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Geysers' scientist Ramey receives Energy Department award

STANFORD -- The U.S. Department of Energy presented its Exceptional Public Service Award Oct. 11 to Henry J. Ramey Jr., the Keleen and Carlton Beal Professor of Petroleum Engineering at Stanford.

Ramey was recognized for his contribution to geothermal reservoir engineering, a field he helped establish by applying methods of petroleum engineering to the production and development of power from the Geysers Geothermal Field operated by Pacific Gas & Electric Co. in northern California.

Ramey presented his first analysis of the geothermal field in 1968, served as a consultant to PG&E for 22 years and began in 1972 Stanford's geothermal program, which "has remained the premier geothermal engineering research curriculum in the world," said the Department of Energy citation presented to Ramey at the annual meeting of the Geothermal Resources Council in Burlingame by John E. Mock of the Department of Energy.

Ramey has had 45 students who received graduate degrees in geothermal reservoir engineering, and many of them are now in upper management positions in geothermal development companies.



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