Petroleum Engineering Professor Dr. Shirish Patil recognized as 2012 SPE Distinguished Member

Congratulations to Shirish Patil, professor of petroleum engineering and director of the Petroleum Development Laboratory, who has been selected as the 2012 Distinguished Member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers International.

Shirish Patil SPE Award

SPE is an international organization with over roughly 100,000 members; only about 450 people have been recognized as Distinguished Members since 1983. The Distinguished Member award recognizes SPE members who achieve distinction deemed worthy of special recognition. This award acknowledges members who have attained eminence in the petroleum industry or the academic community, or who have made significant contributions to SPE.

Patil's research has contributed to petroleum production research on both national and international levels. Several multi-year, multi-million dollar research projects have addressed gas hydrates, miscible and immiscible recovery processes, carbon sequestration, Gas-To-Liquid transportation, and Coal Bed Methane. The projects involve collaborations with Argonne National Laboratory, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Funding sources include the U.S. Department of Energy and other national and international oil corporations. Patil served on the North Slope Spills Analysis Experts Panel in 2010.

Patil is also the recipient of the 2005 Alaska Engineer of the year award, 2006 SPE Western North America Regional Service award, 2007 Emil Usibelli Distinguished Service award, and 2010 UAF Distinguished Alumnus award.

Patil will be recognized at the President's Luncheon during the 2012 SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition, scheduled for October 2012 in San Antonio, TX.

Photo by Todd Paris/UAF