• Professor of Engineering Practice
J.C. Cunha

Educational Background

  • Doctor of Philosophy, petroleum engineering, University of Tulsa, Oklahoma - 1995
  • Master of Science, petroleum engineering, Ouro Preto Federal University, Brazil - 1998
  • Bachelor of Science, civil engineering, Juiz De Fora Federal University, Brazil - 1978

Research Interests

    • Drilling optimization
    • Deepwater drilling
    • Drill string mechanics
    • Risk analysis applications to petroleum engineering processes

Industry Experience

    • Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, US Department of Interior, Senior Drilling Engineer for Emerging Technologies, 2016-2019
    • Chevron Energy Technology Company, Drilling and Completions Technical Training Leader, 2014-2016
    • Ecopetrol America Inc., Drilling Manager, 2011-2014
    • Petrobras America Inc., Well Operations Manager, 2007-2011

Certifications & Memberships

  • Member, Society of Petroleum Engineers
  • Member, American Society of Drilling Engineers

Awards & Honors

  • Distinguished Lecturer Award, Society of Petroleum Engineers – 2010-2011
  • Outstanding Service Award, Society of Petroleum Engineers - 2008, 2009
  • Faculty of Engineering Undergraduate Teaching Award, University of Alberta, Canada - 2005

Selected Publications

  • Cunha, J.C. et al. 2012. Shifting the Paradigm – The Effective Way to Use Real-Time Data for Improved and Safer Oil Well Operations. Paper OMAE2012, International Conference on Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering, June 10-15, 2012, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
  • Cunha, J.C. et al. 2012. Trends in Monitoring – How to Effectively Use Real-Time data. Journal of Petroleum Technology, vol. 64, Number 1, pp. 48-52, January 2012.
  • Cunha, J.C. 2012. Drilling Management. Journal of Petroleum Technology, Technology Focus, vol. 64, Number 9, pp. 112, September 2012.