Fernando Ziegler has been in the oil and gas industry for over ten years. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Physics from The University of Texas at Austin and Master of Science in Geophysics from the University of Houston. Fernando started his career in testing seismic applications for Petroleum Geo-Services and then moved to geophysical migration and processing quality control for GX Technology. Fernando eventually began to specialize in pore pressure, fracture pressure, wellbore stability, seal capacity, hydrocarbon column height estimates, rock physics, and geomechanics for Marathon Oil and Repsol. During the most recent downturn, he has worked as Chief Operating Officer for a start-up company and as an independent geophysics consultant for various operators and service companies. Currently, Fernando is an independent geophysics consultant working for BHP Billiton.

He is a member of SEG, AAPG, SPE, GSH, and HGS. Presently, Fernando is Committee Member and Chair of the AAPG Student Expo Committee (2007 to present, 2015 to present), Executive Committee Member of the Operators’ Pore Pressure Forum (2015 to present), Chair of the Challenge Bowl Subcommittee at SEG (2014 to present), Member of the Committee on University and Student Programs at SEG (2008 to present), Vice Chair of Career Directions & Progressions at GSH, and Chair of GSH/SEG Membership at GSH (2017 to present).