Lee RichardsAssistant Professor
Petroleum Engineering
NRB 351
Phone: 406-496-4479
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I received a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Washington State University in 2001 and a Ph.D. from Montana State University in 2006. After graduating I went to work for Halliburton Energy Services and eventually for BP. For 10 years, I worked nearly exclusively in the field, mostly in drilling related positions.

I currently live in Bozeman with my wife and 2 dogs. I enjoy hunting, fishing, snow skiing and shotgun sports.

Research Interests

My research interests include remediation of wellsite waste material. Microbiological interactions in drilling muds and associated waste material. I am also interested in cuttings transport in extended reach wellbores and optimization of drilling rig mobility.

Research Categories

  • water
  • environmental
  • extraction
  • sustainability
  • innovation engineering

Non-Research Academic Interests

Advisor for Montana Tech Student SPE student chapter.
Advisor for Montana Tech Petrobowl Club.
Advisor for Montana Tech Shotgun Shotgun Sports Club.

Career in Brief

Assistant Professor, Petroleum Engineering, Montana Tech, August 2015 – Present
Consulting Engineer, Richards Engineering, November 2016-Present
Assistant Subsea Supervisor, BP America, October 2014 – Present
Well Site Leader of the Future, BP America, April 2013 – October 2014
Drilling Fluids Engineer, Halliburton Energy Services: Baroid Division, Wyoming, North Dakota, 2006-2013

Courses Taught

  • PET 301 Introduction to Drilling Engineering
  • PET 401 Advanced Drilling Engineering
  • PET 463 Well Control for Drilling Engineers
  • PET 501 Advanced Drilling Fluids
  • EGEN 101 Laboratory