Tom Bratton

Tom Bratton


Hometown: Spokane, Washington
Degree Program: PhD Geophysics




I attended Nebraska Wesleyan University in Lincoln, Nebraska earning a B.S. degree in Physics in 1975. I continued my education at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas earning a M.S. Degree in Atomic Physics in 1977.

I then began a 36-year career with Schlumberger starting as a wireline field engineer and retiring as a scientific advisor to management in the areas of petrophysics, geophysics and geomechanics. The first two years after retirement we spent as a visiting professor in the Petroleum Engineering Department at Colorado School of Mines where I taught petrophysics and guided graduate students in their research. For the last two years, I have been engaged as the Geoengineering manager with Sigma Cubed, an oilfield service provider bringing innovative solutions to the oil and gas industry.

My association with RCP began in 2004 when I championed Schlumberger’s involvement and support of CSM. I began my quest for a PhD in Geophysics in the spring semester of 2014.


My research interests are in the areas of petrophysics, wellbore acoustics and geomechanics as applied to drilling, completion and reservoir engineering challenges. My current interest is relating acoustical measurements to changes in stress and using these observations to influence engineering decisions in field development programs.


I am an avid hiker who loves to explore Colorado’s mountains. I am a member of the Colorado Mountain Club where I volunteer as an instructor in their Wilderness Trekking school. I also like fly-fishing, especially salmon fishing in the remote areas of Alaska.


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