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Distinguished Membership

Established in 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.

Bernt S. Aadnoy
Hazim H. Abass
Maghsood Abbaszadeh
Roger Abel
Bobby Abernathy*
Ahmed Abou-Sayed
Ibrahim S. Abou-Sayed
Sidqi Abu-khamsin
Ion Adamache*
Ram G. Agarwal
Usman Ahmed
Sara H. Akbar
I. Yucel Akkutlu - View bio.
Nabeel Al-Afaleg
Ahmed R. Al-Arbeed
Ali H. Al-Hasan
Sadad I. Al-Husseini
Syed Ali
Fraser H. Allen
Robert J. Allison
Ali Rashid Al-Jarwan
Abdul Jaleel Al-Khalifa
Abdulaziz Al-Majed - View bio.
Saeed Mohammed Al-Mubarak
Ghaithan Al-Muntasheri - View bio.
Sami A. Al-Neaim
Hisham M. Al Qassab
Abdul Karim Al Rabah
Eissa Al-Safran - View bio.
Muhammad Al Saggaf
Dhafer Al-Shehri - View bio.
Ashraf Al-Tahini - View bio.
Yusri K. Al-Tamimi
Luiz Amado - View bio.
Jude O. Amaefule
Anil K. Ambastha
Linda C. Ames
Charles Ammann*
Ernest Angelo
Rosalind A. Archer
Norio Arihara
Kenneth E. Arnold
Charles W. Arnold*
Julius S. Aronofsky*
R. Lyn Arscott
Thomas A. Atkinson
Annie Audibert-Hayet
Subhash Ayirala - View bio.
Joseph A. Ayoub
Jamal J. Azar
Khalid Aziz
Tayfun Babadagli
Edmund C. Babson*
Vasile Badiu - View bio.
Mohammed Badri - View bio.
Baojun Bai - View bio.
Kate H. Baker
Matthew Balhoff
Rahul Bali
Salil K. Banerjee
Charles L. Bare
Maria A. Barrufet
W. Clyde Barton
Hugh B. Barton*
Jose Bashbush
Daniel M. Bass*
Sameeh Batarseh - View bio.
Surendra Bateja
Linda Battalora - View bio.
Stephen A. Baumgartner
Pavel Bedrikovetsky - View bio.
Peter Behrenbruch
Dennis Beliveau
Danny Bell
Herbert J. Bell, Jr.
John Bell*
Kamel Bennaceur
Bruce E. Bernard
John Bethancourt
Colin A. Black
J. Michael Black
Robert J. Blackwell*
Phillip M. Blair*
Thomas A. Blasingame
Kenneth A. Blenkarn*
Martin Blunt
Thomas C. Boberg*
James Bobo
Trevor M. Boopsingh*
Pronip K. Borthakur
Jacques Bosio*
Holbrook G. Botset*
Adam T. Bourgoyne, Jr.
Maurice J. Bouteca
Jerry F. Bowen
Howard B. Bradley*
Gurmeet S. Brar
E. A. Breitenbach
Pascal Breton
William E. Brigham*
Marco Brignoli
James P. Brill
Fred H. Brinkman
Mark Brinsden - View bio.
Larry K. Britt
Bob Diggs Brown*
C. Arnold Brown
Ernie Brown
Larry P. Brown
Kermit E. Brown*
William O. Brown*
John P. Browne
Eugene R. Brownscombe*
Michael Brule
Jill S. Buckley
Hernán Buijs - View bio.
David Burnett
Robert Burton
Hal B. Butts
John C. Calhoun, Jr.*
Tom G. Calhoun, II*
Rubén Caligari - View bio.
Rodolfo Camacho Velazquez
John M. Campbell, Sr.*
William M. Campbell
Maria A. Capello
Edgar C. Capen
Robert E. Carlile*
Ben H. Caudle*
Renzo Cesaroni
Carlos A. Chalbaud - View bio.
Frank Chang - View bio.
Helen Chang
Robert W. Chase
Curtis A. Cheatham
Wen H. Chen
Martin E. Chenevert
Philip A. Chenewerk
Elizabeth Cheney - View bio.
Stephen K. Cheung
Mark A. Childers
George V. Chilingar - View bio.
Wolfgang E. Chollnberger
Anil Chopra - View bio.
Elmond L Claridge*
J. Donald Clark*
Torsten Clemens - View bio.
William P. Clements
Thomas S. Clopton*
Keith H.Coats*
William M. Cobb
John E. Cochrane*
Cesare Colamasi
John A. Colligan
Jean Colonna
Robert S. Cooke*
Gokhan Coskuner
Mark J. Costello*
James W. Crafton*
DeAnn Craig*
Forrest F. Craig, Jr.*
David Cramer - View bio.
Jon F. Crawford
Paul B. Crawford*
Rupert C. Craze*
Chapman Cronquist
Philip C. Crouse*
Peter Currie
David Curry
Lawrence B. Curtis*
Lucio D'Andrea
Eldon Dalrymple - View bio.
Abhijit Dandekar
A. Ali Daneshy
Akhil Datta-Gupta
Giambattista De Ghetto
Eric Delamaide - View bio.
Mojdeh Delshad
Budhin Deuri
John de Wardt
Rahul Dhir
Daniel N. Dietz*
Birol Dindoruk
Charles R. Dodson*
Ali Dogru
Henri G. Doll*
David A. T. Donohue
Elmer L. Dougherty
Jim Douglas, Jr.*
Dennis E. Dria
Jean-Marc Dumas
Richard Dumbrell
Shari Dunn-Norman
Fred E. Dupriest
Louis J. Durlofsky
Granville Dutton*
Herman Dykstra*
Gordon R. Dysart*
R. C. Earlougher*
Robert C. Earlougher, Jr.*
Michael Eberhard - View bio.
Wesley W. Eckles, Jr.
Michael J. Economides*
Effiom Edet
Arlen L. Edgar
Thomas A. Edmondson
Emmanuel Onu Egbogah*
Christine A. Ehlig-Conomides
Hamdi Ali El Banbi*
John Ely - View bio.
Elizabeth Einhorn
Jack R. Elenbaas*
Samir El-Hadidi
Lincoln F. Elkins*
Lloyd E. Elkins, Sr.*
Ray Elner
Herman A. Engel, Jr.*
Iraj Ershaghi
Turgay Ertekin
John Etherington - View bio.
Ronald D. Evans
Nnaemeka Ezekwe
Leo W. Fagg*
Walter B. Fair
George H. Fancher*
John R. Fanchi
S. M. Farouq Ali
Mohammad Fassihi - View bio.
C. Robert Fast*
Behrooz Fattahi
Betty Felber
Richard D. Felder
Michael J. Fetkovich
Abbas Firoozabadi
Gary J. Fitzgerald
Tore Fjågesund - View bio.
Steve Flew
Fred Florence - View bio.
Richard D. Folger
Earl Freeman
R. French
Thomas C. Frick*
Bala R. Gadiyar
Peter D. Gaffney
John Gaffron*
Orville D. Gaither*
Forrest A. Garb
Emmanuel Garland
J. Michael Gatens III
Naz H. Gazi
Jan Geertsma*
Marvin Gearhart*
Ted M. Geffen*
Daniel Georgi - View bio.
Ali Ghalambor
John Gidley*
Robert B. Gilmore*
Fred W. Gipson*
Charles W. Gleeson
Wayne E. Glenn*
Charles J. Glover
Dwayne E. Godsey
W. Barney Gogarty
William Cecil Goins, Jr.*
Thomas L. Gould
Thomas A. Gouldie
George Govier*
Valery Graifer*
Ramona M. Graves
Kenneth E. Gray
Don W. Green
Dennis E. Gregg
William V. Grieser
Alain C. Gringarten
Henry J. Gruy*
Jon S. Gudmundsson*
Frederic Jean-Bernard Guinot
Anuj Gupta
Karen Hagedorn
Jacgues Hagoort
Michel T. Halbouty*
Richard J. Hallam
Donald J. Hammerlindl
John P. Hammond*
Lyman L. Handy*
Barrett Hanson
Edward J. Hanzlik*
William Carey Hardy
D. Ron Harrell
Abu Rashid Hasan
Berna Hascakir - View bio.
Hosnia Hashim - View bio.
William Haskett - View bio.
Richard C. Haut
Maury F. Hawkins, Jr.*
Byron Haynes
Charles D. Haynes
Ajit K. Hazarika
Willis A. Heath*
Martin O. Hegglund*
Zoya Heidari - View bio.
Zoltan E. Heinemann
Lloyd R.Heinze
Eugene F. Herbeck
William F. Herbert
T. Scott Hickman
A. Daniel Hill
Delores Hinkle
Ronald L. Hinn
George J. Hirasaki
J. Roger Hite*
Claude R. Hocott*
Forrest E. Hoglund
Stephen A. Holditch*
Raymond W. Hollis
L. Wally Holm*
Edward D. Holstein
Joyce M. I. Holtzclaw
Mehdi Matt Honarpour
Chris W. Hopkins
A. J. Horn*
Clifford R. Horn*
Roland N. Horne
Roger B. Hough
George C. Howard
Tim L. Hower
Olivier P. Houzé
C. Susan Howes
M. King Hubbert*
Chun Huh
William Hurst*
Sadad I. Husseini
Charles A. Hutchinson*
Anwar Raja Ibrahim
Osayande Igiehon
Egbert U. Imomoh
Gustavo J. Inciarte*
Deonarine J. Jaggernauth
Abul K. Jamaluddin
Jan Dirk Jansen - View bio.
Jerry R. Jargon
Harley Y. Jennings*
Russell Johns
Jeff Jones
Robert E. Jones
James R. Jorden
Janeen Judah
Hans C. Juvkam-Wold
C. Shah Kabir
Leonard J. Kalfayan
Medhat M. Kamal
Basil P. Kantzer*
Clarence Karcher*
Marvin L. Katz*
Donald L. Katz*
Hossein Kazemi
Otis G. Keil*
David Roger Keith
Mohan G. Kelkar
Farouk Abu El Ela Kenawy*
David G. Kersey
Mars Khasanov - View bio.
Ashok Khurana
Kenneth Kibodeaux - View bio.
W. F. Kieschnick
Jitendra Kikani
John E. Killough
George E. King
Michael J. King
Walter A. King
James A. Klotz*
Roy M. Knapp
Roy H. Koerner
Sunil L. Kokal
Sergei V. Kolbikov
Phaneendra Kondapi - View bio.
K. Terry Koonce
George Koperna - View bio.
Anthony R. Kovscek
M. Scott Kraemer*
H. Mark Krause*
Harry J. Krebs
Roland F. Krueger*
Fikri Kuchuk
Anil Kumar
Mridul Kumar
Alain Labastie
Istvan Lakatos - View bio.
Larry W. Lake
Robert H. Lane
Helmut J. Langanger
Marcelo Laprea-Bigott - View bio.
Lewis Ledlow
W. John Lee
Ronald L. Lewis
Jenn-Tai Liang
Min-Teong Lim
Jack E. Little
Baohe Liu
He Liu
Hui-hai Liu
Yuzhang Liu
Thomas P. Lockhart
John Lohrenz*
A. Loomis*
William G. Lowrie
Arthur Lubinski*
Shouxiang (Mark) Ma - View bio.
Sam S. Mabry, Jr.
Sameh Macary
James Mack
Keith MacLeod - View bio.
Mamdouh Mahfouz
Daulat D. Mamora
Jorge Manrique
Mohamad Mansor
Brian W. Marcotte
Tony Martin
André L. Martins
Saka Matemilola
J. Paul Mathias
Louis Mattar
Charles S. Matthews*
Edward H. Mayer*
William D. McCain
Dean A. McGee*
Roy T. McLamore*
Robert H. McLemore*
Harry O. McLeod
Claude L. McMichael
John R. McMillan*
Duane McVay
D. Nathan Meehan
John C. Mihm
William C. Miller
Frank G. Miller*
Keith K. Millheim
William J. Milliken
C. Michael Ming - View bio.
E. Forest Mintz*
Stefan Z. Miska
Gustave A. Mistrot*
Robert F. Mitchell
N. K. Mitra
Kishore Mohanty
Rustom Mody
Rex Monahan*
Carl Montgomery - View bio.
Preston L. Moore*
Robert Gordon Moore
Jack M. Moore*
Raul Hugo Morales
George Moridis
Nobuo Morita
Jane Moring
Richard A. Morse*
Eugene F. Motter
Hemanta Mukherjee
Oliver Mullins
Priyambodo Mulyosudirjo
Necmettin Mungan
Robert P. Murray
James A. Murtha
Dauda Aleokhai Musa
Morris Muskat*
Gene M. Narahara
Hisham A. Nasr-El-Din
H. A. Nedom*
Riley B. Needham
A. Buford Neely*
W. BurtNelson
Alexander A. Neyin
Quoc Nguyen
Kenneth G. Nolte*
William David Norman
William J. O’Brien
Robert J. O'Brien
Thomas B. O'Brien*
Aziz S. Odeh*
David O. Ogbe
Okurerie Ogedegbe
Kenneth D. Oglesby
Anthony K. Ogunkoya
Dean S. Oliver
Jon E. Olson
Karen Olson
Mary Oneill
Mustafa Onur
Michael Obi Onyekonwu
Eric van Oort
Franklin M. Orr Jr.
Sara Ortwein
Evren M. Ozbayoglu - View bio.
Chet Ozgen - View bio.
Erdal Ozkan
Giovanni Paccaloni*
Terry Palisch - View bio.
Robert L. Parker
Mehmet Parlar
Richard L. Parsons*
Shirish L. Patil
Tadeusz W. Patzek
Donald Paul
James R. Paul*
Donald W. Peaceman*
C. Pearson
Douglas Peck - View bio.
Karen Schou Pedersen
Carlos A. Pedroso
Walter L. Penberthy, Jr.
Jeanne Perdue
Thomas K. Perkins
Anthony Perry
D. Raymond Perry*
Ekwere J. Peters
Ian Phillips - View bio.
R. Curtis Phillips, Jr.
Malcolm J. Pitts
Phillip M. Poettmann
Fred H. Poettmann*
T. A. Pollard*
Andrei S. Popa
Gary Arnold Pope
Weldon L. Porter*
Michael Prats
Edward Price
Harvey S. Price*
Maura Puerto
Satinder Purewal - View bio.
Hani H. Qutob
Clayton J. Radke
Phil Rae
Rajagopal Raghavan
Chandra Rai - View bio.
T. S. Ramakrishnan
Henry J.Ramey, Jr.*
James J. Rathmell
Cindy Reece
Teri Reed
Carl Jr. Reistle, Jr.*
Albert C. Reynolds
Jack J. Reynolds*
Joseph G. Richardson*
Noel D. Rietman*
Margaretha "Peggy" Rijken - View bio.
James L. Rike*
Kenneth W. Robbins*
Claudia N. Roberts
Juan V. Roger*
Alejandra Reynaldos Rojas - View bio.
Robert H. Rossen
William R. Rossen
Ray (Zhenhua) Rui - View bio.
Edward E. Runyan
Donald G. Russell*
Martin Rylance
Nestor F. Saavedra
Jawaid Saeedi
Salam P. Salamy
Nansen Saleri
Henry Salisch*
Fernando Samaniego V
Mathew M. Samuel
Robello Samuel
A. M. (Sam) Sarem
Marisela Sanchez-Nagel - View bio.
Cem Sarica
Hemanta K. Sarma
Abdus Satter
George H. Sawyer*
Robert S. Schechter
David Schechter
Leo A. Schrider
Jerome J. Schubert
Frank J. Schuh
Willem Schulte
Dan E. Scott
Stuart L. Scott
Stephen G. Scott*
Oscar H. Secco
Maurizio Senese
Tapas K. Sengupta
Kamy Sepehrnoori
Antonin Settari
Subhash Shah - View bio.
Mukul M. Sharma
Pingping Shen
James Sheng - View bio.
Gerald Sherrod*
Ovadia Shoham - View bio.
Vijay K. Shrivastava
Steven G. Shryock
Thomas Sifferman
Pedro Silva - View bio.
Berry D. Simpson
Jay P. Simpson
A. Richard Sinclair
Ashok Singhal - View bio.
Arlie M. Skov*
Benjamin F. Sloat
Dwight K. Smith*
Lowell R. Smith
Michael B. Smith
Sidney S. Smith, Jr.
Sidney S. Smith, Sr.
Hamid Masood Sohail
Mohamed Y. Soliman
Wilbur H. Somerton*
Darcy Spady - View bio.
Ronald L. Sparks
Jeffrey B. Spath
Eve S. Sprunt
T. Don Stacy*
Fred I. Stalkup
Marshall B. Standing*
Hal M. Stanier*
Rick Stanley - View bio.
Cheryl L. Stark
Richard A. Startzman
Robert Steele
Richard J. Stegemeier
Kenneth J. Stracke
Junichi Sugiura - View bio.
Sidhartha Sur
Michael J. Sullivan
George W. Swift
Robert Sydansk*
Joseph J. Taber*
Wenbin Tan
Patrick F. Taylor*
Hamdi Tchelepi - View bio.
M. Rasin Tek*
Gary F. Teletzke
Ganesh C. Thakur
Michael Thambynayagam - View bio.
Terry L. Thoem
L. Kent Thomas
Bill M. Thompson
Geoffrey Thorp*
Raymond Tibbles
Michael R. Todd
Jalal S. Torabzadeh
Carlos Torres-Verdin
John M. Trewhella*
Allan J. Twynam
Herman L. Vacca
Willem Van Adrichem - View bio.
Diederik van Batenburg
Mary Van Domelen - View bio.
Craig W. Van Kirk
Ralph W. Veatch
Claudio Virues - View bio.
A. L. Vitter*
W. Douglas von Gonten*
W. Douglas von Gonten, Jr.
Marina Voskanian
Bruce H. Walker
Kermitt W. Walrond
Demin Wang
Xiangzeng Wang - View bio.
Xiuli Wang
Harold R. Warner
Joseph E. Warren*
Yiaw Hin Wee
Dean Wehunt
Ruud Weijermars
Henry J. Welge*
Mary Wheeler
Donald L. Whitfill
Robert L. Whiting*
Curtis Whitson
Michael Wiggins
G. Paul Willhite
Charles Williams
G. Bing Wines
N. van Wingen*
Herald W. Winkler*
Joe E. Wirsching*
Buddy Woodroof
George K. Wong
William E. Wrather*
Myron A. Wright*
Yu-Shu Wu
M.R.J. Wyllie*
Richard E. Wyman*
Tao Yang - View bio.
Jun Yao - View bio.
Yannis C. Yortsos
Andrew A. Young
Khalid A. Zainalabedin
Mario Zamora
Dongxiao Zhang
Ding Zhu
Murtaza Ziauddin
Anatoly Zolotukhin - View bio.
Michael D. Zuber

*Deceased

 

Nominee Eligibility

  • Must be a living member of SPE.
  • Must not be on the current SPE Board of Directors or Distinguished Member committee or have served in the last 2 years.
  • Must not have been awarded Distinguished Membership in a prior year.
  • Must have been recognized for outstanding or notable contributions in some aspect of petroleum engineering or exhibited service to an SPE section or the Society.

A member will be automatically elected if they are:

  • A recipient of the Anthony F. Lucas Gold Medal, John Franklin Carll Award, Lester C. Uren Award, DeGolyer Distinguished Service Medal, Public Service Award or the Distinguished Service Award.
  • A past president of SPE or AIME
  • An SPE-AIME Honorary Member

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.