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Industry Panel

"The state of the 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 "The State of the 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 oil and gas taking shape in coming years, including the increasing role of natural gas, changing market dynamics, government regulation and the opportunities for the industry in energy transition.

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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Akshay Sagar

President, Universal Pressure Pumping

Akshay Sagar has been President at Universal Pressure Pumping, the hydraulic fracturing business of Patterson-UTI, since 2020. Previously, he oversaw the New Ventures group at Patterson-UTI which included MS Directional, Superior QC, Warrior and Current Power.

Akshay has spent nearly 25 years in oilfield services starting as an engineer with Schlumberger followed by stints at Halliburton and Weatherford. He has worked in leadership roles in multiple businesses spanning completion services, directional drilling, land rigs and wireline services in US Land, the Middle
East, Europe, and Africa.

Akshay graduated as an Engineer from IIT Delhi and has an MBA from RSM Erasmus in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. He is an active member of the SPE, IADC and EWTC.

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Kirby Walker

Director of Product Development, Stratagen


Kirby Walker is the Director of Product Development at Stratagen, a CARBO company, where he leads efforts to build and expand existing software platforms and tools to better meet the needs of today’s completion market.

Kirby's career in the oil and gas industry involves extensive experience in unconventional completions, production and reservoir evaluation. He began his career with Schlumberger and spent the majority of his two-decades of service with the company in various technical, leadership and field roles in Texas, Alaska, Venezuela, Russia and the Appalachian basin, specifically focusing on stimulation, reservoir modeling and new technology integration. His past experience also includes technology focused leadership positions with

Chevron, CNX, and EdgeMarc Holdings.

Mr. Walker holds a B.S. in Petroleum Engineering from Penn State, currently serves on the Penn State Industry Advisory Council, and is a current board member and former chair of the SPE Pittsburgh Section.


Mike Wahl

Senior Vice President & Chief Operating Officer, Olympus Energy

Mike Wahl joined Olympus in 2016 to lead the Company’s reservoir engineering and planning team. He was promoted to Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer in September 2020. Prior to joining Olympus, he served in the strategic planning group and Permian Basin asset management team at Anadarko Petroleum Corporation. Mr. Wahl began his career at EQT Corporation, where he worked in various reservoir engineering and planning positions.


He holds an undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh and an M.B.A. from Carnegie Mellon University.


Greg Muse

President & Chief Operating Officer, PennEnergy Resources

Greg Muse is a founding partner of PennEnergy Resources and currently serves as President and Chief Operating Officer. Prior to co-founding PennEnergy, Mr. Muse was the Senior Vice President for Marcellus Operations at Atlas Energy resources, LLC from 2010 to 2011. During this time, he built, led and managed a team of over 300 technical and operations personnel in the development of over 100 Marcellus horizontal wells.

Before joining Atlas in 2010, Mr. Muse had a 28 year career with Marathon Oil Company in numerous technical and leadership roles including business management roles for Marathon’s Marcellus Shale, Power River Basin CBM, Gulf of Mexico offshore, East Texas and North Louisiana assets. In these positions, Mr. Muse managed the technical and operational aspects of these assets including engineering, geology, land, regulatory, drilling, completion, production, safety and environmental activities. In addition to asset management roles, Mr. Muse held corporate positions at Marathon including Worldwide Shale Development Manager, Worldwide Procurement and Strategic Sourcing Manager.


Mr. Muse is a past Executive Committee Member of the Marcellus Shale Committee and Board Member of IOGAPA. Mr. Muse graduated from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, in Terre Haute, Indiana with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering in 1982.


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