David Brown was named Associate Director of the Oklahoma Geological Survey in 2016. He has over 25-years of oil and gas industry experience, including expertise in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and database technology. After receiving a B.S. degree in Geology from the University of Oklahoma (OU), David began his career at Amoco Production Company in Houston, TX., where he performed basin analysis for their Africa and Middle East division. He later returned to OU to work for Geo Information Systems, a research unit of Sarkeys Energy Center. For over a decade, David helped Geo Information Systems advance the use of GIS for petroleum-related efforts and worked on several projects with the Oklahoma Geological Survey, including the Mid-Continent Gas Atlas, the Fluvial-Dominated Deltaic project, and the Petroleum Technology Transfer Council program. In 2000, David joined Devon Energy, where he implemented and managed their first GIS department. He spent nearly 14 years with Devon and was eventually named Land Administration Manager and Data Manager. In his final years at Devon, David partnered with the Oklahoma Energy Resources Board as a PetroTech instructor.
David became a licensed private pilot at the age of 17 and is still actively flying today. He is an aviation and space enthusiast and recently became a certified open water diver. He enjoys exploring his new underwater hobby in the clear waters of the Caribbean. David and his wife of over 30-years have a wonderful daughter, son-in-law, and grandson.