Dan Hill invited to give Congressional testimony on energy

Photo of Dr. Dan HillDr. Dan Hill, Noble Chair and interim head of the Harold Vance Department of Petroleum Engineering at Texas A&M University, has been invited to testify in Washington, D.C., today (Nov. 30).

Hill was invited to testify before the U.S. House of Representatives' Science, Space and Technology subcommittee on Energy and Environment. The subcommittee is holding a hearing, "Tapping America's Energy Potential Through Research and Development," to receive testimony on research needs and priorities relating to unconventional oil and natural gas resources. The subcommittee will also receive testimony on related draft legislation.

In his testimony, Hill summarized the challenges and opportunities associated with the development and production of unconventional oil, natural gas and other liquid resources. He discussed the historical role of the U.S. Department of Energy's unconventional oil and gas research and development activities, and how previous technology advancements have contributed to current energy production. He was also asked to discuss university research and development aimed at addressing these challenges, and to provide comments on the draft legislation.

Hill is an expert in the areas of production engineering, well completions, well stimulation, production logging, and complex well performance (horizontal and multilateral wells). He has presented lectures and courses and consulted on these topics throughout the world. He has also been a Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) Distinguished Lecturer, has served on numerous SPE committees and was founding chairman of the Austin SPE Section. He was named a Distinguished Member of SPE in 1999 and received the SPE Production and Operations Award in 2008. He currently serves on the SPE Editorial Review Committee and is chairman for the SPE Hydraulic Fracturing Technology Conference.

He is the author of the Society of Petroleum Engineering (SPE) monograph, Production Logging: Theoretical and Interpretive Elements; co-author of the textbook, Petroleum Production Systems and an SPE book, Multilateral Wells; and author of more than 130 technical papers and five patents.

Before joining the Texas A&M Engineering faculty, he taught for 22 years at The University of Texas at Austin and spent five years as an advanced research engineer with Marathon Oil Co. Hill earned a bachelor's degree from Texas A&M, and master's and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Texas as Austin, all in chemical engineering.