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Bill Zempolich earned both Geology and Chemistry degrees at Duke University (1983) before matriculating to the University of Michigan to study Sedimentology and Soft Rock Geochemistry under Drs. Bruce Wilkinson and KC Lohmann. After earning his MS degree in Geology from UM (1985), Bill began a career in petroleum geology with Mobil Oil Company and worked on several domestic and international projects before returning to academia to pursue a PhD in Geology at The Johns Hopkins University under Dr. Lawrence Hardie (1988-92).  His PhD dissertation addressed sedimentologic and diagenetic attributes of a thick succession of Mesozoic basinal and platform carbonates located in the Southern Alps, Italy.  Following his doctoral studies, Bill returned to Mobil where he began working on new exploration plays in areas of the former Soviet Union which had just opened up to foreign investment.  In recognition of his academic and professional contributions, Bill was selected as an AAPG Distinguished Lecturer in 2001-2002, and in 2005 Bill was awarded the Distinguished Geologist Award by the Kazakh Ministry of Geology for his work in Kazakhstan including the discovery of the supergiant Kashagan oil field, which was the first time the award was bestowed on a citizen outside of the former Soviet Union.  Bill currently works for Chevron in Houston, Texas as Principal Advisor, Unconventional Resources, where he advises on Shale and Tight Rock technologies and unconventional development projects in North America. Bill and his wife Beth Meany (UM BBA degree 1986), have three sons and maintain a home in Cleveland, Ohio.