Mork Family Department Advisory Board
Crimson Resource Management Corporation
USC, M.B.A. 1986
USC, B.S. Petroleum Engineering, 1980
Mr. Buntmann is the President and Owner of Crimson Resource Management Corp., an independent oil and gas production company headquartered in Denver, CO. Prior to co-founding Crimson in 1986, Mr. Buntmann was with Mobil Oil Corporation as a Reservoir Engineer for Southern Oklahoma and Production Engineer for the San Joaquin and Los Angeles Basins. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Southern California, Viterbi School of Engineering, in 1980, and an MBA from the University of Southern California, Marshall School of Business, in 1986. He is on the Board of Directors for the Petrie Institute of Western-American Art, Denver Art Museum. His son Jack just received his degree in Economics in Dornsife College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences in 2013. He is a supporter of USC Athletics.
Dante Vincent Caravaggio
Executive Vice President, Global Sales
Parsons Environment & Infrastructure (PE&I)
USC, M.S. Petroleum Engineering, 1985
USC, B.S. Petroleum Engineering, 1979
Pepperdine University, M.B.A.
Dante Caravaggio is Executive Vice President and Global Business Development Director of Parsons Environment & Infrastructure (PE&I), a primary business unit of Parsons Corporation, an international engineering, construction, technical, and management services firm with 15,000 employees and revenues of $3 billion. Dante leads PE&I’s global sales and marketing program, which includes industrial, water/wastewater, environmental, oil and gas, and energy infrastructure. Prior to re-joining Parsons in 2014, he held positions of increasing responsibility at Jacobs Engineering Group, most recently as Senior Vice President of Global Heavy Process Sales where he was responsible for sales in Canada, Europe, India, the Middle East, South America, and the United States. He previously worked for Parsons from 1988–1996 managing projects in upstream and downstream oil and gas in Korea, Kuwait, the Philippines, Saudi Arabia and the United States.
Leslie Jay Cohen, PhD
Sr. Vice President, New Business Development & Strategic Technology
HITCO Carbon Composites, Inc.
Carnegie Mellon University, B.S., M.S. and Ph.D.
Technion Israel Institute of Technology, Fulbright Post Doctoral
Dr. Cohen joined HITCO in 2001. He served for 31 years at McDonnell Douglas where he held positions of increasing responsibility in Technology Operations and Business Development. As a Senior Director, he directed all Business Development for MDAC in the Russian Federation. He has published over 50 papers on Advanced Composite design and development, is a lecturer in Advanced Composites and has been awarded the USSR Gold Medal for Science and Technology, and a Foreign member of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Judd Hall Award for Manufacturing of Composites and SAMPE Fellow. He is a recipient of the prestigious George Lubin Award for excellence in composities from SAMPE. He holds B.S, M.S., and Ph D. degrees from Carnegie Mellon University, and a Fulbright Post Doctoral at the Technion Israel Institute of Technology specializing in Structures and Materials.
Clarence Foster, MD
Professor of Surgery
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, M.D.
USC, B.S. Chemical Engineering, 1984
Dr. Clarence E. Foster, III, a transplant surgeon at UC Irvine Medical Center, spends most days saving lives in a modern Orange County hospital, but last spring he spent 90 days on the front lines in Iraq, about 100 miles southeast of Baghdad, treating soldiers and civilian casualties of the Iraqi war. Foster grew up in New Orleans, Louisiana, and was influenced by three uncles who were drafted in the Vietnam War. He did well in school, was named valedictorian of his high school class, and entered USC’s undergraduate program in chemical engineering on a university academic scholarship. After graduating from USC he was accepted at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine; a short time later, he decided to specialize in transplant surgery. He also realized that he could use his surgical skills to serve his country by joining the National Guard. In 2004, he was sent to Walter Reed Hospital, where he did transplant surgery during the height of the first Iraq invasion during the current war. In April 2008, he was deployed to Camp Delta in Al Kut, Iraq, about 20 miles from the Iranian border, where he was assigned to a “forward surgical team.” These teams are the first line of medical care for soldiers and civilians who have been injured during combat. Nonetheless, he was glad to get back to Orange County in August, 2008, to see his family again and to be able to use his season tickets to the USC football games. Some day, he said he would also like to hold a lecture for undergraduate chemical engineering majors and share his experiences in Iraq.
Supratik Guha, PhD
Director of Physical Sciences
USC, Ph.D. Materials Science, 1991
Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur (India), B.Tech, 1985
Supratik Guha is presently the Director of the Physical Sciences Department at IBM Research, where he has been since 1995. In this role he is responsible for IBM’s worldwide strategy in the physical sciences, leading a team of researchers distributed across IBM’s worldwide research laboratories engaged in fundamental and applied science research. From 1998 to 2010 he was responsible for starting and leading the materials research work that resulted in IBM’s high-k metal oxide gate transistor technology: IBM’s server products and a large percentage of smartphone products that are sold globally contain this technology. As a manager and strategist he has built several successful programs at IBM: some recent examples are silicon photonics, sensor based physical analytics, carbon nanotube transistor technology for CMOS, and photovoltaics. His own research interests are in materials for energy conversion and future information technologies. He received his Ph.D. in Materials Science from the University of Southern California in 1991, and his B. Tech from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur (India) in 1985. He also holds an adjunct professorship at Columbia University, and is a Fellow of the American Physical Society. He was awarded the IBM Corporate Award in 2013 for his work on high-k metal oxide gate CMOS technology.
Chief Operating Officer
Condor Petroleum, Inc.
USC, B.S. Petroleum Engineering
William Hatcher is the Chief Operating Officer for Condor Petroleum Inc, a TSX listed oil and gas company that is headquartered in Calgary, Alberta, Canada with operating assets in Kazakhstan and Turkey. During a career that has spanned over 30 years, Mr. Hatcher has worked in a variety of operational roles in North America, The Caribbean, Asia, Africa and Europe. Prior to joining Condor Petroleum, recent assignments included being a Founder and Technical Director of Bayfield Energy in Trinidad and serving as the General Manager of Operations for Burren Energy in Turkmenistan. He has also served in an advisory capacity for an alternative investment management firm which manages a multi-billion dollar investment portfolio. William holds a BSc in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Southern California.
Jeffery K Hepper
University of California at Davis. B.S. Chemical Engineering, 1979
Started professional career with Mobil Oil in Torrance, California. Worked three years in various positions in the refinery including process engineering, refinery operations, and economics and planning.
Joined Tosco Corporation, an independent refining and marketing company, in 1982. Held several positions at corporate headquarters in Santa Monica, California, including supply planning, product distribution, and product trading.
From 1985 through 2009 was employed by the Vitol Group of Companies, a privately held international commodity trading company. The principal business of Vitol is the physical supply, distribution and trading of crude oil and petroleum products on a global basis. Vitol is one of the largest independent oil trading companies in the world. In 2008, Vitol had sales of approximately $200 billion and moved over 4.0 million barrels per day of crude oil and products around the world. Vitol owns distribution terminals around the globe, oil fields in Europe and Asia, and from 1994 through 2006 owned and operated a world class oil refinery in Canada. In addition, Vitol is actively engaged in the international trade of coal, carbon emissions, chemicals, metals, natural gas and biofuels. Headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, Vitol maintains over 30 offices worldwide.
British Petroleum (BP)
University of Southern California M.S. Petroleum Engineering, 1999
University of Texas, B.S. Petroleum Engineering, 1989
Kyle Koerner (MSPE 1999) is a petroleum industry consultant in Houston, Texas. He started his career in 1989 as a reservoir engineer with Bechtel, operator of the giant Elk Hills oil field in California. Throughout his career, he has held a variety of roles of increasing responsibility with small to Fortune 100 firms in engineering, strategic planning, and leadership of multi-disciplined subsurface, acquisition & divestiture and project teams in California, Texas, West Africa and Brazil. He holds a BSPE from the University of Texas, an MSPE from the University of Southern California and is a Certified Petroleum Engineer in California. He currently resides in Houston with his wife Heather and their three children: Carolyn (14), Laura (13) and William (8).
Gerald L. (Jerry) Kohlenberger
President and Managing Director
Ilium Ventures LLC
USC, B.S. Civil Engineering, 1974
USC, M.B.A. Finance, 1981
California State University, M.S. Civil Engineering
Mr. Gerald L. Kohlenberger, also known as Jerry, serves as a Founding Principal of Blu Venture Investors, LLC. Mr. Kohlenberger was Founding Member at Blu Venture Investors. Mr. Kohlenberger formed Ilium Ventures LLC in early 2008 and serves as its President and Managing Director. He is an investor in more than ten small companies, including Pixelligent, Medipacs, Senscient, and Focus Technologies. He has spent 20 years in various refining and supply positions. Prior
Titan Oil Recovery, Inc.
USC, B.S. Petroleum Engineering, 1971
Mr. Marcotte has over 34 years of experience in the oil and gas industry ranging from technical positions to executive management. During his career with Unocal Corporation, he held the positions of: President Unocal Thailand, President Unocal Indonesia, President Unocal Netherlands, Corporate Vice President Public Policy, Health Environment and Safety, Vice President Unocal US Western Region, Vice President of Technology and Asset Management. He recently served as Chairman of the Unocal Foundation.
Mr. Marcotte has also served as President of the Board for the Indonesian Petroleum Association, Vice Chairman of the Petroleum Institute of Thailand’s Council of Trustees, member of the Thailand Development Research Institute, the Sasin Graduate School of Chulalongkorn University Advisory Council and he served as a board member of the Kenan Institute Asia. He was a member of the Board for the American Indonesian Exchange Foundation (Fulbright Scholarship Foundation) and received the American Community Council Award for Community Service in The Netherlands. He has served on the board of San Joaquin Community Hospital in Bakersfield, Calif. and was recently honored (2005) as a Distinguished Member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers. Based on his involvement in global conservation issues, Mr. Marcotte will continue to chair the International Leadership Council of The Nature Conservancy, one of the world’s largest environmental conservation groups.
Leslie Momoda, PhD
Director Sensors and Materials Laboratory
UCLA, M.S. and Ph.D. Materials Science and Engineering
UCLA, B.S. Chemical Engineering
Dr. Momoda is currently the director of the Sensors and Materials Laboratory at HRL Laboratories, LLC in Malibu, CA. She joined HRL Laboratories in 1990 after receiving a B.S. in Chemical Engineering and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Materials Science and Engineering at UCLA. She has over 20 years of experience in the fields of materials synthesis, processing, and characterization for electronic and structural applications. Dr. Momoda has lead several major programs in fuel cell subsystems and smart material applications. As a laboratory director, she now manages a laboratory of 70 scientists and engineers. She is a member of the Materials Research Society and is on the advisory board for engineering departments at several major universities.
Energy Corporation of America (ECA)
Northwestern University, Executive M.B.A., 2010
Cornell University, B.S. Chemical Engineering, 2002
Kyle Mork is the President of Energy Corporation of America and a Director of the company. He began his career with Halliburton Energy Services as a completions engineer before moving to ECA as a drilling engineer in the Houston, Texas office. Since that time he has held various positions throughout the organization focused on operations and management. He has a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from Cornell University, an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, and has taken masters courses at the University of Southern California in Petroleum Engineering. Mr. Mork is Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences and also serves on the non-profit ECA Foundation Board of Directors, the USC Mork Family Department Advisory Board, the Cornell Engineering College Council, and the Cornell Football Association Board. Mr. Mork is also active in the Young Presidents’ Organization. He and his wife Kirsten live in Charleston, West Virginia with their daughter and son.
Christopher Lee Pederson
Vice President, Strategy
USC, M.B.A. 2009
University of Delaware, M.S. Chemical Engineering
University of Washington, B.S. Chemical Engineering
Mr. Pederson is currently the Vice President – Strategy for the Hexcel Corporation, the world’s leading supplier of advanced composite materials, carbon fibers, advanced textiles and honeycomb core to the aerospace and industrial markets. His role includes leading the identification and acquisition of emerging technologies aimed at supporting and accelerating Hexcel’s future growth as well as providing strategic business development support and resources to the aerospace and industrial business Units of Hexcel. Prior to this role, he held several senior executive positions with Cytec, Industries, including periods as the Vice President – Aerospace and Vice President – Technology for Cytec’s Aerospace Materials Business Unit. Earlier in his career, he was a Senior Engineer at The Boeing Company working in Composite Materials and Processes for several advanced airplane programs. Mr. Pederson earned his MS and BS degrees in Chemical Engineering from the University of Delaware and the University of Washington respectively. He also holds an MBA from the University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business.