Former BP-Vann Visiting Fellows
Kate Hadley Baker
Special projects at the intersection of drilling and subsurface characterization reducing geoscience-related drilling non-productive time; promoting organizational capability in well planning, geomechanics, site investigation and spatial positioning integrity assurance; and take-up of standardized technical practices to reduce major accident risk associated with geoscience-led E&P activities.
Teaching Activities at Princeton – Fall 2009
ENV 531 / CEE 583 / GEO 531: Topics in Energy and the Environment: Introduction to Petroleum Engineering
This course provides students with the science and engineering underpinnings to understand the oil and gas components of the world's energy supply mix. We introduce fundamentals of hydrocarbon accumulation, phase behavior of petroleum fluids, fluid flow in porous media, and material balance. Drilling and production operations are overviewed and followed by a focus on primary, improved and enhanced recovery schemes. This provides a platform for examining definitions of reserves and resources, a distinction further clarified when petroleum economics are included. Consideration is given to running safe and environmentally responsible operations. The course concludes with an investigation of the role of oil and gas in the current mix and potential future scenarios.