Overview

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 Oct ober 2016, Professor Hussein Hoteit also joined the center.  Together we have been hiring staff, new faculty, senior research staff, postdocs, and graduate students.  Construction work on 3500 square meters of an ultra-modern lab space is nearly completion.  


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.