Three TU Petroleum Engineering Professors To Receive Awards

Monday, September 22, 2003

Three University of Tulsa professors have won prestigious awards given by the Society of Petroleum Engineers to honor individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the SPE organization, the industry or the engineering profession. A TU alumnus also has been honored.

The three professors, all in TU’s petroleum engineering department, are Ovadia Shoham, Albert C. Reynolds and Stefan Miska.

SPE has more than 55,000 members from more than 100 countries who are involved in development and production of energy resources.

Shoham won the 2003 Production and Operations Award, and Reynolds won the 2003 Reservoir Description and Dynamics Award. Their awards will be among 18 presented at a banquet during the society’s technical conference and exhibition Oct. 5-8 in Denver. The banquet is considered the industry’s “Oscars” night. Some 8,000 attendees are expected at the conference.

Reynolds, who has been with TU since 1970, is director of TU’s Petroleum Reservoir Exploitation Projects, a research consortium comprising six companies that conducts research in well testing, reservoir characterization and reservoir simulation. Shoham heads the TU Separation Technology Projects, whose research on compact separators for gas, oil, and water flow is supported by 10 companies in the petroleum industry. He has been at TU since 1983.

Miska is the 2004 recipient of the Drilling Engineering Award, which recognizes significant contributions to petroleum engineering technology. He will receive the award at a conference in March in Dallas. Miska, who joined TU in 1992, is director of TU’s Drilling Research Projects, a consortium consisting of members from 15 major oil and service companies.

Roy H. Koerner, a 1958 graduate of TU, is one of two recipients of the society’s 2003 Distinguished Service Award, which recognizes contributions to the society that exhibit exceptional devotion of time, effort, thought and action. It will also be presented in Denver.