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The Society of HPC Professionals lunch and learn event


Lunch & Learn – February 2021

Upstream Energy Data Analytics Badges

Thursday, 25 February 2021
12:00pm – 1:00pm CST
Live stream due to COVID-19

About the Event



Energy professionals – current and future – have to gain deeper insights into operational data for making tougher decisions. UH Energy’s new Upstream Energy Data Analytics Program answers this need for the upstream oil and gas industry.

Designed and presented by leaders from industry and accomplished faculty from the University of Houston, the program provides a structured series of micro-credentials or “badges” that will provide the necessary data sciences skillset to facilitate developing solutions to current and emerging challenges using advanced data-based decision making.

Each badge is a 15-hour module, delivered over a 3-week period, and the badges are stackable. The first three badges, which together form the Bronze Belt in Upstream Energy Data Analytics, are available online from UH Energy.



The oil and gas industry is undergoing significant changes, including repositioning operations to be cost-competitive in a world of low oil prices, and meeting the growing demands of energy in a sustainable way.

This requires working in smarter and more efficient ways. Innovation has always been at the core of the oil and gas industry. Many oil and gas companies are already finding ways to implement data sciences solutions and are realizing tangible benefits, including competitive advantage.

About the Speakers


Dr. Suryanarayanan Radhakrishnan
Professor of Practice in Decision and Information Sciences, University of Houston Bauer College of Business

Dr. Radhakrishnan is a Professor of Practice in Decision and Information Sciences at University of Houston’s Bauer College of Business. He is also the Managing Director of UH Energy. Prior to joining the University of Houston, he had worked 36 years for Shell in various responsible positions mostly in Planning, Strategy, Marketing and Business Management.

Since retiring from Shell in 2010, Dr. Radhakrishnan has been teaching courses at the Bauer College of Business, in Supply Chain Management, Project Management, Business Process Management, Innovation Management and Statistics. He teaches undergraduate, MBA and Executive MBA classes. At UH Energy, he has been involved in the development of UH Energy’s strategy working closely with the Energy Adviory Board. He coordinates the day to day working of UH Energy.

Dr. Radhakrishnan holds a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Osmania University, India; a master’s degree in Industrial Engineering from Oklahoma State University and a doctoral degree in Business Administration from University of Houston.


Dr. Dvijesh Shastri
Associate Professor of Computer Science, University of Houston

Dr. Dvijesh Shastri is an Associate Professor of Computer Science at the University of Houston – Downtown. He specializes in affective computing, human behavior analysis, and data analytics. He teaches graduate and undergraduate level data analytics courses including Python for Data Analytics, Information Visualization and Data Mining.

Dr. Shastri has co-authored more than twenty-five publications in premier conferences and journals. He received a B.E. in Electrical Engineering from Sardar Patel University in 1997, an M.S. in Computer Science from Wright State University in 2001, and Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Houston in 2007.


Kalyan Venugopal
Training Services Manager, NExT, a Schlumberger Company

Kalyan Venugopal is based in Houston, TX and works as Training Services Manager for NExT, a Schlumberger Company. In addition to running the training services business for the Digital & Integration Division of Schlumberger in North America, he is involved in designing and delivering training programs for Schlumberger’s clients.

He started his career in the Oilfield Services Industry in 1995 as an M/LWD engineer with Schlumberger’s Drilling and Measurements Product Line. In a career spanning 25 years with Schlumberger, he has held a variety of technical and managerial positions with Drilling and Measurements, Oilfield Services, Data & Consulting / Petro-Technical Services and Software Integrated Solutions product lines in worldwide locations.

He has an integrated dual degree from Birla Institute of Technology and Science, India (M.Sc Mathematics and B.E Electrical and Electronics), a Masters in Petroleum Engineering from Heriot-Watt University, UK and a Masters in Data Analytics from University of Houston Downtown. He also holds Project Management Professional (PMP) and Tableau Desktop Specialist certifications.


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$15 for Non-Members
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Due to COVID-19, this month’s Lunch & Learn is a live stream event only. 

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