Roberta Wasylishen

Roberta Wasylishen

President, Fluid Intelligence Inc.

Describe a typical day

Fluid Intelligence provides consultative services to oil & gas companies on a wide range of challenges related to water treatment and sustainability. A typical day may include assisting operations in the field by collecting and analyzing water samples, troubleshooting process equipment, assisting with process optimization efforts, providing technical training, evaluating existing and emerging water treatment technologies, interpreting analytical data, speaking at technical conferences, or building business cases with clients to justify water reuse initiatives. Each day can be quite different depending on the project, and can take place in the field, behind a computer or in a boardroom.

Perks of your job and things you like about your current company.

I started my business three years ago and accordingly, have been fortunate enough to choose which projects I want to pursue.  Consequently, I have been able to really push myself out of my comfort zone by working on projects that have been challenging, fulfilling, and highly rewarding.  When you are your own boss, you have full accountability for personal development, work life balance, and whom you get to work with.  I brought on my first business associate this year and we have aggressive ambitions for company growth and industry impact. Although the idea of having your own company may sound daunting and involves many hours of work, the opportunity to make it your own is extremely motivating.

Proudest accomplishments both in and outside of work.

My proudest work accomplishment to date occurred last fall when I was asked to provide a feature article on hydraulic fracturing water reuse, for an international publication in the Desalination & Water Reuse magazine.  I was so excited that I purchased four copies of the magazine!

Outside of work, I am most proud of the entire home renovation/remodeling project I am currently working on with my boyfriend, Darren.  It has been an amazing process to strip the house down to the studs and work together to rebuild the home of our dreams.  We aren’t quite finished yet, but I’m enjoying being a part of the ongoing transformation.

Thoughts on the future of the industry as it relates to your field.

I am incredibly excited about the future of water treatment within the Oil & Gas sector.  Internal and external stakeholders are demanding more accountability for producers to improve their water management practices, including incorporating water reuse and treatment strategies. Technology and industry knowledge are continuously evolving and I truly believe that there are tangible economic and environmental benefits that can be realized by companies who incorporate full life cycle water management practices into their business.  With that being said, it is equally exciting to be involved with everyone from Field Operations to Senior Management, assisting with moving these initiatives forward.

Current community involvement efforts.

Having previously been involved with Rotary International as an exchange student in South Africa back in ’97-98, I’m hoping to become involved with their Water Project initiatives later this year.  One of the key areas of focus for Rotary International is to assist with developing and maintaining sustainable water and sanitation to communities throughout the world.  I feel like this would be a great opportunity for Fluid Intelligence to pay-it-forward to communities in need.

Why YWE?

Over the years I continue to run into incredibly smart, talented, and hard-working women in our industry.  I’m excited to have found an organization that embraces these individuals and is focused on mentoring the next generation of young women in the energy.

What are you reading?

Right now I’m researching emerging water treatment technologies in contrast to existing technologies that may be a desirable fit for flowback and produced water treatment for hydraulic fracturing projects in tight oil developments.  On the flip side of all the technical research, I’m spending the rest of my free time researching Houzz for ideas for our renovation project.