SPE Honors Professors for Teaching, Recruiting in Petroleum Disciplines

By Staff Report 5 Mar 2014

SPE has honored several university professors for their excellence in teaching as well as their efforts to recruit faculty and students to petroleum engineering schools.

The SPE Faculty Innovative Teaching Award recognizes and rewards teaching excellence in petroleum engineering and supports the attraction and retention of faculty in the discipline. The 2013 winners were:

David DiCarlo, of the University of Texas at Austin, for his creative methods in relating fundamental, abstract concepts to the petroleum industry; for his traditional methods tuned to the modern student; and for his dedication to preparing students to effectively present their research in SPE paper contests and technical meetings.

Shenglai Yang, of the China University of Petroleum, Beijing, China, for his passion and excellence in petroleum engineering education, specifically in creating a team-teaching approach in petrophysics that has won local and national awards and has impacted more than 5,000 students; and for promoting the use and comprehension of the English language in classrooms and through the publication of English-based textbooks.

Phaneendra Babu Kondapi, of the University of Houston, for his three step process to student success in creating a new teaching method “Reverse Circular Teaching” with theory coming after the problem statement makes students to understand what practical, real-world problems they are trying to solve.

The SPE Faculty Recruitment Award recognizes petroleum engineering faculty who have developed innovative techniques to recruit doctoral students, faculty from other disciplines, and industry personnel to consider an academic career in petroleum engineering. Winners of the 2013 award were:

Brian Evans, of Curtin University, in recognition of his use of innovative methods to attract students to enroll in a PhD program and to consider a career in academia, and to attract PhD graduates back to roles in academia.

Russell Johns, of Pennsylvania State University, in recognition of his use of innovative methods to attract students with a commitment to first-class research in petroleum engineering with attention to detail in order to find practical new solutions for the current problems of the petroleum industry.