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Former TWA Editor in Chief Wins URTeC Best Paper Award

Michael Cronin, who served as 2022–2023 TWA editor in chief, was one of nine recipients of the URTeC Best Paper Award.

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Michael Cronin, who served as 2022–2023 TWA editor in chief, received the 2023 Unconventional Resources Technology Conference (URTeC) Best Paper Award for URTeC 387308, PVT Correlations for Unconventional Reservoir Fluids—Bridging Lab and Field Applications.

One highly ranked paper is selected annually from each URTeC technical program theme as an outstanding contribution to the program.

Cronin, a reservoir engineer at ExxonMobil, was the lead author with coauthors Edward C. Wanat, ExxonMobil, and Thomas A. Blasingame, Texas A&M University and 2021 SPE President. Their paper was recognized for the conference's Theme 8: Unlocking the Production and Recovery Potential.

Cronin currently serves as a TWA advisor. He holds a PhD in energy and mineral engineering (petroleum and natural gas engineering option) from Pennsylvania State University, a master’s degree in geological sciences from The University of Texas at Austin, and dual bachelor’s degrees in petroleum and natural gas engineering and geosciences (with honors) from Pennsylvania State University, where he received the 2011 Eric A. Walker Award.

He has been a member of SPE since 2009 and received the 2019 Cedric K. Ferguson Medal and the 2021 SPE Regional Young Professional Member Outstanding Service Award. His technical interests include enhanced oil recovery in ultratight reservoirs, gas injection, phase behavior, applied analytical modeling, reservoir simulation, and experimental core analysis.

He lives in Houston with his wife Susanna and their three children.

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