Kate Hadley Baker

SPE (August 2014 - August 2018)

Kate Hadley Baker retired in February, 2010 from BP America. Her career has spanned many areas among the geoscience and engineering disciplines, including geotechnical, drilling, and reservoir engineering; geology; geophysics; and formation evaluation. After earning a BS degree in geology and a PhD in geophysics--both from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Baker started her career at Exxon Production Research Company in 1975. She then moved from senior to district geologist positions in Exxon's Offshore Division, then to head of formation evaluation at Exxon Company USA. After holding various managerial roles at BP and its predecessor companies, she became distinguished advisor and director of new well delivery in BP's Upstream Technology Function, serving also during 2009-10 as Vann Fellow to Princeton University.

Among many professional volunteer positions, she has served on the US Department of Energy (DOE)/Office of Basic Energy Sciences Council on Earth Sciences, and on Geoscience and Science and Technology Center proposal review panels with the US National Science Foundation. She chairs the annual peer review for the US DOE Geothermal Technologies Program Office. Currently, she is secretary of the American Rock Mechanics Association and President of the Society of Petroleum Engineers Foundation. She was the 2004 President of SPE.