Murphy, Ching Join Advanced Energy Consortium

Sean Murphy, Project Manager (left), and
Paul Ching, AEC Advisor

The Bureau of Economic Geology is pleased to announce the hiring of Sean Murphy and Paul Ching in the roles of Project Manager and Advisor, respectively, to the Advanced Energy Consortium (AEC), which is led by BEG. Sean and Paul will be working with Dr. Scott Tinker and Jay Kipper to manage the consortium, which begins officially on January 1, 2008. The AEC, which includes Oxy, Marathon, BP, Schlumberger, Shell, Halliburton, Baker Hughes, and ConocoPhillips, will be collaborating with nano-technology experts at Rice University.

The experience and background of Paul and Sean complement one another for a strong leadership. Sean has worked 20+ years in the semiconductor industry, first for Motorola and then for an Austin-based international semiconductor research consortium, SEMATECH. Paul is a senior industry executive who has worked more than 30 years in the exploration and production divisions of Royal Dutch Shell, most recently serving as Vice President, Technical, Research and Development in the Netherlands.

Sean has an M.S. in geology and began his career drilling the Hockley salt dome for Marathon Resources in the early 1980's in search of base metal sulfides. He moved to Austin to join Motorola, working in semiconductor process development, marketing, and research and development, and while working full-time at Motorola, he completed an MBA at UT. After managing lithography technology alliances and Motorola's investment, assignees, and technology transfer at industry consortia, Sean left to join SEMATECH as an administrative manager. At the consortium for the past 8 years, Sean's learned to appreciate leveraged return through collaborative research, multicultural and multicompany diversity, and the discipline required to focus an industry on the tough technology goals set down in the International Technology Roadmap for Semiconductors.

Paul has an undergraduate degree in Mathematics and a graduate degree in Geological Engineering. He started his professional career for Shell Oil (Exploration & Production) in 1973 in Midland, Texas, then spent the next 7 years working as a petrophysical engineer, production geologist, and Division Geological Engineer, becoming Offshore Lease Sale Coordinator in 1980. In 1982, Paul was in Washington, D.C., where he worked as a Lobbyist/Technical Advisor for Shell’s U.S. Governmental Affairs office. He returned to Shell Oil (E&P) in 1983, and for the next 15 years he worked in a variety of Senior Management roles in engineering and operations, both domestically and internationally. In 1999, Paul was appointed President of Pecten (international subsidiary of Shell [U.S.] EP) and General Manager of the onshore U.S. Continental EP Assets (excluding California). He moved to Miri, Malaysia, in 2000, where he worked for Shell Malaysia EP as General Manager of Technology & Technical Services before moving on to become General Manager of the Sarawak Business Unit (producing 3.5 BFGPD) in 2001. In November 2002 Paul moved to Rijswijk, the Netherlands, and was named Vice President, Technical, E&P Research & Development, in which capacity he was responsible for development and execution of Shell’s global EP R&D program. Paul retired from Shell in July 2007. Paul is an Independent Director on three private technology start-up company boards and has been named an Independent Director of the Meridian Resource Corporation. He is a long-time member of SPE and AAPG. In SPE, Paul serves on the R&D Advisory Committee. He also serves on the Advisory Committees of the Jackson School of Geosciences and BEG.

The Bureau is fortunate to have Sean and Paul as part of the AEC team. 11/14/07