Cockrell School of Engineering
The University of Texas at Austin


Three UT PGE faculty members have been selected as recipients of the 2016 International Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) awards.

Professor Jon Olson, who is a leader in hydraulic fracturing research, and Professor Eric van Oort, who has established a global reputation for his ideas on revolutionizing the drilling process using the latest technology, have been awarded the SPE Distinguished Member award.

Established in 1983, the Distinguished Member award recognizes SPE members who achieve distinction deemed worthy of special recognition. Distinguished Membership is limited to one percent of SPE professional members and acknowledges members who have attained eminence in the petroleum industry or the academic community, and/or who have made unusually significant contributions to SPE. 

Professor Kishore Mohanty has been awarded the SPE Distinguished Achievement Award for Petroleum Engineering Faculty. It recognizes superiority in classroom teaching, excellence in research, significant contributions to the petroleum engineering profession and/or special effectiveness in advising and guiding students. As the recently appointed CPGE Director, Mohanty is leading a strong research program while continuing to educate the industry’s future leaders.

All three faculty members will receive their awards at the SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition, September 26-28, at the Dubai World Trade Centre, Dubai, UAE.