Scientific Advisory Board
Oil & gas technologies and technology and innovation management
Robert assists our Energy and Clean Technology team as well as contributing to our technology policy thought leadership work in various sectors.
Rob is currently an Associate Professor at the Queensland University of Technology in Australia. Previous to this appointment he has worked in a number of roles and locations for Shell Internationalâ€™s Exploration & Production division. He started his career in Shellâ€™s Strategy & Economics team in 1997, and then worked for several years as a production engineer in the companyâ€™s overseas operations (offshore and onshore). He then left Shell for three years to work as an Industrial Research Fellow at the University of Cambridge, but re-joined Shell again in 2004 to become the companyâ€™s Executive Coordinator of R&D.
He graduated summa cum laude with a B.Eng. in mechanical engineering from McMaster University in Canada, where he was the class valedictorian. He also earned a S.M. degree in Technology & Policy from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a PhD in engineering from the University of Cambridge, where he was a Gates Cambridge Scholar. He is chartered as a C. Eng. (IMechE) in the UK, a Eur. Ing. in Europe, and a CPEng professional engineer in Australia. He is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers, and continues to stay connected to the University of Cambridge as an Affiliated Researcher.