Kent Thomas, SPE, was elected to the National Academy of Engineering. Thomas, an independent consultant, was elected for his contributions to the development and application of reservoir simulators to enhance production from complex reservoirs. He has authored several papers on this topic. Thomas retired from the reservoir simulation development branch of the upstream technology division at ConocoPhillips in 2006. He has served on more than 40 SPE committees and has been the chair of several of them. He received the Robert Earll McConnell Award in 2002 from AIME, the ConocoPhillips Technology Innovation Award in 2007, and the SPE DeGolyer Distinguished Service Medal in 2009. Thomas holds a BS degree from the University of Oklahoma, and MSE and PhD degrees from the University of Michigan, all in chemical engineering.