Cassidy Hannon

Jennifer Miskimins nominated as 2026 president of Society of Petroleum Engineers

A Mines alum, Miskimins has 30 years of industry experience and has led Petroleum Engineering Department since 2020
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Jennifer Miskimins, professor and head of the Petroleum Engineering Department at Colorado School of Mines, has been nominated to serve as the 2026 president of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE), the premier global organization for oil and gas professionals.

Miskimins leads a slate of nominees recommended for open positions on the SPE International Board of Directors. If confirmed, she will take office as president-elect at the close of the SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition in September.

“I am incredibly honored and humbled to be selected to serve SPE in this capacity," Miskimins said. "I look forward to doing what I can to help guide the Society through some very challenging times that are equally ripe with opportunities!”

A Mines alum, Miskimins has 30 years of experience in the petroleum industry, starting her career with Marathon Oil Company as a production engineer. Miskimins started teaching at Mines in 2002, was part-time from 2013-2015, and re-joined the faculty full-time in 2016. She currently holds the F.H. Mick Merelli/Coterra Energy Distinguished Department Head Chair at Mines.

Founder and Director of the Fracturing, Acidizing, Stimulation Technology (FAST) Consortium, Miskimins’ research interests focus on the optimization of stimulation treatments and the importance of such on associated recovery efficiencies. She earned her PhD and MS in petroleum engineering from Mines and received her BS from the Montana College of Mineral Science and Technology.

Miskimins served as the first Completions Technical Director on the SPE International Board of Directors. She was an SPE Distinguished Lecturer in 2012-2011 and 2013-2014. Miskimins has also received several awards from SPE, including the Completions Optimization and Technology Award in 2014 and the Distinguished Achievement Award for Petroleum Engineering Faculty in 2022.

Miskimins serves on several conference organizing committees and chaired the 2023 and 2024 SPE Hydraulic Fracturing Conference and Exhibition. Miskimins also served on the American Institute of Mining Engineers (AIME) Board of Trustees since 2018 as an SPE trustee and was the 2022 AIME president.

Miskimins' work spans STEM and literary focus as she has been a technical editor for various journals. She worked as a technical editor for the SPE journals, serving as the executive editor of Production & Operations for three years. She was also the editor-in-chief for the 2019 SPE Monograph update “Hydraulic Fracturing: Fundamentals and Advancements.”

“Dr. Miskimins is a great choice to serve as the president of SPE — she brings leadership experience in both industry and academics to the position and has an extensive background in international collaborations," said Terri Hogue, dean of Earth and Society Programs at Colorado School of Mines. " We are excited for Jennifer to take on this role and further engage Mines in the SPE collaborations and member activities around the world.”

Cassidy Hannon

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