Jennifer Harpel, PE
Petroleum Engineering Consultant
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Jennifer Harpel

About Jennifer

Registered professional engineer with 19 years of experience in the oil and gas industry across a broad range of functions in production, reservoir and completions engineering.


  • May, 2001 The University of Texas
    B.S. Geosystems Engineering and Hydrogeology
  • University Honors, Spring 2000
  • Varsity athlete, letterman and scholarship recipient for Women's Rowing Team

Professional Memberships

  • Licensed Professional Engineer in Texas
  • Secretary of Austin Women in Oil and Gas
  • Society of Petroleum Engineers, Social Activities Chair

Interests and Activities

  • Finisher, Boston Marathon (2003, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2016, 2017)
  • Finisher, 2002 Ironman Wisconsin Triathlon
  • Team Captain, 2006 and 2007 Merit Energy MS150 Cycling Team


  • J. Harpel, L. Ramsey and K. Wutheric, "Improving the Effectiveness of Diverters in Hydraulic Fracturing of the Wolfcamp Shale," SPE paper 191600 presented at Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition, Dallas, TX, 24-26 September 2018.
  • J. Harpel and A. Brack, "Relating Cement Bond Quality to Stage Communication in Horizontal Tight Sand Completions," SPE paper 179169-MS presented at the Hydraulic Fracturing Technology Conference, The Woodlands, TX, 9-11 February 2016.
  • J. Harpel, L. Barker, J. Fontenot, C. Carroll, S. Thomson and K. Olson, "Case History of the Fayetteville Shale Completions," SPE paper 156261 presented at the Hydraulic Fracturing Technology Conference, The Woodlands, TX, 6-8 February 2012.


My areas of expertise include the following.

Frac Design

Completion Optimization

Cost Estimating

Vendor Management

Unconventional Horizontals

Field Personnel Supervision

Economic Evaluations

AFE Preparation

Field Trials and Studies

Project Economics

Type Curve Generation

Data Analytics

Post-Well Appraisals

Public Speaking

Cost Tracking and Accruals

Work History

Jennifer has 19 years of experience in the oil and gas industry.

  • Parsley Energy

    April 2017 - August 2020

    Parsley Energy


    Calculated new drill economics using area type curves and assessed risk based on well spacing, completion design and offset performance. Updated forecasts monthly for PDP properties. Constructed area type curves based on historical performance, completion design and well spacing. Performed well lookbacks to assist in future development decisions.


    Designed well completions for a 10-20 rig drilling program in the Midland Basin Spraberry and Wolfcamp formations. Successfully designed and implemented a field trial using dissolvable diverters to use as a cost-effective replacement for frac plugs and to improve efficiency. Wrote and presented findings at the SPE ATCE.

  • Jones Energy

    October 2013 - March 2017

    Jones Energy


    Managed completions operations for a 10-rig Arkoma and Anadarko drilling program consisting of 3 frac crews, drill-out crews and a completions team consisting of a foreman, superintendent and staff engineer. Responsible for completion optimization which included designing and implementing a 20-well plug and perf field trial; production increased 43% over wells with a standard OH completion.

  • Southwestern Energy

    September 2009 - October 2013

    Southwestern Energy


    Supervised the northwest completions team for the Fayetteville Shale. Designed well completions for a fast-paced, 1.7 BCFD drilling and completions program in the Fayetteville Shale, AR. Personally completed over 150 wells in 2 years. Planned, evaluated and modeled completion design tests using MShale software.

  • Uptex Operating

    July 2008 - April 2009

    Uptex Operating


    Responsible for all engineering duties including monitoring production by communicating daily with field staff, generating workover procedures, overseeing workover operations and running economics using PHDWin software. Areas of operation included east Texas, West Texas and Michigan.

  • Crosstex Energy Services

    October 2007 - July 2008

    Crosstex Energy Services


    Managed pipeline and compressor installation projects ranging in cost from $3-50 million dollars. Duties include coordinating construction crews, procurement of materials and cost tracking.

  • Merit Energy Company

    May 2004 - September 2007

    Merit Energy Company


    Completed a field study for a deep gas field in northern Michigan. Results included permitting, drilling and completing new wells, designing and successfully implementing a fracture stimulation program to accelerate production and installing compressor upgrades to decrease costs and improve efficiency. Planned and successfully executed oil and gas well recompletion workovers in Tinsley, MS to increase production. Analyze economics with Aries Software for budget planning and to determine viability of capital projects.

  • LaRoche Petroleum Consultants

    July 2001 - March 2003

    LaRoche Petroleum Consultants, LTD.


    Gathered, processed and analyzed production, geologic and economic data to provide reserve estimates and forecasts to clients using OGRE, PHD and PEEP software. Generated reserve and economic report documents to meet client-driven deadlines.

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