Texas Tech Names Petroleum Engineering Department Chair

Mohamed Y. Soliman will become the new chair of the Bob L. Herd Department of Petroleum Engineering and the George P. Livermore Chair of Petroleum Engineering effective Jan. 10, 2011.

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Officials at Texas Tech University announced today (Dec. 16) that Mohamed Y. Soliman will become the new chair of the Bob L. Herd Department of Petroleum Engineering and the George P. Livermore Chair of Petroleum Engineering effective Jan. 10, 2011.

“Mohamed brings a wealth of experience to Texas Tech from his work in the petroleum industry at Halliburton,” said Jon C. Strauss, interim dean of engineering. “He is the right person to lead the Bob L. Herd Department of Petroleum Engineering to new heights of excellence in instruction and research.”

Soliman has a bachelor’s degree in petroleum engineering with top honors from Cairo University, and master’s and doctoral degrees in petroleum engineering from Stanford University. His career has focused on reservoir completion and production engineering. He holds 17 patents on fracturing operations and analysis, testing and conformance applications. He is an author or co-author of more than 150 technical papers and articles in areas of fracturing, reservoir engineering, well test analysis, conformance, and numerical simulation. He is a distinguished member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers.

At Halliburton, Soliman was responsible for the development of the analysis technique of the limited-emissions FasTest® well testing system, a winner of the 2005 Hart’s E&P Meritorious Award for Engineering Innovation. He also conceived and developed the philosophy for the QuikLook numerical simulator. He led the development of the software and guided it into what has become the main simulator used by Halliburton engineers. The software is also used by several operating companies, generating considerable direct, consulting, and pull-through revenue. He has developed multiple fracturing design and analysis, well testing, and reservoir engineering techniques, and has authored several engineering software packages that are in current use. He has authored chapters in World Oil’s Handbook of Horizontal Drilling and Completion Technology, the text Well Construction, and the SPE monograph Well Test Analysis of Hydraulically Fractured Wells.

“Dr. Soliman has strong leadership capabilities and a solid reputation in the petroleum industry,” President Guy Bailey said. “His vast experience makes him a natural choice.”

“It is a great honor to be trusted to lead the Petroleum Engineering Department at Texas Tech,” Soliman said. “I am excited about this opportunity and I firmly believe that the petroleum engineering department as a team will achieve a great standing academically and within the industry as a tier one program in the near future.”

The Whitacre College of Engineering has educated engineers to meet the technological needs of Texas, the nation and the world since 1925.

Approximately 4,300 undergraduate and 700 graduate students pursue bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees offered through eight academic departments: civil and environmental engineering, chemical engineering, construction engineering and engineering technology, computer science, electrical and computer engineering, industrial engineering, mechanical engineering, and petroleum engineering.

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