Petroleum Engineering Alumni Newsletter - November 2009

Monday, November 30, 2009

On October 15th and 16th, we held our annual Industrial Advisory Board (IAB) meeting.  As I have stated before, this meeting is a great opportunity for our faculty and students to meet with industry representatives from diverse viewpoints.  The majority of industry representatives are TU alumni; therefore, they have seen the evolution of the TU Petroleum Engineering program.  This year, we had a good attendance representing small and large companies.  The IAB had an opportunity to meet with the faculty, students and administration representatives.  As usual, we had frank discussion about the issues facing the department and solutions we can propose to solve it.  A special topic discussed was the enrollment and how to manage it.  We are planning to implement a new program in 2010 so that students will be admitted conditionally into the petroleum engineering program.  After the first year, the students will have to maintain certain GPA in core science and math courses before they will be formally admitted to the program.  We will see how that works and may tinker with the program.  We will also reevaluate our increased enrollment in the graduate program and try to manage our ME students.

I want to thank James Bobo for chairing the IAB for the last two years.  James is a very busy person and I appreciate his willingness to work closely with the department and follow up on our requests, and discussing some of our concerns with the President of the University.  His leadership in the IAB has made it stronger.  He also has ensured that the IAB meeting is not just an annual event but a continuing relationship with the department.  Ken McQueen has taken over the chairmanship for the next two years with Joe Magoto as Vice Chair.  I look forward to working closely with both of them.

The semester is winding down and with the increased enrollment and lack of jobs in the industry, there are a lot of anxious graduating students.  If there are opportunities available for any jobs, please contact us and we will be happy to put you in touch with these students. 

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Alumnus of the Month Faisal Al-Thani graduated from The University of Tulsa in 1986 with B.S. in Petroleum Engineering.  Subsequently, he received MSc in Project Management from University of Bath and a PhD in Project Finance in the Oil & Gas Industry from Leeds University.  He has been working in the oil industry for the last twenty three years; beginning his career as a wellsite petroleum engineer in Qatar Petroleum and having worked in various other functions including reservoir engineering and petroleum planning, economics and contracts.

Dr. Faisal Al-Thani is a senior director and Head of Business Development for Maersk Oil, based in Doha, Qatar. Prior to this he has held the position of Deputy General Manager, seconded by Qatar Petroleum to companies including Anadarko Qatar Energy, BP-Arco, and Arco Qatar. His background is in Petroleum Engineering and Project Finance Management. He has published a number of papers and books in the area of Risk Management and Project Finance. Dr. Al-Thani is Chairman of the Qatar Society of Petroleum Engineers and a board member of the International Society of Petroleum Engineers, Dallas USA.   For more on Faisal, please visit his Alumnus of the Month feature on our website.

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Mohan Kelkar
Chairman and Williams Endowed Chair Professor

Petroleum Engineering Dept.
(918) 631-2533