Southwest Section Young Professionals
Lead for SWS
Joe Bauman is a Senior Geologist with Hunt Oil Company in Dallas, Texas. Joe followed a circuitous route to the oil and gas industry: after growing up in Iowa with a lack of rocks, Joe moved to Texas to train bird dogs professionally, followed by a return to Iowa and school where he switched majors to geology after one semester of Geology 100; he then returned to Texas to pursue his masters and be one of those guys he frequently used to guide on hunts and train dogs for.
Joe has been with Hunt since 2011, primarily working the Williston Basin and Appalachia. He graduated from Iowa State University in 2008 with a Bachelor of Science in Geology and received his MS in Geoscience from Texas Tech University in 2011. Joe is a licensed Professional Geologist by the Texas Board of Professional Geoscientists.
YP Chairs with Local Societies
Dallas Geological Society
Chris Mace is a Geophysicist with Hunt Oil Company in Dallas, TX. Following a two year internship, he is now part of the International New Ventures team exploring in Europe, The Middle East, and North Africa. He received his Bachelor of Science in Geoscience from The University of Texas at Dallas in 2011 and in 2016 completed an M.Sc. in Geophysics, also at UT Dallas.
As a founding member of the DGS YP steering committee, Chris recognizes the impact that DGS and YP involvement had on his career success. Now, as the YP Chair, he hopes to help other graduates build an effective network and find their place in the geosciences industry while encouraging working YPs to take an active role in the Dallas Geological Society and their community.
West Texas Geological Society
Lauren Storm has been employed with EOG Resources, Inc. in Midland since August of 2013. She is currently assigned to geochemical/core analysis in the Delaware Basin. Lauren held a summer internship with EOG Resources before her full-time hire. She received her BS in Geology from Kutztown University of Pennsylvania in 2010 and her MS in Geology from the University of Texas at El Paso in 2012.
Lauren was active in UTEP’s AAPG student chapter as president, and is currently active in the West Texas Geological Society. With a growing community of young individuals in the Midland area, she recognizes the increasing potential for the Young Professionals in Geology. With the help of her fellow chair and YP committee, she believes the start-up of this local society will be a huge success.