New Employees

EERC Welcomes New Employees

In the past 3 months, five people have joined the EERC. We welcome them to the team!

Aaron Recht
Environment, Health, and Safety Specialist

Aaron has been hired as an Environment, Health, and Safety (EHS) Specialist. Prior to coming to the EERC, Aaron was a Hazmat Supervisor for the University of Wyoming. Aaron is originally from California but moved to Laramie, Wyoming in 2003. He and his wife, Denise, have two cats. In his free time, he enjoys playing board games, watching horror movies, cooking, cross-country skiing, rowing, sewing, and cat training.

David (Michael) Hillix
Principal Geoscientist and Energy Advisor

Michael has been hired as a Principal Geoscientist and Energy Advisor. Before coming to the EERC, Michael was a Lead Asset Geologist for Whiting Petroleum/Chord Energy. Michael is originally from Kansas City, Missouri and enjoys spending time with his wife, three children, and their extended family. Some of his hobbies include hunting, reading (especially historical nonfiction), grilling, BBQing, and watching the Kansas City Chiefs. Michael is most looking forward to getting to know his new colleagues at the EERC!

Habib Ouadi
Oilfield Operations Specialist

Habib has been hired as an Oilfield Operations Specialist. Prior to this position, Habib was a student research assistant for the EERC. During this period, he gained valuable field and office experience on how client-based projects operate. Habib dedicates his overall skills and knowledge gained during this time to the EERC’s collaborative culture. He was impressed by the work efficiency and healthy teamwork styles of the EERC so much so that it encouraged him to apply for this position. Habib is from Algeria and loves to travel and cook. He enjoys singing—he learned to sing traditional Andalusian in middle school.

Kristopher Roy
Environment, Health, and Safety Specialist

Kris has been hired as an Environment, Health, and Safety (EHS) Specialist. Kris is originally from Methuen, Massachusetts. He, his wife, and two daughters love to travel. Almost every year, they travel somewhere outside of North America. Kris spent 8 years in the Army as an Airborne Infantryman and had jumped out of more planes than landed in them, up until age 27.

Youcef Khetib
Senior Petroleum Engineer

Youcef has been hired as a Senior Petroleum Engineer. Before coming to the EERC, Youcef was a North Africa Chemicals Sales Manager for BASF. He also held engineering positions in process and flow assurance disciplines with Schlumberger and JGC for upstream hydrocarbons processing projects. Youcef is originally from Algeria and enjoys hiking, cooking, old movies, and music. A fun fact about Youcef is that he’s worked in extreme weather temperatures ranging from -45°F to 135°F. He’s ready to live on Mars!

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