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Capturing our Geomechanics Legacy to Understand Its Future -- Interview with Jean-Claude (J-C) Roegiers

Recorded On: 05/20/2019

This series of industry interviews will focus on understanding and capturing the historical legacy of petroleum geomechanics from the experts who created it. From this historical foundation, these same experts with consider the future path, focus and value of petroleum geomechanics.

Tune in to this 30-minute interview to gain insight into this industry expert’s personal views and professional experiences on why they chose to focus on the Geomechanics field; what it was like when they began working in it; its evolution and where they see Geomechanics going in the future.

Interview with: Jean-Claude (J-C) Roegiers, Professor, University of Oklahoma School of Petroleum and Geological Engineering.

Interviewed by: Neal B. Nagel, PhD, Chief Engineer and Principal, Oilfield Geomechanics LLC; Chair, SPE Geomechanics Technical Section (GTS)

Jean-Claude (J-C) Roegiers

Professor Emeritus

After 23 years of service, Jean-Claude (J-C) Roegiers recently retired from Mewbourne School of Petroleum and Geological Engineering at The University of Oklahoma where he developed the Rock Mechanics Curriculum; including Halliburton’s Rock Mechanics Laboratory, and the Fracturing Fluid Characterization Facility.

Over the years, J-C (co)-advised over 85 graduate students; obtained in excess of 28 million dollars in external funding; founded a world-class Rock Mechanics Institute and has co-authored more than 250 technical papers. 

In the area of public service, he has given numerous keynote addresses at national and international meetings and has been a technical reviewer for journals and governmental agencies. Jean-Claude is a founding member of ARMA; organized six SPE Forums and RockOil 2002 in Dallas.

Among his recognitions and accomplishments are:
1978 – Prix Scientifique de l’A.I.Lg, Belgium
von Humboldt Fellow since 1980, Germany
1988-1993 – Most Eminent Scholar, OCAST
1988 – 2012 - McCasland Chair, OU
Honorary Prof., China U. of Geosciences, Wuhan since 1998
Honorary Prof., Heibei Arch. U. Sci. & Tech, China since 1998
2002-2003 – Chaire Francqui au Titre Etranger, Belgium
2005 – 2006 – JNC International Fellow, Japan
ARMA Fellow since 2008
Professor Emeritus since 2012

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