Curriculum Vitae of Professor Tadeusz (Tad)
Official URL: http://www.pge.utexas.edu/faculty/patzek.cfm
Personal: Married to Joanna Patzek, a Registered Physical Therapist. Three children:
Lucas (Ph.D. candidate in agriculture), Sophie (medical student), and Julie
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,
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.
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
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
1996 – MSME Academic Affairs Committee – member
1991 – 1995,
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
2000 – 2003, Editor of the Society of Petroleum Engineers Journal
2000 – “Honorary Book of the Polish Science”
1998 – Visiting fellow at the
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,
1973 – Undergraduate
DAAD Fellow, Nuclear
- 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.