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Dukessa – 2840 Chimney Rock, Houston, TX 77056
Doors open at 5:30pm

Featuring Guest Speaker

Diana K. Grauer, Ph.D. – Director of R&D

dr-diana-k-grauer-headshotDirector of R&D for NOV focused on the oil & gas and energy technology industries. She works on a variety of technical topics including upstream and midstream oil & gas production, processing, compression, and transmission; renewable energy technology; hybrid energy systems; energy security; and the intersections of these technologies with corporate venture investment and M&A. She currently serves as an Advisor to multiple startups at various stages of growth.

Diana was formerly Chief Technology Officer of Ocean Aero, a startup in the blue economy and offshore technology space. Prior to Ocean Aero, she held various roles at TechnipFMC, including Director of Ventures, Director of R&D, and Chief Research Engineer. Diana joined TechnipFMC from Hoerbiger, where she was Vice President of Engineering. She currently serves as past-chair of the Internal Combustion Engine Division of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. Prior to joining Hoerbiger, Diana held various management roles within Schlumberger and worked as Corporate Technology Manager of OneSubsea, A Schlumberger Company.

Prior to the acquisition of Cameron International Corporation by Schlumberger, Diana served as Engineering Manager for Cameron. Diana joined Cameron from the U.S. Department of Energy, where she was a Research Engineer and Program Manager for the Department of Energy Efficiency & Industrial Technology at the Idaho National Laboratory.

Diana serves on several advisory committees including the Subsea Systems Institute at University of Houston, the Center for Marine Robotics at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, the Business Plan Competition at the Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship, and the Industrial Advisory Committee for the Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering at Kansas State University.

Diana has also taught Mechanical Engineering courses at Idaho State University and Kansas State University. Diana holds a Master’s Certificate in Venture Capital from University of California at Berkeley, as well as both a B.Sc. and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Kansas State University where she graduated with honors. 

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April Guest Speaker: David Blackmon

DB Energy Advisors

David Blackmon is Principal at DB Energy Advisors and writes on energy issues at and various other publications.   David has enjoyed a 42-year career in and around the oil and gas industry, the last 25 years of which have been spend in the communications and public policy arena.  David also maintains a practice as a consultant on public policy issues for several clients.   

During his career, David led numerous industry-wide efforts to address a variety of issues at the local, state and federal level.  He served as the Vice-Chairman of IPAA’s public lands committee from 1995 through 2003, as Vice-Chairman and later Chairman of the Interior Department’s Royalty Policy Committee from 1996 through 2000, Chairman of the AXPC Government Affairs Committee from 2013 through 2014, and from April 2010 through June 2012, he served as the Texas State Chairman for America’s Natural Gas Alliance.

In addition to his consulting and role at, David hosts 3 podcasts, maintains his energy-related newsletter at Substack (, has a robust social media presence and executes frequent public speaking engagements.

Social Media Links

Twitter: @EnergyAbsurdity



NOMADS works with other major oil and gas associations and petroleum societies in the Houston area to disseminate knowledge about the international oilfield, to help those seeking jobs in the Energy Industry, and to foster friendships for energy professionals found across a range of disciplines in the international Oil and Gas Industries.
NOMADS holds monthly petroleum society meetings in Houston, Texas. Our members help each other find jobs in the energy industry, opportunities in the international energy industry, and share ideas on the current status of the global oil and gas markets.
If you are an oil and gas professional in the energy industry who is seeking membership in a petroleum society, please contact us or stop by our next oil and gas association meeting in Houston.
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