Dr. John Griffin, PhD, PE

Title: Associate Professor
Department: Petroleum Engineering Technology and Safety Management
Email: john.griffin@nicholls.edu
Office Phone: 985-448-4741
Office Location: 332 Gouaux Hall


Ph.D. Louisiana State University, Petroleum Engineering, 1990 M.S. University of Alabama, Mining and Mineral Engineering, 1979 B.S. Emory University, Geology/Earth Science, 1975


PSET 121 — Petroleum Computational Methods PSET 131 — Reservoir Fluids PSET 171 — Well Drilling PSET 301 — Human Resources Utilization in the Petroleum Industry PSET 302 — Intercultural Communications PSET 305 — Economics of the Petroleum Industry PSET 331 — Artificial Lift PSET 371 — Drilling Fluids PSET 381 — Well Completion Service and Workover PSET 384 — Well Control PSET 401 — Cooperative Work Experience PSET 402 — Cooperative Work Experience PSET 452 — Senior Seminar PSET 477 — Well Evaluation, Methods, and Procedures


John M Griffin, PhD, PE, is a petroleum engineer having 33 years of experience in drilling and completion work and academic education. He holds a Ph.D. from Louisiana State University, a masters of Mineral Engineering from the University of Alabama and a bachelors degree in geology from Emory University. He teaches at Nicholls State University, Thibodaux, LA in the Petroleum Technology program designed for students currently employed in the Gulf of Mexico petroleum industry. John is engaged as an expert witness in multiple oil and gas related incidents requiring forensic investigation and expert witness. He delivers webinars in his discipline and broadens the awareness of Nicholls State University through his many professional contacts. He has delivered industry classes to SPE members in Pittsburgh and Long Beach and to engineers employed at PDVSA in Venezuela. John is a professional member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) since 1979 and the American Association of Drilling Engineers (AADE) since 1990. He is past faculty advisor for student sections and student chapters for these organizations both here at Nicholls and previously at New Mexico Tech. He and then student, Mr. Brady Broussard, are the founding members of the AADE at Nicholls.


Professional Certifications: Licensed Professional Engineer (PE) Petroleum Engineering Environmental Engineering FIT Certification, 1984 Professional Organizations: Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) Professional Member American Association of Drilling Engineers (AADE) Professional Member Publications: Griffin, J.M. and Smith, J.R.: “Field-Scale Evaluation of Leak Detection for Gas-Liquid Two-Phase Flow in Deepwater Production Systems” in proceedings for the 2005 ASME Fluids Engineering Division Summer Meeting and Exhibition (9th International Symposium on Gas-Liquid Two-Phase Flow), paper number FEDSM2005-77372, June 2005, Houston, Texas, USA. Bryant, T.A., K. C. Cox, J. M. Griffin, K.H. Chadwick, R.A. Fanguy, R.C. Viosca, G.W. Watt, R.M. Coats, R. Haut (2005) “Commercialization of Big Government Technology through SMEs: Design and Performance Metrics for the Shared Technology Transfer Program,” paper presented to the 19th Annual UIC Research symposium on Marketing and Entrepreneurship; San Francisco; August. “Hydrocarbon/Solvent Treatment for Inhibiting Paraffin and Suspending Asphaltenes in Oil Wells,” paper SPE 81004 presented at the SPE Latin American and Caribbean Petroleum Engineering Conference held in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad, West Indies, 27-30 April 2003. “Chemical Treatment of Cuttings Drilled With Oil-Based Mud Employing a Laboratory Simulated Soil Washing Procedure” Melanie L. Perry & J. M. Griffin, SPE 66593 presented at the SPE/EPA Environmental Meeting, San Antonio, March 2000. “Alkali Solubility of Micronized Cellulose Fiber and Evaluation Using Return Permeability Measurements” SPE 38272 to be presented at the Rocky Mountain Regional Meeting, Casper, 18-20 May 1997. “Environmental Practices Training for Oilfield Operations Personnel: Course Content and Measurement,” SPE Paper No. 25972 presented at the 1993 SPE/EPA Symposium on Environmental Issues, San Antonio, April 22-23. “Integrating Environmental Concerns into Petroleum Engineering Curriculum,” S.A. Marinello & J. M Griffin, presented at the ASME 16th Annual Energy-Sources Technology Conference, Houston, January 31-February 3, 1993. “Proposal to Implement a Criterion for Measuring the Environmental Practices of Marathon’s Alaska Operations,” submitted to Dr. Bruce Cox, Manager-HS&E, Anchorage, January 18, 1993. “Laboratory Investigation Using Electrocoagulation to Destabilize and Dewater Drilling Fluids,” presented at the 1992 AADE New Advancements in Drilling Fluids Technology Conference & Exhibition, Houston April 22-23. “Measurement of Permeability and Bulk Modulus of Viscoelastic Networks in a Centrifugal Field,” Advances in Filtration and Separation Technology, iii, 347-350, 1991. “Drilling Fluid Dewatering: Applications Survey and Case History,” presented at the Filtration and Separation in the Oil and Gas Industries at the 1989 National Meeting of the American Filtration Society, October 30-November 1, Houston. “Drilling Fluid Dewatering: Economic Evaluation with Case History,” SPE paper 20292, 1989. “New Developments in Solid-liquid Separation as Applied to Oilfield Drilling Fluids including Case History Economics,” presented at the 1989 AIChE Annual Meeting, November 5-10, San Francisco. “Design of Chemically Balanced Polymer Drilling Fluid Leads to a Reduction in Clay Destabilization,” SPE-Drilling Engineering, Feb. 1986; Trans. AIME, 1986. “A New Solids Control Technique”, presented at the Drilling Technology Conference, IADC, Dallas, March 19-21, 1984, Ghalambor, A.; Hayatdavoudi, A.; & Griffin, J.M. “Putting an Ear to the Earth” (Formation Evaluation Primer), Oil & Energy Report, October, 1983. “Methane Drainage from Coal Seams: State of the Art of an Unconventional Gas Recovery”, Mining Symposium, Univ. of Kerman, IRAN, Sept. 1983, Ghalambor, A.; Hayatdavoudi, A.; & Griffin, J.M.