Jody Robins joined the NREL Thermal Sciences Group in 2019. He has over 20 years of drilling and completion experience serving both major and independent operators in the petroleum industry. His expertise includes well design, operational supervision, and drilling optimization and efficiency. He has drilled a wide variety of wells, from shallow coalbed methane horizontal wells to 30,000-foot subsalt deepwater wells, in locations including the Delaware Basin in New Mexico; Eagle Ford in Texas; the Williston, Paradox, and San Juan basins in the Rockies; onshore and offshore wells in California; the deepwater Gulf of Mexico; and the Gulf of Mexico shelf.

Research Interests

Geothermal energy

Drilling efficiency

Lost circulation

Hard rock drilling


B.S. Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering, The Pennsylvania State University