Tom Holley, professor and director of the University of Houston's petroleum engineering program, has won the Society of Petroleum Engineers Gulf Coast Regional Distinguished Achievement Award for Petroleum Engineering Faculty.
The award recognizes petroleum engineering faculty members for superior classroom teaching, excellence in research, significant contributions to the petroleum engineering profession and/or special effectiveness in advising and guiding students.
SPE is the primary professional organization for petroleum engineers around the world, with the Gulf Coast Section of SPE alone boasting more than 16,000 members. The mission of the SPE-GCS is to enhance technical knowledge among its members, promote professional development and networking in industry, support local education initiatives and perform community service in the Greater Houston area.
In the case of bachelor's degree program in petroleum engineering within the UH Cullen College of Engineering, the regional Society of Petroleum Engineers helped support the program's relaunch in 2009 and also established an endowed professorship "Gulf Coast Section of the Society of Petroleum Engineers Professor" which is currently awarded to associate professor Guan Qin.
The chapter also provided generous funding for the University of Houston to host the SPE Gulf Coast Region Student Paper Contest for the first time last spring.
This latest award is yet another example of SPE's ongoing support that the Cullen College's petroleum engineering program has benefitted from in recent years, said Holley. "I think this award is recognition of the need for our petroleum engineering program in the Gulf Coast region, as well as validation by the SPE of their support of the UH petroleum engineering program," he said.
Holley joined the university to lead the petroleum engineering program in 2010, leaving a longtime position as a researcher at Shell. Holley presided
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