Stan Thompson

Graduate Student
Master's of Science in Petroleum Engineering (In Progress)
Primary office:
1434 LEEP2

I received my BS Mechanical Engineering with Honors in 2011 from the University of Kansas as a Summerfield Scholar.  Upon graduating I took a competitive job offer with Schlumberger Technology Corporation, as a Field Engineer in the Oil & Gas sector.  Over nearly three years I gained significant experience in oilfield operations, in particular wireline well logging and data acquisition, and my work assignments have taken me all over the world, including Abu Dhabi, Colorado, Canada, India, and Texas!  My work experience has led me to pursue a MS degree in Petroleum Engineering, with an emphasis in Petroleum Reservoir Engineering.  I have obtained funding via GTA appointments in Well Log Interpretation and Secondary Oil Recovery: Waterflooding, and thoroughly enjoy the opportunity to share my industry experience and help students learn.  I am active in the KU Society of Petroleum Engineers Student Chapter, as well as the Graduate Engineering Ambassadors.  For the last two years I have competed on the KU SPE PetroBowl team, and this year our team competed in Denver, placing 4th of 32 Universities in North America, qualifying KU for Internationals at the annual SPE ATCE Technology Conference, which will be held in San Antonio this year.  Additionally, I have been heavily involved in the AAPG Imperial Barrel Award Petroleum Exploration Competition.  Our geoscience exploration team, consisting of three MS Geology students, one MS Geophysics student, and one MS Petroleum Engineer placed 1st in the competition this year, a first for the University of Kansas!  We will be representing KU at the international competition in Houston.  My research is with Dr. Reza Barati, and we are involved in an interdisciplinary groundwater stewardship initiative project with Environmental Engineering.  Our responsibilities for the project involve studying reservoir and aquifer pressure maintenance, and modeling low-salinity waterflooding for improved oil recovery using produced formation brinewater that ordinarily would be disposed of via injection disposal.  My career aspirations involve becoming an E&P professional, and possibly starting my own company.  I plan to graduate this summer.  In my free time I like to travel and enjoy the outdoors!

High school seniors can apply to the SELF Program, a four-year enrichment and leadership experience
Engineering students build concrete canoes, Formula race cars, unmanned planes, and rockets for competitions nationwide
More first and second place awards in student AIAA aircraft design contests than any other school in the world
One of 34 U.S. public institutions in the prestigious Association of American Universities
Nearly $290 million in financial aid annually
44 nationally ranked graduate programs.
—U.S. News & World Report
Top 50 nationwide for size of library collection.
23rd nationwide for service to veterans —"Best for Vets," Military Times
KU Today
Upcoming Events and Deadlines

Upcoming Events

April 6th​: Cory Berkland Inaugural Lecture Event | 5:30 | Jayhawk Room, Kansas Union (RSVP LINK)

April 11th: Graduate Seminar with Damon Talbott from KU office of Graduate Studies (FLYER)

April 18th: Graduate Seminar with George Hirasaki from Rice University

April 25th: Graduate Seminar with Rick Stroman from the US Naval Research Lab (FLYER)

April 28th: Open tour of the Shiflett Lab | 2-4PM | 2444 LEEP2 (LINK)


May 2nd​: Graduate Seminar with Michael J. Aziz from Harvard University (FLYER)

May 13th: School of Engineering Recognition Ceremony 8AM in Allen Fieldhouse and

Doctoral Hooding Ceremony | 7:30PM | Lied Center

{Looking for Graduate Workshops? Check out THIS link!}