Academia.edu@TWA - Nansen G. Saleri reflects on his career in the oil and gas industry.
I entered the world of energy in 1974—many moons ago by any account—with Standard Oil of California (today’s Chevron). All my degrees were in chemical engineering, so it made sense to be employed by the refining end of the business. Chevron offered me a choice of two research positions: one in their downstream research facility near San Francisco and the other with the upstream counterpart in southern California. The latter became my “accidental” selection per my wife Marina’s fear of San Francisco earthquakes. That choice captures my life. Some of the best things in our lives happen due to luck or accidents. I have no way of knowing where I would be today if my wife’s field of knowledge about California’s tectonics pushed my decision (and hers) in the opposite direction. What I do know, however, is that I have had a terrific journey—still in full swing—since reporting to work at Chevron Oil Field Research Company on Monday, October 7, 1974.
My career has spanned three distinct experiences in the oil industry— international oil company (IOC), national oil company (NOC), and now entrepreneurship. In September 2007, I launched the third and present phase of my career as a founder of Quantum Reservoir Impact—a niche-technology, venture-capital startup. My career can be viewed as a grand mosaic with three complementary segments, each with its unique color and accent.