New Head of Development, Innovation and Services


Arnis Judzis

In response to dynamic and positive feedback from CA members, EGI is instituting an exciting new program of services. Arnis Judzis, EGI’s Head of Development, Innovation and Services will be instrumental in this new effort.

Arnis joined EGI in the first quarter of 2015 and is making rapid headway in engaging with and listening to CA members’ needs. His deep knowledge and experience in the energy industry is a substantial addition to EGI’s capacity and will serve to support internal projects and operations as well as the Corporate Associate Members who depend on EGI’s science and services.

Arnis Judzis holds an M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Michigan and a B.Sc. in Chemical Engineering from Cornell University. He started his over 35-year career in the oil industry with The Standard Oil Company (Ohio). He has held various management and technical positions in the U.S. and abroad, including Head of Drilling Mechanics for British Petroleum after their acquisition of Standard Oil. Arnis’ work included extended reach drilling, ‘advanced’ wells, and improving drilling through hydrates regions in Alaska. In 1999, he joined TerraTek, Inc. as Vice President and Head of Drilling and Completions and then as Executive Vice President charged with developing additional business for the company. In 2006 Schlumberger acquired TerraTek and Arnis became Vice President of TerraTek Schlumberger. Since 2009, he also served as Business Development Manager focusing on the international market for geomechanics and unconventional core analysis and setting up ‘rock laboratories’ in such places as Chengdu, China and Brisbane, Australia.

Arnis has played active roles with the Society of Petroleum Engineers, American Institute of Chemical Engineers, Offshore Technology Conference (OTC), and the Drilling Engineering Association for over 35 years. He has been on a variety of SPE committees and served on the Board of Directors for SPE’s Anchorage and Salt Lake City Sections. He was also elected to the Board of Directors for the Society of Petroleum Engineers International from 2010 through 2012. Currently Arnis serves SPE on the Distinguished Lecturer Committee and represents SPE as Chair of the Management Committee for the Unconventional Resources Technology Conference (URTeC). During Arnis’ tenure as member and chair of the SPE R&D Committee, he published numerous articles related to the upstream industry’s R&D needs. Examples include:

  • Judzis, A. and Poddar, A., “Reviewing the Five Grand Challenges Plus One.” Journal of Petroleum Technology, September 2012, pp. 69-72.
  • Judzis, A. (Schlumberger), Rao, V. (Halliburton), Green, D. (University of Kansas), and Whitham, B. (Enduring Resources) as interviewees, “Research & Development; The Next Two Trillion Barrels.” Interview article by Peggy Williams (reporter), Oil & Gas Investor, February 2007, pp. 60-64.
  • Judzis, A., and Hill, D., “R&D Is an Astute Investment.” Journal of Petroleum Technology, May 2005, pp. 34-39.

Arnis served as the 1997 Offshore Technology Conference Program Chairman and was appointed to serve on OTC’s Board of Directors from 2002 through 2010. He was Chairman of the Board of OTC, Inc. during 2007 and 2008. He now serves as Chairman of the Oversight Committee for the 2016 Offshore Technology Conference Asia.