Distance & Continuing Education
Missouri University of Science & Technology
216 Centennial Hall
300 W. 12th Street
Rolla, MO 65409-1560
Wayne Laufer, CE'67, is a retired CEO of an independent oil and natural gas exploration company in the Gulf of Mexico. Wayne spent 40 years in the oil business, starting as a "grunt engineer" at Shell Oil in New Orleans. After a decade with Shell, he struck out on his own as an independent oil and gas producer.
In 1977, Laufer co-founded S.A. Holditch & Associates, which is now a part of Schlumberger. In 1984, he co-founded Bois d'Arc Energy Corporation, initiated a NYSE IPO in 2005 and retired after the Company was sold in 2008.
Laufer was a registered professional engineer in the state of Texas and is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers and the Louisiana Independent Oil and Gas Association.
At Missouri S&T, he is a member of the Academy of Civil Engineers and received a Professional Degree from the Civil Engineering Department in 2009. Wayne and his wife Gayle reside in Sanibel, Florida, and Friday Harbor, Washington and are actively engaged in managing their investment portfolio. They are members of S&T's Order of the Golden Shillelagh.