Claude E. Cooke, Jr.

  • 30+ years as scientist at ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company
  • Practicing patent attorney (focus on oil and gas technology)
  • Holds ~30 US patents in upstream oil and gas industry
  • Recognized as Legend of Hydraulic Fracturing by SPE in 2006 for inventionĀ of ceramic proppants
  • Board member of CARBO Ceramics for 13 years
  • B.S. in Physics, Louisiana Tech University
  • Ph.D in Physics, The University of Texas at Austin
  • J.D., The University of Houston Law Center


Brian Smiley

  • Strategy / management consultant at The Boston Consulting Group (Dallas office)
  • Global Financial Services Intern at ConocoPhillips (Bartlesville, OK)
  • B.B.A. / B.A. in Finance and Government, The University of Texas at Austin