Liang C. Shen, professor of electrical engineering and director of the UH Well Logging Laboratory, was honored at a luncheon Tuesday by the Society of Professional Well Log Analysts (SPWLA), faculty, former graduate students and his colleagues in industry. He was also presented with a large-screen plasma television as a gift from his former students and colleagues.
“Dr. Shen has been a model researcher and teacher for 37 years,” says Stuart Long, associate dean for educational activities. “He developed the well logging consortium to support important research that partnered with industry in a unique way. He has also made an indelible contribution to the academic quality of our college. After he arrived at UH from Harvard in 1967, and while he was Chair of the Department from 1977-1981, he made changes that were fundamental to the development of serious graduate-level research in what is now the college’s largest department, the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.”
Shen received the Gold Medal for Technical Achievement Award from the SPWLA on June 19, 2001, at the 42nd Annual SPWLA Symposium in Houston. It is the highest honor the organization bestows on an individual for outstanding achievements in the science of formation evaluation that result in significant and enduring constributions to technology.
His research focused on problems related to electromagnetic wave propagation and antennas, and well logging and electromagnetic subsurface sensing.
In 1979, Shen established the Well Logging Laboratory, which has been continuously supported for 25 years by a consortium of oil and oil service companies. Present members are Baker Hughes, BP, Chevron, Exxon Mobil, Halliburton, Phillips Petroleum, Schlumberger, Shell, and Statoil (Norway).
He received his Ph.D. in applied physics from Harvard University in 1967. He then joined the faculty of the University of Houston and is now a professor in the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering. He served as department chairman from 1977–81. He was a full-time research consultant at Gulf Oil Exploration and Production Company in 1981–82, and at ARCO Oil and Gas Company in 1990–91.
Shen has received the Excellence in Research Award from the UH Cullen College of Engineering and the Dukler Distinguished Facutly Award from the UH Engineering Alumni Association. In 1987, he was elected as fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) “for contributions to antenna theory and the application of electromagnetics to geophysical exploration.” He has served as an Associate Editor for Geophysics, Radio Science, and IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing. He has published a textbook and more than 80 technical papers. He is a professional engineer in Texas.