Don Green

Don Green
  • Advisory Board Member
  • Emeritus Distinguished Professor

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Don W. Green is Emeritus Distinguished Professor of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering at The University of Kansas (KU). He holds a B.S. in petroleum engineering from the University of Tulsa, and M.S. and PhD. Degrees in chemical engineering from the University of Oklahoma. Dr. Green has authored, co-authored, 65 refereed publications, over 100 technical meeting presentations, and is co-author of the 1st and 2nd editions of the SPE textbook Enhanced Oil Recovery. He is also editor of the 6th, 7th, 8th and 9th Editions of Perry's Chemical Engineers' Handbook. His career began in 1962 in the Production Research Division of Continental Oil Co. before joining KU in 1964. At KU he was chair of his department from 1970-1974 and 1996-2000. He was co-director of the Tertiary Oil Recovery Project (TORP) with Professor G. Paul Willhite from 1974 to 2007. A major research focus of TORP has been the application of gelled polymer systems for water control. His group has made significant contributions to a fundamental understanding of the behavior of these systems which led to their rational deployment in field applications. The TORP has a nationally recognized program of technology transfer to Independent Oil Operators in Kansas. Dr. Green has won numerous teaching awards at KU, including the Honors for Outstanding Progressive Educator (HOPE) Award and the Chancellor's Club Career Teaching Award, the highest teaching recognition awarded at the University. He has also been featured as an outstanding educator in ASEE's Chemical Engineering Education Journal. He was an SPE Distinguished Lecturer, recipient of the SPE Distinguished Achievement Award for Petroleum Engineering Faculty, and the Improved Oil Recovery (IOR) Pioneer Award and was named an Honorary Member of both SPE (Society of Petroleum Engineers) and AIME (American Institute of Mining and Metallurgical Engineers). He is also a Fellow of the AIChE (American Institute of Chemical Engineers). He received the School of Engineering Distinguished Engineering Service Award (DESA) in 2015. The "Don W. Green Professorship in Chemical and Petroleum Engineering" an endowed professorship funded mainly by former students, was established in 2021 in his honor to recognize teaching excellence.


B.S. in Petroleum Engineering , University of Tulsa
M.S. in Chemical Engineering, Univerisity of Oklahoma
Ph.D. in Chemical Eningeering, University of Oklahoma