Dr. Erdal Ozkan

Dr. Erdal Ozkan

PETROLEUM ENGINEERING

NEWSLETTER

VOL. 18, NO. 1 NOVEMBER 2014

GREETINGS FROM DR. ERDAL OZKAN

Greetings,

The CSM PE Department has

always had an impeccable

standing in petroleum

engineering education, and

preserving this stature has

been a traditional challenge

for us. In the last decade,

we have also complemented

our leadership challenge in

education with the mission Professor and Interim DeDpar.rEtmrdeanltOHzekaadn royeofsueaacrrsceehantsinepgoorftfmoaaliog.nsuitbTuosdtea,ngotiivuaerl

current challenge is to provide the best education to 739 undergraduates and 116 graduates and manage an impressive research portfolio of over $5 million annually with a modest faculty of 13 full time members. For us, however, challenges are not hurdles, but opportunities to improve. In this newsletter, you will read the news from our faculty, staff, and students, and feel the excitement across the board unhampered by any challenge. Before you start turning the pages to enjoy reading about the accomplishments of your alma mater, a brief status report is in order:

techniques to replace the advantages of personal touch with the students. In addition, the new developments and trends in petroleum engineering brought forth by the unconventional reservoir revolution have necessitated untraditional concepts to be incorporated into our curriculum. We will be vigorously reviewing and constantly revising our undergraduate and graduate programs to meet the challenges imposed on us.

On the educational front, large enrollment numbers continue to be a concern to meet the quality standards, not only for us, but also for all PE programs, nationally and internationally. Having recently moved into an impressive, new building, Marquez Hall, we are more fortunate than most other PE programs to provide modern educational facilities to our students. However, the sheer number of students in classrooms, hiking up to 200 now, inevitably overwhelms the capacity of any facility and the faculty feels the pressure to introduce innovative teaching

Erdal with TA’s, Wisam, Hulya and Lia in Houston visiting Pioneer for

the 315 Field Session

As for the research, with the confidence of our proven success in the last decade, we now challenge ourselves with the mission of creating a research program, which does not simply follow the main stream PE research, but also sets up the standards and leads to new frontiers. Our research programs, such as fluid flow and phase behavior in nano-porous media, petrophysics and

PE STATISTICS FOR 13-14

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GRADUATES

PhD

MS/ME

BS

Placement as of May (%)

5 36 131 94%

CURRENT ENROLLMENT

PhD

MS/ME

Seniors

Juniors

46 52 190 230

*Sophomore/Freshmen - do not declare until Spring Semester