Ahlam Al-Battashi

Ahlam Al-Battashi

When Ahlam Al-Battashi began looking at American universities with strong petroleum engineering programs, The University of Tulsa was on the list, and timing helped her make her choice. TU was one of the few universities in the country to have a Muslim Prayer House on campus and that clinched the deal for the petroleum engineering major.

She dived into campus activities, getting to know a wide variety of students, both inside and outside her major. Until recently, she was one of 60 Omani students annually to receive a scholarship from her country to study overseas. Oman’s sultan decided his country should increase its investment in international education to 1,500 annual scholarships, she explains. Five hundred of those are allotted for study in the United States; 100 of those are now at TU, mostly in petroleum engineering.

Along with the flush of Omani undergrads, both the Omani Minister of Petroleum and the owner of a large Omani oil company are TU graduates, she says. With her flair for leadership, Al- Battashi may be the one to organize the TU Omani alumni chapter.