Emilie Rusch

Eustes wins SPE Distinguished Achievement Award for Petroleum Engineering Faculty

Bill Eustes

Colorado School of Mines associate professor Alfred William “Bill” Eustes III PhD ’96 has been honored with the 2020 Distinguished Achievement Award for Petroleum Engineering Faculty by the Society of Petroleum Engineers’ Rocky Mountain North America Region.

The regional award recognizes superior teaching, excellence in research, significant contributions to the petroleum engineering profession and special effectiveness in advising and guiding students. As a regional winner, Eustes will also be eligible for the equivalent international award from SPE for the next three years.

“We are so proud of Bill for receiving this long-overdue regional honor from the Society of Petroleum Engineers,” said Jennifer Miskimins, head of the Petroleum Engineering Department at Mines. “Even after 24 years of teaching, Bill never fails to bring his enthusiasm and passion to the classroom. His students love him and are always looking forward to the next ‘Dr. Eustes story.’”

A Mines alumnus, Eustes joined the Mines Petroleum Engineering faculty in 1996. He specializes in drilling operations, experimental and modeling research and has 42 years of oilfield experience in drilling, completion, workover and production engineering and operations.

Eustes holds a PhD in petroleum engineering from Mines, master’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Colorado Boulder and a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Louisiana Tech University. He previously worked at ARCO Oil and Gas Company and also holds a joint appointment in geothermal energy at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.  

Eustes will be presented the award at a SPE Rocky Mountain North America Region ceremony this fall.

Emilie Rusch

Emilie Rusch

Director of Communications
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