Ganesh Thakur, SPE, was appointed distinguished professor of petroleum engineering in the Cullen College of Engineering at the University of Houston (UH) by Texas Governor Greg Abbott as part of the Governor’s University Research Initiative (GURI). Thakur will also serve as the director for Energy Industrial Partnerships at UH. He is the president and global advisor at Thakur Services and was the 2012 SPE President. Thakur’s expertise is in reservoir engineering and simulation, secondary recovery, reservoir and well productivity improvement, heavy oil, horizontal well technology, and enhanced oil recovery. He holds a BS in petroleum engineering from the Indian School of Mines, and an MA in mathematics and MS and PhD degrees in petroleum and natural gas engineering from the Pennsylvania State University. Thakur is a member of the National Academy of Engineering. The GURI grant program aims to bring the world’s top researchers to Texas and offers matching grants to help eligible institutions in recruiting distinguished researchers. Other UH GURI appointments in energy research are Andrea Prosperetti as distinguished professor of mechanical engineering and John Suppe as distinguished professor of earth and atmospheric sciences.