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UH Petroleum Engineering Professor Earns Legion of Honor Award

Dr. Ali Daneshy, adjunct professor of petroleum engineering at the University of Houston.
Dr. Ali Daneshy, adjunct professor of petroleum engineering at the University of Houston.

SPE Honors Dr. Ali Daneshy


Ali Daneshy, adjunct professor of petroleum engineering at the University of Houston and president of Daneshy Consultants International, is being honored with a 2018 Society of Petroleum Engineers Legion of Honor Award.

“I am humbled and honored to receive this award,” Daneshy said. “I am grateful for the work and technical contributions of my colleagues and fellow SPE members who have generously shared their knowledge with the rest of our oil and gas community and made it possible for others to add their piece to the foundation built by them.”

The award, which recognizes individuals with 50 years of continuous SPE membership, will be presented today at the SPE-Gulf Coast Section Annual Awards and Scholarship Banquet at the HESS Club in Houston.

Daneshy earned a M.S. in Mining Engineering from the University of Tehran and a M.S. in Mineral Engineering (Rock Mechanics) from the University of Minnesota, as well as a Ph.D. in Mineral Engineering from the University of Missouri-Rolla.

He has 49 years of experience in the oil and gas industry and written more than 50 technical papers related to hydraulic fracturing. Previous accolades include SPE Honorary Membership, Distinguished Service and Distinguished Member awards.

Daneshy is also the co-Editor-in-Chief of Hydraulic Fracturing Journal, a quarterly publication dedicated to technology and operations of hydraulic fracturing.

His advice to students and young engineers is simple – talent and hard work will always be rewarded. “Keep toiling, do not get discouraged by the stumbling blocks that you will encounter along your academic path,” Daneshy said.  “Keep plugging and the light at the end of the tunnel will be bright and beautiful.”

SPE is the primary professional organization for petroleum engineers around the world, with the Gulf Coast Section of SPE alone boasting more than 17,000 members. The mission of the SPE-GCS is to enhance technical knowledge among its members, promote professional development and networking in industry, support local education initiatives and perform community service in the Greater Houston area.


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