Michael Adewumi

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Michael Adewumi

Vice Provost for Global Programs

Professor of Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering

410 Boucke Building


Biographical Sketch: 

Michael Adewumi is Professor of Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering and Vice Provost for Global Programs at Penn State. He is also the Quentin E. and Louise L. Wood Faculty Fellow in Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering at Penn State University.

In his role as Vice Provost for Global Programs, he provides leadership for all Penn State’s global engagements, ranging from hosting thousands of students from more than 100 countries, sending thousands of Penn State students to more than 200 study abroad programs overseas and building strategic partnerships with institutions around the world. The Global Programs office supports and promotes the development of the International dimension that pervades Penn State’s integration of teaching, research/scholarship, service, and outreach. The office also facilitates greater appreciation of cross-cultural relations and global issues, and enhances the position of the University and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in the international arena.

Prior to assuming this position in October 2007, Professor Adewumi was the Executive Director of AESEDA (The Alliance for Earth Sciences, Engineering and Development in Africa (AESEDA), whose mission it is to develop and foster interdisciplinary framework for integrating research, education and outreach aimed at harnessing georesources for sustainable livelihoods in Africa. This is a major international multidisciplinary partnership among Penn State University, a select group of African Universities, select Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) in the U.S. and public and private-sector organizations with the mission to develop and foster interdisciplinary research and partnerships.

Professor Adewumi is internationally known as an expert in the areas of natural gas engineering, phase behavior and multiphase fluid dynamics in pipes and has published widely in these areas. He has taught short courses for multinational oil companies around the world. His research efforts with graduate students have produced more than 40 Ph.D. and M.S. degrees as well as supervising 10 post-doctoral research associates. He is the author and/or co-author of more than 100 publications. He is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers, American Chemical Society, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Nigerian Academy of Engineers.

Professor Adewumi previously held a number of administrative and governance positions at Penn State including serving as Chair of the Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering graduate program, the on-line Master of Engineering Program in Oil and Gas Engineering Management. In addition, he has served Penn State University as a member and/or chair of committees at all levels (Departmental, College and University).

Educational Background: 

Ph.D. (Gas Engineering), Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, 1985

M.Sc. (Gas Engineering), Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, 1981

B.Sc. (Petroleum Engineering -First Class Honors), University of Ibadan, Nigeria, 1976

Research Interests: 
  • Multiphase hydrodynamic modeling in gas production, processing and transmission (e.g., natural gas transportation, multiphase/ particulate transport, transient wave propagation, fluid phase behavior, numerical algorithms)
  • Real-time flow assurance monitoring technology
  • PCB migration modeling
  • Natural gas condensate systems
  • Wellbore hydraulics
  • Multiphase network analysis
  • Hydrate slurry transport and deposition
  • Transient tracking
  • Pneumatic transport of solid particles
  • Sonication technology for enhanced recovery of oil and gas and for environmental remediation
Selected Publications: 
  1. Ayala, L.F., Ertekin, T., and Adewumi, M., "Compositional Modeling of Gas-Condensate Reservoirs in Multi-mechanistic Flow Domains." In press, SPE Journal, Dec. 2006.
  2. E.S. Eltohami, M. Erdogmus, and M.A. Adewumi, "PCB Migration and Cleanup Scenarios in Natural Gas Pipelines." Journal of Energy Resources and Technology. Vol 126, Issue 2, pp 105-111 (June 2004)
  3. Warren, J.H. and M.A. Adewumi. "Polynomial Objective Functions for Flash Calculations: Binary, Ternary, and Quaternary Systems," Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research, 32(7): 1528-1530 (1993).
  4. Tian, S. and M.A. Adewumi. "Multiphase Hydrodynamic Analysis of Pneumatic Transportation of Drill Cuttings in Air Drilling," J. Powder Technology, 75(2): 133-144 (1993).
  5. Vincent, Patrick A. and Michael A. Adewumi. "Engineering Design of Gas Condensate Pipelines Using a Compositional Hydrodynamic Model," SPE Production Engineering J. 5(4): 381-386 (Nov. 1990).


  • Fellow of the Nigerian Academy of Engineering (June 2009)
  • Quentin E. and Louise L. Wood Faculty Fellow in Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering at The Pennsylvania State University (November 2007)
  • UNESCO Chair in Georesources Management, University of Ibadan; partnership initiative among UNESCO, Penn State Unversity, University of Ibadan and University of Cape Town (2007)
  • U.S. Congressional Black Caucus’ Champion Partnership Award (September 2005)
  • Administrative Fellow to Provost, Rodney Erickson, The Pennsylvania State University (2005-06)
  • Center for Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning Diversity Scholar, The Pennsylvania State University (2004-05)
  • CIC Academic Leadership Program Fellow (2004-05)
  • Advanced Seminar -Fluid Flow Measurement “Excellent Paper Award” (October 2002)
  • Society of Petroleum Engineers Publications Division “Best Paper Award” (August 2002)