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Roland Horne

Director, Precourt Institute for Energy and Thomas Davies Barrow Professor
Roland N. Horne is the Thomas Davies Barrow Professor of Earth Sciences at Stanford University, and Senior Fellow in the Precourt Institute for Energy. He holds BE, PhD and DSc degrees from the University of Auckland, New Zealand, all in Engineering Science.

He is best known for his work in well test interpretation, production optimization, and analysis of fractured reservoirs. So far in his academic career he has supervised the graduate research of 60 PhD and 135 MS students. He is an Honorary Member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE), and a member of the US National Academy of Engineering. He served on the International Geothermal Association (IGA) Board 1998-2001, 2001-2004, and 2007-2010, and was the 2010-2013 President of IGA.He was the Technical Program chair of the World Geothermal Congress in 2005, 2010, 2015 and 2020.

Horne has been an SPE Distinguished Lecturer (1998, 2009 and 2020), and has been awarded the SPE Distinguished Achievement Award for Petroleum Engineering Faculty, the Lester C. Uren Award, and the John Franklin Carl Award. From Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG), he received the Best Paper in “Geophysics” in 2011, and from SPE he received Best Paper in Journal of Petroleum Technology (1992) and Best Paper in SPE Formation Evaluation (1993). He has also received five Best Paper awards from Geothermal Resources Council (GRC). He is a Fellow of the School of Engineering, University of Tokyo (2016) and also an Honorary Professor of China University of Petroleum – East China (2016).


D.Sc., University of Auckland, Engineering (1986)
Ph.D., University of Auckland, Theoretical and Applied Mechanics (1975)
B.E., University of Auckland, Theoretical and Applied Mechanics (1972)


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