Two Former Professors Named to National Academy of Engineering

Wednesday, February 25, 2004

J. J. Azar and Raj S. Raghavan, two former professors of petroleum engineering at The University of Tulsa, have been elected as members of the prestigious National Academy of Engineering.

The academy says election "is considered one of the highest professional honors accorded an engineer." Azar and Raghavan are among 76 new members and 11 foreign associates elected this year to the academy. Members are elected by their peers.

Azar was cited by the academy for "the development of improved methods for removing drill cuttings from highly deviated oil and gas wells." He joined TU in 1965 and taught in the petroleum engineering department from 1975 until he retired in 2002.

Azar, who remains active in departmental activities and research, was director of TU’s Drilling Research Projects from 1975 to 1996, which during that time generated more than $15 million in research funds from the oil and gas industry.

Raghavan, who taught in the department from 1975 to 1989, was acknowledged for his "pioneering contributions to the interpretation of pressure data in wells to improve the definition, engineering and production of complex oil and gas reservoirs." Raghavan, who retired from Phillips Petroleum in 2002, is the author of the 1993 book, "Well Test Analysis."

The academy, established in 1964, is a private institution that advises the federal government and conducts independent studies. The latest elections bring U.S. membership to 2,174 and the number of foreign associates to 172.

Three others who served as TU professors have been elected to the academy: James Brill and Kermit Brown, in petroleum engineering, and Enders Robinson, from geosciences.