• Professor
  • Kelly L. '87 and William D. '87 Von Gonten, Jr. DVG Chair in Petroleum Engineering
  • Member National Academy of Engineering
John Lee

Educational Background

  • Doctor of Philosophy, chemical engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology - 1963
  • Master of Science, chemical engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology - 1961
  • Bachelor, chemical engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology - 1959

Research Interests

    • Oil and gas reserves
    • Resources evaluation
    • Production forecasting
    • Unconventional resources

Industry Experience

    • U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission, Academic Engineering Fellow, 2007-2008
    • S.A. Holditch & Associates, Executive Vice President (Technology), 1980-1998
    • ExxonMobil, Engineering Advisor, 1962-1977

Certifications & Memberships

  • Academic Engineering Fellow, U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission
  • Member, National Academy of Engineering
  • Member, Russian Academy of Natural Sciences
  • Honorary Life Member, Society of Petroleum Evaluation Engineers - 2017
  • Honorary Member, Society of Petroleum Engineers

Awards & Honors

  • Law and Policy Award, U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission
  • Academy of Distinguished Graduates, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • DeGolyer Distinguished Service Medal, Society of Petroleum Engineers
  • Anthony F. Lucas Gold Medal, American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical and Petroleum Engineers/Society of Petroleum Engineers
  • Distinguished Faculty Achievement Award, Society of Petroleum Engineers

Selected Publications

  • Lee, W.J. "Fluid Flow and Alternative Decline Models," Chapter 6 in SPEE Monograph 4, J.P. Seidle, ed., Society of Petroleum Evaluation Engineers, Houston, TX, June 2016.
  • Lee, W.J., Rollins, J.B., and Spivey, J.P.: Pressure Transient Testing, Society of Petroleum Engineers, Richardson, TX, 2003
  • Lee, W.J. and Wattenbarger, R.A.: Gas Reservoir Engineering, Society of Petroleum Engineers, Richardson, TX, 1997.
  • Lee, W.J.: Well Testing, Society of Petroleum Engineers, Dallas (1982).
  • Lee, W.J. and Sidle, R.E.: “Gas Reserves Estimation in Resource Plays,” Paper SPE 130102, SPE Economics and Management, October 2010.