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Holden Zhang, Ph.D.

Williams Endowed Chair in Petroleum Engineering

Director of TUALP


Hong-Quan (Holden) Zhang, author of book “Revive Eden – Green Sahara Now”, has a Ph.D. in Fluid Mechanics from Tianjin University, an M.S. and a B.S. in Thermal Energy Engineering from Xian Jiaotong University. He joined The University of Tulsa in 1998 and is currently Williams Endowed Chair Professor of Petroleum Engineering and Director of the Tulsa University Artificial Lift Projects (TUALP). He has published more than 60 refereed papers and made more than 100 presentations at various technical meetings and forums. From 2007 to 2011, he served as Associate Editor for SPE Journal and received the Outstanding Associate Editor Award. In 1993 and 1994, as an Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellow, he conducted researches at the Max Planck Institute of Fluid Mechanics and the German Aerospace Research Establishment in Göttingen, Germany.

Awards and Honors

  • 2020: SPE Production and Operations Award
  • 2011: Outstanding Associate Editor Award (SPE Journal)
  • 2007: Zelimir Schmidt Award for Outstanding Research, College of Engineering and Natural Sciences, The University of Tulsa
  • 2001: ASME Jacobson Best Paper Award, USA


  • Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering (Fluid Mechanics), Tianjin University, 1988
  • M.S., Mechanical Engineering (Thermal Energy), Xian Jiaotong University, 1985
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering (Thermal Energy), Xian Jiaotong University, 1982

Research interests and areas of expertise

  • Multiphase Flow in Wells and Pipelines
  • Artificial Lift
  • Heat and Mass Transfer
  • CFD
  • Heavy Oil and Emulsion Rheology
  • Oil and Gas Production
  • Flow Assurance
  • Water Cycle