Advisors and Consultants

+ Eric Anslyn - PhD, Scientific Advisor

Dr. Anslyn is the pioneer of supramolecular analytical chemistry; the technology and principles behind the Water Lens technology. Eric is the Distinguished Teaching Professor for Chemistry at The University of Texas at Austin. He also holds the Norman Hackerman Professorship in Chemistry.

His research encompasses physical organic and bio-organic chemistry and the development of synthetic receptors for sensing and catalysis applications. Dr. Anslyn received his PhD in chemistry from the California Institute of Technology in 1987. He served as a National Science Foundation Post-Doctoral Fellow at Columbia University and joined the chemistry faculty at The University of Texas at Austin in 1989. He was named a Sloan Scholar, Dreyfus Teacher Scholar, Searle Scholar, and a Presidential Young Investigator and was promoted to Associate Professor in 1994. In 1997 he was named Full Professor, and in 2004 he was awarded the Norman Hackerman Professorship in Chemistry. He is also a 2005 Cope Scholar Awardee.


+ John Ely, Advisor, Investor and Chemist

John Ely is widely regarded as the world’s authority on hydraulic fracturing. John firmly believes that our technology will change the industry and quickly saw its benefits. He is an advisor and also the first investor.

In May 1991, John with three partners founded Ely and Associates, Inc. This company is dedicated to providing a blend of practical and technical expertise on well completion, stimulation fluids and equipment, and reservoir analysis. John holds several patents and has numerous publications, including a book titled "Stimulation Treatment Handbook/ An Engineer's Guide to Quality Control." He is also a contributing author to the SPE monograph on hydraulic fracturing, writing the chapter on hydraulic fracturing fluids and fracture fluid selection. He is a member of the American Chemical Society, The Society of Petroleum Engineers, and is a fellow of the American Institute of Chemistry.


+ James A. Holcombe, PhD, Scientific Advisor & UT Chemistry Professor

Professor Holcombe received his Bachelor’s Degree from Colorado College and his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan. Since that time, he has been a member of the faculty in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at The University of Texas at Austin except for 1984-85 when he served as Program Director for Chemical Analysis at the National Science Foundation. He has served as the Department Chairman as well as President of the Society for Applied Spectroscopy and Program Chair and organizer of the 1991 joint meeting of the national FACSS meeting and the regional Northern California ACS meeting. He is on the editorial board for a number of journals, has served on organizing and advisory committees for a number of national and international analytical chemistry meetings, and is the past Editor-in-Chief of Applied Spectroscopy.

Professor Holcombe is an analytical chemist and has published extensively in the area of trace metal analysis and preconcentration techniques for trace metals. He has expertise in atomic spectroscopy, ultratrace analysis, metal chelation (preconcentration) and computer simulation of analytical systems. He has also published in the area of FRET detection using immobilized peptides; Monte Carlo simulations and the use of algae for trace metal remediation. He has authored or co-authored over 150 publications in refereed journals, contributed several chapters to books on various aspects of atomic spectroscopy and analytical chemistry and has presented invited talks across the globe. He plays racquetball for exercise, sails catamarans for fun, and plays golf for frustration.


Mark is not only an accomplished geologist, but a co-founder of Drillinginfo. Because Mark understood the tremendous value brought by our technology and the data it can provide, he became an advisor and investor as well.

As Director of University Outreach at Drillinginfo, he is responsible for quality control and data integrity. Before Drillinginfo, he had an outstanding career as a Prospect Geologist at Gulf Oil and then carrying forward as an independent Geologist. He worked for 14 years as an Independent Oil and Gas Prospect Generator, Exploration Consultant and Wellsite Geologist utilizing his extensive experience in the Texas Gulf Coast and East Texas regions and in the Denver-Julesberg and Mississippi Salt Basins. From 1991 to 1992, he gained extensive horizontal well experience with Yahola Operating Company and Coffman & Temple in the Pearsall Trend Austin Chalk horizontal play. From 1980 to 1985, he served as Consultant of Kugler-Newberry, a client-oriented consulting service with an emphasis on interpreting 2-D seismic data for selection of wellsites exploiting fractured Austin Chalk reservoirs, where he picked over 100 locations with a success ratio of 95%.


+ Ron Melnyk, Business Development Advisor

Ron Melnyk is a Managing Partner of Six Pines Capital, an M&A, strategy and technology advisory firm located in The Woodlands, Texas. Mr. Melnyk is also a Co-founder of NexVidea Inc., a communications technology company. Previously, he served as VP Corporate Development for Dover Energy from 2011 through 2015; from 2002 through 2011, he was with Occidental Petroleum, serving in various leadership and senior management roles in operations and engineering, both domestically and internationally. Mr. Melnyk was also the COO and Co-Founder of Consonus Inc. a software services company based in Portland, Oregon. From 1978 through 1999, Mr. Melnyk was employed in a variety of positions by Schlumberger Oilfied Services and its affiliates.


+ Charles Dauber, CEO American Electric Technologies

Charles Dauber is President and CEO of American Electric Technologies, a leading provider of power delivery solutions to the global energy industry and is an active advisor to early-stage technology companies. Charles has over 25 years of experience in leading high tech, high growth companies and has led companies as start-up CEO/founder, as CEO of a Venture Capital backed Silicon Valley start-up, and as CEO of publicly traded AETI for 7 years. He has helped take two companies public and is best known for his role in the turn-around/pivot of CacheFlow into Blue Coat Systems, eventually resulting in the sale to Symantec for $4.65B. Charles holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas with emphasis in Electrical Engineering and Marketing and resides in Houston with his family.


+ Denise Patrick - Marketing Advisor

Denise Patrick, Managing Director of Energy Markets Access, has provided marketing and consulting services to over 2,500 firms since 1987. An expert in buyer behavior and behavioral economics with an emphasis in the oil and gas sector, Denise works with clients to develop the right strategies to bring their products and services to the international market.

Clients have included: INTSOK, Denham Capital, Energy Ventures, Cublity, Halliburton, alliburtonHaOTM Consulting, Detechtion, TD International, Shell Chemical, Houston Technology Center, Merrick Systems, and many entrepreneurial clients, including several Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year finalists and winners.


+ Jack Warkenthien, Sales Advisor

Warkenthein is the CEO and founder of NextStep Solutions (NSS), sales specialists headquartered in Houston, TX with 34+ year career reflecting continual advancement, a depth of valuable and diversified leadership experience, and consistent achievements in driving innovative sales organizations that produce dynamic business results. For the past five years, Warkenthein was a radio personality, hosting a daily, live business talk show, “Where Wall Street Meets Main Street”, heard during morning drive-time, across the State of Texas, on the BizRadio Network—and on the internet around the world.

After graduating from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in 1978, Warkenthein began a decade-long career with IBM. Upon being awarded the highest IBM sales award—The Eagle—his professional speaking career was inadvertently launched, when he traveled across the country, sharing his sales techniques with other IBM professionals. Warkenthein is the author of the best selling book, “Life’s A Sales Call: How To Succeed In The World’s Oldest Profession” and he now travels the world, speaking before thousands of people, delivering presentations in areas of Sales, Marketing, Service and Leadership.


+ Newton F. Hamlin, Advisor

Newt Hamlin is Chairman of the Board for Texas Multicore Technologies. In the past 35 years Newt has founded, or served as CEO or a director of companies in the software, hardware, marketing consulting, financial services, medical research, third party logistics and food products industries. He is an active angel investor, has been involved in raising more than $140 million in growth capital, and has led M&A activities for 17 companies. His value proposition includes strong leadership and management, a clear understanding of sales and marketing, recruiting access to accomplished executives in every corporate function, access to capital resources, and a network of global and local leaders and advisors from every industry.

In addition to working with TMT, Newt is currently launching other startup companies based on unique university-developed engineering IP, and is engaged in providing management, governance, fund raising and M&A services to private and public companies.

On top of his entrepreneurial accomplishments, Newt in 2003 co-founded Westlake Securities, one of the region's leading boutique investment banks.

Newt began his corporate career with Aluminum Company of America, working his way up to a senior management position at the company's Cleveland (OH) Works, its primary aerospace manufacturing facility. After a stint with Whirlpool Corporation he began a successful career as an entrepreneur, founding his first company in 1971. Newt pursued graduate study in communications and business at Northwestern and The University of Texas at Austin. Prior to his graduate studies Newt received a BA degree from Mississippi State University, where he was an honor student and active in many academic and leadership organizations. He has been a lifelong supporter of higher education initiatives, and an advisor and board member at many universities. He also has been an active supporter of community, healthcare, charitable and arts initiatives for three decades.