Ganesh Thakur, 2012 SPE President, was elected to the National Academy of Engineering. Thakur is president of Thakur Services. He was elected for his leadership in the implementation of integrated reservoir management techniques. His work is well-recognized in the emergence of reservoir management as an interdisciplinary practice. He is widely published and has served as ambassador of technology to national oil companies and government ministries. Before becoming SPE president in 2012, Thakur served as SPE technical director for the Reservoir Description and Dynamics discipline. He has been the chairman of the SPE Reprint Series Committee, and member of the Forum Series and editorial review committees. He holds a BS in petroleum engineering from the Indian School of Mines; MS and PhD degrees in petroleum and natural gas engineering, and an MA degree in mathematics from Pennsylvania State University; and an MBA from Houston Baptist University.