Erling H. Stenby

Erling H. Stenby receives the SPE Distinguished Achievement Award for Petroleum Engineering Faculty

mandag 16 aug 21


Erling Halfdan Stenby
Institutdirektør, Professor
DTU Kemi
45 25 20 12
his award recognizes superior teaching, excellence in research, significant contributions to the petroleum engineering profession, or special effectiveness in advising and guiding students.

Erling H. Stenby is a professor of applied thermodynamics and Head of the Department of Chemistry at The Technical University of Denmark (DTU).


His scientific fields of expertise include phase behavior of complex systems, advanced experimental methods, equations of state, computational methods, reservoir simulation, enhanced-oil-recovery modeling, flow-assurance modeling, and CO2 capture and sequestration.


He has supervised a large number of PhD students and Postdocs during his more than 30 years at DTU. Stenby played a key role when DTU established its MSc program in Petroleum Engineering and today the university ranks #3 within this topic according to the QS World University Rankings.


He has headed two internationally recognized centers at DTU, first IVC-SEP and later Center for Energy Resources Engineering. These centers have been at the forefront of experiments, models, and algorithms in phase behavior for more than 30 years.


He has published more than 200 articles in peer-reviewed journals.


Stenby has been chairing two national Danish Research Councils, he is a co-founder of the spin-out Tie-Line Technology, and he is a member of the Science Council of Totalenergies.


He has served on the board of the SPE Copenhagen Section and was the chairman for 3 years.


He holds an MSc degree in Chemical Engineering, and a PhD degree in Physical Chemistry, both from The Technical University of Denmark.

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