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Dr. Ian Gates

Dr. Ian Gates
  • Professor U of C
  • Co-founder of Gusher Inc. (sold to Schlumberger)
  • Co-founder of Proton Technologies
  • 40+ patents

Dr. Ian Gates is Professor in Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering and Associate Dean (Innovation) in the Schulich School of Engineering at the University of Calgary. He is also the Director of the Global Research Initiative in Sustainable Low Carbon Unconventional Resources (GRI) and the Implementation Lead for the University of Calgary’s CFREF $75 million unconventional oil and gas program.  He worked for seven years in industry prior to joining the university and since joining the University, has been a consultant for many small and large energy companies both in Canada and internationally.  His primary research interests are in 1. thermal and thermal-additive methods (SAGD, CSS, ES-SAGD, and SA-CSS) and optimization of these technologies for in situ heavy oil and bitumen recovery, energetics and efficiency, emissions, and water use, 2. well-wormhole models for cold production with sand and recovery from thin heavy oil reservoirs and post-CHOPS recovery process design, 3. application of smartwell technologies for adaptive production of heavy oil fields, 4. in-reservoir reaction engineering (in situ gasification of oil sands for H2 generation, H2S generation in SAGD and CSS), 5. sound-wave-based methods for heavy oil and oil sands reservoirs, and 6. hydraulic fracturing fundamentals. Dr. Gates holds a B.Sc. from the University of Calgary, an M.A.Sc. from the University of British Columbia, and a Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota, all in chemical engineering. He is a registered professional engineer in Alberta. Click here for more information (papers, books, patents, etc).