TU professor awarded SPE Distinguished Membership

Thursday, October 18, 2012

The Society of Petroleum Engineers has awarded University of Tulsa Professor Cem Sarica with SPE Distinguished Membership.

Limited to 1 percent of SPE professionals, the Distinguished Member award recognizes members who have achieved eminence in the petroleum industry and the academic community or who have made unusually significant contributions to SPE.

Dr. Sarica serves as the director of Fluid Flow Projects, Paraffin Deposition Projects and Horizontal Well Artificial Lift Projects at TU’s McDougall School of Petroleum Engineering. The author of 117 technical papers in SPE and other industry literature, Sarica was recognized for his expertise in the areas of multiphase flow in pipes and flow assurance. He is active in several SPE committees and is the recipient of multiple awards including the 2010 International SPE Production & Operations Award.

“For me, it is an honor to serve such an organization that significantly contributes to the dissemination of knowledge and education in petroleum and natural gas engineering,” Sarica said.

SPE is a nonprofit professional association whose membership consists of more than 104,000 worldwide leaders in the energy industry. Each year, SPE presents awards that recognize members whose efforts have advanced petroleum technology, as well as their professional achievements and contributions to the industry and the society.

“Dr. Sarica’s dedication to teaching and research is internationally recognized,” said Jim Sorem, dean of the TU College of Engineering and Natural Sciences. “He is the fourth current faculty member in our McDougall School of Petroleum Engineering to receive this award, and I believe this is a testament to the university’s commitment to excellence.”

Gail Banzet