Retiring Ertekin’s lifelong mission was helping students succeed

June 26, 2017

Imagine a giant jigsaw puzzle, a box brimming with 50,000 pieces. Solving this puzzle is a daunting task, but it’s a well-defined problem.

Now, imagine that same puzzle, as Turgay Ertekin, professor of petroleum and natural gas engineering (PNGE), often asks his students to do, with 10, 100, maybe 10,000 pieces missing.

“Now the problem becomes much more challenging. It’s an ill-defined problem,” Ertekin said. You first need to identify which pieces are missing and then you have to generate those pieces to complete the puzzle. In petroleum engineering, we find ourselves in a sea of uncertainties.” <Read the full article on Penn State News>