Cockrell School of Engineering
The University of Texas at Austin

Larry Lake

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Shahid and Sharon Ullah Endowed Chair in Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering

Phone: (512) 471-8233, (512) 471-3161
Office: CPE 4.108

Research Areas: Fundamental Processes; Integrated Reservoir Characterization; Geostatistics, Reservoir Engineering; Enhanced Oil Recovery

Educational Qualifications:

BS, Chemical Engineering, Arizona State University, 1967

PhD, Chemical Engineering, Rice University, 1973

PGE Courses Taught:

PGE312 (Fundamental of Fluid Properties)

PGE337 (Fundamentals of Geostatistics)

PGE323K (Reservoir Engineering I)

PGE383 (Enhanced Oil Recovery)

PGE393 (Numerical Simulation)


My research is in the areas of enhanced oil recovery, decision and risk analysis, and geochemistry and flow.

Awards & Honors:

SPE Honorary Member, 2006-present.

University of Texas Joe J. King Award for professional service, 2004.

SPE DeGoyer Award for distinguished service, 2003.

SPE Distinguished Lecturer, 1994, 2003.

Texas Society of Professional Engineers Dream Team, 2001.

SPE Distinguished Member, 1996, 2000.

SPE Distinguished Service Award, 2000.

Society of Petroleum Engineering/Department of Energy Improved Oil Recovery Symposium, IOR Pioneer, 2000.

Claude and Billie Hocott Award, College of Engineering, 1999.

National Academy of Engineering, 1997.

Highlighted Publications:

Kaviani, Danial, Jerry L. Jensen, and Larry W. Lake "Estimation of Interwell Connectivity in the Case of Fluctuating Bottomhole Pressures," Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering, vol. 90-91, (2012), pp. 79-95.

Balhoff, M., Lake, L., Bommer, P., Lewis, R., Weber, M., and Calderin, J., “Rheological and Yield Stress Measurements of Non-Newtonian Fluids using a Marsh Funnel,” Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering, vol. 77, no. 3-4, June 2011, pp. 393-402..

Jha, Raman, K., Larry W. Lake, and Steve L. Bryant, “The Effect of Diffusion on Dispersion,” Soc. Pet. Eng. J., March 2011, vol. 16, no. 1, pp. 65-77.

Bickel, J. Eric, Larry W. Lake, and John Lehman, “Discretization, Simulation and Swanson’s (Inaccurate) Mean, SPE Economics and Management, July 2011, pp. 128-140.

Metin, Cigdem O., Larry W. Lake, Caetano R. Miranda and Quoc P. Nguyen, “Stability of Aqueous Silica Nanoparticle Dispersions,” J. of Nanoparticle Research, DOI: 10.1007.

Ettahadtavakkoi, A., Jablonowski, C., and Lake, L. W., “Gas Storage Facility Design Under Uncertainty,” SPE Management and Resources, in press, 2010.

Jeong, C., Kallivokas, L.F., Huh, C., and Lake, L.W., Optimization of Sources for Focusing Wave Energy in Targeted Formations, J. of Geophysics and Engineering, 7, (2010), pp. 242-256. doi: 10.1088/1742-2131/7/3/003

John, A.K., Lake, L.W., Bryant, S.L., and Jennings, J.W. 2010. Investigation of Mixing in Field-Scale Miscible Displacements Using Particle-Tracking Simulations of Tracer Floods With Flow Reversal. Society of Petroleum Engineers Journal, Sept. 2010, pp. 598-609.

Sayarpour, M., Kabir, C.S., and Lake, L.W. 2009. Field Applications of Capacitance-Resistance Models in Waterfloods. SPE Res Eval & Eng  12 (6), pp. 853-864. doi: 10.2118/114983-PA.

Garmeh, G., Johns, R.T., and Larry W. Lake, "Pore Scale Simulation of Dispersion," Soc. Pet. Eng. J., vol. 14, no. 4, December 2009.