EGI Researchers Honored with Recognition for Outstanding Achievements


Geothermal Energy Awards Announced: EGI Research Professor Peter Rose to be Honored

EGI Research Professor Peter Rose has been selected to receive the Henry J. Ramey Jr. Award for outstanding achievements in the field of geothermal reservoir engineering.

The Geothermal Resources Council (GRC), one of the world’s premier geothermal associations, has announced awards honoring the best and brightest of the global geothermal energy community.

These prestigious awards have been a highlight of the geothermal calendar since the late 1970’s.

The GRC will present the prestigious Aidlin, Pioneer, Henry J Ramey Jr., and Geothermal Special Achievement awards at the GRC Annual Meeting in Reno, Nevada, October 14-17.

The recipients of these awards have a lifetime of achievement in the geothermal academic, scientific and commercial communities. The GRC Awards recognizes the contributions of these individuals to educational institutions and the geothermal community around the world.

EGI extends our most enthusiastic congratulations and gratitude to Peter in this well-deserved recognition and his outstanding contributions to furthering our knowledge and capabilities in geothermal energy.

Petroleum History Institute’s Distinguished Service Award for Rasoul Sorkhabi

EGI scientist Rasoul Sorkhabi was the convener of the 2018 History of Oil Symposium from May 17-19 in Salt Lake City. Attended by about 50 scholars, geologists, and historians, the symposium was organized by the Petroleum History Institute.

The Institute awarded the 2018 Distinguished Service Award to Dr. Sorkhabi for his outstanding service as convener of the 2018 symposium and as co-editor of Oil-Industry History Journal from 2013-2018. EGI congratulates Dr. Sorkhabi on the honor and on a long and dedicated history of contribution to the industry.

Photo caption: Dr. Rasoul Sorkhabi (left) receiving the Distinguished Service Award from Dr. William Brice, Vice-President of the Petroleum History Institute on May 18, 2018 in Salt Lake City.

Helping Students Succeed: Exceptional Mentors

Two years ago, the University of Utah Career and Professional Development Center began recognizing faculty members who contribute to students’ career development and exploration throughout the year.

The center’s Faculty Recognition Program celebrates faculty who have done an exceptional job of mentoring students and facilitating their professional growth. The 2018 program recognized 21 faculty who were nominated by students. Additionally, one academic advisor and one administrator were honored. Among the 2018 faculty honored was Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering and EGI Scientist John McLennan.

Professor John McLennan is a person who is a big role model in my life and who helped me shape my future in a great way. I had the opportunity to talk to professor McLennan through one of his former students. He gave me hope — he told me what would be better for me to do and how to make my degree stronger by taking more credits and to even to apply for the master’s program in petroleum engineering,” noted the student who nominated McLennan.

“If it wasn’t for his advice and guidance, I don’t think I would be where I am right now — days away from presenting my final project for my master’s degree. Professor McLennan didn’t know who I was, and there wasn’t anything he would benefit from helping me, but he did so without any hesitation out of a goodness of his heart. For a girl who just moved from Ethiopia and was a little confused at the time, professor John McLennan was the light at the end of the tunnel. I also had the privilege to take one of his courses and have him as my advisor for my final project. I am on a great path to having a great career.”

Professor John McLennan (back row, second from right) was recognized for exceptional contributions to mentoring students and fostering professional growth. Faculty are nominated by students for recognition.

Shu Jiang Honored for Excellence in Poster Presentation

EGI Research Associate Professor Shu Jiang was recognized by AAPG for excellence in his 2017 AAPG ACE poster presentation “Paleo-Heat Flow Evolution of the Baiyun Sag, the Pearl River.” The poster was judged as a “Top 10 Poster Presentation” during the 2017 AAPG Annual Convention and Exhibition in Houston, Texas.  Shu was commended for his presentation of significant content reflecting originality with outstanding organization and appearance.

EGI congratulates Shu on a very well-deserved honor.