Christine Luther Zimmerman is a Senior Geotechnical Engineer and part of the Technical & Regulatory Affairs Team at the Western States Petroleum Association (WSPA), a non-profit trade association that represents companies that account for the majority of petroleum exploration, production, refining, transportation and marketing in the five western states of Arizona, California, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington.
Christine joined the WSPA team in 2018 and manages California regulatory issues in the areas of air, water, and land use for WSPA’s members, with the focus on the San Joaquin Valley (SJV). Christine also coordinates WSPA’s SJV Associate Member program.
In her role, Christine ensures WSPA leverages its technical expertise to the maximum extent to effectively advocate WSPA’s positions in the legislative and regulatory arenas. She is currently working to develop curriculum to implement WSPA’s Derricks to Desks Program which provides energy education and outreach to educators.
Prior to joining WSPA, Christine owned Zimmerman Consulting, providing regulatory affairs services to oil producers in the SJV in the area of produced water management.
Christine earned a bachelor’s degree in Geology from California State University Bakersfield and a Master of Science degree in Geological Engineering from the Mackay School of Mines at University of Nevada, Reno. Christine is married and has a daughter.
Blasingame's research efforts deal with topics in applied reservoir engineering, reservoir modeling, and production engineering. Blasingame has made numerous contributions to the petroleum literature in well test analysis, analysis of production data, reservoir management, evaluation of low/ultra-low permeability reservoirs, and general reservoir engineering (e.g., hydrocarbon phase behavior, natural gas engineering, inflow performance relations, material balance methods, and field studies). To date (February 2020), Blasingame has graduated 68 M.S. (thesis), 34 M.Eng. (report, non-thesis), and 14 Ph.D. students, and he has performed several major field studies involving geology, petrophysics, and engineering tasks.
Blasingame is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE), the Society for Exploration Geophysicists (SEG) and the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG). Blasingame is a Distinguished Member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (2000) and he is a recipient of the SPE Distinguished Service Award (2005), the SPE Uren Award (for technology contributions before age 45) (2006), the SPE Lucas Medal (SPE's preeminent technical award) (2012), the SPE DeGolyer Distinguished Service Medal (2013), the SPE Distinguished Achievement Award for Petroleum Engineering Faculty (2014), and SPE Honorary Membership (2015).
Blasingame has served as an SPE Distinguished Lecturer (2005-2006) and was the SPE Technical Director for Reservoir (2015-2018). Blasingame has prepared approximately 160 technical articles; and he has chaired numerous technical committees and technical meetings. Most recently, Blasingame has been selected to serve as the 2021 SPE President. Blasingame also served as Assistant Department Head (Graduate Programs) for the Department of Petroleum Engineering at Texas A&M from 1997 to 2003, and Blasingame has been recognized with several teaching and service awards from Texas A&M University.
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