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Stanford Report, February 23, 2000

Franklin Orr, dean of Earth Sciences elected to Academy of Engineering

Franklin M. Orr Jr., dean of the School of Earth Sciences, has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering. He is among 78 engineers and eight foreign associates elected to membership in the academy this year.

Election to the academy is considered one of the highest professional distinctions that an engineer in the United States can receive. Membership honors those who have made "important contributions to engineering theory and practice," including significant contributions to the literature and those who have demonstrated "unusual accomplishment in the pioneering of new and developing fields of technology."

Orr's election brings the number of Stanford academy members to 79, including three consulting professors and one foreign associate.


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"Lynn" Orr, a professor of petroleum engineering, joined Stanford's faculty in 1985. He has served as dean in the School of Earth Sciences since 1994 and was recently named the first Chester Naramore Dean in that school.

He earned a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering in 1969 from Stanford and a doctorate from the University of Minnesota in 1976.

Orr specializes in the quantitative aspects of fluid behavior in porous media. His research seeks a quantitative description of the physical mechanisms that act and interact to determine oil recovery in gas injection processes.

He received the Distinguished Achievement Award for Engineering Faculty from the Society of Petroleum Engineers in 1993 and the School of Earth Sciences Teaching Award in 1994. Orr is a board member of the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) and chairman of the Fellowship Advisory Committee of the David and Lucile Packard Foundation Fellowship for Sciences and Engineering. He is a member of the Basic Energy Sciences Advisory Committee of the U.S. Department of Energy and a director of the American Geological Institute Foundation. SR