Awards & Scholarships

Kishore K. Mohanty

Kishore K. Mohanty (SPE)

AIME Anthony F. Lucas Gold Medal* in 2013

For the depth and breadth of his technical contributions, pioneering wettability alteration as a key mechanism to enhance oil recovery, for establishing world-class research programs on chemical EOR, near-miscible gas EOR, fractured reservoir EOR, pore-scale network modeling, and gas recovery from hydrate reservoirs and for his contributions to SPE as Executive Editor of SPEJ and member of the R&D Committee.

Kishore K. Mohanty currently serves as H.B. Harkins Jr. professor of petroleum and geosystems engineering at The University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin). His first position, starting in 1981, was with Arco as senior research engineer, becoming principal research engineer from 1985 to 1991. He then joined the University of Houston as an associate professor, assuming full professor status in 2000. Mohanty moved to UT Austin in 2009. His areas of expertise include wettability alteration, gas injection, and chemical flooding to enhance oil recovery. He recently developed surfactant-nanoparticle combinations which can improve the sweep efficiency of various types of floods. Mohanty was awarded SPE Distinguished Membership in 2007, and received various other SPE awards, including A Peer Apart and Outstanding Review Chair, as well as University of Houston awards for outstanding faculty research and teaching. He has served as executive editor on the SPE Journal Board, member of the JPT Special Series Editorial Review Board, and chair of the SPE Reprint Series Committee, currently serving as a member of the SPE R&D Committee. Mohanty earned a BS degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, India, and a PhD from the University of Minnesota—both in chemical engineering.