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Larry W. Lake

Larry W. Lake

Interim Department Chair, W.A.(Monty) Moncrief Centennial Endowed Chair in Petroleum Engineering Professor, Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering

  • PhD, Rice University, 1973
  • B.S.E., Arizona State University

Dr. Larry W. Lake earned his PhD in chemical engineering from Rice University in 1973. He joined the faculty of The University of Texas at Austin in 1978.

Dr. Lake is a specialist in reservoir engineering and geochemistry. More specifically, he studies enhanced oil recovery and reservoir characterization. Lake’s work in quantifying the effects of geochemical interactions and flow variability for resource recovery is now widely applied by industry. His reservoir characterization work includes demonstrating that different geological depositional processes produce flow properties that can be statistically described. He was also among the first to recognize the importance of rock-fluid chemical interactions on enhanced oil recovery. Lake’s work has been crucial in developing more efficient methods for recovering oil and gas from reservoirs. For example, many companies now simulate hydrocarbon recovery by taking into account variations discovered through Lake's research.

Dr. Lake is a world famous expert in reservoir engineering, geochemistry, fluid flow in porous media and enhanced oil recovery. Other areas of expertise and research include Enhanced oil recovery, Reservoir engineering, Reservoir characterization, Geochemical modeling, and Simulation.

Dr. Lake is the author or co-author of more than 100 technical papers, four textbooks and the editor of three bound volumes. He has served on the Board of Directors for the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE), won the 1996 Anthony F. Lucas Gold Medal of the AIME, the Degoyer Distinguished Service Award in 2002, and has been a member of the National Academy of Engineers since 1997.

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