Academic Credentials
  • Ph.D., Materials Science and Mineral Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, 1995
  • M.S.E., Mechanical Engineering, University of New Orleans, 1981
  • B.S., Mathematics, University of New Orleans, 1979
Licenses & Certifications
  • Professional Engineer Mechanical, California, #31490
  • Professional Engineer Mechanical, New Mexico, #20939
  • Professional Engineer Mechanical, Texas, #112060
  • Professional Engineer Petroleum, Texas, #112060
Professional Honors
  • National Academy of Engineering Committee on Connector Reliability for Offshore Oil and Natural Gas Operations, 2017-2018
  • Society of Petroleum Engineers Distinguished Lecturer, 2015-2016
  • Jane Lewis Fellowship in Geomechanics
  • Mathematical Association of America Membership Award
  • Outstanding Instructor, Exxon Production Research Company 1991
  • Outstanding Instructor, Exxon Company, U.S.A. 1990
Professional Affiliations
  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers
  • Society of Petroleum Engineers
  • American Rock Mechanics Association

Dr. Hilbert has been consulting at Exponent since 1996 in the fields of mechanical and petroleum engineering, with special applications to engineering mechanics and geomechanics. He has worked in the petroleum exploration and production industry for over 40 years.  Dr. Hilbert has testifying experience in state and federal courts, intellectual property, and international arbitration, with particular focus on the oil and gas industry.

Dr. Hilbert has expertise in mechanical and petroleum engineering. In the area of petroleum engineering, he has expertise in oil and gas well design and integrity, hydraulic fracturing, well production and wellhead equipment, blowouts and well control, drilling mechanics and directional drilling, reservoir geomechanics, reservoir reserves estimation, fixed and floating offshore platforms. He also has experience with natural gas and liquid hydrocarbon storage in solution-mined salt caverns and depleted hydrocarbon formations.

In the area of geomechanics, Dr. Hilbert has expertise in evaluating the structural integrity of oil and gas wells in compacting or deforming reservoir rocks, in the stability of underground storage structures and nuclear waste repositories, and he assists clients in failure analysis involving soil-structure interaction, including pipelines.

Prior to joining Exponent, Dr. Hilbert was employed as an Engineering Specialist for Exxon Production Research Company, where he performed research and taught courses in Well Completions and Workovers in the Middle East, Southeast Asia, Australia, and North America.