Dr. Michael Economides earned his M.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Kansas and then his Ph.D. in Petroleum Engineering from Stanford University. His career spanned over twenty-five years experience in industry and academia (Celanese Chemical Co., University of Alaska, Dowell Schlumberger, Mining University of Leoben, Austria, Texas A&M University, University of Houston and Economides Consultants). Dr. Economides was a sought after lecturer and author of many books, papers and cutting edge research in engineering. He passed away November 30, 2013.