TU College of Engineering and Natural Sciences to induct three into Hall of Fame
Thursday, April 08, 2010
The University of Tulsa College of Engineering and Natural Sciences will honor three alumni whose accomplishments have achieved worldwide acclaim.
The college welcomes Roger Jarvis (BSPE ‘76), the late Indurani Dayal Meshri (Ph.D. ‘81) and Jack Wahl (BSPE ‘49) as 2010 inductees into its Hall of Fame. The honorees will be celebrated during an April 22 ceremony at Gilcrease Museum.
Since 1969, the College of Engineering and Natural Sciences has honored 123 select alumni whose professional achievements have brought prestige and recognition to the college and the university. This year’s inductees are of particular note for their business acumen and dedication to science.
Entrepreneur Roger Jarvis (BSPE ’76) has an exploration track record that’s the envy of the energy industry. In 2001, Ernst & Young named Jarvis its
Entrepreneur of the Year and Worth magazine named him one of the nation’s top 50 public CEOs. In 2005, Norsk Hydro bought his oil and gas exploration
start-up, Spinnaker, for $2.7 billion.
As CEO of King Ranch from 1988 to 1995, he guided the turnaround of the 150-year-old Texas institution and established King Ranch as the largest
producer of citrus, cotton and fine grains in the United States while continuing its tradition as the nation’s largest beef operation. His managerial and entrepreneurial drive is now behind Common Resources, which has quickly become one of the most successful independents in the domestic
gas shale plays.
Indurani Dayal Meshri
A pioneering, award-winning woman in her field, Dr. Indu Meshri earned her doctoral degree in geochemistry from the TU Department of Geosciences in
1981. She was the second woman to receive her Ph.D. from the department – a legacy she carried on in her mentorship and encouragement of female
scientists around the world.
She had a long and productive research career at Amoco Research Center in Tulsa, serving 22 years as a geochemist. She became one of the world’s
leading experts in basin modeling, and her research led to numerous patents and the development of 3-D modeling that successfully predicts the
permeability and porosity of rocks and oil and gas reservoirs. Her dedication to research, commitment to service and deep love of her family
and friends serves as a model for a life well lived.
After proudly serving in the U.S. Army and receiving the Purple Heart for his service in WWII, Jack Wahl earned his bachelor of science in petroleum
engineering from The University of Tulsa in 1949. Wahl went on to become president, consultant and petroleum engineer for James A. Lewis Co. Ltd. in
Alberta, Canada, for over 10 years.
Using the expertise gained there, Mr. Wahl formed Columbian Northland Exploration Ltd. and served as its president. When this company merged with
Great Basins Petroleum Co., he became CEO and majority shareholder and managed all operations in Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom and
Africa. After selling Great Basins Petroleum Co. and enjoying retirement in Bermuda, Mr. Wahl has achieved great success as president of Richmond Oil &
Financial Holdings Ltd.