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Herong Zheng

Chairman and CEO

Dr. Zheng proudly holds the positon as STHC’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Dr. Zheng’s responsibility includes overseeing the company vision, strategy, and the complete stewardship of our Research and Development (R&D) Center. This is a paramount role for Dr. Zheng and for Sinopec, as STHC is the ninth R&D center for Sinopec Group globally, and a pioneer operation outside China.

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Dr. Zheng has 30 years of accomplished experience in the Oil & Gas industry, holding progressive assignments throughout Sinopec’s organization. Dr. Zheng has held prominent engineering and team lead positions for Sinopec’s Research Institute, evaluating plays in the Shengli Oil Field. Under Dr. Zheng’s vanguard, our research and exploration projects utilize technologies and unconventional resources to achieve pinnacles in hydrocarbon exploration for the China-based Sichuan, Ordos, and Junggar Basins.

In addition to this role, Dr. Zheng also serves as Vice President and Chief Geologist of Petroleum Exploration/Production Research Institute (PEPRIS), based in Beijing, China. Dr. Zheng services Sinopec’s advisory and R&D organization.

Earning his Doctorate degree from the Institute of Geology and Geophysics from the China Academy of Sciences, he studied geological survey and mineral prospecting at Chengdu Geological Institute. Dr. Zheng holds his Master’s Degree in Petrology (sedimentology) from Chengdu Institute of Technology.

Ning Dong

Vice President of Exploration and Production (E&P)

Ning Dong holds the position of Vice President of Exploration and Production (E&P), for STHC. As Vice President of E&P she plays two very important roles, the first role is to provide the stewardship to both the Petroleum and the Geology and Geophysics (G&G) teams and secondly, to assist the Chairman and CEO with achieving solid results for our research center.

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Prior to this American based position, Dr. Dong’s assignment was based in Beijing, China, where she held the position of Director of the Geophysical Division of PEPRIS, a Sinopec company. In this role, she oversaw all scientific research and new technology development, in the area of Geoscience and Geology within this research institute. Ning’s list of accomplishments include acquiring over twenty patents, developing more than ten proprietary technologies and six (6) provincial and national awards in science and engineering. Ning has over 17 years with Sinopec.

Dr. Dong obtained her Ph.D. degree in Geophysics from the Institute of Geology and Geophysics Chinese Academy of Sciences, and earned her Master’s of Engineering in Geologic Survey and Mineral Prospecting (including Sedimentology) degree from China University of Geosciences, Beijing, China.

Jinhai Zhao

Vice President of Drilling & Administration

Jinhai Zhao is the Vice President of Drilling for the Petroleum Engineering Department (PED), and vanguards the Administration function for STHC. Jinhai was the pioneer who helped facilitate our burgeoning Houston based R&D center, STHC.

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Jinhai directs the Engineering department and the new Engineering Lab, where his team researches technological advances in MWD – ‘Measurement-While-Drilling’ and in the near future LWD – ‘Logging-While-Drilling.’ STHC serves as his first assignment outside of China. Prior to this position, Jinhai was based in Beijing, China, working as Sinopec’s Director of Information & Standardization for the Research Institute of Petroleum Engineering (S.R.I.P.E.). Jinhai began his career with Sinopec 20+ years ago, and has progressed his career by holding many different engineering and managerial positions within the Drilling discipline.

Jinhai Zhao has been instrumental in directing and managing many drilling divisions within Sinopec, and was responsible for integrating Sinopec drilling IT operation systems for Sinopec Group as a whole – worldwide. Jinhai has published over 70 papers discussing petroleum engineering and has applied more than 20 patents, mostly related to directional and horizontal well trajectory survey and directional control.

Dr. Zhao completed his Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Ph.D. degrees at the Southwest Petroleum Institute of China, and has completed two post-doctorate research programs.

Jinbiao Guo

Vice President of the Petrochemicals Division

Jinbiao Guo joined Sinopec Tech (STHC) in December of 2015 as Vice President of the Petrochemical division. Having over 22 years with Sinopec’s Research Institute of Petroleum Processing (R.I.P.P.) division in Beijing, China, Jinbiao’s acquired expertise was earned through global project work, specializing in petroleum processing. Our American-based Petrochemical division, under his leadership, focuses on enhancing Petroleum processing at a “lab-scale study” basis.

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Starting as a Research Scientist and progressing through various management positions, including Deputy Chief Engineer and Director of International Cooperation Division, Jinbiao was responsible for overseeing many paramount global projects. These projects were not only performed in China, and surrounding Asia, but included India, Russia, and the U.S.A., focused on enhancing fundamental research in petrochemical innovation. Scientific research projects under Jinbiao’s leadership propelled R.I.P.P. into the global refining technology marketplace.

Jinbiao’s proudest experience while working for R.I.P.P. includes contributions toward two major 10-year projects. The first project focused on research based process simulation/modeling and the second improved crude selection and refinery planning. Both projects refined processes and developed innovative technology in refining for Sinopec.

Through hard work and dedication, Dr. Guo earned his Ph.D. in Process Modeling from Moscow Chemical Engineering Institute. Dr. Guo is a proud alumni of Tsinghua University, where he obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering.

Jinbiao speaks not only fluent Mandarin Chinese, but also Russian and English.

Fengtao Hu

Vice President of Technology

Fengtao Hu joined the STHC leadership team, in January of 2017, as Vice President of Technology.  Having close to 30 years of progressive management experience within multiple divisions of Sinopec, Mr. Hu’s vast experience provides a solid foundation for leading, directing and mentoring new technology based projects, for our STHC.

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Prior to this American based position, Fengtao held the position of Deputy Director for the Oilfield division/Science and Technology Development Department, for Sinopec Group.  Fengtao directed three technology based research institutes that focused on oil and gas upstream exploration, drilling engineering, and production.

Fengtao earned his Graduate degree, in Engineering Management from China Petroleum University and his Bachelor of Engineering degree in Petroleum Machinery from Huadong Petroleum University, China.

Michelle Sherman, PHR

Sr. Human Resources Manager

As one of STHC’s newest members, Michelle is responsible for leading all human resources related activities for the research center. Utilizing her strong, progressive knowledge in the fields of oil & gas, recruiting & staffing, people management and marketing, STHC will be quickly branded as one of the best places to work in the Texas Oil & Gas industry.

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Having over 17 years of experience with Schlumberger in both the Canadian and U.S. Geomarkets, Michelle’s experience includes working in a variety of managerial assignments of increasing responsibility. These positions include serving as Communications & Events Manager for the Canadian Geomarket, HR Manager for Permian Basin and South Texas, and Compensation Manager for Well Services/U.S. Geomarket.

Michelle has also been the owner of a small Texas based Recruiting & Staffing Agency where she gained her vast knowledge in Oil field recruiting. Her additional HR experience also includes Corporate HR for Weatherford, and HR and Recruiting for C&J Energy Services for their Research and Technology Center.

Michelle earned her Bachelor degree from Texas Woman’s University, Denton, TX, majoring in Human Resource Management, and studied Marketing at the University of Calgary, AB Canada. Michelle is a member of HR Houston and SHRM, and is PHR certified.