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Drilling Engineering Award

The Drilling Engineering Award of the Society of Petroleum Engineers recognizes outstanding achievement or contributions to the advancement of petroleum engineering in the area of drilling.

2020 - Paul Pastusek
2019 - Steven J. Sawaryn
2018 - Dan Scott
2017 - Eric van Oort
2016 - Robello Samuel
2015 – Neal Adams
2014 – Rolv Rommetveit
2013 – Fred E. Dupriest
2012 – Kenneth E. Gray
2011 – John L. Thorogood
2010 – Allen Sinor
2009 – Phillip D. Pattillo
2008 – Norman R. Warpinski
2007 – Curtis G.Blount
2006 – Carl T. Montgomery
2005 – Robert F. Mitchell
2004 – Stefan Z. Miska
2003 – Charles R. Stone
2002 – Robert Worrall
2001 – William C. Maurer
2000 – Michael L. Payne
1999 – Bernt S. Aadnoy
1998 – Jamal J. Azar
1997 – Tommy M. Warren
1996 – Wilton J.Lowe
1995 – Jay P. Simpson
1994 – Martin E. Chenevert
1993 – Preston L. Moore
1992 – Jack D. Combes
1991 – Louis H. Reiss
1991 – Andre P.Jourdan
1990 – Thomas B. Dellinger
1988 – A. Ted Bourgoyne Jr.
1987 – Arthur J. Lubinski
1986 – Frank J. Schuh
1985 – Leon H. Robinson
1984 – Keith K. Millheim  

 

Nominee Eligibility

Must be a living member of SPE or a group, the lead of which is an SPE member.

A nominee is not eligible:

  • If they have received the John Franklin Carll Award, Lester C. Uren Award, DeGolyer Distinguished Service Medal, or Anthony F. Lucas Gold Medal.
  • If they are on the current SPE Board of Directors, Drilling Engineering Award committee or those who have served in these positions during the past 2 years.

To Nominate

  1. Fill out nomination form.
  2. Complete all required information on nomination form; incomplete nominations will not be accepted.
  3. Include a complete statement of the reasons for proposing the candidate, with a record of the candidate's professional and industrial achievements in detail.
  4. Collaborate with colleagues to send letters supporting this nomination.
Small red flag

All information about the candidate and their qualifications for the award must be included on the online nomination form. Candidates will be sent an email requesting a CV/resume when you submit the nomination. Nominations and letters of recommendation are confidential. Candidates remain on the active consideration list for 3 years. If a candidate is not selected during the 3-year active consideration cycle, you can nominate them again if all other eligibility requirements are met.

About the Technical Discipline

This technical discipline covers:

  • drilling equipment
  • operational environment
  • downhole operations
  • site operations
  • drilling design and analysis
  • drilling management.