Experienced Team of Professionals

Oil & Gas Geoscientists and Engineers offering expert knowledge

Numeric Solutions has provided tailored consulting services and advisory for the energy and water management industry since 1999.

Numeric Solutions’ founding staff have professional experience in upstream oil and gas development, energy finance, water management, water well design, well field optimization, and environmental regulatory support and compliance. Their body of work includes development of geologic maps and models that have served as the foundation for entire basins and regions.

Our typical clients are:

  • Oil and gas development companies
  • Midstream and oil and gas infrastructure companies
  • Energy sector investment firms (e.g. Private Equity and Hedge Funds)
  • Municipal water districts
  • Agricultural businesses
  • Mineral owners
  • Land owners and land management companies
John Harris

John Harris

President

John Harris is a geologist who brings 20 years of worldwide oil and gas exploration and development experience as well as water resource management to Numeric Solutions. John is a proven finder of hydrocarbon, specializing in basins with complex geology.

John is a consultant to major and independent energy companies through Numeric Solutions LLC, a thriving company he founded after leaving Texaco in 1999. Numeric Solutions LLC is based in Ventura, California. Over the past 15 years John has worked on a number of successful projects ranging from prospect generation to reserves estimation and evaluation. While specializing in quantitative geology, John has broadened his expertise into reservoir simulation, seismic interpretation and exploration and development deal sourcing. John has degrees from both the University of Michigan and New Hampshire.

Chris Laber

Chris Laber

Vice President

Chris Laber is a geologist who brings 25 years of experience in water resource management and environmental-related science and engineering.

Chris has professional experience as a Geologist/Hydrogeologist, Project Manager, and Technical Program/Field Operations Manager in performing geologic, geochemical, and hydrogeologic analysis in support of environmental site characterization, soil and groundwater remediation, and groundwater basin assessments. He has been responsible for the design, management, and/or implementation of over 100 projects including environmental site assessments, soil and groundwater remediation feasibility and optimization studies, well design and installation, remediation construction projects, site geologic interpretation and conceptual model development, aquifer testing and analysis, groundwater basin analysis, monitoring and supply well installation and testing, source water vulnerability assessments, health risk assessments associated with soil gas, and third party project reviews. He has applied this expertise as a consultant/contractor to environmental remediation and water resource projects for government (DOD, DOE, CalEPA, municipal, etc) and commercial clients (major oil, semiconductor, solid waste, etc.) and has worked in the public sector as the technical lead for a groundwater management agency. Chris has degrees from both the Whittenberg University and Duke University.

Mike Jones

Mike Jones

Director of Energy Finance

Mike Jones has more than 10 years experience as an investment banker, strategy consultant, equity/credit research analyst, and thought leader, with a focus on energy and industrials.

Mike worked at Stifel Investment Banking prior focusing on private placements and M&A. He was responsible for leading transaction execution and providing financial advisory and worked on several debt and equity deals over his tenure. Mike was also a publishing research analyst as a Director at Capstone in Washington DC working on regulatory & policy investments in the energy sector, as a Vice President and lead analyst at Imperial Capital for the energy distressed/credit platform, Hapoalim as an Industrial & Energy equity analyst, and at FBR as an Infrastructure, Equity, and Commodity Senior Associate. He began his career in Accenture’s Strategy practice in San Francisco. Mike graduated from the University of Virginia in the Echols scholar program with a dual degree in Economics (Finance) and Government and received his masters degree in International Economics, Trade, and Business from American University’s School of International Service.

Eric White

Eric White

Geology / Energy

Eric has three years of professional experience as a Geologist with Numeric Solutions.

Eric has three years of professional experience as a Geologist with Numeric Solutions. Eric’s primary focus with Numeric Solutions is basin/geologic characterization for oil and gas and groundwater projects primarily in California, though he has also worked on a number of assets both across the country and internationally. Eric’s specialties include geologic interpretation, geodatabase management and analysis, 3D geologic modeling, asset evaluation, and reserve estimation and cash flow modeling. Eric has provided technical services to several major and independent oil and gas companies and large municipal water departments in the state. Said services have included the development of geocellular reservoir models for use in reservoir simulation, geologic interpretation, reserve analysis, development planning, and economic forecasting. As part of Numeric Solutions, Eric has also provided A&D advisory and technical services for a number of entities, including operators, financial institutions, and large land/mineral owners. Projects have included acquisitions and sales of small to large (>$100 MM) oil and gas assets in conventional and unconventional plays throughout the country. Eric has a Master of Science in Geological Sciences from the University of California at Santa Barbara and a Bachelor of Science with Honors from Union College, graduating Magna Cum Laude.

Josh Noble

Josh Noble

Geology / Operations

Josh has 5 years of professional experience as a Geologist with Numeric Solutions.

Josh’s primary focus with Numeric Solutions is water management including all technical and operational responsibilities related to the drilling, development and management of water wells. Josh specialties include geologic interpretation, geodatabase management and analysis, 3D geologic modeling, drilling operations, field studies and instrument deployment. Josh has provided technical services to several large agricultural companies and large municipal water departments in the state. These services have included the development of aquifer models for use in groundwater simulation, geologic interpretation, water well drilling, field studies, and instrument deployment and management. Josh has a Master of Science degree as well as a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of California at Santa Barbara.

Shelby Fredrickson

Shelby Fredrickson

Geological Operations and Analyses for Water Management and Energy

Shelby has 3 years of professional experience as a Geologist with Numeric Solutions. Shelby’s primary focus with Numeric Solutions is focused on data analyses for groundwater and surface water management projects as well as field work as it relates to field instrumentation deployment and regulatory and compliance purposes.

Shelby’s specialties include geologic data analysis for water management projects. Shelby has provided technical services to our clients in both the water management and oil and gas development industries. These services have included the deployment of ground water monitoring systems, drilling support services and geophysical data acquisition. Shelby has a Bachelor of Science in geology from the Fresno State University and a Master’s of Science degree in geology from the University of California at Santa Barbara.

Mark Nahabedian

Mark Nahabedian

Geology / Operations

Mark has 3 years of professional experience as a Geologist with Numeric Solutions. Mark’s primary focus with Numeric Solutions is focused on oil and gas exploration geology as it relates to oil and gas development and water resource management field operations.

Mark specialties include geologic interpretation, oil and gas prospecting and water well drilling operations. Mark has provided technical services to several oil companies and land and owners. These services have included the development of oil and gas exploration and development prospects, water well drilling, field geology. Mark has a Bachelor of Science University of California at Santa Barbara.

Andrew Hillstrand

Andrew Hillstrand

Senior Geologist

Andrew Hillstrand is a California registered Professional Geologist and Certified Engineering Geologist that has been active in the geotechnical, environmental, and geo-construction industries since 1997. Andrew has a wide knowledge base and range of professional experience managing public works, private, municipal water, and mining projects from the planning phase to construction. Andrew is very familiar with permitting, planning, CEQA/NEPA and compliance processes. Andrew has approximately eight years of practical experience from the drilling industry, with expertise in field investigation methods for clean water, environmental, and geotechnical applications and well as environmental remediation methods and design. He is focused on assembling teams (that include clients as the key stakeholder), identifying critical paths, and moving projects forward. Andrew has a degree in Chemistry and Geology from California Lutheran University (1997) and has been a licensed geologist since 2004.