Stefan Miska, Ph.D.

Stefan Miska

Jonathan Detwiler Endowed Chair ProfessorDirector, TU Drilling Research Projects (TUDRP)North Campus, Drill Building #207
918-631-5167
stefan-miska@utulsa.eduResearch Website

Office Hours - Spring 2014

Dr. Miska is on sabbatical in 2014.  For appointments, please email Paula Udwin or call (918) 631-5171.

Introduction

Stefan Z. Miska is currently Professor and Jonathan Detwiler Endowed Chair of Petroleum Engineering and Executive Director of Drilling Research at The University of Tulsa.

He has much experience in academia, teaching at the University of Mining and Metallurgy, Krakow, Poland, The Norwegian Institute of Technology and New Mexico Institute of Mining and Metallurgy in Socorro, NM. prior to coming to TU.

In 1992 Dr. Miska joined The University of Tulsa, as Chair of its Petroleum Engineering Department, and he served as Chair until 2001. During his tenure as faculty member he has taught numerous undergraduate and graduate courses. The main courses he teaches at TU are Well Completion Design, Advanced Drilling and Drilling Optimization. He has enhanced his coursework by incorporating consulting work experience gained with Dowell-Schlumberger, SOHIO and Arco Oil and Gas, Smith Int. and Unocal.   In addition, he has developed and taught numerous courses for the petroleum industry.

Dr. Miska has participated in many aspects of petroleum research. During the 1980s and early 1990s he worked on air and gas drilling problems that led to the creation of new downhole tools and in the development of calculation techniques that are in broad industrial use today. Over the years his research interests have focused on well control, modeling of pressure build-up under impending blow-out conditions; wellbore hydraulics; buckling behavior of tubulars and axial force transfer; underbalanced drilling (aerated muds, foams); and mechanics of drillstrings.

In 1996, he took over as Executive Director of the TU Drilling Research Projects (TUDRP) which is an industry-university cooperative research program founded in 1967 currently consisting of 17 Member Companies. Dr. Miska is responsible for development of research, advising of students, Member relations and the complex TUDRP research facilities.

Education and Degrees Earned

  • D.Sc., (Dr. Habil.)University of Mining and Metallurgy, Krakow, Poland 1981
  • Doctor of Technical Sciences, University of Mining and Metallurgy, Krakow, Poland 1973
  • M.S., University of Mining and Metallurgy, Krakow, Poland 1968

Areas of Academic Specialty

  • Drilling
  • Well Completions

Areas of Research Focus

  • Drilling Mechanics
  • Wellbore Hydraulics
  • Cuttings Transport
  • Directional Drilling

Previous Teaching Experience

  • University of Mining and Metallurgy, Krakow, Poland
  • Norwegian Institute of Technology, Trondheim, Norway
  • New Mexico Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, Socorro, NM

Previous Relevant Work Experience

  • Jonathan Detwiler Endowed Chair Professor of Petroleum Engineering, April 2004 - Present
  • Director of The University of Tulsa Drilling Research Projects (TUDRP), Tulsa, OK, January 1996 to Present
  • Professor and Chairman, Petroleum Engineering Department, The University of Tulsa, Tulsa, OK, August 5, 1992 to August 2001
  • Executive Director of ACTS Projects, 1999-2004
  • Professor and Chairman, Petroleum Engineering Department, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, Socorro, NM, July 1989 to August 4, 1992. Promoted to the rank of Professor in March 1990
  • Associate Professor of Petroleum Engineering at New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, Socorro, NM, August 1982 - June 1988
  • Visiting Professor of Petroleum Engineering at New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, Socorro, NM , August 1981 - July 1982
  • Assistant Professor of Petroleum Engineering at the University of Mining and Metallurgy, Kracow, Poland, July 1980 - June 1981
  • Assistant Professor, Norwegian Institute of Technology, The University of Trondheim. January 1979 - June 1980
  • Assistant Professor, University of Mining and Metallurgy, Kracow, Poland, Sept. 1973 - Dec. 1978
  • Teaching and Research Assistant, University of Mining and Metallurgy, Kracow, Poland, January 1969 - December 1973
  • Also have consulting work experience gained with Dowell-Schlumberger, SOHIO and Arco Oil and Gas, Smith Int. and Unocal.

Professional Affiliations

  • Socitey of Petroleum Engineers/American Institute of Mining Engineers (1979 - present)
  • American Petroleum Institute – Member of the Resource Group on Drill Stem Design (API SC7A) (1995 - present)
  • International Association of Drilling Contractors (1996 - present)

Courses Taught at TU

  • Advanced Drilling (PE 7063)
  • Directional and Horizontal Drilling (PE 4863/6863)
  • Well Completion Design (PE 4063/6463)

Awards & Recognition

  • 1988 Award for Energy Innovation, The U. S. Department of Energy
  • 2000 Distinguished Petroleum Engineering Faculty Award by SPE.
  • 1990 Honorary member of Pi Epsilon Tau
  • 1985 Outstanding Petroleum Engineering Faculty (selected by the New Mexico Tech SPE Student Chapter)
  • 1992 Outstanding Teaching Award from the Society of Petroleum Engineers New Mexico Tech SPE Student Chapter
  • 2004 SPE Drilling Engineering Award
  • 2003 SPE Outstanding Technical Editor

Publications

  • Cuttings Transport With Aqueous Foam at Intermediate-Inclined Wells
    Capo, J., Yu, M., Miska, S., Takach, N., Ahmed, R.: SPE Drilling and Completion June 2006, V21 No. 2 pp 99-107
  • Effect of Coiled Tubing Initial Configuration on Buckling Behavior in a Constant Curvature Hole
    Qui, W., Miska, S., and Volk, L.: SPE Journal, 4 (1) March 1999.
  • Effect of Coiled Tubing Initial Configuration on Buckling Behavior in Deviated Wells
    Qui, W., Miska, S., and Volk, L.: Journal of Energy Resources Technology, September 1999.
  • Experimental Evaluation of the Lateral Contact Force in Horizontal Wells
    Martinez, A., Miska, S. Kuru, E. and Sorem, J.: Journal of Energy Resources Technology, ASME , September 2000 Vol 122 p. 123.
  • Helical Buckling of Pipe With Connectors and Torque
    Mitchell, R. and Miska, S.: SPE Drilling and Completion June 2006, V21 No. 2 pp 108-115
  • Modeling of Complex Bottom Hole Assemblies in Curved and Straight Holes
    Miska, S., Miska, W.: Archives of Mining Science V. 51, Issue 1 Krakow 2006 pp 35-54
  • Modeling of ECD in Casing Drilling Operations and Comparison with Experimental and Field Data
    Diaz, H., Yu, M., Miska, S., Takach, N.: Archives of Mining Science, Vol. 52 (2007) No. 4
  • Modeling of Pressure Build Up on a Kicking Well and Its Practical Applications
    Miska, S., Samuel, G.R., and Azar, J.J.: SPE Drilling Engineering and Completion, December, 1998 (SPE 35265).
  • Modeling of Pressure Build Up on a Kicking Well and Its Practical Applications
    Suntahankar, A., Miska, S., Kuru, E. and Kamp, A.: “New Developments in Aerated Mud Hydraulics for Horizontal Well Drilling” SPE Journal, March 2004.
  • The Buckling of Pipes and It’s Influence on the Axial Force Transfer in Directional Wells
    Kuru, E. , Martinez, A., Miska, S. and Qiu, W.: Journal of Energy Resources Technology, ASME, September 2000 Vol. 122 p 129.