Personality Sketch

William W. Fleckenstein was born in Denver, Colorado on June 15, 1963.  He was awarded an appointment to the Air Force Academy but instead walked on the Colorado School of Mines football team, earned an athletic scholarship, including a redshirt year, and later an academic scholarship under the Colorado Scholarís Program.  He also worked summers offshore for Pennzoil in the Gulf of Mexico on several production platforms as a roustabout, before earning both Bachelors (1986) and Masters Degrees (1988) in Petroleum Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines.

Dr. Fleckenstein worked as a roughneck for Loffland Drilling, and then joined Scientific Software, a leading provider of reservoir simulation consulting.  In 1990, he joined Bechtel Petroleum as a Drilling Representative/Engineer, and was involved in the design and well site supervision of drilling, completion and workover operations on over 200 wells, ranging in depths from 1,000í to over 17,000í, in conventional, tight sand and shale reservoirs. He was the onsite operator representative overseeing operations performed by drilling, completion and workover rig companies and various subcontractors.  His drilling experience includes PDC, roller cone, RWD and bi-center bits, directional (including horizontal) wells, coring, foam, openhole fishing and multiple mud system experience. His completion and workover experience includes acid and fracture stimulation, foam operations, sand control, remedial cementing, cased hole fishing, on both flowing and artificial lift wells (rod pump, gas lift, ESP).  He also designed and supervised numerous thru-tubing workovers, coiled tubing stimulation and cementing operations.  He was then promoted to Area Engineer, responsible for the reservoir and production engineering for the western half of the Northwest Stevenís Reservoir - 4,000 BOPD.  He was credited with Elk Hills most successful workover on a converted shut-in water injector, resulting in a 1,400 BOPD producing oil well.

Dr. Fleckenstein left Elk Hills in 1995 to complete his doctoral program at the Colorado School of Mines.  He researched wellbore stresses using finite element modeling and graduated with a doctoral degree in Petroleum Engineering in 2000 and a minor in Mathematics.  He maintains an active practice in consulting, working in multiple basins in the United States, designing drilling, completion and workover programs, including a redevelopment program offshore California, in the Santa Barbara Channel.  He has taught graduate, undergraduate courses and industry seminars in Completions, Drilling and Workover Engineering.  He has attended numerous industry schools, technical conferences and symposiums as part of his continuing education.

Dr. Fleckenstein is the former Interim Department Head of the Colorado School of Mines Petroleum Engineering Department, BP Adjunct Professor at the Colorado School of Mines in Petroleum Engineering, Director of PERFORM Research, Chairman of the Board of the Credit Union of Colorado ($1,100,000,000 assets), has advised the National Academies and the NSF on Antarctic Drilling, has 26 publications and two patent applications.  He has lectured on Shale Development topics worldwide.  Dr. Fleckenstein is a Principal in Fleckenstein, Eustes and Associates, LLC., providing drilling, completion and workover consulting services, strategic planning, industry schools and expert witness services.  He is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers, the American Association of Drilling Engineers, American Chemical Society, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Sigma Xi, Pi Epsilon Tau, and is a registered professional petroleum engineer in the state of California (#1666).


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