Dr. Eustes

Dr. Eustes



from Lakewood High school. Even though it was a bit hard for them to get used to the environment here at first and to learn a new language, now they are all fluent in English as well as Arabic, and Colorado has become their home and they wouldn’t want to be anywhere else in the world.

I started taking Petroleum PhD classes in January 2007 and I graduated in May 2012. After I received my PhD I worked as a research assistant for two and a half years, then in January 2015 I got hired as a teaching associate professor in the PE department.

Moving here and attending this amazing school and being a part of its team has taught me that dreams do come true, that hard work pays off, and most importantly that we are never too old to learn and better ourselves. I learn something new each and every single day from the incredible people that I work with and from my work with my students. I used to get afraid every time I was told I would be teaching new classes or working on new things that I was not familiar with, but with

time I have become more comfortable tackling new subjects and materials. Working at CSM has bettered my teaching skills, my learning skills, and more importantly, I have learned to take the new work as a learning experience and to use it to better my skills and my knowledge. My colleagues are such motivated and hardworking people and I truly do not know where I would be if I didn’t have their support and great advice with me along this journey. Studying and working at CSM has made my dreams and the dreams of my family come true and I will forever be

grateful for this life-changing

My son Abdullah at his high school


graduation this year (May 2016).

Our students doing their geology excersice on Dinosaur

National Monument (Field session I 2016).

Art done by our students this summer in Massadona (2016).


On the Agile Sub-Ice Geological Drill in February in Madison, WI. Currently, the

ASIG is in McMurdo, Antarctica.


In June 1996, I joined the



Department as a faculty member. I celebrated 20 years with the department this summer. This makes me the longest serving faculty in the department (Ramona Graves is Dean and Mark Miller was one semester after me). A lot of classes have gone by. And most importantly, the large amount students I have had the pleasure of helping to learn about drilling and

completions. For example, I have completed 21 years of PEGN 311 with #22 coming up. I started as a PhD student in 1995 with the class, with Dr. Bill Mitchell mentoring me. 2013 was the only year I didn’t lead the class as it was a sabbatical year. I went through my old grading spreadsheets, noting the many familiar names, and also noted that 1,921 students have come through the classes that I have led. The figure below says it all.

That is a lot of engineers that I truly hope helped with their careers. Which is the point of being a faculty member, isn’t it?

In addition, being a faculty member means trying to push the edge of the knowledge envelope further. The research efforts in drilling here have been all over this world (and beyond). Dr. Fleckenstein and I have led an effort to understand the reality