Course Director
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Rolando di Primio holds a diploma in geology from the RWTH Aachen, Germany, and a PhD from the University of Cologne. Profound industry experience was acquired by him during several years of work as exploration geologist in the Norwegian petroleum industry (Saga Petroleum and Norsk Hydro). Rolando di Primio joined the GeoForschungsZentrum Potsdam as a senior research scientist in 2001. He meanwhile acts as Head of Petroleum System Modeling in the section “Organic Geochemistry”. His research interests include hydrocarbon phase behaviour, basin modelling and organic geochemistry. However, knowledge transfer to the industry is supported by him assuming the tasks of the Executive Director at GeoS4 GmbH, Germany, in 2006. Rolando di Primio became Adjunct Professor of Petroleum Geosciences at Jacobs University Bremen in 2009. With regard to the Executive Master in Basin and Petroleum System Dynamics, he acts as Course Director and will enrich the participants’ insight and understanding of Petroleum System Geochemistry I.
Academic Co-ordinator
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Vikram Unnithan   started his career at the Earth Sciences Department at Utrecht University, the Netherlands where he first earned his diploma in Geology specializing in the Geophysics track. He then completed his PhD from University College Dublin in Geology. He did research at the Irish Data Centre, and worked with the Geological Survey of Ireland in Dublin, the Applied Geophysics Unit, University College Galway and the Earth Sciences Department at Utrecht University, the Netherlands. Vikram Unnithan worked as exploration geophysicist with Fugro Robertson, U.K. prior to joining Jacobs University in 2004. He has since then implemented a large number of research projects in close co-operation with the oil industry. He will be responsible for the academic co-ordination of this MSc program. This will include working in close collaboration with the course director in matters of curriculum development, admissions, lecturer and participant evaluation and progress monitoring. He will also support, develop and lead the field excursions planned for the MSc.
Sierd Cloetingh, 2013 nominated Adjunct Professor of Petroleum Geosciences at Jacobs University Bremen, is Royal Netherlands Academy Professor of Earth Sciences at VU University Amsterdam, the Netherlands. He earned his PhD degree in geophysics at the University of Utrecht and conducts research into tectonics, intraplate deformation, lithospheric dynamics, sedimentary basin evolution and sea level change – just to indicate core topics. Sierd Cloetingh published more than 250 papers in international peer-reviewed journals and served the Earth Science community in various functions, including Presidency of the European Geophysical Society. Thus, Jacobs University is honored to welcome him for the first week on Sedimentary Basin Evolution in the framework of the Masters programme.
 New Picture (1)(1)-80x97 Jan Derks gained his Diploma of Geology from the Rheinische-Friedrich-Wilhelms University in Bonn. Working originally on the structural geology of the European Alps, he gathered experience as a petroleum systems analyst on projects in the Middle East and Africa since 2007. As the product champion petroleum systems since 2010 he is responsible of translating client requirements into petroleum systems related software functionality and products at Schlumberger. With Bjorn Wygrala, he is part of the team of integrated analysis for petroleum exploration risk and resource assessments, andlectures Petroleum System Modelling II during the 6th week of on-site learning in Bremen.
 pp-blank-80x94 Maarten Felix started his career in the Department of Earth Sciences, at Leeds University, U.K. He holds a Ph.D. in Geology from Stanford University, U.S.A. From 2005 to 2007 he broadened his experience in the Department of Civil Engineering of Stuttgart University, Germany and joined the Basin Modelling Department at Sintef, Norway, thereafter. Maarten Felix is an expert in turbidity currents and has done research on a diverse set of regions – from the Polish Carpathians to the Espirito Santo Basin, Brazil. In co-operation with Ute Mann, he will support the participants in their efforts to deepen knowledge in Source Rock Deposition and Depositional Modelling.
 New Picture (3)(1)-80x89 Brian Horsfield is Full Professor of Organic Geochemistry and Hydrocarbon Systems at the Technical University of Berlin, Germany. He leads the research group Organic Geochemistry at the GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences, Potsdam, Germany; fifty scientists, technicians, postdocs and Ph.D students take part in the group’s diverse research programme on fluid dynamics and basin evolution, the deep biosphere, and the outgassing of greenhouse gases from sedimentary basins. He is Executive Chairman of the International Continental Scientific Drilling Program. He is Guest Professor at the China University of Geosciences in Beijing. He has thirt- five years of experience working with the petroleum industry in upstream research and development, beginning with 9 years employment at Conoco and Arco. Brian is co-founder and CEO of GEOS4, a service provider specializing in petroleum compositional and phase predictions for the oil and gas industry. In recognition of his scientific achievements, Brian was appointed to acatech, the German Academy of Science and Technology, in 2010. In the area of unconventional resources, he is director of the research project Gas Shales in Europe (GASH) and the fact-based Shale Gas Information Platform (SHIP).  He has more than 190 publications in leading journals. Brian will guide participants through Petroleum System Geochemistry I in co-operation with Rolando di Primio.
 pic4-80x99 Rob Knipe is the Professor of Structural Geology at the University of Leeds and the Director of Fault Seal the Rock Deformation Research Group who is concerned with the identification and quantification of deformation processes associated with tectonic events. As a recipient of Geological Society awards for his work on deformation processes at fault zones his current research interests, in collaboration with a significant number of hydrocarbon exploration and production companies, include: permeability barriers and fault sealing, interaction between fluid flow, deformation and mineralisation and the characterisation and evolution of fracture and fault populations.
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Ute Mannstarted her career at Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research, Germany and earned her doctorate at the University of Bremen, Germany in 1995. She joined SINTEF Petroleum Research, Norway in 1997 and from 2005 to 2013 she headed the Basin Modelling Department at SINTEF. She was in charge of numerous R&D and industry projects with focus on source rock depostion,modelling and  prediction at the Norwegian Continental Shelf  and from around the globe.  In 2013 she became a member of Statoil’s Petroleum System Analysis team.She will share her expertise in Source Rock Deposition and Depositional Modelling within the Masters programme.
 New Picture (6)-80x97 Andrew Murray is the principle Petroleum Systems Advisor for Australia’s largest oil and gas producing company.  He holds B.App.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees  in applied chemistry and environmental science and a Ph.D in Petroleum Geochemistry from Curtin University. Worked in analytical chemistry, marine science, petroleum geoscience research and, since 1998, as a petroleum systems analyst at Woodside Energy. This period included a three year secondment to the Shell International Research and Development centre in the Hague. He has worked on hydrocarbon systems in both the exploration and appraisal/production arenas and in diverse areas of the world. In BPSD he will share his knowledge and experience in charge risking via the integrated charge evaluation process and in reservoir fluid properties and continuity assessment in the 7th week course Petroleum System Analysis in Exploration and Development.
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Giovanni Rusciadelli is Associate Professor of Stratigraphy and Sedimentology at the Department of Engineering and Geology of the Chieti University, Italy and holds a PhD in Sedimentary Geology from the Paris XI, French University. He has years of academic and professional experience, ranging from education and teaching to consultancy for industry and government projects. In his twenty years as sedimentary geologist, he acquired skills in carbonate sedimentology, sequence stratigraphy, geological mapping and basin analysis. He will team-lead the newly established Field Excursion to the Central Apennines.
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Hans Martin Schulz earned his doctorate at RWTH Aachen University (Dr. rer. nat. in Geology) in 1994 and completed his habilitation in 2003. He did research at the Baltic Sea Research Institute, Germany, joined the Technical University of Clausthal in 1997 and moved to the Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources in 2004. Since 2007, Hans Martin Schulz acts as the group leader for “Quantitative Diagenesis” in the organic geochemistry section at the GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences. The participants of the executive Masters programme will benefit from his expertise in Regional Petroleum Systems during the 9th week of learning on the Bremen campus.
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Vittorio Scisciani holds a PhD in Tectonics and Structural Geology from a consortium of Italian universities, and is Assistant Professor of Seismic Interpretation and Field Geology at the University of Chieti, Italy. His current research interests, also in cooperation with hydrocarbon E&P companies, include: structural modeling of foreland fold-an-thrust belts, tectonic and sedimentation in foredeep and piggy-back basins, analysis and modeling of foredeep basins, inversion tectonics, and inherited fault reactivation. The participants of the BPSD MSc will benefit from his expertise in the petroleum system of theCentral Apennines and Adriatic Basinin the Field Excursion.
Dave Tanner-80x106-80x97 David Colin Tanner is an expert in structural geology and structural restoration and will guide the participants through the Structural Geology and Structural Balancing course. He completed his doctoral thesis in 1995 at the University of Gießen and started his career at Freiburg University and at the University of Göttingen. David Tanner did structural (retro-) modelling of the `Tight Gas’ Area, North Germany at the GeoForschungsZentrum Potsdam, was part of the seismics and structural modelling team at the RWTH-Aachen thereafter, and moved to his present position at Leibniz Institute for Applied Geophysics (LIAG) in 2007. His industry experience stems from modelling the Southern Oman Basin and several projects in the North Sea.
Joachim Vogt gathered first research experience at Max-Planck-Institut for extra-terrestrial Physics (MPE), Germany. He earned his doctorate at the TU Braunschweig and served as Head of the Auroral Imaging Team at the MPE in Garching thereafter. In 1999, Joachim Vogt became Assistant Professor and taught geophysics at TU Braunschweig. He joined Jacobs University in 2001 as Associate Professor of Physics, has acted as the Geosciences and Astrophysics Program Coordinator and also directed the computer laboratory CLAMV for many years. Joachim Vogt will facilitate the deepening of participants’ knowledge in Numerical Analysis during the last on-site week of the Masters programme.
 ken peters-0034 Ken Peters is Science Advisor for Schlumberger where he uses geochemistry and numerical modeling to study petroleum systems. He has >37 years of experience with UC Berkeley, Stanford U., Chevron, Mobil, ExxonMobil, USGS, and Schlumberger and published ~150 geology, geochemistry, and basin modeling books and papers in peer-reviewed journals. Ken is principal author of The Biomarker Guide (2005), Honorary Teaching Fellow at U. Aberdeen, a NeXT instructor, Fellow in the Geochemical Society, AAPG Charles Taylor Fellow, and Consulting Associate Professor at Stanford where he co-leads the Basin and Petroleum System Modeling Industrial Affiliates Program [bpsm.stanford.edu]. He received the 2009 Alfred E. Treibs Medal presented on behalf of the Geochemical Society for major impact on the field of organic geochemistry, the 2013 AAPG Honorary Member Award for service and devotion to the science and profession of petroleum geology, and the 2016 EAGE Alfred Wegener Award for outstanding contributions to the scientific and technical advancement of petroleum geoscience. He twice received the Schlumberger Henri Doll Prize for Innovation (2009, 2013). Ken has B.A. and M.A. degrees in geology a Ph.D. in geochemistry from UCLA.
Bjoern Wygrala-100x100-80x89 Bjorn Wygrala holds a PhD in Geology from Cologne University, Germany. He gathered considerable industry experience working as exploration geologist with Uranerz Australia Pty.Ltd. in Australia as well as, during his PhD research project, with Eni-Agip in Italy. Bjorn He then joined Integrated Exploration Systems, Germany, in 1983 and became the Managing Director of “Technology Transfer” in 2002 an has since worked with customers in the Petroleum E&P business in more than 40 countries. Following the acquisition by Schlumberger in 2008,the company is now the Schlumberger Aachen Technology Centre and is responsible for software development and services related to petroleum systems. Supporting the Masters programme’s educational efforts in integrated geoscience analysis Bjorn Wygrala will present  Petroleum System Modelling II with an emphasis on applications for petroleum exploration risk and resource assessments.