Turgay Ertekin

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Turgay Ertekin

Head, John and Willie Leone Family Department of Energy and Mineral Engineering

Professor of Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering;

George E. Trimble Chair in Earth and Mineral Sciences;

118 Hosler Building

814-865-6082

Biographical Sketch: 

Turgay Ertekin has had extensive experience with the development and application of fluid flow models in porous media. He has been deeply involved in the mathematical modeling of flow problems using various techniques for 40 years. He has taught courses in fluid flow dynamics in porous media at the graduate and undergraduate levels and has directed the research work of graduate students on reservoir modeling and reservoir engineering. His research efforts with his graduate students have produced 45 Ph.D. and 95 M.S. theses, while 6 M.S. and 14 Ph.D. students' research works are still in progress. Ertekin has given more than 300 invited lectures, paper presentations and seminars and more than 30 workshops and short courses throughout the world, and has authored or co-authored more than 250 publications including four books and four book chapters. Ertekin has served on the Society of Petroleum Engineers Editorial Board holding various positions including a two-year term as the Executive Editor of the Formation Evaluation Journal and currently is an editor-in-chief of the Journal of Petroleum Exploration and Technology.

Academic Positions

  • Head, John and Willie Leone Family Department of Energy and Mineral Engineering, the George E. Trimble Chair in Earth and Mineral Sciences, the Pennsylvania State University, July 2013 to Present
  • Co-Director, Institute of Natural Gas Research (INGaR), Pennsylvania State University, May 2013 to May 2014
  • Professor of Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering and George E. Trimble Chair in Earth and Mineral Sciences, Pennsylvania State University, July 2001 to Present
  • Associate Head, Department of Energy and Geo-Environmental Engineering, July 1998 to June 2001
  • Professor of Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering, Pennsylvania State University, July 1987 to Present
  • Chairman of Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering, Pennsylvania State University, July 1984 to January 2015
  • Associate Professor of Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering, Pennsylvania State University, July 1983 to July 1984
  • Assistant Professor of Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering, Pennsylvania State University, December 1978 to July 1983
  • Research and Teaching Assistant, Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering, Pennsylvania State University, November 1975 to December 1978
  • Instructor, Department of Petroleum Engineering, Middle East Technical University, December 1974 to November 1975
  • Research and Teaching Assistant, Department of Petroleum Engineering, Middle East Technical University, July 1970 to December 1974
 
Educational Background: 

Ph.D. (Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering), The Pennsylvania State University, 1978

M.Sc. (Petroleum Engineering), Middle East Technical University, 1971

B.Sc. (Petroleum Engineering), Middle East Technical University, 1969

Research Interests: 
  • Advanced reservoir simulation models
  • Artificial expert system applications in reservoir engineering
  • Coalbed methane degasification
  • Pressure transient analysis applications in complex reservoir systems
  • Unconventional gas and oil reservoirs
Active Research Projects: 

Turgay Ertekin's current research deals with the flow of gases in unconventional gas reservoirs, coal seam degasification process, well test analysis for composite reservoirs, enhanced oil recovery techniques, artificial neural network applications in petroleum and natural gas engineering, and reservoir characterization. Over the course of years, Ertekin and his research groups have developed several multiphase, compositional, multidimensional isothermal and nonisothermal numerical flow models that simulate the performance and applicability of some thermal and nonthermal recovery techniques in petroleum reservoirs.

Selected Publications: 

Books

  1. Gas Well Testing: Theory, Practice and Regulations. Co-author: D. A. T. Donohue, Publisher: IHRDC, Boston, MA, 1982, 212 pages. (Also published as E&P Video Library Module, IHRDC, Boston, MA, 1990, 214 pages.)
  2. Technical Editor Workshop Coursebook, Society of Petroleum Engineers, 125 pages, Dallas, Texas (March 1992).
  3. Reservoir Simulation. Co-Author: M. A. Adewumi. E&P Video Library Modules, IHRDC, Boston, MA, 1995, 166 pages.
  4. Basic Applied Reservoir Simulation. Co-Authors: J. H. Abou-Kassem and G. R. King. Textbook Series, Society of Petroleum Engineers Publications Department, Dallas, Texas, 2001, 406 pages.

Chapters in Books

  1. Principles of Numerical Simulation of Oil Reservoirs-An Overview. Heavy Crude Oil Recovery. Edited by E. Okandan, NATO Advanced Study Institute Series. Chapter 11, pp. 379-408. Martins Nijhoff Publishers, The Hague (April 1984).
  2. Oil and Natural Gas Drilling and Transportation: Environmental Problems and Control. Environmental Consequences of Energy Production. Co-Author: M. A. Adewumi. Edited by Shyamal K. Majumdar, Fred J. Brenner and E. Willard Miller. Chapter 11, pp. 141-163. The Pennsylvania Academy of Science Publications (May 1987).
  3. Underground Storage of Natural Gas: Theory and Practice. Edited by M. R. Tek, NATO Advanced Study Institute Series. Part II, Chapter 2, pp. 76-91. Kluwer Academic Publishers, The Netherlands (September 1989).
  4. Structural Properties of Coal Controlling the Coalbed Methane Production. Co-Authors: W. Sung and H. I. Bilgesu. Edited by Douglas C. Peters. Chapter III in EMD Coal Volume on Geology in Coal Resource Utilization, pp. 105-124. American Association of Petroleum Geologists, Tech-Books, Fairfax, Virginia (December 1991).

Recent Peer-Reviewed Publications

  1. Nojabei, B., N. Siripatrachai, R. T. Johns and T. Ertekin.  Effect of Large Gas-oil Capillary Pressure on Production: A Compositionally-Extended Black Oil Formulation.  Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering DOI: 10.1016/petrol 2016.05.048 (May 2016).
  2. Seales, M., R. Dilmore, T. Ertekin and J. Y. Wang. Development of a Halite Dissolution Numerical Model for Hydraulically Fractured Shale formations (Part 1). Journal of Unconventional Oil and Gas Resources. (May 2016).
  3. Siripatrachai, N., T. Ertekin, and R. Johns. Compositional Simulation of Discrete Fractures Incorporating the Effect of Capillary Pressure on Phase Behavior.  Proceedings of SPE Improved Oil Recovery Conference, Tulsa, Oklahoma, (April 11-13, 2016).
  4. Seales. Maxian B., J. M. De Silva, T. Ertekin, J. Y. Wang.  An Investigation into the Occurrence of Hydrate-Bearing Sediments Offshore the East Coast of Trinidad and Tobago. SPE Journal, (April 2016).
  5. Seales, Maxian B., R. Dilmore, T. Ertekin and J. Y. Wang. Numerical Analysis of the Source of Excessive Na+ and Cl- Species in Flowback Water from Hydraulically Fractured Shale Formations. DOI:http://dx.doi.org/10.2118/180911-PA, SPE Journal, (March 2016).
  6. Alrumah, M., T. Ertekin. Estimating Distance to Water Front for Edge Water using Derivative of Pressure Transient Data. Int. J. of Oil Gas and Coal Technology, Vol.11, No.1 (January 2016).
  7. Kim, J., Y. Jang, T. Ertekin, and W. M. Sung. Production Analysis of a Shale gas Reservoir Using Modified Deconvolution Method in the Presence of Sorption Phenomena. Proc. of the SPE Eastern regional Meeting, Morgantown, West Virginia (October 13-15, 2015).
  8. Jang, Y., J. Kim, T. Ertekin and W. M. Sung. Modeling Multi-Stage Twisted hydraulic Fracture propagation in Shale Reservoirs Considering Geomechanical Factors. Proc. of the SPE Eastern Regional Meeting, Morgantown, West Virginia (October 13-15, 2015).
  9. Ketineni, S. P., T. Ertekin, K. Anbarci, T. Sneed. Structuring an Integrative Approach for Field Development Planning Using Artificial Intelligence and its Application to an Offshore Oilfield.  Proc. of the SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition, Houston, Texas (September 28-30, 2015).
  10. Jahromi. M. Z., J. Y. Wang, T. Ertekin. A Two-Dimensional Fully Coupled Numerical Simulator for Modeling Hydraulic Fracture Propagation and Long-Term Recovery in Tight Gas Reservoirs-Part 2- Application and Case Study. Int. J. Petroleum Engineering. Vol.1, No. 3, pp.146-163 (2015).Jahromi.
  11. M. Z., J. Y. Wang, T. Ertekin. A Two-Dimensional Fully Coupled Numerical Simulator for Modeling Hydraulic Fracture Propagation and Long-Term Recovery in Tight Gas Reservoirs-Part 1- Development and Validation. Int. J. Petroleum Engineering. Vol.1, No. 3, pp.125-145 (2015).
     
Recent Activities: 

Activities

  • Member, Society of Petroleum Engineers of AIME (1974-present).
  • Member, Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics (1984-present).
  • Member, American Society for Engineering Education (1995-present).
  • Member, Petroleum Society of CIM (2001-present).
Awards: 

Awards/Honors/Recognitions

  • The Pennsylvania State University, College of Earth and Mineral Sciences Matthew J. and Anne C. Wilson Outstanding Teaching Award (April 1982).
  • Quentin E. and Louise L. Wood Fellow in Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering, The Pennsylvania State University, College of Earth and Mineral Sciences (1990-2001).
  • The Pennsylvania State University Graduate Faculty Teaching Award (April 1995).
  • Society of Petroleum Engineers Distinguished Achievement Award for Petroleum Engineering Faculty (September 1998).
  • The Pennsylvania State University, College of Earth and Mineral Sciences Matthew J. and Anne C. Wilson Outstanding Service Award (May 1999).
  • The Pennsylvania State University Twenty-Five Years Service Award (December 2000).
  • George E. Trimble Chair in Earth and Mineral Sciences, The Pennsylvania State University (2001-present).
  • Society of Petroleum Engineers Lester C. Uren Award for Distinguished Achievement in the Technology of Petroleum Engineering (October 2001).
  • Elected as Society of Petroleum Engineers Distinguished Member by the Board (October 2001).
  • Society of Petroleum Engineers Distinguished Lecturer (September 2004 - May 2005).
  • The Pennsylvania State University, College of Earth and Mineral Sciences Matthew J. and Anne C. Wilson Award for Excellence in Research (April 2004).
  • Society of Petroleum Engineers Publications Division "A Peer Apart" Award (November 2007).
  • Society of Petroleum Engineers Publications Division “Outstanding Associate Editor Award” (October 2008).
  • The Pennsylvania State University, College of Earth and Mineral Sciences “Faculty Mentoring Award” (April 2009).
  • The Russian Academy of Natural Sciences’ Nobel Laureate Physicist Kapitsa Gold Medal (September 2013).
  • Society of Petroleum Engineers Honorary Membership Award (October 2013).
  • American Institute of Mining Metallurgical and Petroleum Engineers Honorary Membership Award (Oct. 2013).