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The EERC is pleased to welcome Lonny Jacobson to the EERC in the position of Research Specialist in Oilfield Management. Lonny’s B.A. in Economics from the University of North Dakota and over 8 years of prior experience as an oilfield operations manager/consultant make him a valuable member of the EERC team. Lonny leads field activities for the EERC related to drilling, logging, coring, and completion. He also analyzes hydraulic fracturing practices and conducts oil and gas pipeline evaluations and inspections in conjunction with EERC oilfield projects. Lonny’s main areas of interest and expertise include optimizing wellsite layout for well servicing/completions, hydraulic fracturing techniques, logistics, and site management.

“Oilfield management entails wearing many different hats,” says Lonny. “You might be dealing with CEOs of oil companies about current/future projects one day and the next day working with the individual in charge of trash and porta potties. It can be challenging to balance all of these acts to make sure the task at hand is completed safely and as efficiently as possible."  

Lonny’s interest in and knowledge of the oil industry started early, as he grew up on a farm northwest of Williston and worked with the family oilfield business since he was in high school.

“My job here at the EERC, so far, has been very exciting. The current projects and potential future projects are extremely interesting and challenging,” Lonny says. “I’ve always wanted to be a part of research that helps companies make decisions about future/current projects and how to approach them.” 

When he’s away from work, Lonny enjoys camping, golfing, traveling, woodworking, and spending time with his wife and 9-year-old daughter.