Donovan Schafer spent four years working as a petroleum engineer for a small privately held E&P company in the Marcellus Shale region. By participating in professional development program, Donovan was able to rotate through the key departments that compose an E&P company (geology, reservoir engineering, drilling, completions, production) and thereby develop an intimate understanding of what's required for the healthy functioning of the anatomy of an E&P company. All the while he supplemented his experience-gained expertise through graduate-level petroleum engineering courses. Prior to entering the petroleum industry, Donovan received his undergraduate degree in electrical engineering from the University of Southern California. He has also developed a deeper understanding of other non-operational aspects of the business through a year spent in law school and time spent working as a policy advocate defending the use of hydraulic fracturing. Together, these experiences provide Donovan with a big-picture view of the broader energy sector, and the exploration and production sub-sector in particular.