Akhil Datta-Gupta, the L.F. Peterson ’36 Endowed Chair in Petroleum Engineering at Texas A&M University, was recently presented with the Southeastern Universities Research Association’s annual Distinguished Scientist Award.
The award and its $5,000 honorarium go to a research scientist whose work fulfills the SURA mission “to advance collaborative research and education and to strengthen the scientific capabilities of its members and our nation.”
Datta-Gupta received his bachelor’s degree in petroleum engineering from the Indian School of Mines in Dhanbad, India, followed by his master’s and doctorate from The University of Texas at Austin. His professional experience includes working in the Earth Sciences Division at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, as an engineering specialist with BP Research in Cleveland and as a reservoir engineer with BP Exploration in Alaska.
He has worked in reservoir modeling, history matching and streamline simulation technologies for more than a decade. His research program is funded by the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Energy and oil companies worldwide. He has authored four books and is a member of the National Academy of Engineering.