Graduate Seminar - Dr. George J. Hirasaki

Monday, September 17, 2018
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Location: CPE 2.204

Speaker: Dr. George J. Hirasaki, A.J. Hartsook Professor Emeritus, Rice University

Title of Seminar: "NMR Response of Fluids in Organic Shale"

Abstract: Oil production from unconventional formations (organic shale) has increased from about zero 15 years ago to about half of the U.S. production today. Although the growth of this production is remarkable, the formation evaluation technology for organic shale or source rock formations is evolving. The focus of this presentation will be on the interpretation of NMR well logging for organic shale formations.

Biography: George had a 26-year career with Shell Development and Shell Oil Companies before joining the Chemical Engineering faculty at Rice University in 1993. At Shell, his research areas were reservoir simulation, enhanced oil recovery, and formation evaluation. At Rice, his research interests are in NMR well logging, reservoir wettability, surfactant enhanced oil recovery, foam mobility control, gas hydrate recovery, asphaltene deposition, and emulsion separation. He received the SPE Lester Uren Award in 1989. He was named an Improved Oil Recovery Pioneer at the 1998 SPE/DOE IOR Symposium. In 2016 he was awarded the Offshore Technology Conference Heritage Award and the Lucas Medal from the SPE/AIME. He was the 1999 recipient of the Society of Core Analysts Technical Achievement Award. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and The Academy of Medicine, Engineering, and Science of Texas (TAMEST).