In Memoriam

Azra N. Tutuncu

Professor, Harry D. Campbell Chair, Petroleum Engineering
Director, Unconventional Natural Gas and Oil Institute
Azra TutuncuDr. Tutuncu held various research and leadership assignments in Well Engineering, Rock Physics, Geomechanics and Subsurface R&D groups at Shell International Exploration and Production Company and Shell Oil Company in Houston and in the Netherlands before joining Colorado School of Mines faculty. Her interest areas include rock-fluid interactions, integrated borehole stability, geomechanics, reservoir characterization and formation damage detection, mitigation and removal. Dr. Tutuncu has over two hundred publications in peer reviewed journals and conference proceedings in addition to over one hundred reports in research and implementation of novel technologies in Deepwater Gulf of Mexico, Unconventional gas and oil shale, heavy oil sands and carbonates integrated borehole stability, in situ stress and rock property determination, nonlinear rock deformation and failure, pore pressure and fracture gradient prediction, stimulation, drilling and drill in fluid design and compatibility analysis. She holds several patents on pore pressure prediction, attenuation and acoustic stimulation. Dr. Tutuncu is a member of SPE, SEG, Sigma Xi, ARMA, AADE and Pi Epsilon Tau and has been actively involved in SEG, SPE and ARMA organizations over twenty five years. She is currently members of technical review committees in all three organizations, a member of AGI Environmental Geoscience Advisory Committee, and SEG Research and Global Affairs Committees. She served in the ARMA Executive Board (2006-2013) and as a member of the EPA Scientific Advisory Board on Hydraulic Fracturing Research (2013 -2016), and is a Former President of American Rock Mechanics Association (2009-2011). She is licensed Professional Petroleum Engineer in the State of Texas and in the State of Colorado and Licensed Professional Geoscientist in the State of Texas.



  • B.S.    –   Istanbul Technical University
  • M.S    –   Stanford University
  • M.S.   –   University of Texas at Austin
  • Ph.D.  –  University of Texas at Austin