Hartley Downs is a Baker Hughes Technology Fellow working in the fluids and chemicals business segment headquartered in Sugar Land, Texas. In addition to working on emerging technologies for hydrocarbon production, he is actively involved in developing technology strategy and working with clients on technical issues. Currently, he chairs the Baker Hughes complex fluids committee and is an active member of the nanotechnology and materials committees.
Prior to his current appointment, Dr. Downs held positions as director of research and development for the Baker Petrolite product line and director of technology for Baker Petrolite’s worldwide oilfield operations. He has over 30 years of industrial experience in the petroleum and oilfield chemicals industries with Baker Hughes, Exxon Research and Engineering Company, and Exxon Production Research Company.
Dr. Downs has a doctorate in chemistry from West Virginia University and postdoctoral research experience with the University of Southern California. He is a recipient of the Sigma Xi Award for Research, the Union Carbide Teaching Award, the Stan Gillman Teaching Award, and Baker Hughes’ New Technology and Technical Merit Awards. He is active in the Society of Petroleum Engineers, the American Chemical Society, and NACE International. Dr. Downs has chaired numerous technical committees and symposia.