I came to KAUST in January 2015, to organize and direct the Ali I. Al-Naimi Petroleum Engineering Research Center.  Formerly known as the Upstream Petroleum Engineering Research Center, the center started from scratch with no people and no facilities.  We have come a long way from that starting point.  In March 2015, I was joined by Professor Carlos Santamarina, who later became the center’s Associate Director, and later in October 2016, Professor Hussein Hoteit also joined the center.  Together we have been hiring staff, new faculty, senior research staff, postdocs, and graduate students.  An ultra-modern lab space spread across 3500 square meters was inaugerated  in December 2016. 

I hope that many of you, the best Ph.D. students and researchers around the world, will join the Energy Geosystems Group. If you do, you will share in our ambition, excitement, and t he noble vision of KAUST. Together, we will create the new science, engineering, startups, and understanding across cultures and languages.

Tadeusz Wiktor Patzek
Professor and Center Director



Latest News

04 December, 2021

Prof. Patzek receives SPE IOR Pioneer Award 2022

Professor Tad Patzek has been awarded the SPE IOR PIONEER AWARD for 2022. The SPE IOR Pioneer Award is presented to selected individuals who have made significant advancements over the years in improved oil recovery technology.

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28 November, 2021

Prof. Patzek Will Participate in Webinar About Gas Flaring

The webinar raises the question on "How Can Governments, Oil & Gas Enterprises, and Research Institutions Collaborate to End Routine Gas Flaring?". It will be hosted next Tuesday, November 30 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. (Riyadh time - GMT+3) The speakers of this webinar will go over the best practices and technology enablers that can detect gas flaring volumes and methane emissions and the progress made thus far to eliminate them.

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10 November, 2021

Wardana Saputra Successfully Defended His PhD. Dissertation

On November 4th, Wardana Saputra, Ph.D. Candidate Supervised by Director and Prof. Tadeusz Patzek successfully presented his defense entitled: Physics-Guided Data-Driven Production Forecasting in Shales.

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