Larry W Lake
Dr. Larry W. Lake earned his Ph.D. in chemical engineering from Rice University in 1973. He joined the faculty of The University of Texas at Austin in 1978. He was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 1997.
Dr. Lake is a specialist in reservoir engineering and geochemistry. More specifically, he studies enhanced oil recovery and reservoir characterization. Lake?s work in quantifying the effects of geochemical interactions and flow variability for resource recovery is now widely applied by industry. His reservoir characterization work includes demonstrating that different geological depositional processes produce flow properties that can be statistically described. He was also among the first to recognize the importance of rock-fluid chemical interactions on enhanced oil recovery. Lake?s work has been crucial in developing more efficient methods for recovering oil and gas from reservoirs. For example, many companies now simulate hydrocarbon recovery by taking into account variations discovered through Lake's research.