Behrooz Fattahi

SPE (August 2010 - August 2016)

Dr. Behrooz Fattahi holds Ph.D. degrees in Aerospace Engineering and in Mechanical Engineering from Iowa State University. After 37 years of working in the industry, he retired from Aera Energy LLC, an affiliate of Royal Dutch Shell and ExxonMobil companies in 2014.  He was the Heavy Oil Development Coordinator at Aera, and in his last position as the Learning Advisor, he taught several internal company technical courses including topics on reservoir engineering and enhanced oil recovery. 

Prior to joining the oil industry, he conducted research for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and the National Science Foundation, and taught a variety of courses in fluid dynamics and solid mechanics at Iowa State University. He joined the petroleum industry in 1977 by joining Shell International.

Dr. Fattahi is a past member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, and American Association of University Professors. He served as the Executive Editor of the SPE Reservoir Evaluation and Engineering Journal, and on the board of the Society of Petroleum Engineers International (SPE) as the Director of the Western North America Region, President of SPE Americas Inc., and Vice President-Finance. He served as a member of the United States National Petroleum Council. He is currently a member of the Board of the SPE Foundation. 

Dr. Fattahi served as the Chairman of the Board, and the 2010 President of SPE International, and as the 2014 President of the American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical and Petroleum Engineers, AIME.  He is now serving as the Vice President of SPE Foundation, and the President of EnerTrain Institute, providing global petroleum technical training.