Dr. Grillot, a native of Crystal Springs Mississippi, received a B.S. degree in physics from Mississippi State University and was awarded a National Science Foundation traineeship to attend graduate school at Brown University. He received his Sc.M. and Ph.D. degrees from Brown in Geological Sciences with a geophysics specialty.
After graduation, Dr. Grillot began a career in the oil & gas industry as a research geophysicist with Phillips Petroleum Company in Bartlesville, Oklahoma. During his 30-year career with Phillips, he worked in a variety of technical and managerial positions in Bartlesville, London and Calgary. These included Chief Geophysicist, Africa Exploration; President & Region Manager, Phillips Petroleum Canada; Manager, International Exploration and Manager, E&P Technology & Services (R&D).
Dr. Grillot was named 2003 Alumni Fellow and the 2008 Alumnus of the Year for the College of Arts & Sciences at Mississippi State University, and until his appointment at OU had been serving on the Advisory & Development Council, College of Arts & Sciences, and the External Research Advisory Board of MSU. He is a member of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG), Society of Exploration Geophysics (SEG), and Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE).