Charles Seismic

Charles Seismic

Geologist

Upstream
 
United States, Canada, Europe

1. What is your profession? Or if you are retired, what was your profession?

Vice President - Geoscience and Exploration

2. What are your areas of expertise?

Upstream: Asset Management, Corporate Development, Executive

Upstream Areas: Onshore

3. Current Employer:

Top secret information

4. Previous Employers:

Sandridge Energy, Ascent Resources

5. How did you end up in the Energy Industry?

Serendipity. I graduated from grad school in 2008 when oil and prices were extremely high. Companies were hiring anyone with a geology degree, whether studies were relevant to energy or not.  

6. Why do you like working with Start-Ups?

They can make decisions quickly without being mired in layer upon layer of bureaucracy. I also believe the vast majority of innovation comes from start ups as opposed to large companies.

Okay, now for some fun things about Mr. Seismic

7. What are three of your interests outside of work?

  • Soccer

  • Reading

  • Hiking

8.  What are your top 3 accomplishments (personal or professional)?  Don’t be shy!  Give ‘em to us.

  • I was selected to work with Senior Scientists from the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC, for 3 years while in graduate school

  • Presenting at the Hart Executive Oil Conference 2021

  • Becoming a father

9.  If I were a superhero, my superpower would be               .

The ability to easily dismantle irrational arguments and persuade people towards more logical positions

10. When I was 5, I was pretty sure I'd be a                 when I grew up.

Marine

11. If I weren't so damn good at what I do now, I'd probably be                 .

a student

12.  My favorite song is               by            .

I don't know if I have one favorite song but some songs I absolutely love are: Neighbors (Grizzly Bear), Eriatarka (The Mars Volta), Altered Beast/Alter Me parts I-IV (King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard), Earth Departure (Animals as Leaders)

13.  If I won the lottery tomorrow, I'd          .

I'd start a non-profit organization that offers grants to people to help them realize their dreams.

14.  The best piece of advice I've ever been given is                              .

Your reputation lives on after you are dead, so make sure to preserve it while you are alive.