In Memory – Mike Shook, geothermal reservoir engineer

in memoriam
Alexander Richter 21 Jan 2020

With the passing of George Michael (Mike) Shook, the geothermal world has lost a passionate geothermalist and geothermal reservoir engineer.

Geothermal and petroleum reservoir engineer and tracer expert George Michael Shook, geothermal reservoir engineer, passed away on Jan. 1, 2020 following a brief battle with pancreatic cancer.

Mike earned his BS and MS in Petroleum Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin in 1984 and 1988, followed by two years of doctorate work in reservoir engineering.

Mike offered consulting to both the geothermal and oil industries through Mike Shook and Associates LLC (Houston, TX). From 2006 to 2015, he served as Senior Advisor for Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR) at Chevron at Houston, TX, where he specialized in reservoir simulation. Before joining Chevron, Mike served as Senior Advisory Scientist in Geothermal Geosciences at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Idaho National Laboratory (INL) at Idaho Falls, ID (1990-2006).

He published scores of papers and reports, and presented his work at several geothermal and petroleum industry meetings. reports 40 citations in the public record, including 15 papers and talks as author/co-author at the Stanford Geothermal Workshop and 11 more for the Geothermal Resources Council (GRC). In addition, he offered nine presentations at Society of Petroleum Engineers events and published three papers in the SPE Journal. Mike is also named on eight patents at INL and one patent application at Chevron.

A superlative and exacting scientist, Mike was renowned in both the geothermal and oil industries for his understanding of both the theoretical and actual field behaviors of fluids in oil and geothermal reservoirs. Through his outstanding and unparalleled work, Mike was well known across the subsurface energy resource communities worldwide. Mike will be sorely missed by his many friends and colleagues.

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