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SPE Drilling Engineering Award 2012

Wednesday, 7 March, 1045-1215

Plenary Session II

The SPE Drilling Engineering Award, one of eight SPE technical awards,recognizes outstanding achievement or contributions to the advancement of petroleum engineering in the area of drilling engineering technology. Candidates are nominated by their professional colleagues and are selected by committees appointed by the SPE Board of Directors. The SPE Drilling Engineering Award winner is recognized at the annual IADC/SPE Drilling Conference and the SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition (ATCE).

Kenneth Gray imageMr. Kenneth Gray
Professor, The University of Texas at Austin
Ph.D. Petroleum Engineering

Dr. Kenneth Gray is the 29th recipient of the prestigious SPE Drilling Engineering award. Dr. Gray has served on the faculty since 1962 and was Chairman for eight years. He has five years of industrial experience and has published more than 100 articles and reports. Dr. Gray is a specialist in rock mechanics with research interests in drilling, hydraulic fracturing, wellbore stability, measurements while drilling, reservoir rock characterization, static and dynamic rock parameters, and time dependent rock behavior.

Current research projects include:

  • Problem Shales
  • Hydraulic Fracture Crack Tip Mechanics
  • Rock Mechanics of Geopressured-Geothermal Reservoirs
  • Petrophysical Properties of Gas Sands
  • Deformation and Production Stability in Inclined and Horizontal Wells
  • Horizontal Well Damage Model
  • Wellbore Stability in Friable Sands

Dr. Gray will be presented with his award during a special ceremony that will take place before the start of Wednesday’s plenary session.

Young Professionals Networking Luncheon

Wednesday, 7 March, 1215-1315

Developing young professionals’ technical and soft skills continues to be an important goal for SPE and IADC. The new professionals entering the work force are bright and talented. By exposing young engineers to the latest thinking in E&P technology and management skills, we aim to prepare them to take their place as the industry leaders of the future.

This year, the Young Professionals Networking Luncheon will provide attendees the opportunity to ask, listen and learn from this year’s program committee members. This open forum allows a networking opportunity to help those young professionals in the industry thrive in their career path in such a competitive environment.