Resume of Robert A. Loucks

Education & Honors
  • B.S. Metallurgical Engineering, 1957, Montana School of Mines
  • M.ED Curriculum and Instruction, 1975, University of Houston
  • Completed all course work for PhD Education, 1995, University of Denver
  • Stanford Executive Program, 1980, Stanford University
  • Secondary Teaching Certificate, 1985, Mesa State College (On President’s List, all semesters)
  • Registered Professional Engineer, States of Washington and Colorado
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    Professional Affiliations
  • Northwest Mining Association
  • Department of Interior Peer Review Group for Oil Shale
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    Summary of Experience
    2003—Present
    Senior Associate Sage Geotech, Inc., providing expert advice and review of oil shale retorting processes and shale oil upgrading and refining flow sheets. Prepares project plans, engineering cost estimates and project schedules.

     

    2001—2003
    Project Superintendent, Shaw Construction.
    Worked on site preparation and utilities for Aspen City Golf Course modifications and implemented Primavera schedules acceptable to the City.

     

    1992—2003
    Project Manager, Rust Environment & Infrastructure
    Hazardous waste characterization and remediation including preparation of Feasibility Studies and Corrective Measures Studies, site-wide ecological assessments, and Decision Documents for US Army projects

     

    1986—1992
    Teacher, Mesa County Valley School District No. 51
    Developed and implemented a successful program to bring dropped-out students back into school.

     

    1976—1986
    Vice President-Project Manager, Occidental Oil Shale Company
    Direct responsibility for design and construction of the multi–billion dollar Cathedral Bluffs (C–b) shale oil project after Occidental Oil took a majority interest in the project and assumed management. Responsibilities included engineering, procurement and construction of mining, mineral processing, and petrochemical facilities. Supervised and approved EPC work of various major contractors, e.g., Fluor, Brown and Root and Parsons.

     

    1958—1976
    Various Positions, Shell Oil Company
    Assignments included design, construction, management and maintenance of petrochemical operations at North American facilities. Included significant participation in Shell’s major expansions. In 1974, Shell established a position in oil shale by buying into the Colony Project, which involved sharing in the bidding and award of Federal Prototype Oil Shale Lease Tract C-b. Shell was soon named Managing Partner and Mr. Loucks was named the overall Project Manager for the Cathedral Bluffs Project. He reported to the 4-partner Management Committee which consisted of Vice Presidents from Shell Oil, ARCO, Ashland Oil and TOSCO. Specific activities included: hiring a managing contractor; producing an Environmental Baseline Document; and producing and defending the C-b Detailed Development Plan
    that was approved by the DOI, initiating the on-site construction program. During this period, he was directly responsible for about 500 contract employees plus the large internal project staff.

     

    Strengths
    Since 1957, Mr. Loucks has actively participated in major project design and construction projects. The Occidental Oil shale project referred to above included widespread responsibility and accountability for the installation of over $300 million of grass-roots mining facilities, as well as design of pioneering retort process, petrochemical and utilities facilities. Up to four companies were involved who relied on Mr. Loucks to coordinate the technical, financial and timing complexities of the successful project. Major environmental and socio-economic issues were successfully addressed.

    Mr. Loucks has a lifelong dedication to education of our young people. He believes that an informed electorate is essential for responsible government. He has taught up to the college level and continues to volunteer daily to mentor students in mathematics and science.

    Contact Robert A. Loucks

    970-625-2445

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    Meet The Team

    Gary D. Aho

    Gary D. Aho
    President

    President of Sage Geotech Inc., providing consulting services to the mining and oil shale industries. Manages engineering work, geologic studies and feasibility studies. Served as the Chairman of the National Oil Shale Association.

    Howard W. Earnest

    Howard W. Earnest
    Senior Associate

    Self-employed mining engineer providing engineering and management services in the following areas: mine planning; site closure; reclamation; exploration drilling programs; and operations oversight for oil shale and mineral extraction projects.

    Robert A. Loucks

    Robert A. Loucks
    Senior Associate

    Providing expert advice and review of oil shale retorting processes and shale oil upgrading and refining flow sheets. Prepares project plans, engineering cost estimates and project schedules.

    Bobby P. Faulkner

    Bobby P. Faulkner
    Senior Associate

    Retired, providing consulting services to companies in U. S. and overseas related to mineral processing, pyro-metallurgical processes and development.

    Glen Sykes

    Glen Sykes
    Senior Associate

    President of SMEC, Inc. Specializes in underground mine design, construction and operations.

    Ed Cooley

    Ed Cooley
    Senior Associate

    Engineering Design, Process Development and Environmental Permitting Consultant to oil shale, oil and gas and sodium minerals industries.

    Glenn Vawter

    Glenn Vawter
    Senior Associate

    President of ATP Services, LLC, providing consulting services to government contractors, energy companies, and oil shale developers.