• Professor, Petroleum Engineering
  • Member, National Academy of Engineering
D. Nathan Meehan

Educational Background

  • Ph.D., Petroleum Engineering, Stanford University
  • M.S., Petroleum Engineering, University of Oklahoma
  • B.S., Physics, Georgia Institute of Technology

Research Interests

  • Energy Transition

    • Carbon capture, use and storage
    • Pore space valuation
    • Hydrogen production, application and storage
    • Methane detection
    • Lifecycle analysis of emissions
    • Decreasing carbon intensity of oil and gas production

    Unconventional Fields

    • Field development and optimization
    • Hydraulic fracturing
    • Horizontal well technology

    Conventional Fields

    • Enhanced oil recovery (EOR) and waterflooding optimization
    • Low permeability reservoirs
    • Reservoir simulation and geostatistics
    • Leak detection and repair for oilfield facilities
    • Plugging and Abandonment

Industry Experience

    • Licensed Professional Engineer – Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana and Mississippi
    • President, CMG Petroleum Consulting Ltd.
    • Senior Advisor, Petro.ai
    • Non-executive Director, Ignis H2
    • President, Gaffney-Cline & Associates
    • Senior Executive, Baker Hughes
    • Vice President, Occidental Petroleum

Certifications & Memberships

  • Member, National Academy of Engineering – 2022
  • Member, Texas Academy of Medicine, Engineering, Science and Technology
  • Member, Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Honor Society
  • Honorary Member, Society of Petroleum Engineers
  • Distinguished Member, Society of Petroleum Engineers

Awards & Honors

  • Outstanding Alumni, Mewbourne College of Earth and Energy, University of Oklahoma – 2022
  • President, Society of Petroleum Engineers – 2015-2016
  • Public Service Award, Society of Petroleum Engineers – 2014
  • DeGolyer Distinguished Service Medal, Society of Petroleum Engineers – 2006
  • Lester C. Uren Award, Society of Petroleum Engineers – 1999

Selected Publications

  • Meehan, D. N., 2021. “It’s Not the End of Petroleum Engineering,” Presented at SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition, Dubai, Sept 2021. doi:10.2118/206269-MS.
  • Meehan, D.N., 2018. "Estimating Carbon Intensity of Unconventional Plays," SEG Global Meeting Abstracts : 207-216.. doi:10.15530/URTEC-2018-2888730
  • Masnadi, M.S., El-Houjeiri, H.M., Meehan, D.N, et al. 2018. “Global carbon intensity of crude oil production.” Science 361, pp. 851-853. doi:10.1126/science.aar6859
  • Ahmed, U. and Meehan, D.N. (Editors). 2016. Unconventional Oil and Gas Resources: Exploitation and Development, CRC Press/Taylor & Francis, 2016.
  • Ahmed, T. and Meehan, D.N. 2011. Advanced Reservoir Engineering and Management, 2nd Edition, Elsevier.