Petroleum engineering to induct two Distinguished Graduates

The Harold Vance Department of Petroleum Engineering will induct two new members to its Academy of Distinguished Graduates.Mark Ellis '79 and Mark Houser '83 will be honored Sept. 9 during the department's Annual Fall Reception and Dinner at the Miramont Country Club, sponsored by Unconventional Gas Resources. Ellis and Houser were nominated and approved by the Industry Board.Mark E. Ellis Mark E. Ellis is the president and chief executive officer of LINN Energy LLC. LINN Energy's mission is to acquire, develop and maximize cash flow from a growing portfolio of long-life oil and natural gas assets. The company's core areas of operation are the Texas Panhandle, Oklahoma, Permian Basin and Los Angeles Basin.Ellis has more than 30 years of experience in the oil and natural gas industry. He joined LINN Energy in December 2006 as executive vice president and chief operating officer. He was promoted to president and chief operating officer in December 2007, and to his current role in January 2010. Before joining LINN, Ellis was president of the Lower 48 for ConocoPhillips. Prior to joining ConocoPhillips, he served as senior vice president of North American Production for Burlington Resources. Ellis joined Burlington Resources in 1985 and also held the positions of president of Burlington Resources Canada Ltd. in Calgary; vice president and chief engineer; vice president of the San Juan Division; and manager of acquisitions. He began his career at The Superior Oil Co., where he served in several engineering positions in the onshore and offshore divisions.Ellis holds a bachelor's degree in petroleum engineering from Texas A&M and is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers. He serves on the boards of The Center for Hearing and Speech in Houston, Houston Museum of Natural Science, The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, Texas A&M Industry Board of Petroleum Engineering and the Visiting Committee of Petroleum Engineering at the Colorado School of Mines. He is also a past board member of the New Mexico Oil & Gas Association and previously served on the Board of Governors of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers and Foundation Board of the Alberta Children's Hospital.Mark A. Houser Mark serves as president, chief operating officer and director of EV Energy Partners, and executive vice president and chief operating officer of EnerVest. He has been with EnerVest since May 1999.Prior to joining EnerVest, Houser was vice president of United States Exploration and Production for Occidental Petroleum Corp. (Oxy) where he helped lead the company's reorganization of its domestic reserve base, including the successful $3.65 billion acquisition of the Elk Hills Naval Petroleum Reserve. Mark began his career as an engineer with Kerr-McGee Corp. In 1989 he joined Canadian Occidental Petroleum Ltd. (now Nexen) where he held positions of increasing responsibility, including vice president for Corporate Planning and Investor Relations in Calgary and vice president for Exploration for CXY Energy, Canadian Oxy's United States subsidiary.Houser holds a petroleum engineering degree from Texas A&M and a MBA from Southern Methodist University. He serves on the Board of Directors of the North American Prospect Expo (NAPE) and the Louisiana Independent Oil & Gas Association (LIOGA), and on the Harold Vance Department of Petroleum Engineering's Industry Board. He also is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers and the IPAA.Submitted by Kathy Beladi,