Curriculum Vitae of Professor Tadeusz (Tad) W. PATZEK


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Personal: Married to Joanna Patzek, a Registered Physical Therapist. Three children: Lucas (Ph.D. candidate in agriculture), Sophie (medical student), and Julie (nursing student).

Citizenship: Polish citizen by birth, naturalized U.S. citizen since 1991

Fields: Petroleum, Chemical, and Environmental Engineering, Ecology

Education: MS (1974), Ph.D. (1980), Chemical Engineering Department, Silesian Technical University, Poland

Professional Experience: Professor and Chairman, Department of Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin (September 2008-present); Professor of Geoengineering (May 2002-September 2008), Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, U.C. Berkeley; Associate Professor (June 1995-May 2002) and Assistant Professor of Petroleum Engineering (1990-1995), Department of Materials Science and Mineral Engineering, U.C. Berkeley; Senior Reservoir Engineer, Shell Western E&P, Inc. (1989-1990); Senior Research Engineer (1986-1989) and Research Engineer (1983-1986), Enhanced Recovery Research Department, Shell Development; Research Associate, Chemical Engineering Department, University of Minnesota (1981-1983); Research Associate, Chemical Engineering Research Center, Polish Academy of Sciences, Gliwice, Poland (1974-1980).

Other Experience: Consultant and Expert Witness for Shell Oil Company; Forensic Management Associates, Inc.; Chevron Oil Company; Baker-Hughes Company; Sutherland Resources, Inc.; Fireman's Fund Insurance Company; Grippo & Elden; Rosenfeld, Meyer & Susman; Morgan, Lewis & Bockius; Wilson, Elser, Moskowitz, Edelman & Decker; Lempres & Wulfsberg; General Electric, Inc.; PG&E; and Forensic Technologies International, Inc.  President of PV Technologies, Inc., until 2008; Director of U.C. Oil Consortium at U.C. Berkeley; Assistant Scoutmaster for BSA Troop 206.

Professional Societies: Member, Society of Petroleum Engineers; Member, American Geophysical Union; Member; American Physical Society, Member; American Chemical Society, Member.

University/Public Service

2011 - Member of the National Offshore Drilling Safety Advisory Committee of BOEMRE on offshore safety

2010 – Briefed Senate staffers on upcoming problems with global supply of liquid transportation fuels (10/7/10)

2010 – Briefed the Energy and Environment Subcommittee of the Energy and Commerce Committee on BP’s Macondo well spill (06/09/10)

2008 – Chair of University Search Committee for Dean of the College of Chemistry, UC Berkeley

2007 – Briefed EU Transportation and Environments Ministers at the Ministerial OECD Round Table on Sustainable Development, “Biofuels: Is the Cure Worse than the Disease?” (9/11/07)

2006 – 2008, Member of the Strategic Planning Committee for CEE

2000 – 2005, Chairman of the College of Engineering Committee on Environmental Eng.

1997 – 2000, Chairman of the College of Engineering Committee on Natural Resources

1997 – 1999, Chairman of the MSME Graduate Admissions Committee

1996 – Graduate Student Major Field Advisor for MSME Earth Resources students

1996 – 1998, Chairman of the College of Engineering Committee on Environmental Eng.

1996 – MSME Academic Affairs Committee – member

1991 – 1995, College of Engineering Petroleum Engineering Committee - member.

1994 – College of Engineering Standing Committee for Computing and Computer Science Education - member

1992 – College of Engineering Interdisciplinary Committee on Surface and Subsurface Hydrology - member

1992 – College of Engineering Graduate Student Committee - member

1992 – Mineral Engineering Subcommittee of Academic Planning Committee - member


2008 – The Lois K. and Richard D. Folger Leadership Chair, The University of Texas at Austin

2008 – Cockrell Family Regents Chair #11, The University of Texas at Austin

2006 – Associate Editor of Energy Tribune

2005 – Editor of Transport in Porous Media

2004 – July - August, Invited Professor at the Groupe Electrofluidodynamique, Laboratoire d'Etudes Aerodynamique, at the University of Poitiers, France

2004 – February-June, Invited Professor at the Earth Sciences Department, TU Delft, The Netherlands

2000 – 2003, Editor of the Society of Petroleum Engineers Journal

2000 – “Honorary Book of the Polish Science”

1998 – Visiting fellow at the Statoil Research Center in Trondheim, Norway

1994 – Member of SPE Speakers’ Bureau Program

1993 – 1994 - Distinguished Lecturer, Society of Petroleum Engineers

1993 – Technical Editor, Society of Petroleum Engineers Publications

1988 – Special Recognition Award from Shell for a comprehensive study of alternative recovery processes for the Belridge Diatomite

1985 – Special Recognition Award from Shell for the formulation of a mechanistic model of foam flow in porous media

1978 – 1979 – Fulbright Fellow, University of Minnesota, Chemical Engineering Department

1973 – Undergraduate DAAD Fellow, Nuclear Research Center, Institute of Physical Chemistry, Jülich, Germany

 Research Activities

-         Complexity, scalability (power laws), and technology-human interfaces

-         Complex systems in deepwater exploration and production

-         Physics of unconventional gas and oil production

-         Thermodynamics and ecology of near-future human existence on the Earth

-         Energy flow in human activities, sustainability, renewability, biofuels

-         Micro-scale (~1cm3) transport and mechanical properties of natural rocks: development of electronic core lab.

-         Calculations of relative permeabilities and capillary pressures in drainage and imbibition, and in two- and three-phase flow of immiscible fluids.

-         Micro-scale depositional models of sedimentary rocks: pore space reconstruction from:

Discrete Element depositional and compaction models with cementation,

3D micro-focused CT images, and

Statistical models based on 2D thin sections.

-         Micro-scale rock damage: Discrete Element simulations of bi- and tri-axial rock compression experiments, generation and coalescence of microcracks, development of fractures.

-         Strictly hyperbolic continuum relative permeability models in three-phase flows of immiscible fluids.

-         Continuum non-equilibrium models of counter- and co-current imbibition, spontaneous and forced.

-         Continuum models of damage evolution in almost impermeable, fragile rocks.

-         Development of stabilized finite-element algorithms to model two- and three-phase flow of multi-component fluids, with application to problems involving shocks and boundary layers.

-         Optimal control of fluid injection into low-permeability rocks through growing hydrofractures and with increasing rock damage; well testing.

-         Cradle-to-grave supervisory control of oilfield projects, satellite radar interferometry (InSAR) imaging, smart process-based controllers.

-         Imaging of hydrofracture growth through extended hydraulic impedance methods.

-         Simplified models of contaminant transport in the subsurface, policy issues with MTBE plumes.


 Please go to Publications for a linked list of papers, or download a pdf file with Patzek's publications