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Trent Kaiser, Ph.D., P.Eng.

Principal Consultant and Discipline Lead, Production Management

Dr. Trent Kaiser is a founding Principal of Noetic Engineering. His focus at Noetic has been on issues associated with thermal recovery of heavy oil, and he has led the development of Noetic’s engineering and well structure team. Much of his recent focus has been on material property characterization for thermal applications, and flow modelling and completion optimization for enhanced oil recovery systems. Accelerating development and market entry of technology products is a major focus, and Trent holds several patents for products that have been successfully commercialized. He began his career as a mechanical engineer with an industrial research organization, where he held various positions of increasing responsibility between 1985 and 1998.

Trent’s career focus has been on developing parametric characterizations of complex mechanics and processes, to provide a foundation for optimization and design bases that can be widely employed by his customers and broader industry. For 25 years he has been using and developing advanced numerical analysis to provide design solutions to challenging problems. He has also undertaken experimental designs, and participated in product development for both software and manufactured products.

Trent has served on various Canadian Heavy Oil Association, CHOA, committees, and served as the Association President in 2008/2009. He has also been active in the SPE and ASME. He holds a B.Sc. (1983), M.Sc. (1987), and Ph.D. (1991) in Mechanical Engineering, all from the University of Alberta. He was an adjunct professor at the University of Alberta, and has been a supervisor for graduate projects with diverse topics related to the oil industry. Trent has authored numerous papers for conference proceedings, several peer reviewed papers for academic journals and has made a variety of invited presentations to industry forums.

Trent has typical “guy” interests, like sports cars, music and photography. His toys include a ’91 Mustang on a perpetual upgrade path, a modest audiophile stereo, and he still hangs onto shooting film on with a Nikon SLR.