Robert L. Whiting (Deceased 2005)

For significant contributions to the technology and teaching of petroleum engineering; and for distinguished service to government and government agencies on oil and gas technical, economic, and policy issues.

AIME Honorary Membership in 1988

Robert L. Whiting is Professor of Petroleum Engineering at Texas A&M University, where he has served as Department Head and Director of the Texas Petroleum Research Committee for twenty-two years. His early industrial experience was with Amoco Production Company. Throughout his career, he has been active as a petroleum consultant. He holds a B.S. and an M.S. in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Texas. He has written many publications including the books Oil Resources of Texas and Petroleum Reservoir Engineering, and has conducted petroleum engineering continuing education courses world-wide for the past forty years to over ten thousand industry personnel. 

Mr. Whiting served as an SPE director from 1976 to 1978 and has also chaired and served on many AIME and SPE education and award committees. He represented AIME for fifteen years on the Engineering Education and Accreditation Commission for ECPD (now ABET) and was a director of ECPD for six years. He received the AIME Mineral Industry Education Award in 1973, the SPE Distinguished Service Award in 1979, and was SPE Distinguished Lecturer in 1979. Mr. Whiting was named an SPE Distinguished Member in 1983, and received the Distinguished SPE Achievement Award for Petroleum Engineering Faculty in 1984.