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Bud Johnston

Laboratory Program Manager I-Civil Engineering | 303-275-4999

Laboratory Program Manager (Geothermal)
On staff since 2015
Phone number: 303-275-4999

General Profile

Henry (Bud) Johnston joined NREL in 2015 as the new Laboratory Program Manager (LPM) for the NREL Geothermal Technologies Program.

Previously, Bud worked with Shell for 30 years, most recently serving as reservoir engineering discipline lead within international unconventionals at Shell's headquarters in the Netherlands. In that role, he was responsible for reservoir engineering technical assurance for Shell's international unconventional resource projects.

Areas of expertise

  • Reservoir engineering
  • Technical assurance
  • Unconventional oil and gas resource projects

Primary research interests

  • Geothermal technologies management

Education and background training

  • Certificate in energy innovation and emerging technologies, Stanford Center for Professional Development, Stanford, CA
  • Executive masters in business administration (EMBA), Tulane University, New Orleans, LA
  • M.S. in mineral engineering, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL
  • B.S. in civil engineering, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL

Prior work experience

  • Principal Reservoir Engineer on International Unconventional Technical Excellence Team in The Hague (2013-2015), while also serving as the Global Principal Technical Expert in Unconventional Reservoir Engineering.
  • Regional Reservoir Engineering Discipline Advisor in USA and Canada (2008-2013), while also serving as a Subject Matter Expert in Unconventional Integrated Reservoir Modeling.
  • Various reservoir engineering assignments in Denver (2005-2007), Houston (2000-2004), The Hague (1999-2000), New Orleans (1991-1998), with initial assignment in Houston (1985-1990).

Other affiliations

  • Society of Petroleum Engineers

Selected publications

Quint, E., C.B. Brake, J. Bickley, B. Johnston, and P. Huckabee. "From liability to cost effective data gathering opportunity." Presented at the SPWLA 46th Annual Logging Symposium, New Orleans, LA, June 2005.

Quint, E., M. Singh, P. Huckabee, D. Brown, C.B. Brake, J. Bickley, and B. Johnston. "4D Pressure Pilot To Steer Well Spacing in Tight Gas." Presented at the SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition, San Antonio, TX, September 2006. SPE-102745-MS.

Giles, M., D. Nevin, B. Johnston, and M. Hollanders. "Understanding Volumes, Economics and Risk Mitigation in Unconventional Gas Projects." Presented at the SPE/EAGE European Unconventional Resources Conference and Exhibition, Vienna, Austria, March 2012. SPE-151906-MS.