Awards & Scholarships

Robert S. Thompson

Robert S. Thompson (SPE)

AIME Mineral Economics Award in 1999

"For his continuing efforts to standardize and increase our industry utilization of economic evaluation and risk assessment techniques."

Robert S. Thompson is an associate professor of petroleum engineering at the Colorado School of Mines (CSM). Prior to joining the faculty, he served in the 82nd Airborne Division as an engineer officer. platoon leader, and company executive officer. He received the Army Commendation Medal in 1970. Subsequently, he worked for a major oil company in both onshore and offshore operations and corporate planning before joining an international petroleum consulting firm; he joined the petroleum engineering faculty at CSM in 1982.

Mr. Thompson received his professional degree in petroleum engineering from CSM, and his MBA from the University of Houston; he is currently a PhD candidate in the Educational Leadership and Innovation Program at the Univ. of Colorado at Denver where he is conducting research on cooperative learning in multidisciplinary teams. He has an international reputation as a petroleum engineer and as an educator; he has taught courses on oil property evaluation, petroleum management, artificial lift design, surface equipment design, risk analysis, and hydrocarbon fluid behavior. Prof. Thompson has taught industry courses worldwide. He is co-author of the textbook, Oil Property Evaluation, presently used by many schools of petroleum engineering and as a reference by practicing petroleum engineers.

He was the recipient of the 1994 Int'l Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) Award for Economics and Evaluation and the 1994 Amoco Foundation Outstanding Teaching Award for teaching at the undergraduate level at CSM. He is a registered professional engineer in CO, a member of SPE of AIME.

the Society of Petroleum Evaluation Engineers, and the American Society for Engineering Education.