Petroleum Technology Leaders

Jack Christiansen

Jack ChristiansenJack Christiansen, Director, is the visionary and founder of the Petroleum Technology Initiative, has over 35 years’ of domestic and international experience with Texaco and ChevronTexaco. 20 years of which were devoted to the North Sea exploration, engineering and production departments in the United Kingdom. He began his career as a geophysicist, later geologist and Manager of Development Geoscience. Working in Houston, he became manager of reservoir engineering for major projects in Southeast Asia and South America. His last two positions were as Reservoir Manager for a gas project offshore Myanmar and an onshore heavy oil project in Venezuela’s heavy oil belt. Jack has experience in most upstream project areas with emphasis on creating value while taking projects from exploration to commercialization. Jack has a BS from St. Lawrence University and MS from Indiana University. He is a member of American Association of Petroleum Geologists, Society of Petroleum Engineers, Independent Petroleum Association of America, and American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

Galina Sheridan

Galina SheridanGalina Sheridan, Deputy Director, has over 15 years of international oil and gas industry experience with large US and RF operating and service companies. Worked on the projects comprising contracting, market surveys, business development, project management, executive and technical training. Prior to that Galina had her 14 year career with large aerospace company in Russia. Starting as a gyroscopes and navigation systems engineer, she became marketing manager, and last four years she was reporting to the President as the International Business Manager, responsible for all international technology-equipment sales commercial and export related aspects with RF Government authorities and companies in Russia, FSU, US, China, and UK. Managed up to 1450 people working on projects and programs execution. Authored technical and commercial documentation, including international contracts, banking documents, permits; business and technical reports, procedures, and manuals.

Galina holds MS ME in Gyro and Navigation Systems from Bauman’s State Technical University, RF, and Degree in International Business. She is a member of American Society of Mechanical Engineers, DeepStar, Society of Petroleum Engineers, and Women in Engineering; Docent with Fort Bend Museum Association.