John Yilin Wang

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John Yilin Wang

Associate Professor of Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering

202 Hosler Building


Biographical Sketch: 

Dr. John Yilin Wang joined the faculty at the Pennsylvania State University in July 2009. John is currently an Associate Professor of Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering at the John and Willie Leone Family Department of Energy and Mineral Engineering. Prior to this, he was a petroleum engineer with a U.S. independent producer in Shreveport, Louisiana, where he worked on reservoir evaluation and stimulation. John is dedicated to advancing the knowledge and practices in the evaluation and stimulation of low-permeability oil and gas reservoirs through teaching undergraduate and graduate courses, working with research scientists/associates/assistants, and serving the industry and professional society in a number of ways. His research efforts have produced 7 Ph.D. and 23 M.Sc. theses, with 5 Ph.D. and 4 M.S. students’ research in progress.

Educational Background: 

Ph.D. (Petroleum Engineering), Texas A&M University, 2008

M.Sc. (Petroleum Engineering), University of Houston, 2004

B.Sc. (Petroleum Engineering), University of Petroleum of China, 2003

Research Interests: 
  • Hydraulic Fracturing Design and Evaluation
  • Reservoir Simulation Study
  • Production Strategy
  • Evaluation and Recovery of Unconventional Resources
Active Research Projects: 

Dr. Wang and his research group work to build new knowledge and develop new technologies for improved productivity and increased recovery of oil and gas resources, with a focus on evaluation, stimulation, and development of unconventional and deep-water reservoirs (tight oil, tight gas, shale gas, coalbed methane).

He is also working to build an effective industry/academia/government consortium-3S Laboratory for World-class Petroleum Research. His research includes:

  • Reservoir simulation technology for hydraulically fractured shale oil and gas reservoirs
  • New predictive models for reserve assessment of shale oil and gas reservoirs
  • Identification and remediation of fracture fluid damage
  • Effect of additives on fracture fluid cleanup
  • Completions and stimulation technologies
  • Petroleum economics
  • Oil- and gas-field valuation and development

P N G 440W - Formation Evaluation (3)


P N G 450 - Drilling Engineering (3)


P N G 451 - Drilling Laboratory (1)


P N G 491 - Reservoir Engineering Design (1)


P N G 526 - Well Stimulation (3)

Recent Activities: 

Services to Profession

  • Associate Editor for Springer Journal of Petroleum Exploration and Production Technology, 2011 - present
  • Editor-in-chief for Elsevier Journal of Unconventional Oil and Gas Resources, 2012 - 2016
  • Scholarship Chair for SPE Pittsburgh Petroleum Section, 2009 - 2014
  • Technical committee member and session chair for 2014 SPE Eastern Regional Meeting in Charleston, West Virginia, USA from 21-23 October
  • Program committee member and session chair for 2014 SPE Workshop on Hydraulic Fracture - Building on the Past to Create the Future in Singapore from April 27-30
  • Session Co-chair for 2013 SPE Eastern Regional Meeting in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Session Co-chair for 2012 SPWLA Topical Conference on Black Shale Petrophysics in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Reviewer for SPE Journal, SPE Reservoir Evaluation and Engineering, Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering, Journal of Petroleum Exploration and Production Technology, Journal of Energy Resources Technology

Services to University

  • Faculty advisor of Penn State AADE Student Chapter, 05/2012 - present
  • Faculty advisor of Penn State SPE Student Chapter, 07/2009 - 05/2015
  • Coordinator of Penn State Well Control Training Program, 09/2010 - 05/2015

Professional Society Membership

  • Member, Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE)
  • Member, American Rock Mechanics Association (also International Society for Rock Mechanics)
  • Member, Society of Petrophysicists and Well Log Analysts (SPWLA)
  • Member, American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG)