Awards & Scholarships

Curtis Hays Whitson

Curtis Hays Whitson (SPE)

AIME Anthony F. Lucas Gold Medal* in

For his contributions in compositional analysis that are a major reason for the large growth in compositional reservoir simulation.

Curtis Hays Whitson is professor of petroleum engineering at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Dept. of Petroleum Engineering & Applied Geophysics; he founded the international consulting company PERA in 1988, as well as Petrostreamz in 2006, a petroleum software company dealing with optimized IAM (Integrated Asset Modeling).

Whitson researches and teaches both university and industry courses on petroleum phase behavior (PVT), gas-based EOR, gas condensate reservoirs, integrated-model optimization, petroleum-streams management, liquid-loading gas well performance, and liquids-rich shale well optimization. He has co-authored two books: Well Performance (Golan and Whitson) and the SPE monograph Phase Behavior (Whitson and Brulé), co-authored more than 100 papers, and has written three chapters of edited books.

Whitson has a B.Sc. degree in petroleum engineering from Stanford University and a PhD degree from the Norwegian Institute of Technology (now NTNU). He is a 25-year member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers, and has twice received the Cedric K. Fergusson award (as co-author with Øivind Fevang, 1997 and Lars Høier, 2001).