N. Horne (Chair,
Technical Programme Sub-Committee)
Roland is Professor and Chairman of the Petroleum Engineering Department at Stanford University, and Director of the Stanford Geothermal Program, in California, USA. He is best known for his work in well test interpretation, production optimization, and tracer analysis of fractured geothermal reservoirs. He has received two SPE Best Paper awards from the Society of Petroleum Engineers, one for work in well test interpretation and another for work in production optimization, as well as a Best Paper award from the Geothermal Resources Council (GRC). Roland has published many papers and books, has been an SPE Distinguished Lecturer, and has been awarded the SPE Distinguished Achievement Award for Petroleum Engineering Faculty. In 2000 he received the Lester C. Uren Award from SPE, and was also made an SPE Distinguished Member. Roland is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering, and of the Board of Directors of the International Geothermal Association.