Called a "Living Legend," he is a past president of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG), a former Sarkeys Energy Center Chief Scientist and a past Bartell Geoscience Professor at the University of Oklahoma. Downey is also an elected fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, an international non-profit organization dedicated to advancing science around the world.
"Marlan is a widely respected geologist and successful oil-finder who has made extraordinary contributions to the energy industry worldwide," Object Reservoir CEO Gene Ennis said. "He will be a significant addition to our board and advance our lifecycle modeling approach toward the world's geologists."
In 2001, Downey organized and chaired the Conference on a National Energy Policy in Washington, D.C. The following year, the Institute for Study of Earth and Man (ISEM) honored him with the Hollis D. Hedberg Award in Energy for his contributions to understanding the earth and its resources.
Downey's fellow board members include Steve Krausz of US Venture Partners, James White of Sutter Hill Ventures, Chris Roser of Roser Ventures, and Elliott Bouillion of Murphree Ventures, Object Reservoir co-founder and C hairman of the Board John O. Mouton, and President and CEO Gene Ennis. Sam K. Smith, former Chairman of Landmark Graphics, and Jim Thomson, President and CEO of Rand Corp serve as a directors-at-large on Object Reservoir's Board.
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