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Industry Panel

"Future impact of Artificial intelligence
on the oil & Gas industry"

Join us for the closing session of our technical program as we speak with a collection of executives and leaders fro​m regional operators and key oil and gas entities on the topic "Future Impact of A.I. on the Oil & Gas Industry." Attendees will have the opportunity to listen to our panel discuss critical issues facing our industry, both in the basin and beyond, and how they anticipate the future of the energy industry taking shape with advancements in automation, machine learning, and other innovations in artificial intelligence and technology.

The panel will close with a Q&A session featuring questions submitted by meeting participants during the conference and live questions from those in attendance.

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Steven Ko

Vice President Completions, EQT


Steven Ko is currently Vice-President of Completions at EQT Corporation.  Steven has experience on both the producer and service company sides of the industry, starting his career with Schlumberger Oilfield Services and later working at Talisman Energy, Rice Energy, EdgeMarc Energy and now EQT.


He has also had the opportunity to work internationally both onshore and offshore in Saudi Arabia and at various locations across the United States.  Steven is focused on Completions today but has had experience leadings groups across the lifecycle of oilfield including Permitting, Construction, Drilling and Completions.

Tom Waltz

Tom Waltz

Vice President Completions, Antero Resources

Tom Waltz has over a decade of experience with Antero Resources, currently serving as Vice President of Completions and having held a variety of engineering and management roles in the completions division both in West Virginia and Colorado.

Prior to his time at Antero, he began his career as a Technical Professional for Superior Well Services working in the Appalachian Basin.

Mr. Waltz holds a degree in Petroleum Engineering from Marietta College.

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Alex Fortin

Vice President of Technology, Cold Bore Technology

Alex Fortin currently serves as the VP of Technology at Cold Bore Technology. Alex’s professional background originates in computer science and software engineering, and he has applied his skills in a variety of industries, including Telecom, Defense and, most recently, Energy. Prior to joining Cold Bore in 2020, Alex was working on tactical communication systems for General Dynamics, and has has filled both technical and managerial roles throughout his career.


At Cold Bore, he is one of the key architects behind the company's Downhole Acoustic Tool, and most recently, Cold Bore’s flagship product for Completions, SmartPAD.



Terry Palisch

Vice President of Technology & Engineering, CARBO Ceramics

2024 SPE President

Terry Palisch is the Vice President CARBO Ceramics in Richardson, Texas. He began his career with a 10-year stint as a petroleum engineer with ARCO in Algeria and Alaska. Palisch joined CARBO in 2004 and in his current position leads a team of technologists developing and championing new products and services and advising clients on completion and fracture optimization.

Palisch has been an active SPE member serving in various roles, including past Chairman of the SPE Dallas Section, past Chair of the SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition technical program and former SPE Completions Technical Director. He is an SPE Distinguished Member and has received a variety of awards including the SPE Mid‑Continent Regional Completions Optimization and Technology Award and recognition as on of the Top 15 Best Engineers by the Texas Independent Producers and Royalty Owners Association.


He has authored more than 50 SPE technical papers and holds several patents.


Palisch holds a bachelor’s degree in petroleum engineering from University of Missouri‑Rolla (now Missouri University of Science and Technology) and was recently recognized as a Distinguished Alumnus.

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