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ME alum Joshi receives distinguished professional award

A mechanical engineering alum was recently recognized by the world’s largest petroleum engineering professional society.


Sadanand D. Joshi (PhDME’78) is the 2018 recipient of the Society of Petroleum Engineering‘s (SPE) John Franklin Carll Award for distinguished professionals. As a doctoral student at Iowa State, Joshi studied under longtime ME Professor Art Bergles. After completing his PhD in 1978, he spent nearly eight years working as a Senior Research Engineer for ConocoPhillips in Bartlesville, Oklahoma. In 1988, he founded Joshi Technologies International, Inc., an international oil and gas production and consulting company headquartered in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and currently serves as the company’s president.

Throughout his career he has written more than fifty technical papers and in 1991 published Horizontal Well Technology. He has also received a number of other professional accolades including being named one of the “100 Most Influential People of the Petroleum Century” by Oil & Gas Investor Magazine in 2000, a Distinguished Alumnus award from the Indian Institute of Technology-Bombay in 2003, the Anson Marston Medal – the highest award given by ISU’s College of Engineering – in 2012 and the Improved Oil Recovery Pioneer Award by SPE in 2016.

Joshi will be honored during the SPE’s Annual Awards Banquet on Sept. 25, 2018 in Dallas, Texas.