Professor Chris Elders is the inaugural Chevron Professor of Petroleum Geology at Curtin University, to commence in early October. Elders is from Royal Holloway at the University of London. After graduating from the University of Oxford, he worked as an exploration geologist for the Shell group of companies for five years. Since 1993, he has been with Royal Holloway, where he directed the master of science program in petroleum geosciences before holding the position of professor of petroleum geoscience. In his new post, he will lead Curtin’s research and education programs in the soft rock and petroleum geology field under a funding arrangement from Chevron’s global University Partnership Program that will include a $1 million investment over three years. UPP was developed to establish new research and technology projects, foster academic excellence, expand research capacity, build key relationships and provide student scholarships around the world. Curtin and The University of Western Australia are the only Australian institutions to participate in the program.
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