Lloyd Elkins, Sr.

PE Hall of Fame Class of 2022

Lloyd Elkins, Sr., is known as the “father of hydraulic fracturing.” He held 14 patents. A 1934 Mines graduate with a professional degree in petroleum engineering, Elkins worked his way up the ranks of the Pan American Petroleum Corporation from roustabout to production research director over 32 years. He was president of the Society of Petroleum Engineers and the American Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum Engineers and received the AIME Anthony F. Lucas Gold Medal in 1966. Elkins was awarded the Mines Distinguished Service Medal in 1961 and the Coolbaugh Memorial Award in 1990. He died in 2004.