About Dr. Ganesh C. Thakur

Director of Energy Industry Partnerships &
Distinguished Professor of Petroleum Engineering

World-recognized Leader in Reservoir Engineering and Management, Leading Authority in the Fundamentals and Applications of Integrated Waterflood Management as Applied to Secondary Recovery of Oil, EOR of Conventional and Unconventional Reservoirs

  • Established leader in the interdisciplinary practice of RM, waterflood, CO2 flooding, and CCUS.
  • Expert in the development of complex oil and gas projects.
  • Expert in the design and operation of RM programs and mentoring technical professionals.
  • Served as the SPE International President in 2012.
  • Member of the National Academy of Engineering and TAMEST (The Academy of Medicine, Engineering and Science of Texas), and Board Member and Treasurer of TAMEST. 
  • Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI)
  • Several decades of technical, operational, and administrative experience, and a unique combination of other skills.
  • Impressive list of publications, global teaching engagements, serving as expert witness on world-class projects, and advising international companies.

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  • CO2 – EOR Conventional & Unconventional Reservoirs
  • Waterflooding / IOR – Conventional & Unconventional Reservoirs
  • Integrated Reservoir Management – Conventional & Unconventional Reservoirs

Integrated Petroleum Reservoir Management

  • Work in multi-disciplinary teams (MDT)
  • Utilize real field data
  • Develop skills needed to work in the energy industry


  • Theoretical and practical aspects
  • Design and implementation
  • Case studies

Gas / CO2 – EOR

  • Theoretical and practical aspects
  • Pilot and field scale implementation
  • Conventional and unconventional reservoirs
  • Case studies


Dr. Ganesh Thakur is Distinguished Professor of Petroleum Engineering in the Cullen College of Engineering and Director for Energy Industry Partnerships at UH.  He is President and Global Advisor at Thakur Services, Inc. and is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and National Academy of Inventors.   Dr. Thakur is also a recipient of the Governor’s University Research Initiative (GURI) grant where he is helping lead the nation in cutting-edge research and further elevate future generations of students and faculty at Texas universities while spearheading new breakthroughs in the fields of science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine, all of which are crucial to the long-term success of the Texas economy.

Dr. Thakur’s current research interests include a multi-disciplinary, innovative and integrated approaches to the recovery of oil and gas through research pertaining to CO2 – EOR, waterflooding / IOR, and integrated reservoir management for conventional & unconventional reservoirs, and CCUS.

He has published over 100 journal articles and conference papers and holds five (5) patents.


  • President, SPE International Foundation, 2019-21
  • Elected as a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventor (NAI) – USA, 2021
  • Legion of Honor Award from SPE (Society of Petroleum Engineers) International for 50 years of continuous and distinguished service, 2020
  • Honorary Membership of SPE International (highest honor awarded to only 0.1% of the Society’s total membership), 2019
  • Treasurer, SPE International Foundation, 2018
  • Board of Director and Financial Advisory Committee, The Academy of Medicine, Engineering, and Science of Texas (TAMEST)
  • Received Governor of Texas University Research Initiative (GURI) Grant of $3 million for developing cutting edge technology and serving as economic catalysts to the Texas economy. As a companion of this grant, University of Houston matches dollar for dollar for $3 million also – 2016.
  • Chairman, IIT (Indian School of Mines) Alumni Association of North America (ISMAANA) 2014 to date
  • Elected as a Member of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) – USA, 2016
  • Indian School of Mines Distinguished Alumni Award, 2016
  • Elected to represent SPE Intl. on the National Petroleum Council (NPC), US Department of Energy, 2013-14
  • Pennsylvania State University’s Outstanding Alumni Achievement Award, College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, 2006
  • SPE Intl. Distinguished Member
  • Reservoir Description and Dynamics Award, Society of Petroleum Engineers Intl., 2005
  • Chevron Corp. Fellows Award, 2001 (awarded to only a handful number of employees achieving technical excellence out of about 50,000 employees)
  • Orange County, California’s Outstanding Engineer of the Year Award, Orange County, 1994