Yun D. Chin (Ph.D. ’97)

Y. Doreen Chin, PhD, PE, ASME Fellow and President at Yunka Energy LLC, wins the 2020 SPE International Award for Projects, Facilities and Construction, for her significant contributions to Flow Assurance, renewable and clean energy, her leadership and mentorship to academia to prepare next generation of oil and gas engineers, service to Offshore Technology Conference, Society of Petroleum Engineers, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, and her strong project delivery record.

About the Award,
The SPE International Award for Projects, Facilities and Construction recognizes individuals who made outstanding achievements and/or significant technical and professional contributions to the advancement of the petroleum engineering profession and to the worldwide oil and gas industry, in the area of projects, facilities and construction.

About the recipient: (

Y. Doreen Chin is president and founder of Yunka Energy. She had been a plant operator, scientific researcher, professor, engineer, oilfield operator, leader, and entrepreneur, with 38 years of experience in academia, power generation, and oil and gas industries, including project delivery, technology development, engineering design, research, and teaching. She has broad industry experience with major oil and service companies, encompassing deepwater offshore/subsea engineering and onshore shale oil and gas production operations. She was assistant professor of thermal energy at Beijing Technology University, project discipline team lead at Shell International E&P, surface engineering discipline adviser at Shell Oil Company, and senior vice president and partner at Subsea Engineering Technologies.

Chin is currently a member of the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) Board of Directors and was chairperson of the 2014 OTC Program Committee. She has published more than 50 technical papers in international journals and conferences as well as a technical book on heat exchangers. She is the recipient of the SPE Regional Projects, Facilities, and Construction Award, the SPE Outstanding Technical Editor Award, and the OTC/ASME Arthur Lubinski Best Paper Award.

She holds a BS degree in thermal engineering from Northern China University of Energy, an MS degree in thermophysics from Tianjin University, and a PhD degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Houston. Chin is a licensed Professional Engineer in Texas.

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