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Walt Lamb, petroleum engineering adviser for Rhourde El Baguel in Algeria, will speak on “Career Opportunities in the Oil Industry — Expect the Unexpected” noon Friday in Van Wickle Hall room 108.

Lunch will be provided free of charge to students and for $3 to faculty and staff.

His talk will include an overview of the upstream part of the oil industry and his thoughts on the near-term future. Lamb will discuss the breadth of career opportunities and global influences on career paths as well as the need for teamwork, job flexibility, and continual learning of new skills.

He also hopes to show an animated slideshow, Six Years in Six Minutes.

“This is a history of the In Salah gas project in the Algerian Sahara Desert from groundbreaking to first-gas production,” he says.

Lamb has both well and reservoir responsibilities as part of British Petroleum’s joint venture with Sonatrach, the Algerian national oil company.

In 1997, he joined British Petroleum’s technology group and remained in this role for about six years. Prior to joining BP, he worked about 17 years for Exxon Production Research Company.

He has also assisted with the development and instruction of technical training courses throughout his career and has taught more than 70 major courses worldwide in well completions, well stimulation, production logging, drilling fluids, and office safety.

Lamb received his bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Bowling Green State University and his Ph.D. in physical chemistry from the University of Illinois.

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