Petroleum Engineering Alumni Newsletter - October 2010

Monday, October 11, 2010

I just returned from Florence, Italy after attending the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition (ATCE).  This is the first time the meeting has been held outside the U.S. and I consider it to be a success.  Although attendance was less than usual (about 5,000 people), the technical sessions were well attended and the exhibition space was well occupied.  The University of Tulsa was well represented in technical sessions with a total of 10 papers presented by either TU faculty or graduate students.  Half of our faculty members, as well as about forty five students, went to the meeting.  I met several alumni at the meeting.  Unfortunately, because of space constraints, SPE did not have space for alumni functions; hence, this is the first time TU did not have an alumni function at the ATCE.  I hope to have a function at the 2011 ATCE in Denver.  As in the past, we participated in Petrobowl, a competition among petroleum engineering students.  We did not win; however, I appreciate the effort put forth by our Petrobowl team.

In terms of awards at the ATCE, as well as at Wednesday’s President’s Luncheon, TU faculty and alumni did quite well.  Dr. Cem Sarica won the Production and Facilities Award, Mustafa Onur won the Formation Evaluation Award, Allen Sinor won the Drilling Engineering Award, and Anil Ambastha won the Distinguished Service Award.  Drs. Mohan Kelkar and Stefan Miska, as well as Jorge Manrique, became Distinguished Members.  Also, three alumni were represented as Distinguished Lecturers: Khosrow Biglarbigi, Xuri Huang and Stuart Cox.  In addition, Steve Tipton, a faculty member from the TU Mechanical Engineering Department, was also a Distinguished Lecturer.  Starting this year (2010-2013), I will be serving on the SPE Board of Directors.  In that capacity, I will be traveling quite a bit.  I hope that I will have an opportunity to meet some of you during my travels.

Job Opportunity

Independent Project Analysis, Inc. (IPA) performs evaluations of capital projects for the process industries (exploration and production, petroleum refining, chemicals, minerals, pharmaceuticals, and consumer products). IPA is looking for a geologist, geophysicist or reservoir engineer with at least 20+ years experience, the majority of which was with an oil and gas operator of international repute. The candidate must be willing and able to work in a culturally diverse team environment that will require domestic and international travel. The successful candidate will make a significant contribution by providing industry expertise in direct client engagements or working as an expert providing support to our analysts engaged in client work. Qualified candidates should send a curriculum vitae along with a cover letter, preferred location and salary requirement to  

Alumnus of the Month

This month’s alumnus is Edmond Alizadeh.  He received his BS from The University of Tulsa in 1984.   Ed is President and CEO of Geotechnology, Inc., a professional engineering firm headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri, with additional offices in Illinois, Kansas and, most recently, Memphis.  Ed began his career with Amoco Production Company in New Mexico. He joined Geotechnology in 1989 as a staff engineer, focusing on underground storage tank remediation assignments. He became the firm’s environmental department manager in 1994 and maintained that role during a return to academia, at the Saint Louis University School of Law. There he earned his juris doctorate degree in 1996, and was soon thereafter named Geotechnology’s president.  

As president and C.E.O of Geotechnology, Inc., Ed is responsible for guiding the firm’s engineering activities and administrative operations. Ed has an extensive background in environmental consulting, and his greatest professional achievement is growing the firm’s environmental services into a present industry leader. The firm is regularly tasked with a variety of projects that require finding innovative ways to help clients succeed, which makes each day exciting and different.  

Ed enjoys playing tennis, golfing and bike riding, but his favorite activity is spending time with his wife and kids. His family resides in Chesterfield, Missouri.  For more on Ed, please see our October 2010 Alumnus of the Month feature.  

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Mohan Kelkar
Chairman and Williams Endowed Chair Professor

Petroleum Engineering Dept.