James Jorden

United Engineering Foundation Representative

SPE (January 2005 - December 2009)

James R. Jorden was a manager in Shell E & P Company's Training Organization when he retired in 1995.  He received a BS degree with honors in petroleum engineering from the University of Tulsa in 1957 and joined Shell upon graduation. He held various positions culminating in assignment as chief petrophysical engineer at Corporate headquarters. Jim was then named manager of petroleum engineering research at Shell Development Company.  He subsequently was manager of technical training and leadership/management.  Since retirement from Shell, he has worked with Quicksilver Resources, Inc. as a formation evaluation consultant.  Jim joined SPE in 1956 and has held over 30 positions within the society, both on the national and regional levels, including SPE President in 1984 and SPE Foundation President in 1996 - 1997.  He holds two patents, has written several published articles in the petroleum engineering technology field, and is co-author of Well Logging I and Well Logging II of the SPE monograph series.  In 1985, he was inducted into the University of Tulsa College of Engineering Hall of Fame.  Jim received SPE's Distinguished Service Award in 1988, the DeGolyer Distinguished Service Medal in 1991, and AIME/SPE Honorary Membership in 1995.