Bernt Sigve Aadnøy, SPE, was recognized as the Oil Professional of the Year by the SPE Stavanger Section for his 40 years of commitment to both petroleum education and technology development, and his strong contribution to Norway’s international reputation in the oil and gas industry. Aadnøy is a professor of petroleum engineering at the University of Stavanger, specializing in all aspects of well engineering, including geomechanics. He is also an adjunct professor at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. He worked for major operators in the oil industry from 1978 until 1994, when he transitioned to academia. At the University of Stavanger, Aadnøy built a master’s program within drilling and well engineering with international reputation and has guided several PhD students. He was adjunct professor at the University of the Faroe Islands from 1998 to 2003 building up a petroleum engineering program related to deepwater exploration. He was a visiting professor at the University of Calgary in 2009 and the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro in 2012. Aadnøy has published more than 150 papers, holds several patents, and has authored or coauthored five books. He was the recipient of the 1999 SPE International Drilling Engineering Award, an SPE/AIME Honorary Member (2015), and an SPE Distinguished Member (2015). He is a member of the JPT Editorial Committee. Aadnøy holds a BS degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Wyoming, an MS degree in control engineering from the University of Texas at Austin, and a PhD degree in petroleum rock mechanics from the Norwegian Institute of Technology.
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