Top reservoir engineer Rosalind Archer honoured

09 July 2015

University of Auckland Professor Rosalind Archer has been named a Distinguished Member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE), the only Southern Hemisphere winner out of 18 awardees this year.

The Distinguished Member award recognises those among the Society’s 144,000 members who have made significant contributions to the energy industry and academic community and to the Society itself.

Professor Archer holds the Mighty River Power Chair in geothermal reservoir engineering and is director of the Geothermal Institute. She is head of the University of Auckland’s Engineering Science Department.

Professor Archer has a PhD in Petroleum Engineering with a PhD minor in Geological and Environmental Science from Stanford University and a Bachelor of Engineering in Engineering Science from the University of Auckland.

She is involved in a range of geothermal research including the ‘Geothermal Supermodels’ project, a collaboration between the University of Auckland and GNS Science, and she works with Los Alamos National Laboratories addressing micro-seismic activity.

Professor Archer’s contributions to SPE include being on the programme committee for several major international conferences, being on the organising committee for international applied technology workshops, acting as a journal reviewer and helping found the Auckland student chapter of SPE.

She has published in SPE conferences and journals on reservoir engineering, reservoir characterisation and well testing for more than 20 years.

“I am delighted to be recognised by my peers for this award which did come as a complete surprise,” Professor Archer says.