2022 O’Donnell Award in Technology Innovation: Ashers Partouche
Schlumberger Inventor Ashers Partouche Recognized for Technology Innovation in the Oil and Gas Industry
Schlumberger Inventor Ashers Partouche is the recipient of the 2022 Edith and Peter O’Donnell Award in Technology Innovation from TAMEST. He was chosen for the wellbore formation testing technology platform he helped develop, Ora, which is in use globally in the energy industry.
Mr. Ashers Partouche has been the program manager for the Ora Intelligent Wireline Formation Testing platform within Schlumberger’s R&D organization since 2015 and the lead probe designer since 2012. His innovations in developing and designing unique technology for wellbore formation testing have provided the industry with critical data used for establishing the basis for economic and engineering decisions in the field.
Mr. Partouche has also included digital electronics and automation in his design which has improved the efficiency of fluid sampling and pressure measurements to allow for better and faster collection of data. Since the Ora platform was implemented successfully in the field in 2019, the technology has been applied in 93 wells in 13 countries across five continents by 23 oil and gas companies.
“His innovation enables the energy industry to be more efficient and effective in producing energy to meet growing world demand,” said Nominator Oliver Mullins, Ph.D. (NAE), Schlumberger Fellow, Schlumberger Limited. “It’s incredibly rare in this industry to have someone work on a project of this scale from concept to practice, but Mr. Partouche is the visionary who made it happen.”
Mr. Partouche is one of four Texas-based researchers receiving the TAMEST 2022 Edith and Peter O’Donnell Awards. Each are chosen for their individual contributions addressing the essential role that science and technology play in society, and whose work meets the highest standards of exemplary professional performance, creativity and resourcefulness.
“Texas is known for its oil and gas, and we are honored to present Schlumberger’s Ashers Partouche with the 2022 Edith and Peter O’Donnell Award in Technology Innovation for helping to digitize the industry in ways we’ve never seen before,” said David E. Daniel, Ph.D. (NAE), TAMEST Board President. “The technology he has developed enables engineers to be more accurate, more thorough and quicker with their decision making and drilling.”
Mr. Partouche will be recognized at the 2022 Edith and Peter O’Donnell Awards Ceremony on Monday, June 20, 2022, and will give a presentation on his research preceding the award ceremony at the TAMEST 2022 Annual Conference, Forward Texas – Imperatives for Health in San Antonio, Texas at the Westin Riverwalk Hotel.
All are encouraged to attend the ceremony and the TAMEST Conference.
The Edith and Peter O’Donnell Awards annually recognize rising Texas researchers who are addressing the essential role that science and technology play in society, and whose work meets the highest standards of exemplary professional performance, creativity and resourcefulness.
Over $1 million has been awarded to more than 60 recipients in the categories of medicine, engineering, science and technology innovation since the inception of the O’Donnell Awards in 2006. Fifteen O’Donnell Awards Recipients have gone on to be elected to the National Academies, including four in the last two years alone.
TAMEST was co-founded in 2004 by the Honorable Kay Bailey Hutchison and Nobel Laureates Michael S. Brown, M.D. and Richard E. Smalley, Ph.D. With more than 325 members and 16 member institutions, TAMEST is composed of the Texas-based members of the three National Academies (National Academy of Medicine, National Academy of Engineering and National Academy of Sciences), the Royal Society and the state’s 10 Nobel Laureates. We bring together the state’s brightest minds in medicine, engineering, science and technology to foster collaboration, and to advance research, innovation and business in Texas.
TAMEST’s unique interdisciplinary model has become an effective recruitment tool for top research and development centers across Texas. Since our founding, more than 260 TAMEST members have been inducted into the National Academies or relocated to Texas.