Wattenbarger to receive SPE Reservoir Description and Dynamics Award

Photo of Dr. Robert A. WattenbargerDr. Robert A. Wattenbarger, professor in the Harold Vance Department of Petroleum Engineering, will receive the 2012 Society of Petroleum Engineers Reservoir Description and Dynamics Award.

The award recognizes outstanding achievements in or contributions to the advancement of petroleum engineering in the area of res­ervoir description and dynamics. It was formerly known as the Reservoir Engineering Award.

Wattenbarger will receive his award during the SPE’s An­nual Technical Conference and Exhibition Banquet Oct. 9 in San Antonio.

Wattenbarger earned bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Tulsa and a Ph.D. from Stanford University. He has more than 35 years' experience in the petroleum industry. Reservoir engineering and computer software have been his specialties, with emphasis on reservoir simulation and well test analysis. He was vice president of Scientific Software Corp. in Denver for 10 years after being involved in the formation of that company.

Wattenbarger has three main areas of research: gas reservoir engineering, emphasizing production and analysis of tight gas reservoirs, paraffin deposition in wellbores and in reservoirs; electromagnetic heating of reservoirs; and well test analysis and well performance. Research in these areas is centered around reservoir simulation techniques and solutions.