Biographical Sketch

Ben C. Ball, Jr. is an internationally recognized petroleum authority. For over twenty-three years he has consulted to several dozen firms on four continents, ranging from very small to extremely large, and to several governments and agencies—state, national, and international, in addition to serving as expert witness in several dozen cases. For the last twenty-five years he has also held teaching and research appointments at M.I.T., including that of Adjunct Professor of Management and Engineering. Over 90 of his articles have appeared in technical, professional, and management journals and books, including Harvard Business Review, Petroleum Management, Technology Review, Petroleum Engineer International, Journal of Petroleum Engineering, th Exploration Business Journal, Oilfield Review, and the European Journal of Operational Research. His book, Energy Aftermath, which he co-authored with two M.I.T. colleagues, was published by Harvard Business School Press.

He received BS and MS degrees in chemical engineering from M.I.T., and completed Harvard Graduate Business SchoolÂ’s Advanced Management Program. He retired from Gulf Oil Corporation as Corporate Vice President after thirty years in operations and planning.