Robello Samuel, PhD, is a Halliburton Technology Fellow for Landmark in Houston. Dr. Samuel is a research and engineering lead for well engineering applications, responsible for research and scientific activities for new technologies. He also conceives and develops creative and innovative technology in drilling solutions, and has more than 30 years of multidisciplinary experience in domestic and international oil and gas drilling and completion operations, management, consulting, software development and teaching. Dr. Samuel has taught on the faculty of various universities, and, for the past 12 years, has held concurrent adjunct professor appointments at the University of Houston and Texas Tech University. He has published more than 150 technical papers, reports and books, and is regarded as one of the world’s most influential contributors to advancement of research and practice in drilling engineering. Dr. Samuel’s unique blend of skills as an experienced hands-on drilling engineer, researcher and lecturer has helped him to author 10 drilling books and a forthcoming book “Drilling Engineering Optimization.” He is presently serving on several editorial review committees. Dr. Samuel, an SPE Distinguished Lecturer, has been featured at national conferences, and is often requested at university graduate seminars, conferences and guest lectures. His recent honors include receiving the SPE Regional Drilling Engineering Award and being named Halliburton CEO for a Day. Dr. Samuel earned his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Madurai, and his master’s degree in mechanical engineering from the College of Engineering, Guindy (CEG) in Chennai, India. He also earned his master’s degree and doctorate in petroleum engineering from the University of Tulsa in Oklahoma.