Petroleum Engineering Alumnus of the Month - September 2009

Thursday, October 01, 2009

Anil AmbasthaAnil Ambastha is a senior reservoir simulation advisor working for Chevron’s IndoAsia Business Unit in Duri, Indonesia.  Besides Chevron, he has worked for Oil and Natural Gas Commission, University of Alberta, Phillips Research Center (sabbatical), Shell Canada Limited, and Kuwait Oil Company (secondment from Chevron) over a period of 21 years.  His areas of work and past experience include applied reservoir simulation, pressure transient analysis, thermal recovery, and gas reservoir engineering.  He was the primary editor for “Heavy Oil Recovery” reprint series no. 61 and currently serves as the Executive Editor of SPEREE (Reservoir Engineering).  He holds B.Tech., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees, all in petroleum engineering, from Indian School of Mines, The University of Tulsa, and Stanford University, respectively, along with an M.S. in operations research from Stanford University.

Anil in his own words: 

Why did you choose TU?

Back in 1979, when I was looking into choices for premier petroleum engineering universities where I could pursue my graduate studies, University of Tulsa was at the top of my list because of TU’s stellar reputation in most areas of petroleum engineering (Drilling, Production as well as Reservoir Engineering).  Also, many students from Indian School of Mines who graduated before me had chosen to join TU for their graduate studies.  Therefore, it was an easy choice for me.

Did you get education which was useful in your career? 

Without a shade of doubt, education I received at TU from eminent professors like Drs. Azar, Brill, Day, Raghavan and Reynolds in various areas of petroleum engineering has been the key for me to be able to specialize in many aspects of petroleum engineering.

Any fond memories you would like to share? 

I made life-long friends during my two years at TU who have been supportive of me over the decades.  Another everlasting memory is of that November 15 morning when my wife and I welcomed our first son and it was snowing lightly outside which we considered a sign of good luck.  It has been a wonderful life so far!  

Petroleum Engineering Dept.