Datta-Gupta appointed Peterson Chair

Dr. Akhil Datta-Gupta, Regents Professor in the Harold Vance Department of Petroleum Engineering Photo of Dr. Akhil Datta-Guptaat Texas A&M University, has been appointed the L.F. Peterson '36 Chair.

Datta-Gupta manages the largest and most active joint industry project in the Harold Vance Department of Petroleum Engineering. His research into sophisticated systems of dynamic data integration has helped simplify problems of how fluids move in the subsurface so they can be recovered for use.

Among his numerous honors are the 2009 John Franklin Carll Award from the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) for distinguished contribution in the application of engineering principles to petroleum development and recovery; the 2003 SPE Lester C. Uren Award for significant technical contributions in petroleum reservoir characterization and streamline-based flow simulation; and two SPE Cedric K. Ferguson Certificates for the best peer-approved paper in 2000 and 2006. He has been named an SPE distinguished member, distinguished lecturer, distinguished author and outstanding technical editor.

In addition to his SPE awards, he is a recipient of the AIME Rossitter W. Raymond award, the Tenneco Meritorious Teaching Award from the Dwight Look College of Engineering at Texas A&M, and served as a member of the Polar Research Board of the National Academy of Sciences (2001-2004). He is also the recipient of the U.S. Department of Energy Award for Outstanding Contributions to Basic Research in Geosciences in 2008. He is a co-author of the SPE textbook Streamline Simulation: Theory and Practice.

Datta-Gupta earned his master’s degree and Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin and his B.S. from the Indian School of Mines in Dhanbad, all in petroleum engineering.