Dr. Sam Noynaert is an associate professor of practice in the Harold Vance Department of Petroleum Engineering at Texas A&M University. Prior to joining Texas A&M, Dr. Noynaert worked for BP and EOG Resources as both a drilling and completions foreman and a drilling engineer. Dr. Noynaert’s research is focused on drilling with an emphasis on solutions that improve drilling performance. The research deals with primarily with applications in unconventional resource and other plays that require horizontal or extended reach drilling. Some specific areas include drilling performance analysis, tubular design in unconventional wells, and wellbore stability issues and mitigation. The applied drilling research program has resulted in significant gains (20%+) in drilling performance for both highly technical experienced operators as well as smaller, less-experienced companies.