Halliburton Engineer Recognized for Leadership and Achievements

Robello Samuel, Ph.D., a technology fellow with Landmark, a Halliburton business-line, has been awarded the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) annual Drilling Engineering Award and SPE Distinguished Member Award. The awards honor outstanding achievements and contributions to field of engineering.


SPE recognized Samuel for his more than 30 years of multidisciplinary and international experience in drilling and completions operations, management, consulting, software development and teaching. He has served on the faculties of various universities for the past 13 years and holds concurrent adjunct professor appointments at the University of Houston and the University of Southern California.


During his career in the oil and gas industry, Samuel has published more than 160 technical papers and reports and 12 books and holds 15 patents with 75 current patent pending applications. Samuel’s interests cover a range of disciplines including onshore and offshore well engineering, design, data analytics, optimization and automation. He is regarded as one of the world’s most influential contributors to the field of drilling engineering.


“Robello has a rich history of breakthrough innovation in drilling engineering,” said Nagaraj Srinivasan, senior vice president of Landmark and Halliburton Digital Solutions. “As the industry continues to push for improved drilling outcomes, his technical leadership in the areas of drilling analytics, automation, control and optimization is helping Halliburton and its customers better develop and deploy novel solutions to deliver significant cost savings in drilling and completions.”


Samuel joined Halliburton in 1998 and is currently a technology fellow leading research in well engineering applications and scientific activities to develop new drilling technologies. He is credited with establishing and leading multiple projects to foster greater collaboration across the industry and accelerate the progress of discoveries into tangible solutions.


“It is an honor to recognize Robello for his commitment and dedication to the oil and gas industry with the SPE Drilling Engineering Award and SPE Distinguished Member Award,” said D. Nathan Meehan, 2016 SPE president. “Award winners were nominated by their colleagues and selected by their peers and it’s my pleasure to congratulate him on receiving these prestigious international awards from SPE.”

Samuel earned his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Madurai and master’s degree in mechanical engineering from the College of Engineering, Guindy, India. He also earned his master’s and doctoral degrees in petroleum engineering from the University of Tulsa in Oklahoma.