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Sam Sen

Sam Sen

Sam Sen

LecturerNatural Sciences


Professor Sen has been teaching at UHD for the past 4 years. He teaches both face-to-face and online classes and he is a UHD Certified Online Instructor. His areas of expertise include Physical Science and Earth and Environmental Sciences with emphasis on the interpretation of the origin and distribution of sedimentary rocks in terms of the physico-chemical and biological processes that led to their formation.

He has held senior management positions domestically and internationally, in the energy industry and worked in senior geologist capacities ranging from regional exploration to close-in development teams in prolific offshore and onshore geologic basins in clastic and carbonate reservoirs. He has a strong track record in technical leadership resulting in the discovery of gross onshore reserves of greater than 200 million barrels of oil equivalent. He has traveled to over 60 countries and speaks 5 languages and brings a wealth of life lessons, extensive management of geological/geophysical teams, a passion for teaching and love for his students as well as varied experiences to his classes.

Degrees Earned

B.Sc (Honors in Geology), Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada

MBA, Warwick Business School, England (Top 25* globally-ranked MBA, "*The Economist").

Graduate Studies (Geoscience), University of Calgary, Canada and Mississippi State University, MS

Courses Taught


Emergence of Modern Science (NS 1300)

Physical Science (NS 3310)

Earth and Environmental Science (NS 3311)

Introduction to Meteorology (GEOL 1304)

Oceanography (GEOL 1345)

Corporate (IHRDC, Boston, MA)

Oil, Gas and Power Commercialization

Experience Qualifications

Selected Articles/Presentations:

  • Teaching Circle Final Report June 30, 2018 (Team Lead) 2018: "Utilizing Technology to Increase Student Engagement and Learning".
  • CST TeachIn Lunch Series: "Avoiding Roadblocks When Going Online", Course Entry Engagement. Presenter. 2018.
  • "Instructor Presence in Online Teaching for Science Courses". ePoster Presenter. UHD Teaching and Learning Symposium. 2018.
  • OGIS Small Cap Conference, Speaker (as President, Chief Operating Officer of Petrogen/Pluris Energy).
  • Speaker at various industry global conferences.
  • Numerous presentations to the financial community, private equity firms, banking institutions worldwide.

Selected Awards/Committees:

  • 2020 SEFH Judge - Earth/Space Science (Science and Engineering Fair of Houston). George R. Brown.

  • 2020. Member - Faculty Awards Committee

  • 2018-19. Recipient of UHD's "Outstanding Adjunct Professor of the Year, Award"

  • 2019. 1 of 3 panelists industry-wide, selected by the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) Lunch and Learn series "Effective Negotiation" (Hosted by Women in Negotiation, October 2019) -

  • 2017-18 Recipient of Teaching Circle Award (Team Lead) "Utilizing Technology to Increase Student Engagement and Learning".

  • 2017. Online Teaching Certification (UHD).

More Information

Professor Sen is a member of the AAPG (American Association of Petroleum Geologists), APEGA (Association of Professional Engineers, Geoscientists of Alberta), AIPN (Association of International Petroleum Negotiators), SPE (Society of Petroleum Engineers).

He has served on the corporate acquisition team which transacted the "Deal of the Year" worldwide in 2000 for the oil and gas industry (Anadarko Petroleum's $6+ billion acquisition of Union Pacific Resources).

As President, Chief Operating Officer of an energy company, he successfully negotiated the competitively-bid capture of oil and gas deals worldwide (Argentina example: Oil and Gas Financial Journal, Dec. 2006).