Mohamed Soliman Named Chair of Petroleum Engineering Department
Dr. 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.
Forbes ranks Texas Tech #7 on the list of Best Colleges for Minorities in STEM.
When it comes to outreach in teaching science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) to ethnic minorities, Texas Tech University recently made the top 10 in Forbes.com survey of the "Best Colleges for Women and Minorities in STEM."
The survey covered women and minorities because these groups typically don't receive help for success from institutes of higher education, the article stated.
Texas Tech ranked No. 7 out of 20 institutions ranked for minority outreach, beating Texas A&M, which stood at No. 14.
Jiang and Simon Elected Fellows of American Physical Society
Drs. Hongxing Jiang and Sindee Simon were recently elected to the fellowship of the American Physical Society.
Jiang was elected because of his seminal works in the area of III-nitride wide bandgap semiconductors. In particular, for his significant contributions to the understanding of fundamental optical and defect properties and practical applications of III-nitrides and pioneering contributions to the field of nanophotonics.
Simon was elected for her pioneering contributions to the understanding of the thermal and mechanical properties of bulk and nanostructured polymeric glasses.
Morse Receives Chancellor's Council Distinguished Teaching Award
The highest awards given by the Texas Tech University System to faculty members at its member institutions were announced on Dec. 10 by Chancellor Kent Hance.
Dr. Audra Morse, an associate professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering received the Distinguished Teaching Award.
“These outstanding faculty members exemplify the quality and character of the professors in the Texas Tech University System,” said Hance. “Their passion and dedication to academics and research is unmatched and is apparent through their hard work and numerous achievements. It is my pleasure to once again award these honors to such deserving faculty members.”
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11-17-2010 - 12-14-2010
Civil and Environmental Engineering
Center for Multidisciplinary Research in Transportation
Center for Nanophotonics
Center for Pulsed Power and Power Electronics
Electrical and Computer Engineering
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