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.
Paul Orland is Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer 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. Paul received a BS in Mathematics from Yale University and an MS in Physics from the University of Washington.
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.
Brandon Simmons is Chief Operating 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.
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.
Ian Hunt is Senior Vice President of Europe, Middle East, and Africa at Tachyus. He focuses on acquiring, onboarding, and delighting international and national oil companies.
Previously, Ian was VP of Business Development for Halliburton where he managed a multi-billion dollar portfolio of product lines across the Middle East and North Africa region. His 30 year career includes a variety of operations, technical, and management roles in the high technology sector of upstream oil & gas and spans over a dozen countries such as USA, UK, Norway, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Kuwait, and the UAE.
Ian received a BS in Physics from Southampton University in the UK.
Garrett is Vice President of North America at Tachyus. He brings new technology to customers in the oil and gas industry with extensive sales and business development experience in North & South America including major strategic sales to multiple NOCs and independents.
Previously, Garrett led Americas operations for Roxar Software Solutions, a business unit of Emerson Electric and researcher at ExxonMobil Upstream Research.
Garrett received a Ph.D. from Yale University with a focus on reactive fluid dynamics and seismic imaging.
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.