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Jerry L. Jensen

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Chemical and Petroleum Engineering

Jerry L. Jensen



(403) 210-6324

CCIT 222


Schulich Chair in Geostatistics

Dr. Jerry Jensen joined the Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering in 2007 after 10 years in industry (Schlumberger and Gearhart Ind.)  and 20 years at academic institutions (Texas A&M and Heriot-Watt Universities). He is coauthor of more than 100 publications, including the books Statistics for Petroleum Engineers and Geoscientists (Elsevier 2nd Edition, 2000, and reprinted 2003) and Practical Reservoir Engineering and Characterization (Elsevier, 2015).

Cross Appointments and Affiliations:

Selected Awards:

  • 2011-2012 – SPE Distinguished Lecturer
Research Activities: 

Dr. Jensen is particularly interested in interdisciplinary topics related to reservoir characterization research such as connectivity prediction in reservoir systems, net pay assessment, carbonate rock characterization, and strategic sampling for petrophysical evaluation.

He is an investigator in the Tight Oil Consortium, researching interwell communication and tight oil petrophysics.

Dr. Jensen was also part of the Wabamun Area CO2 Sequestration Project (WASP) in 2008-2011, a University of Calgary-led project funded by an NSERC Strategic Grant and AERI with additional funding from industry partners. This gigaton-scale storage project performed a comprehensive characterization of large-scale CO2 storage opportunities in the Wabamun area and evaluated potential risks.

Selected Publications:

Clarkson, C. R., Jensen, J. L., Pedersen, P. K., and Freeman, M., “Innovative Methods for Flow-Unit and Pore-Structure Analysis in a Tight Siltstone and Shale Gas Reservoir,” AAPG Bulletin, v96, p355-374, 2012.

Kaviani, D., Soroush, M., and Jensen, J. L., “How Accurate are Capacitance Model Connectivity Estimates?” J Pet Sci & Eng, v. 122, pp 439-452, 2014.

Soroush, M., Kaviani, D., and Jensen, J. L., “Interwell Connectivity Evaluation in Cases of Changing Skin and Frequent Production Interruptions,” J Pet Sci & Eng,, v. 122, pp 616-630, 2014.

Di, J., and Jensen, J. L., “A Closer Look at Pore Throat Size Estimators for Tight Formations”, J. Nat Gas Sci & Eng, v. 27, pp. 1252-1260, 2015.

Di, J., and Jensen, J. L., “Permeability Prediction Using NMR Logs in Tight Formations,” SPE Reserv. Eval. & Eng, paper SPE-180921-PA, 2016.


Dr. Jensen has taught the following university courses:

  • ENCH 661 – Geostatistics for Reservoir Characterization
  • ENCH 698 – Reservoir Characterization for Field Development
  • ENPE 543 – Geological Characterization for Oil and Gas Reservoirs

PhD, Petroleum Engineering, University of Texas at Austin (1985)

MSc, Petroleum Engineering, University of Houston (1981)

BSc (Hons), Electrical and Electronics Engineering, University of Birmingham - UK (1973)


Graduate Program Affiliations: 

Dr. Jensen’s students have training and/or experience in reservoir engineering or quantitative geology (e.g., geological engineering). Applicants must have a desire to study in a multidisciplinary (geoscience and engineering) environment and be prepared to learn and work outside their core competencies.