Hill appointed petroleum engineering head

Photo of Dr. Dan HillDr. M. Katherine Banks, vice chancellor and dean of engineering, has appointed Dr. Dan Hill head of the Harold Vance Department of Petroleum Engineering at Texas A&M University.

Hill is holder of the Noble Chair and has been interim head of the petroleum engineering department since January 2012.

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 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.

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.