Professor Dongxiao Zhang, Dean of the College of Engineering, Peking University (PKU) is newly elected as a 2017 recipient of Honorary Membership of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE).
SPE is the largest individual-member organization serving managers, engineers, scientists and other professionals worldwide in the upstream segment of the oil and gas industry, with more than 164,000 members in 143 countries. Its mission is to collect, disseminate, and exchange technical knowledge concerning the exploration, development and production of oil and gas resources, and related technologies for the public benefit; and to provide opportunities for professionals to enhance their technical and professional competence.
Honorary Membership is the highest honor that SPE presents to an individual and is limited to 0.1% of the SPE total membership. This elite group represents those individuals who have given outstanding service to SPE or have demonstrated distinguished scientific or engineering achievements in the fields within the technical scope of SPE.
The Honorary Membership will be presented to Prof. Zhang in October 2017 during the SPE Annual Awards Banquet, to be held at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, San Antonio, Texas, USA.
Prof. Zhang is an internationally well-known expert in groundwater hydrology, unconventional oil and gas production, and geological carbon sequestration. After having held positions as Chair Professor at USC, Miller Chair Professor at the Department of Petroleum and Geological Engineering at the University of Oklahoma, and Senior Scientist at Los Alamos National Laboratory, he was involved in establishing the PKU College of Engineering since 2005 and joined the College full time in 2010. He is Dean of the College since 2013. He is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering and a fellow of Geological Society of America.