Canada Excellence Research Chair (CERC) in Materials Engineering for Unconventional Oil Reservoirs, University of Calgary
Dr. Steven Bryant is the Canada Excellence Research Chair (CERC) in Materials Engineering for Unconventional Oil Reservoirs at the University of Calgary. He plays a key role in exploring new and sustainable ways of developing unconventional resources.
Formerly, Dr. Bryant was associate professor in the Department of Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin. He directed the Geological CO₂ Storage Joint Industry Project at UT, where his group developed the "inject low and let rise" strategy for secure long-term storage that was included in the IPCC Special Report on Carbon dioxide Capture and Storage. Bryant is regularly invited to discuss threats and opportunities for the oil and gas industry in CO₂ sequestration (API Workshop on Voluntary Action by Oil and Gas Industry; 54th Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Institute; National Petroleum Council Hard Truths about Energy; Distinguished Author Series in Journal of Petroleum Technology.) Bryant is Principal Investigator on a project funded by the CO₂ Capture Project 2 to develop a certification framework for geologic CO₂ storage, and serves on the planning committee for the UT Law School's recurring Conference on Carbon and Climate Change.
At UT-Austin Bryant holds the J. H. Herring Centennial Professorship in Petroleum Engineering and the George H. Fancher Centennial Teaching Fellowship in Petroleum Engineering. He earned degrees in chemical engineering from Vanderbilt (B.E.) and from UT-Austin (Ph.D). He worked in industry research centers at BP and at ENI for a decade before taking a research scientist position at Rice University, then joining UT-Austin in 2002. Bryant's research interests range from grain-scale models of geologic processes to the role of methane hydrates in the Earth's carbon cycle. He has published more than sixty papers and one textbook with applications in production engineering, reservoir engineering and formation evaluation. He served as Distinguished Lecturer for the Society of Petroleum Engineers in 2001-2002.