Mr. David Burnett, Director of Technology, GPRI
Department of Petroleum Engineering,
Texas A&M University
Phone: 979-845-2274


David Burnett is the Director of Technology for the Global Petroleum Research Institute (GPRI) and is the Research Project Coordinator for the Department of Petroleum Engineering. He served as the Managing Partner of the U.S. DOE Project DE-FC26-05NT42658 Field Testing of Environmentally Friendly Drilling Systems representing a $4 million joint partnership among university/industry and government organizations dedicated to reducing the impact of O&G operations in environmentally sensitive areas. He currently is one of the principals in the RPSEA funded EFD program focusing on integrating advanced technologies for low impact drilling. In addition through GPRI, he leads a research team developing advanced membrane filtration technology to reduce waste water volumes at rig sites, including flow back fracturing fluids. He received the 2006 Hearst Energy Award for Technology in the oil industry and his research team won Gulf Publishing’s 2008 World Oil Awards (environmental, health and safety).

Burnett is currently the Principle Investigator and Project Manager of the research project Membrane Treatment Options to Allow Re-Use of Frac Flowback and Produced Brine for Gas Shale Resource Development Project Number DE-FE0000847 funded by the U.S. DOE and the New York State Research Development Authority (NYSERDA).

2012 Growing Texas Conference

October 3: Conventional Energy Technologies Panel, Treatment of Produced Water