Petroleum Engineering professor receives distinguished service award

The Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) recently announced that Marietta College Professor Dr. Robert Chase has been selected as one of three recipients of the 2009 SPE Distinguished Service Award.


The SPE Distinguished Service Award recognizes contributions to the society that exhibit such exceptional devotion of time, effort, thought, and action as to set them apart from other contributions. SPE has 88,000 members worldwide. Chase will receive the honor at the SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition from Oct. 5-7 in New Orleans.

“On behalf of the SPE Board of Directors, I would like to take this opportunity to thank Marietta College for supporting the active involvement of Bob in the Society of Petroleum Engineering,” said 2009 SPE President Leo Roodhart. “Member participation and leadership are important factors that enable APE to achieve its mission of collection, dissemination, and exchange of technical information. Marietta College will benefit from having dedicated professionals such as Bob participating in SPE.”


Chase has served on the SPE Board of Directors and in a wide variety of roles supporting the SPE’s mission over the past 35 years.


“My students and Marietta College have been the real beneficiaries of my involvement in SPE,” Chase said. “The industry contacts I have made and maintained as a result of my involvement in SPE have been essential to giving our program both national and international visibility in the petroleum industry. There isn’t a better run professional organization on the planet than SPE.”


During Chase’s tenure, more than 800 students from all over the world have graduated from the Petroleum Engineering program at Marietta College, which is the ninth largest in the U.S. and is the only program at a liberal arts college.