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David Mohrbacher, P.E.

David Mohrbacher, P.E. – Director

Mr. Mohrbacher has been Director of the Enhanced Oil Recovery Institute (EORI) located at the University of Wyoming since 2010.  He has worked with enhanced oil recovery (EOR) processes since 1978 and has 35 years of experience providing petroleum and chemical engineering experience to industry leading corporations.  Mr. Mohrbacher was a Senior Petroleum Engineer for Amoco Production Company when he managed initiation of CO2 flooding in the Wertz Tensleep, the first large-scale carbon dioxide (CO2) EOR project in Wyoming.  He has designed and operated EOR projects that include use of surfactant/polymers, polymers, carbon dioxide, and steam.  He has generated feasibility studies for use of carbon dioxide generated from various anthropogenic sources including coal- and gas- fired electric generation plants and coal conversion facilities.  Mr. Mohrbacher’s current responsibilities include direction and management of staff to evaluate use of EOR for recovery of stranded oil in more than 600 oil fields in Wyoming.

Areas of Expertise

  • Feasibility studies for application of CO2 and other EOR methods
  • Economic evaluations
  • Well completion design
  • Reservoir engineering
  • Petrophysical evaluations
  • Core floods
  • Pilot testing
  • Water treatment
  • Subsurface lift
  • Facilities design


B.S. Chemical Engineering, University of Kansas, 1976
M.S. Chemical Engineering, University of Kansas, 1980
Certificate Program, Environmental Management, University of California San Diego, 1990

Professional Experience

Director EORI, University of Wyoming, 2010 to present
Principal Engineer, URS Corporation, 2003 to 2010
Vice President, RETEC Corporation, 1999 to 2003
Principal Engineer, Radian Corporation, 1991 to 1999
Engineering Manager, Hargis and Associates, 1986 to 1991
Senior Petroleum Engineer, Amoco Production Company, 1980 to 1986
Research Scientist, Tertiary Oil Recovery Program, University of Kansas, 1978 to 1980
Process Engineer R&D, Texas Eastman Company, 1976 to 1978


Enhanced Oil Recovery Institute
University of Wyoming

1000 E. University Ave.  Dept 4068
Laramie, WY 82071
Phone:  307-766-2791
Fax:  307-766-2737

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