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John R. Fanchi

Ross B. Matthews Professorship in Petroleum Engineering Direct: 817.257.7445


John R. Fanchi has been a professor in the Department of Engineering and Energy Institute at TCU since August 2009. He holds the Ross B. Matthews Professorship in Petroleum Engineering and teaches courses in petroleum and energy engineering. Previously he taught at the Colorado School of Mines, worked in the technology centers of four energy companies (Chevron, Marathon, Cities Service and Getty), and served as an international consultant. His oil and gas industry responsibilities revolved around reservoir modeling, both in the areas of reservoir simulator development and practical reservoir management applications. Dr. Fanchi is the author of several articles and books in the areas of energy, engineering, physics, earth science, and mathematics. His books include:

  • Energy in the 21st Century, 3rd Edition (with C.J. Fanchi, World Scientific, 2014)
  • Integrated Reservoir Asset Management (Elsevier, 2010)
  • Energy: Technology and Directions for the Future (Elsevier-Academic Press, 2004)
  • Principles of Applied Reservoir Simulation, 3rd Edition (Elsevier, 2006)
  • Math Refresher for Scientists and Engineers, 3rd Edition (Wiley, 2006)
  • Shared Earth Modeling (Elsevier, 2002), Integrated Flow Modeling (Elsevier, 2000)
  • Parametrized Relativistic Quantum Theory (Kluwer, 1993)

He co-edited the General Engineering volume of the Petroleum Engineering Handbook (SPE, 2006, Volume 1), and has a Ph.D. in physics from the University of Houston.

Research Interests

  • Forecasting recovery from oil and gas reservoirs
  • Modeling flow in porous media
  • Reservoir Management
  • Energy Education and Energy Policy
  • Increasing the rate of hydrogen production using lasers