Vello A. Kuuskraa | AIChE

Vello A. Kuuskraa

Advanced Resources International, Inc.

Mr. Vello A. Kuuskraa, President of Advanced Resources, has over 40 years of experience in energy resources development, technology and economics.  He is an internationally recognized expert on the technologies of unconventional gas and enhanced oil recovery and their adaptation for CO2 sequestration.   He serves as the Chairman of the Advisory Board for the Carbon Capture Project, a major industry/government partnership involving BP, Chevron and Petrobras working on advanced CO2 capture and storage technologies. 

As part of DOE’s CarbonSAFE Initiative, Mr. Kuuskraa is the Technical Co-PI for Project ECO2S: Establishing An Early Carbon Dioxide Storage (ECO2S) Complex In Kemper County, MS.   He was the Technical Co-Lead for SECARB’s Mississippi Saline CO2 Injection Test involving Southern Company, the Electric Power Research Institute and the U.S. DOE/NETL.  Mr. Kuuskraa was the 2007/2008 and 1986/87 SPE Distinguished Lecturer on the topic of Integrating Enhanced Oil Recovery and CO2 Sequestration. 

He is a 2001 recipient of the Ellis Island Medal of Honor that recognizes individuals for exceptional professional and patriotic contributions by America's diverse cultural ancestry. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for Research Partnership to Secure Energy for America (RPSEA), on the National Petroleum Council and on the University of Wyoming Energy Resources Council.   He is recently retired from the Board of Directors of Southwestern Energy Company (SWN).  Mr. Kuuskraa holds a M.B.A., Highest Distinction from The Wharton Graduate School and a B.S., Applied Mathematics/ Economics; from the North Carolina State University.