Director, Precourt Institute for Energy

Lynn Orr has been the director of the Precourt Institute for Energy since its establishment in 2009.  His research focuses on understanding the physical mechanisms that control displacement performance in gas injection processes for oil recovery and for storage of greenhouse gases like CO2 in oil and gas reservoirs, deep formations that contain salt water, and coal beds.  Orr is working to develop efficient and accurate computational tools for prediction of flow performance at field scale in subsurface heterogeneous rocks.  He served as director of Stanford’s Global Climate and Energy Project from 2002 – 2008.  Orr was the Chester Naramore Dean of the School of Earth Sciences at Stanford from 1994 to 2002.  He has been a member of the Stanford faculty since 1985.  He is a Senior Fellow at the Woods Institute for the Environment.