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Marisela Nagel

Co-owner and President OilField Geomechanics LLC

Dr. Marisela Sanchez-Nagel is currently President of OilField Geomechanics LLC, a women-owned business focused on petroleum geomechanics training and consulting, founded in 2014. Sanchez-Nagel has 25 years of global industry experience in Geomechanics applied to Oil and Gas, having worked for Intevep, the technology arm of PDVSA in Venezuela; as President of Global GeoSolutions, an independent geomechanics consulting company in Latin America; for Geomechanics International as a project manager; and as General Manager and President of Itasca Houston from 2007 to 2014. She has worked on many geomechanical projects around the world, including borehole stability, compaction and subsidence, sand production, hydraulic fracturing in unconventionals. Marisela has presented at numerous geomechanics schools, training courses, in Spanish and English and invited talks in many conferences and professional organization (SPE, ARMA, SPWLA).

Dr. Sanchez-Nagel is a 2012-2013 SPE Distinguished Lecturer and 2020 SPE Distinguished Member, has served as a director for the SPE Geomechanics Technical Section, and has been active in both SPE and ARMA (American Rock Mechanics Association), on program committees and conferences.


Dr. Sanchez-Nagel holds a PhD. from the University of Oklahoma in Geological Engineering and Geomechanics (1997), a Geotechnical Engineering Master’s Degree from Universidad Simon Bolivar (1990) and a Mining Engineering degree from Universidad Central de Venezuela (1984).