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. Construction work on 3500 square meters of an ultra-modern lab space is nearly completion.
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 the noble vision of KAUST. Together, we will create
the new science, engineering, startups, and understanding across cultures and