Petroleum Engineering Alumnus of the Month - July-August 2010

Monday, August 02, 2010

Jorge ManriqueDr. Jorge Manrique is the Integrated Development Team Leader in P&T Front End Studies America, currently managing the Unconventional Reservoirs Support Team in Houston. In this role, he provides advice and support for development and optimization of unconventional assets. Prior to that, he was the Integrated Development and Implementation Leader for EOR and CO2 Capture and Sequestration Team.

Prior to joining Shell in 2007, he was a Senior Production Advisor with OXY, working close to executives, chief engineers and assets, providing technical support, setting corporate standards and best practices for production operations and performance optimization worldwide. Past roles include time as an independent consultant and executive positions with Knowledge Reservoir, in Houston, Yukos E&P, in the Russian Federation and tenure with Schlumberger in a variety of roles. In all these positions, the common threads have always been the quest for production optimization and for creating a “differential,” covering from applied formation evaluation to real time financial optimization of developing assets.

Author of several technical papers, Dr. Manrique's interests and expertise cover reservoir characterization and simulation, applied geomechanics, horizontal wells and well stimulation technologies, CCS and EOR applications.

Dr. Manrique was recipient of the 2008 Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) Gulf Coast Production Engineering Award and has been recognized several times as Outstanding Technical Editor for the SPE Reservoir Evaluation & Engineering Journal. He was recently invited to the Forum Series Implementation Committee and is currently member of the Production & Operations Committee. He has served on several technical committees for the SPE Annual Technical Conference & Exhibition (ATCE) organization, chaired several Applied Technology Workshops and was Chairman of the 2009 Tight Gas and Shale Gas SPE Forum.

Dr. Manrique is an active member of several professional associations – SPE, SPWLA, AAPG and AIChE. He graduated with a B.Sc. in Petroleum Engineering from the Universidad Nacional de Ingenieria, Lima-Peru, and holds MSc (‘90) and PhD (’93) in Petroleum Engineering from The University of Tulsa.  Married to Karla Sanchez de Manrique MS (ChemE, U ofTulsa '93) with three sons - Jorge, Joseph and Jason - they all live in Houston, Texas.  

Jorge in his own words:

Why did you choose TU?

Because of my Dad. He retired as Chief Petroleum Geologist from Petroleos del Peru. I was working in Peru, and 2 “monsters” of our profession, Kermit Brown and Hank Ramey were giving courses in Peru. They were fascinating not just on how much they knew but on how human they were. They, together with an old professor of mine, Felix Guerra (now  deceased), convinced me to go for grad school in the US. Long story short, I was accepted to seven universities to do my MS, at decision time my father said… “all the books and technology, EOR, formation evaluation, well testing, NODAL are coming out of Tulsa for a reason... if you go, you go there, do your best and don’t look back". So Tulsa it was.   

Did TU provide you a good education for your career?

The best. After several years working around the world, I’ve hired, fired and come across graduates from many universities and poly-techniques around the world. MIT, Princeton, Imperial, Heriot-Watt, Trondheim, Stanford, U of Oklahoma, Kansas, Penn, CSM, LSU, New MexicoTech, Texas A&M, UT Austin, Caltech, Cornell, UFA, Tomsk, and many others... and there is something special about Tulsa grads. It is the no-nonsense focus on applied engineering, the understanding of the producing system and the sense of practicality.  Once you start working, you realize our industry is a business and how to impact the bottom-line and ROI, while others dedicate their careers to “study and understanding” we jump in with both feet making things happen.

Any fond memories you would like to share?

Memories pile up while I write, with many fond memories of undergrads and grad students. I still remain in contact with many around the world from Alaska to Tulsa to Brazil to Doha to Jakarta to Beijing and back. Tulsa was not an easy road, but professors there treated me like family (Drs. Guerrero, Schmidt, Miska, Shoham, Azar), the camaraderie (Thompson, Kasap, Pilivari), and there were the no-nonsense ones always pushing you to do better (Reynolds, Brill).  My thoughts go especially to Godofredo Perez and Walter Poquioma, who were my family during my Tulsa years.

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