Instructor Bios

 Supply, Flowback, and Waste Water Treatment Training Course
 for Hydraulic Fracturing Operations
 November 5-7, 2013
 Texas A&M University Kingsville


Dr. Davis Ford is the esteemed Adjunct Professor in the Graduate School of Civil & Environmental Engineering at the University of Texas. He is the direct protege of the legendary Wes Eckenfelder, and is argubly the heir apparent for the next generation. Probably the best text book ever written on Biological Wastewater was co-authored by Davis and Wes, being released in 2008. Davis has consulted to almost all of the major Oil Company's Wastewater Operations over his 45 year career. Dr. Ford is a practicing environmental engineer with over forty-five years of experience in the field. In addition, he serves on the faculty at The University of Texas at Austin as an adjunct professor, has published more than one hundred technical papers, has co-authored or contributed to ten textbooks, and written two biographies and co-authored one children’s book. He has lectured extensively throughout the United States and in countries of Europe, South America, and Asia.  Ford received his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering at Texas A&M University and his master and doctorate degrees in environmental engineering at The University of Texas at Austin. He is a Distinguished Engineering Graduate of both Texas A&M University and The University of Texas at Austin as well as a Distinguished Alumnus of Texas A&M.  Ford was elected into the prestigious National Academy of Engineering (NAE). He has served as president of the American Academy of Environmental Engineers and chairman of the Academy Ethics Committee. His honorary affiliations include Tau Beta Pi, Sigma Xi, and Chi Epsilon.  Ford serves on the Board of a publicly-owned oil and exploration company (CWEI, NASDAQ) and the Board of the Texas A&M University Press.


David Kujawski has over 33 years experience in water and waste treatment, in over 200 industrial plants and 46 Oil Refineries.  He has degrees in Environmental Engineering, Chemistry, and Marketing.  His prior employers include Nalco, Betz-Dearborn, Baker-Petrolite, US Filter-Siemens, Chevron El Segundo Refinery, Sybron Biochemical, and Ashland Oil.  Mr Kujawski is a Former Process Engineer for Chevron’s El Segundo Refinery, Wastewater Operations, and a Former Associate Vice-President of Latin America for US Filter’s Hydrocarbon Processing Industry.  He has extensive experience in Refinery Processes on the Oil Side, Refinery Upstream Source Control, Remediation of Contaminated Soils & Groundwater, Hazardous Waste Treatment and Disposal, all aspects of Supply Water and Wastewater Treatment, Wastewater Plant Design and Process Control, Biokinetic Modeling, Boiler & Cooling Water Treatment, Desalting, Oil Side Corrosion and Fouling Prevention, Laboratory Analytical Methods, Polymer Technology, Microbiological Analyses, Benzene-Neshap Air Quality Compliance, EPA \ State Water Quality Board \ POTW Regulatory Permitting & Compliance.  He has been recently featured in 9 major trade magazines for creative Refinery Sour H2O Reclamation and Wastewater Biokinetic Modeling work; he is a Speaker on the Eckenfelder Lecture Series Foundation Team and a Guest Lecturer at Ok. St. Univ., UC-Irvine, and Texas State U. at Lamar.


Walter Dale is the Global BD Manager for Halliburton Water Solutions. Mr. Dale holds a B.S. in chemistry from Stephen F. Austin State University. He has 14 years of technical water treatment experience - including time leading teams and aligning technologies to enhance oil-water separations in the U.S. as well as the Canadian oil sands. Dale started as a technical specialist with BetzDearborn treating WW systems in Texas. After the acquisition of BetzDearborn by GE Water and Process, he served as a regional manager for the south central U.S. and as a general manager for western Canada with a focus on the oil sands. While in Canada, Dale was a registered lobbyist working with the government to align sustainable development water strategies for the oil and gas market.


Dr. Kim Jones is currently serving as Professor and Chair of the Environmental Engineering Department at Texas A&M University Kingsville, and Director of the Institute for Sustainable Energy and the Environment.  Dr. Jones has been leading efforts in water and air quality engineering research and teaching courses for many years focused on ecological engineering approaches to solving environmental problems. Ecological engineering can include technologies such as biofiltration for both water and air pollution control, and constructed wetlands for wastewater treatment and water reuse. He received his B.S. Degree from the United States Military Academy at West Point in engineering, a Masters Degree from the University of Texas at Austin in Petroleum Engineering, and both Masters and Doctoral Degrees in Environmental Engineering from Georgia Tech.  Previously, Dr. Jones has worked as an Area and District Engineer for eleven years with ARCO Oil and Gas Company and ARCO International Inc., and as a Staff Engineer for Camp, Dresser & McKee, Inc. in Atlanta, Georgia.   He has published many articles on biofiltration for air emissions control, ecological restoration, and the interactions of contaminants with natural organic matter.  He has been a leader and organizer for the Texas Coastal Bend Environmental Conference Series. Dr. Jones was the recipient of the Faculty Lecture Award at Texas A&M University-Kingsville in 2005.  He is a registered Professional Environmental Engineer in the State of Georgia.


David Burnett serves as the Director of Technology for the Global Petroleum Research Institute at Texas A&M University in College Station.  As Director of Technology he monitors research trends and needs, identifies key industrial contacts, as well as solicits research project proposals. He also serves on the GPRI Executive Committee and Technology Coordination Team. He also serves as Research Coordinator for the Harold Vance Department of Petroleum Engineering. David holds advanced degrees in chemistry and business.  His group has been focused for many years on the development of new Well-Completion Technology, Drill-In Fluids for Well Completions, Formation Damage Phenomena in Well Completions, Horizontal Well Stimulations, and Profile Control Technology


Holly A. Vandrovec has a broad practice that includes water utility and water district matters, oil and gas regulatory work, management of wastes from oil and gas operations, mining and mineral processing wastes, federal Superfund negotiations, responding to Clean Air Act information requests, compliance counseling and regulatory assistance. Ms. Vandrovec assists the litigation group with intellectual property litigation and complex commercial litigation matters. She also works on energy transactions, including corporate mergers and acquisitions, and negotiation of oil and gas leases and surface use agreements. Her background in the biological sciences gives her unique insight into the issues facing clients requiring assistance with environmental law and natural resource matters.

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