years primarily in the calculus-based engineering transfer program as well as many technology training courses.

Prior to teaching at WVU-P, he retired as a Lieutenant Colonel from the US Air Force where he was a research and development manager. His USAF projects included exo-atmospheric nuclear weapons effects, satellite development and operations including initial demonstration of the GPS System, small missile manufacturing, advanced strategic missile systems technology development, and finally, advising US negotiators for the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty of 1990.

Professor Grimm currently teaches Energy Systems Program and introductory engineering courses for Marietta College.


Wendy Bartlett

Wendy Bartlett

Instructor in Geology

Dept: Geology

740-376-4782

bartletw@marietta.edu

Office: BRWN

Degrees: Post-graduate work in Structural Geology (University of California at Santa Barbara); Master of Science in Geology (Texas A&M University); Bachelor of Science in Geology (Marietta College); Bachelor of Arts in History (Marietta College)

Year appointed: 1999

Ms. Bartlett has been at Marietta College since 1999, following a 19-year career in the oil and gas industry and in engineering geology. She worked for Cities Service Oil & Gas Company on offshore California leases, ARCo (Atlantic Richfield Oil Company) doing structural geology research in the Plano, Texas, research lab, and for Mobil Oil Company in Nevada doing field work for oil exploration.

She also worked for Crouch-Bachman Company in Santa Barbara, Calif., evaluating the offshore continental shelf, and for CalGeo Resources in Ventura, Calif., doing both exploration and development work in the San Joaquin and Sacramento basins of California. She has consulted for the U.S. Forest Service, the Bureau of Land Management and for oil companies with respect to oil and gas evaluation, and fractured reservoirs.

Ms. Bartlett also worked for several engineering geology firms in southern California, evaluating landslides and active earthquake faulting. She worked for the Dibblee Geological Foundation of California for 12 years, helping with field mapping and drafting geologic maps of California.

Bartlett teaches Environmental Geology, Petroleum Geology, and Physical Geology labs. She has also taught courses in Geomorphology and Field Geology.