King appointed LeSeur Chair

Dr. M. Katherine Banks, vice chancellor and dean of engineering, has appointed Photo of Dr. Michael J. KingDr. Michael J. King holder of the LeSeur Chair in Reservoir Management.

King joined the Texas A&M University faculty in 2009 as a professor in the Harold Vance Department of Petroleum Engineering. His career started with Standard Oil of Ohio in 1982, and he retired in 2009 as senior advisor in reservoir modeling and simulation from BP. While with BP, he had roles in both technology and in operations in the U.S. and the U.K. He is especially well known for his work in fundamentals of flow in porous media, reservoir characterization, 3-D reservoir modeling workflows, and upscaling of geologic models for flow simulation.

King earned B.S. degrees in physics and mathematics from the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in 1976 and a Ph.D. in theoretical physics from Syracuse University in 1980.

King is the recipient of the 2011 Society of Petroleum Engineers Reservoir Description and Dynamics Award for outstanding achievements in or contributions to the advancement of petroleum engineering in the area of reservoir description and dynamics. This international award is given to only one of the approximately 105,000 members of the society each year. King is only the third Texas A&M faculty member to received the award since its establishment. King was also selected as an SPE Distinguished Lecturer
in 2006-2007. He is a co-author of the SPE textbook, Streamline Simulation: Theory and Practice.

King's research program is funded by the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Energy and oil companies worldwide. King is also co-director, with Dr. Akhil Datta-Gupta, of the Model Calibration and Efficient Reservoir Imaging (MCERI) JIP, which is funded by 14 companies.

King's focus on high quality research is reflected in his efforts that have led to one book, three peer-reviewed book chapters, 29 peer-reviewed publications, and 27 peer-reviewed conference presentations. The number of publications may seem low, but in fact, for someone who has spent almost his entire career working for a major oil company, the record is outstanding as oil companies in
general give no incentive to employees to publish.

King is currently advising four Ph.D. students and four M.S. students. He teaches both undergraduate and graduate petroleum engineering courses, including a new graduate course he developed, "Upscaling of Geologic Models for Flow Simulation."