Professor and Hugh Roy and Lillie Cranz Cullen Distinguished University Chair, University of Houston
Dr. Christine Ehlig-Economides is currently Professor and Hugh Roy and Lillie Cranz Cullen Distinguished University Chair at the University of Houston. She held a previous position as professor of petroleum engineering at Texas A&M University in the Albert B. Stevens endowed chair. She founded the Center for Energy, Environment, and Transportation Innovation (CEETI), one of four research centers in the Crisman Institute. She was attracted to Texas A&M to develop research and education in energy engineering to enable the petroleum engineering department to grow and evolve to a broader energy scope. CEETI is currently pursuing research funded by the Texas Department of Transportation and a potential collaboration with the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. She has successfully introduced a freshman level energy course that was approved for the core curriculum as a natural science elective and an Energy Engineering Certificate program.
Dr. Ehlig-Economides worked for Schlumberger for 20 years in a truly global capacity. She has published more than 50 papers and has authored two patents, and has lectured or consulted in more than 30 countries. Dr. Ehlig-Economides is internationally recognized for expertise in reservoir engineering, pressure transient analysis, integrated reservoir characterization, complex well design, and production enhancement.
Dr. Ehlig-Economides received her Ph.D. in Petroleum Engineering from Stanford University, her M.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Kansas and her B.A. in Math-Science from Rice University. She is also the recipient of Anthony F. Lucas Gold Medal (2010).
Her professional service includes: Executive Editor of the Society of Petroleum Engineers Formation Evaluation journal 1995-96; SPE Distinguished Lecture 1997-98; and numerous posts as chairman or member of SPE committees and task forces. She recently co-chaired a steering committee for the Middle East Colloquium in Petroleum Engineering Education, was the Program Chairperson for the 2006 SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition, and is currently co-chairing an SPE Talent and Retention Workshop on Dual Career Couples in the petroleum industry. She is currently a member of the National Academy of Science Committee on America’s Energy Future.