Dr. Zhangxing (John) Chen

Speaker Organization: 
Professor, NSERC/AIEES/Foundation CMG & AITF Chairs, University of Calgary
ASTech Awards: 

,  Winner,  

2012 Technology

,  Honouree,  

2010 Science
Area of Expertise: 
Applied Technology
Presentation Topics: 

Studies of Hybrid Steam-Solvent Processes for Oil Recovery
Studies of Unconventional Oil and Gas Reservoirs
Modelling and Simulation of Unconventional Oil and as Reservoirs

Short Bio: 

Dr. Chen has made a career of shaking up the modern oil and gas industry with his innovative concepts, particularly in petroleum reservoir engineering and simulation. His inventions – and his acumen in commercializing them – are dramatically improving efficiencies in oil and gas recovery processes.

Dr. Chen is a Professor in the Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering at the University of Calgary and holds two research Chair awards: the NSERC/AIEES (AERI)/Foundation CMG Senior Research Chair in Reservoir Simulation and the AITF Industrial Chair in Reservoir Modelling. He is the most advanced researcher in reservoir modelling and simulation in Canada and is a global leader in the field. He was recognized by Oilsands Review (February 2009) as one of the three most prominent researchers in reservoir simulation in the world.

Dr. Chen is building fundamental theories about enhancing oil and gas recovery, both economically and environmentally, and developing innovative models and algorithms to enhance understanding of the physics and chemistry of reservoirs.

The state-of-the-art reservoir simulation toolkits Dr. Chen has created allow for multiple parallel runs, faster computation, and rigorous optimization. The novel techniques he has developed are faster and have greater accuracy than what had been available. His great advancements in simulation have improved workflow including risk and uncertainty analysis and, in turn, have provided significant savings in capital costs for all of the involved Alberta oil companies.

Dr. Chen has published 353 peer-reviewed manuscripts, written five acclaimed textbooks and edited seven high-quality popular books. His research has been extremely well received and employed not only by his peers in academia but also by industry. His work has been cited over 4,000 times by others. Dr. Chen has received 30 prestigious awards and honours.

Geographic Areas: 
Throughout Alberta
Calgary area
Edmonton area
Red Deer area
Southeast, including Lethbridge and Medicine Hat
Northwest, Grande Prairie and area
Northeast, Fort McMurray and area
Outside Alberta
Speaker Location: 
Calgary , AB