Oil and gas power the modern world of transportation, agriculture, manufacturing, computing, medicine, and education. Affordable and reliable energy makes possible every daily comfort we take for granted and serves as the lifeblood of our global economy. The oil and gas sector’s far-reaching importance cannot be overstated even though it is frequently underappreciated.
Fundamentally, energy production requires understanding where resources are located and how to extract them cost-effectively and safely. Over the last decade, it has become possible to deploy low-cost computerized sensors, reliable wireless networks, and flexible cross-platform software-as-a-service to measure, analyze, and produce more efficiently and safely. Together, these new technologies will reshape the oil and gas industry: drilling, completion, maintenance, and stimulation will be driven by the gathering and analysis of data. Consequently, oil and gas producers will need to reinvent themselves as data-driven companies.
Tachyus delivers the end-to-end technology to make that possible. Our platform ingests the deluge of new data from these ubiquitous networks of real-time sensors and integrates seismic, drilling logs, cores, completion designs, production data, and maintenance records so decision-makers can rapidly analyze all relevant context. Our breakthrough technology Data Physics combines physical modeling and machine learning to empower engineers to quickly predict mechanical equipment failure, production responses to stimulation, relationships between completion design and initial production, and fieldwide forecasts for any given injection redistribution. Ultimately, the Tachyus platform enables operators to explore millions of scenarios and identify optimal operational and development plans, resulting in significant cost reductions and production increases.
We provide oil and gas producers the technology required to make data-driven decisions.
Brandon Simmons is Chief Executive Officer of Tachyus. Brandon manages our global business team and contributes broadly across the enterprise. Brandon is also an angel investor and was previously an attorney at Hogan Lovells. Brandon's experience includes significant work for Silicon Valley companies and investors as well as projects in the Middle East, Africa, Asia, Latin America, and Europe. Before entering private practice, Brandon served as law clerk to Chief Judge JL Edmondson of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.
Brandon received a JD from Stanford Law School and a BA from UC Berkeley.
Dr. Sarma is Chief Scientist of Tachyus developing the fundamental modeling and optimization technologies underlying the Tachyus platform. He is a world-renowned expert in reservoir management, with multiple patents and numerous papers on the subject.
He has over 12 years of experience working for Chevron and Schlumberger. As a Staff Research Scientist for Chevron, he was responsible for their key simulation and optimization technologies. He received many awards including the Dantzig Dissertation award from INFORMS and Chevron's Excellence in Reservoir Management award.
Pallav holds a Ph.D. in Petroleum Engineering and a Ph.D. Minor in Operations Research from Stanford University.
Carlos Calad is Senior Vice President of Latin America at Tachyus. He focuses on acquiring, on-boarding, and delighting national, international and regional operators in Latin America.
Before joining Tachyus, Carlos was the COO at Lupatech, the largest Brazilian oilfield services company. During his 35 year career he has served clients in USA, Argentina, Venezuela, Brazil, Indonesia, Spain, Mexico, and Colombia and has held positions as VP of Marketing at Archer and Schlumberger Oilfield Services as well as management, commercial and technical roles across Schlumberger, where he managed a sales organization of over 200 people producing more than $2 billion in annual revenue and established value sharing contracts with Latin American NOCs.
Carlos completed postgraduate studies at Harvard, Columbia, and Stanford, and a BS in Electrical Engineering from Universidad de los Andes.
Paul Orland is Chairman and Co-Founder of Tachyus. Formerly, he led the Tachyus engineering team as the founding CTO. In that capacity, he led the initial productization of Data Physics technology.
Paul designed and delivered the Tachyus HPC optimization platform, as well as web-based modeling and surveillance tools. He advocates for strongly-typed functional programming to build robust software on a start-up schedule, and he has hired a team of renowned experts in the F# programming language.
Before founding Tachyus, Paul worked on the Visual Studio team at Microsoft and built developer tools for the Azure cloud. He received a BS in Mathematics from Yale University and an MS in Physics from the University of Washington.
Ryan Hilliard is the Software Engineering Manager at Tachyus. With more than 20 years’ experience in full cycle software development, Ryan has led software teams of all sizes in the development of products for manufacturing, marketing and sales, energy, aerospace, pharmaceutical and automotive.
Prior to Tachyus, Ryan served as a director with Perficient; principle consultant with Headspring/Catapult Systems; solution architect with Ingersoll Rand. Earned a Bachelor of Computer Science from the University of Texas at Tyler.
As the VP of Customer Success at Tachyus, Fernando Gutierrez leads an organization responsible for touching all aspects of the client experience including client onboarding, training and professional services among others. His organization works with sales and marketing to tailor a product roadmap for each client on an individual level to ensure client success.
Prior to Tachyus, Fernando, held several consulting, sales and management roles across many countries. He started at Schlumberger and worked at other oil and gas services companies for over 16 years, with focus on reservoir/production engineering integrated solutions in the digital transformation space of the industry.
Fernando holds a MSc. in Petroleum Engineering from Texas A&M, USA and a Bs. in Geological Engineering from Escuela de Ingenieros, Colombia.
Matt Elbert is the Vice President of finance at Tachyus. Matt heads the Company's finance organization as well as managing global business operations. He oversees financial planning, analytics and budget, capital allocation and procurement services.
Matt has over 15 years of experience in senior roles at Schlumberger and Enbridge leading large supply chain organizations both internationally and domestically. Matt was also the Chief Financial Officer at Butler-Cohen, a top design-build firm.
Matt completed postgraduate studies at MIT and INSEAD and holds a BA in International Economics from Washington University in St. Louis.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper won three successive national elections and was the longest serving Conservative Prime Minister since Canada's founding. For almost a decade, he led Canada through the world's most complex geopolitical, security and economic challenges and participated in the world's top forums including the G-7 and G-20, NATO, and the United Nations.
Jeff has nearly 40 years of Oil & Gas technical and leadership experience across reservoir engineering, operations, and technology innovation. Most recently, he served as Chief Engineer at Occidental Petroleum and California Resources Corporation. Previously, Jeff spent time at Chevron, Texaco, and Getty Oil leading efforts to develop heavy oil steam injection optimization methods that have been deployed globally.
Jeff has spearheaded several initiatives to optimize production including thermal EOR, unconventional reservoir development, data driven analytics, and surface facility operations.
Ms. Eagan's experience includes 30 years with Royal Dutch Shell in the U.S., The Netherlands, and London. During this period, she served in various roles including VP Finance for Global Gas and Power, VP Finance for Commercial Operations in the Americas and Chief Financial Officer for Shell Oil Company.
Ms. Eagan holds a BS in Accounting from the University of New Orleans, an MBA from the University of Houston, and law degree from the South Texas College of Law.
Dr. Darukhanavala has an extensive global background in the oil and gas industry including E&P, refining, retail, and marketing. He has held several technology leadership positions at BP and recently retired as CTO. Daru led global operational IT activities across America, Europe and Asia where he managed the introduction of emerging technology to BP.
Dr. Leport is Co-Founder and Technical Advisor of Tachyus for its data science and reservoir modeling research.
Previously, as a Senior Research Scientist at Tesla, he worked directly with Elon Musk to create key technologies that ensure the safety and efficiency of the Model S battery. Francisco earned a Ph.D. in experimental neutrino physics at age 24 from Stanford University, where he built the world's most advanced neutrino detector, orders of magnitude more sensitive than any predecessor.
Tom formed CMEA Capital, an early-stage venture capital fund investing in energy, IT, life science companies, in 1988 with New Enterprise Associates. While at CMEA, Tom managed a total of $1.2 billion of capital across seven funds. Earlier in his career, Tom worked at Exxon Mobil for 12 years, eventually leaving as President of the Exxon Materials Division. Currently, Tom serves as Chairman of the Board of Codexis, Inc. (NASDAQ: CDXS) and Intermolecular, Inc. (NASDAQ: IMI).
Dr. Moxley is a Precourt Energy Scholar and Adjunct Professor at Stanford University. Joel is Co-Founder of Foro Energy, Biota Technology, and Rho AI. He is also a Founding Investor and Board Member of Rubicon Global and Zero Mass Water and an angel investor in over 30 early stage technology companies. He actively invests from a small institutional fund into pre-seed, seed, and Series A financing rounds as well as participating on the Investment Team of Breakthrough Energy Ventures.
Michael Lefenfeld co-founded and leads SiGNa Chemistry, a global manufacturer of highly-active, environmentally-friendly chemicals. SiGNa's products are used to improve production processes in the energy recovery, petrochemical refining and chemical manufacturing industries.
Prior to SiGNa, Michael embraced his ability for commercializing new technology and launched and sold three other companies. He holds more than 75 patents in areas ranging from medical devices to chemical reactivity.
Scott Nolan is a Partner at Founders Fund, where he focuses on investments in technology-driven companies across sectors including energy, biotechnology, aerospace, healthcare, and advanced manufacturing. Scott is a board member at Tachyus, Collective Health, Tribogenics, and two other companies currently in stealth mode.
Prior to Founders Fund, Scott was an early employee at SpaceX helping to develop the propulsion systems.
Dr. Thakur has several decades of operational and technical experience at Chevron as a Vice President, Global Advisor and Chevron Fellow. He also served as the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) President in 2012. Dr. Thakur's publications span reservoir characterization & simulation, secondary recovery and EOR, reservoir and well productivity improvement, heavy oil, tight and unconventional reservoirs, and surveillance & monitoring.