Daniel A. Hill, SPE, was appointed head of the Harold Vance Department of Petroleum Engineering at Texas A&M University. He is a professor and holder of the Noble Endowed Chair in the department, and has served as the department’s assistant head, associate head, and, since January 2012, as interim head. Before joining Texas A&M in 2004, he was a professor of petroleum engineering at The University of Texas (UT) at Austin, and brings extensive industry and consulting experience to his new position. With research and educational interests in the areas of well stimulation, well completion, production logging, and performance of horizontal and multilateral wells, Hill has published more than 70 refereed journal articles and has made more than 140 presentations. In addition, he has presented more than 100 short courses and workshops throughout the world. Hill was named an SPE Distinguished Member in 1999 and in 2008 received the SPE Production and Operations Award. He has also served as an SPE Distinguished Lecturer. Hill earned a BS degree from Texas A&M and MS and PhD degrees from UT–Austin—all in chemical engineering.
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