John E. Killough

John E. Killough

John E. Killough

Education
  • PhD, Math Sciences, Rice University, Houston, Texas
  • NSF Graduate Fellow in Physical Chemistry, Rice University, Houston, Texas
  • M. Ch. E., Rice University, Houston, Texas
  • BA, Ch. E. (Phi Beta Kappa), Rice University, Houston, Texas
Contact info
  • 401K Richardson Building, College Station, TX 77843-3116
  • Phone: (979) 862-6416
  • e-mail: john.killough@pe.tamu.edu
Research Interests
  • Reservoir Simulation and High Performance Computing
  • Coupled Surface/Subsurface Reservoir Models
  • Upscaling and Multiscale Reservoir Simulation
  • Contaminant Transport in Aquifers
  • Hysteresis and Relative Permeability
Biography

John graduated from Rice University Phi Beta Kappa with B.A. and Master’s degrees in Chemical Engineering. He later returned to Rice for his Ph. D. in Mathematical Sciences with a dissertation concerning the application of parallel processing to petroleum reservoir simulation. He has been a continuing contributor to the Society of Petroleum Engineers as a committee member, technical editor, and meeting chairman. John began his career with Exxon Production Research. While on loan from Exxon to Saudi Aramco he encountered the particular difficulties of simulating the world’s largest reservoirs. He joined Arco Production Research in Plano, Texas, and developed the first three-dimensional model of North America’s largest field, Prudhoe Bay Alaska, using techniques of advanced computing. As a professor of chemical engineering at the University of Houston he advised tens of graduate students and continued his work in large-scale simulation including ground water contaminant remediation. John joined Landmark Graphics in 1997 and served as the Director of Reservoir Simulation. He was appointed to the position of Landmark Research Fellow in 2000 and designated a Halliburton Technology Fellow in 2005. After retiring from Halliburton in 2012, John joined Texas A&M University as the Michael and Heidi Gatens Development Professor of Petroleum Engineering. He is the recipient of the 2013 SPE International Reservoir Description and Dynamics Award.