Adam T. (Ted) Bourgoyne, Jr.

Ted Bourgoyne

Ph.D. P.E., 1969
Professor Emeritus of Petroleum Engineering, Louisiana State University and Vice-President, Bourgoyne Enterprises Inc., Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Dr. Adam T. Bourgoyne has enjoyed a long, distinguished dual career as academic and petroleum industry consultant. In 1971, following the receipt of his doctorate and a year of experience with Conoco, Inc., Houston, as a senior systems engineer in the petroleum engineering services group, he took an assistant professor position with Louisiana State University.

From that time up to his retirement, he devoted himself to the undergraduate, graduate, and continuing education programs of LSU’s petroleum engineering department, and to administration of its College of Engineering. He served as chairman of the Department of Petroleum Engineering from 1977-83, as acting dean of engineering from 1985-87, and as dean of engineering from 1997 until he retired in December 1999. Throughout his career he has been particularly active in the areas of drilling and blowout prevention, and he guided the development of a research and training well facility at LSU in support of that work.

Over the years, Dr. Bourgoyne has received numerous professional honors, including the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) Distinguished Achievement Award for Petroleum Engineering Educators, the SPE Drilling Engineering Award; selection as an SPE Distinguished Member (1990), and as an SPE Distinguished Lecturer (1997-98), among many others. He has published widely in the area of drilling engineering, and is lead author of the SPE Drilling Engineering Textbook, which has been adopted for petroleum engineering programs worldwide.

He continues to share his expertise as a consultant with Bourgoyne Enterprises, Inc. Presently he is serving as chairman of the technical advice working group to the international group of scientists planning the next phase of the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program, slated to begin in 2003.

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