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Distinguished Professor Receives SPE Honor

Wednesday, April 23, 2008
[Distinguished Professor of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering Don Green]

Don Green, Deane E. Ackers distinguished professor of chemical and petroleum engineering at the University of Kansas, was recently selected for SPE Honorary Membership in the Society of Petroleum Engineers.

Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering from 1970-1974 and 1996-2000. Green also served as co-director of the Tertiary Oil Recovery Project (TORP) from 1974 to 2007. TORP is a state-funded program that carries out improved oil recovery research, development and technology transfer activities focused on independent oil operators in Kansas.

Before joining KU, he worked two years for Continental Oil as a research engineer. Green has won numerous teaching awards at the university, including the Chancellor’s Club Career Teaching Award. He is a co-editor of “Perry’s Chemical Engineers’ Handbook.” He has authored or co-authored several SPE papers and is co-author with G. Paul Willhite, also a distinguished professor in the department, of the book “Enhanced Oil Recovery” published by SPE. Green earned a bachelor’s degree in petroleum engineering from the University of Tulsa and a master’s and doctoral degree in chemical engineering from the University of Oklahoma.

Each year, the Society of Petroleum Engineers bestows its highest honors and awards on members whose outstanding contribution to SPE and the industry merit special distinction. The new SPE Honorary Members were honored during the SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition in November in Anaheim, Calif. Honorary Membership is conferred on individuals for outstanding service to SPE and/or in recognition of distinguished scientific or engineering achievement in fields encompassed in the society’s technical scope. Honorary Membership is the highest honor the society bestows on an individual and is limited to 0.1% of the society’s total membership. Fewer than 50 individuals currently hold Honorary Membership status. SPE serves more than 73,000 members from 110 countries. It is a key resource for technical knowledge related to the oil and gas exploration and production industry.

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