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About Shari Dunn-Norman

Dr. Shari Dunn-Norman, associate professor of geological and petroleum engineering at Missouri S&T, earned a bachelor of science degree in petroleum engineering from the University of Tulsa (Oklahoma) and a Ph.D. in petroleum engineering from Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, Scotland.
Dr. Dunn-Norman has over 40 years in the field, including 28 years on the Missouri S&T faculty, encompassing hands-on work, teaching and research. Her industry field experience includes eight years for the Atlantic Richfield Companies -- AIOGC, ARCO Oil & Gas -- where she worked on domestic projects as well as international oilfield development in the North Sea, Indonesia and the South China Sea.
The coauthor of the 1998 book “Petroleum Well Construction,” Dunn-Norman was at the forefront of keeping the Missouri S&T petroleum program alive when it was slated to be shut down in 2003.


Present Associate Professor, Petroleum Engineering, Missouri University of Science and Technology Geosciences and Geological and Petroleum Engineering
1982 - 1985 Staff Operations Engineer, ARCO International
Research Investigator, Missouri University of Science and Technology Center for Research in Energy and Environment (CREE)


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Professional Service and Affiliations

2012 - Present Member, SPE Drilling Engineering Committee
2009 - Present Co-Chairman, Missouri Oil and Gas Council
1993 - Present Member, St. Louis Academy of Science
1991 - Present Member, Completion Engineering Association
1977 - Present Member, Tau Beta Pi
1976 - Present Member, Pi Epsilon Tau
1974 - Present Member, Society of Petroleum Engineers’ of AIME
2013 - 2015 Panel Member, EPA 2013 Science Advisory Board (SAB) Hydraulic Fracturing Research Advisory Panel, Washington DC
2012 Member, SPE Star Scholarship Selection Committee
2012 Member, SPE Teaching Award Committee
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Honors and Awards

  • Society of Petroleum Engineers’ 2015 Distinguished Membership Award
  • Alumni Association Outstanding Undergraduate Advisor Award, 2009
  • School of Materials, Energy & Earth Resources Sustained Teaching Excellence 2007, 2006, 2004-2005, 2002-2003
  • Faculty Performance Shares Recipient, 2001
  • School of Materials, Energy & Earth Resources Sustained Teaching Excellence in Laboratory Instruction, 2003


1990 Ph.D. in Petroleum Engineering, HeriotWatt University
1978 B.S. in Petroleum Engineering, University of Tulsa

Contact Information

129 McNutt Hall
Missouri University of Science and Technology


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