AADE Drilling Fluids Hall of Fame

Purpose:

  • To recognize key individuals who have contributed to advancing our understanding and knowledge of drilling, completion, cementing, and fracturing fluids
  • To share their accomplishments with the industry in order that they not be forgotten
  • To elevate our image as an important part of the oil and gas industry by highlighting contributions of our distinguished men and women

2016 Honorees

Claude E Cooke, Jr.

 

For his many contributions to cementing technology and pioneering development of hydraulic fracturing fluids including the invention of ceramic proppants

Kelly B. Fox

 

For his pioneering work on synthetic polymers for brine viscosification and friction reduction in coil tubing and fracturing fluids

Arvind D. Patel

 

For his extensive research into shale inhibition, pioneering use of amines in clay control along with innovations in reversible invert imulsion drilling fluids

Stephen C. Polnaszek

 

For his field application of water-based environmentally friendly drilling fluids encompassing shale stability, horizontal and HTHP application and admirable leadership of  APi committee SC13

Ronald E. Sweatman

 

For his significant contribution to the advancement of cementing and other well services through patented technologies and numerous publications

Mario Zamora

 

For his pioneering work in hydraulic and rehology, barite sag and software development and his leadership role in the fluids industry

2014 Honorees

Syed A. Ali

 

For his significant contributions to the advancement of completion fluids technology 

Thomas S. Carter

 

For his application of drilling fluids technologies to achieve quality wellbores in critical wells

James D. Fann

1913-2002

 

For his pioneering contributions to the development of equipment for measuring fluid properties

Erle P. Halliburton

1892-1957

 

For his pioneering developments in cementing technology

John Kelly, Jr.

1924-2013

 

For his significant contributions to the technology of oil- based drilling fluids

Benjamin K. Stroud

1882-1950

 

For his pioneering developments of weighting agents for controlling downhole pressures

2012 Honorees

Thomas E Cox

 

For his contributions to oilfield corrosion control and the safe testing of drilling fluids at the wellsite and in the laboratory 

Fred E. Dupriest

 

For his application of drilling fluids technologies to achieve quality wellbores in critical wells

James L. Lummus

 

For his significant contributions to drilling fluids technology, lost circulation, and drilling optimization 

Warren C. McMordie, Jr.

 

For his pioneering work to improve the industry’s understanding of temperature and pressure effects on the density and viscosity of drilling fluids

Cheryl L. Stark

 

For her significant contributions to drilling fluids standardization and advancements in environmentally acceptable drilling fluids

Donald L. Whitfill

 

For his outstanding contributions to drilling fluids technology, lost circulation, and wellbore stability

2010 Honorees

Mark R. Annis

 

For his contributions to drilling fluids technology, their performace under extreme conditions and their impact of the environment

Leroy L. Carney

 

For his research and devlopment of high-performance drilling fluids and fundamental work on complex chemical interactions

Jack C. Estes

 

For his accomplishments in optimized drilling,drilling fluids technology and standardization

Preston L. Moore

 

For dedication to drilling engineering education and to the drilling man on the rig

George S. Ormsby

1919-2011

 

For his fundamental work on mechanical solids separation, hydraulics, and downhole pressure analyses of drilling fluids

William A. Rehm

 

For his contributions to directional-drilling operations and to the understanding of wellbore pressures

J. George Savins

 

For his development of the V-G meter and his contributions to the understanding of the rheology of complex fluids

2008 Honorees

Ronald K. Clark

 

For his significant contributions in mud chemistry, mud/shale interactions, environ- mental impact, rheology, and hydraulics

Henry C.H. Darley

1911 - 1996

 

For his co-authorship of Composition and Properties of Drilling and Completion Fluids and his pioneering work in water-based drilling fluid formulations

Robert L. Garrett

 

For his pioneering work in the measurement of sulfides and carbonates in drilling fluids leading to two standard tests which bear his name

William C. Goins, Jr.

1920 - 2009

 

For his development of well-control methods, hydraulics optimization, extreme-pressure additives for drilling muds, and procedures for foam drilling

Curtis G. Hamil

1873 - 1973

 

For helping create the first drilling “mud” at Spindletop and giving birth to the modern drilling fluids industry

A.C. Charles Perricone

 

For spearheading the development of polymers to control fluid loss and stabilize rheology in high-temperature, water-based drilling fluids

2006 Honorees

Martin E. Chenevert

 

For his dedicated efforts in education and landmark research and development in oil and water-based mud technology, wellbore stability, shales, and mud/shale interactions

Bill G. Chesser

 

For his seminal contributions to water-based mud technology, corrosion control, filtration control, shale stabilization, and dewatering

George R. “Doc” Gray

 

For his co-authorship of Composition and Properties of Oil Well Drilling Fluids, and pioneer work in oil-based drilling fluid formulations

Tommy C. Mondshine

 

For his pioneering efforts in shale inhibition, oil mud design, lubricity, fluid-loss control, brines, reservoir drilling fluids, and methods for measuring fluid propertiesFor his pioneering efforts in shale inhibition, oil mud design, lubricity, fluid-loss control, brines, reservoir drilling fluids, and methods for measuring fluid properties

Leon H. Robinson

 

For his dedicated and sustaining contributions to methods for processing and managing drilling fluids, solids-control technology, and drilling fluid hydraulics

Walter F. Rogers

 

For his writing of Composition and Properties of Oil Well Drilling Fluids which greatly accelerated the growth of drilling fluids technology, and for editing of Principles of Mud Control which spurred field application of new mud technology

Jay P. Simpson

 

For his dedicated efforts and significant contributions to the development of water and oil-based muds that have enabled successful drilling and completion of critical wells

Donald J. Weintritt

 

For his innovation and pioneering work in emulsifiers and organo clays used in drilling fluids, mud testing and analyses, corrosion control, and mineral-scale mitigation