John Killough


George K. Hickox, Jr. Professor


Office: RICH 401K
Phone: 979.862.6416

Research Website
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Research Interests

  • Unconventional reservoir simulation/high performance computing
  • Coupled surface/sub-surface reservoir models
  • Upscaling and multiscale reservoir simulation
  • Hysteresis and relative permeability

Awards & Honors

  • 2013 SPE Reservoir Description and Dynamics Award
  • 1977 Alfred Noble Prize of the ASCE, IEEE, ASME, AIME, and Western Society of Engineers for work on Reservoir Simulation with History-Dependent Saturation Functions
  • 1977 Rossiter W. Raymond Award from the AIME for the above work.


  • PhD, Math Sciences, Rice University, Houston, Texas
  • NSF Graduate Fellow in Physical Chemistry, Rice University, Houston, Texas
  • M. Ch. E., Rice University, Houston, Texas
  • BA, Ch. E. (Phi Beta Kappa), Rice University, Houston, Texas

Selected Publications

Petroleum Engineering Handbook Volume VI: Reservoir Engineering and Petrophysics, authored chapter on Reservoir Simulation – Parallel Computing, 2007, Published by Society of Petroleum Engineers.

Dobbs, Walt, Browning, Brad, Kumar, Amit, and Killough, John, “Coupled Surface-Subsurface Simulation of the K2 Field, SPE 145070 to be presented at the SPE ATCE, Denver, CO, October 30-November 1, 2011.

Tarman, Mehmet, Wang, Kefei, Sephrnoori, Kamy, and Killough, John, “Automatic Decomposition for Parallel Reservoir Simulation”, SPE 141716, SPE Reservoir Simulation Symposium, The Woodlands, 2011.

Wang, Kefei, Sephrnoori, Kamy, and Killough, John, “A New Upscaling Method for Reservoir Simulation”, SPE 124819, SPE Fall Conference and Exhibition, New Orleans, 2009.

Killough, John, et al., “Next Generation Modeling of a Middle Eastern Reservoir Complex”, SPE 106069, SPE Reservoir Simulation Symposium, The Woodlands, 2007.