About Us

The Stanford University Petroleum Research Institute (SUPRI-A) is a university-industry consortium focused on education and research for the recovery of unconventional hydrocarbons. The SUPRI-A mission is twofold. First, the next generation of energy resource engineers are educated and trained. Second, we research a spectrum of techniques relevant to the production of unconventional resources containing heavy oil, light oil, and gas. This spectrum includes optimal primary recovery, an understanding of secondary recovery options, gas injection methods such as steam, air, and carbon dioxide, and chemical methods to augment water or gas injection. Steam injection, in-situ combustion, CO2 injection and other methods of enhancing recovery are developed and employed. A suite of recovery methods is reflected here to address the broad range of flow, rock, and geomechanical characteristics of unconventional hydrocarbon resources. This research has impact across near-, mid-, and long-term time frames.

Principal Investigator and Key Technical Staff

Tony Kovscek is a Professor of Energy Resources Engineering, senior fellow with the Precourt Institute for Energy, and has directed SUPRI-A since 1996.

Our lab is supported by several research staff members:

Click here to see the students and staff also affiliated with SUPRI-A.


Our core areas of expertise are laboratory-scale in-situ visualization of single and multiphase flow transport in porous media, convective heat transfer mechanisms, and the interplay of chemistry, phase behavior, reaction, and transport processes.

Current research area within SUPRI-A include:


Our lab has expertise in the following topics and laboratory techniques:


SUPRI-A is funded through university and industry consortium. Industry partners include both domestic and international oil companies. Membership in the SUPRI-A Enhanced Oil Recovery is open to everyone. The membership fee is $35,000 per year, renewed annually, although we are interested in multiple-year, long-term interactions. The membership fee is used primarily to support graduate students post-doctoral fellows, and computer facilities.These companies take an active part in the yearly advisory committee meeting, usually held in April, and have advanced access to reports and publications.

Current sponsors:


For information on joining the consortium, please contact Prof. Kovscek. Please read the Stanford University Policies Affecting Industrial Affiliates Program Memberships here.

Release of Computer Code

SUPRI-A will from time to time use and develop open-source software, and it is the intention of SUPRI-A that any software will be released under an open source model, if SUPRI-A is legally able to do so.