Stephen Whitaker

Stephen Whitaker

Sr. Petroleum Geologist


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Stephen Whitaker

Mr. Whitaker is a highly experienced geologist who has worked with both major and independent oil companies involving numerous aspects of the oil industry. His work has included: mapping of subsurface and surface geology, detailed prospect generation in clastic, carbonate, and unconventional reservoirs, petroleum engineering, geophysics, computer-enhanced mapping (Petra, GeoGraphix), reservoir characterization, development geology, waterflood optimization, chemical EOR design and implementation, acreage acquisition, business management, project economics/risk analysis, and operations. He ran his own oil company for 16 years, which conducted exploration and EOR/IOR programs. He has authored several publications related to oil exploration and development and has received awards for his presentations at regional, national, and international technical conferences.


  • B.S., Geology, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA
  • M.S. Geology, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO

Professional Affiliations

  • American Association of Petroleum Geologists
  • AAPG Certified Petroleum Geologist #3823
  • AAPG House of Delegates 1986-1990
  • Wyoming Geological Association
  • Illinois Geological Society
  • Illinois Oil & Gas Association; former Director
  • Illinois Petroleum Resources Board (appointment by governor)