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15 February 2020

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1 March 2020


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2020 Awards

View the full list of 2020 Award Recipients.

Lester C. Uren Award

The Lester C. Uren Award recognizes distinguished achievement in the technology of petroleum engineering. Recipients of this award automatically become Distinguished Members.

2020 - I. Yucel Akkutlu
2019 - Olivier P. Houzé
2018 - Jitendra Kikani
2017 - Quoc Nguyen
2016 - Bobby D. Poe, Jr.
2015 - Anthony R. Kovscek
2014 - Birol Dindoruk
2013 - Erdal Ozkan
2012 - Marco R. Thiele
2011 - Martin Blunt
2010 - Muhammad M. Al-Saggaf
2009 - Anil K. Ambastha
2008 - Rodolfo Camacho Velazquez
2007 - Louis J. Durlofsky
2006 - Thomas A. Blasingame
2005 - Heber Cinco Ley
2004 - Fernando Samaniego Verduzco
2003 - Akhil Datta-Gupta
2002 - Mukul M. Sharma
2001 - Turgay Ertekin
2000 - Roland N. Horne
1999 - Donald Nathan Meehan
1998 - Jacques Hagoort
1997 - Christine Ehlig-Economides
1996 - S.M. Farouq Ali
1995 - Michael B. Smith
1994 - Stephen A. Holditch
1993 - Michael J. Fetkovich
1992 - Kenneth G. Nolte
1991 - Thomas C. Boberg
1990 - Necmettin Mungan
1989 - George J. Hirasaki
1988 - Khalid Aziz
1987 - W. Barney Gogarty
1986 - G. Paul Willhite
1985 - Fred I. Stalkup
1984 - Keith H. Coats
1983 - Harley Y. Jennings Jr.
1982 - William C. Goins Jr.
1981 - Julius S. Aronofsky
1980 - Murray F. Hawkins Jr.
1979 - Robert C. Earlougher Jr.
1978 - Thomas K. Perkins
1977 - Joseph G. Richardson
1976 - Herald W. Winkler
1975 - Charles S. Matthews
1974 - Michael Prats
1973 - Henry J. Ramey Jr.
1972 - Jan J. Arps
1971 - Herman Dykstra
1971 - Richard L. Parsons
1970 - A.F. van Everdingen
1969 - Morris Muskat
1968 - Clarence J. Coberly
1967 - Joseph B. Clark Jr.
1967 - R. Floyd Farris
1967 - C. Robert Fast
1967 - George C. Howard
1966 - Fred H. Poettmann
1965 - Marshall B. Standing
1964 - Gustave E. Archie
1963 - Lester C. Uren  


Nominee Eligibility

  • Must be a living member of SPE or a group with at least one SPE member.
  • Must have been younger than 45 when the work being recognized was completed.

A nominee is not eligible:

  • If they are on the current SPE Board of Directors, Lester C. Uren Award committee or those who have served in these positions during the past 2 years.
  • If they have received the Anthony F. Lucas or the John Franklin Carll Award in the last 5 years.
  • Based solely on technical achievements that resulted in an SPE technical award.

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 Lester C. Uren

Lester C. Uren was an author, researcher, and educator at the University of California for more than 40 years. He wrote the first petroleum-engineering textbook in 1924 and founded the first curriculum for petroleum engineering in 1915. His wide recognition as a leader in petroleum engineering education is seen by the fact that schools not only in the US and Canada, but also in Europe and South America, sent students to finish or undertake graduate work under Professor Uren. He combined the theoretical and practical aspects of petroleum engineering in such a manner that his method became a trademark during his long teaching career.

He spent summers in the oil fields of California to familiarize himself with the practical working conditions of the engineer. Uren was not content to confine himself to the academic world, but demonstrated a remarkable spirit in putting the results of investigations and discussions based on both field and university work before active engineers. Professor Uren’s research activities were basic to the understanding of the science of petroleum engineering. He published more than160 articles on research, engineering applications, economics, and education in the field. An amplification of his petroleum-engineering handbook, now three volumes, is used as a standard reference work in most petroleum schools and oil companies.

The Lester C. Uren Award, established in 1963, recognizes distinguished achievement in the technology of petroleum engineering by a member who made the contribution before age 45. The candidate must be a living member of SPE.