Associate Professor and holder of the Robert L. Whiting Professorship in Petroleum Engineering, Texas A&M
Dr. Thomas A. Blasingame joined the faculty in 1991. Two years later, he was notified that his proposal to the Department of Energy for research in reservoir characterization had been accepted, providing $1.6 million in funding - one of the largest research grants in the department's recent history. Hired to capitalize on his expertise in applied reservoir engineering, Dr. Blasingame has established a productive and well-funded research program which has netted approximately $500,000 in the past five years.
Dr. Blasingame's focus on high quality research is reflected in the comments of several SPE technical reviewers, and his efforts have led to 22 conference presentations. He integrates his skills as a reservoir engineer, fluid dynamicist, pressure transient analyst and mathematician in the increasingly complex domain of well test analysis. He has consulted in gas reservoir management, well testing short courses, well test analysis and interpretation, programs for reservoir description and reservoir management, and software development for petroleum engineering applications.
Dr. Blasingame was the 1996 chairman of the SPE Education and Professionalism Committee and has served on several other SPE committees. He is actively involved in the American Society for Engineering Education and has chaired the department's Austin Chalk Symposium, a one-day conference for operators, service companies, and consultants working in the Austin Chalk. He has participated on several departmental committees and currently serves on the College of Engineering Faculty Advisory Committee.
Dr. Blasingame is involved in continuing studies on methods for the evaluation and prediction of gas reservoir performance, field-scale programs in reservoir description and reservoir management, development and application of methods of analysis and interpretation of well tests and production data, and theoretical/computational studies of multiphase flow in porous media.