Petroleum Geosciences



Vision

The Petroleum Geosciences Program (PGS) at the Petroleum Institute (PI) will be an internationally recognized center of excellence in education and research in petroleum geology and geophysics, and will be the leading university center of petroleum geosciences education, continuing education, and research in the Middle East. The PGS program will provide high-quality education in geology and geophysics. It will also prepare graduates for the social and ethical responsibilities of their professional careers.

Mission

The mission of the PGS at the PI is to provide high-quality education in petroleum geology and geophysics, and to produce graduates who are ready to meet and exceed the real-world challenges of today’s petroleum industry.

Program Description

The PGS is a blend of geology and geophysics, with an emphasis on geosciences project work. The use of modern software applications features highly on the program. The PGS employs the latest laboratory and field equipment to develop students’ professional skills. This is built upon in the summer field geology course.


Program Educational Objectives

The Petroleum Geosciences Program graduates will:

  • Apply geological and geophysics knowledge and skills to recognize exploration, development and production problems, and design technically, economically, and environmentally sound solutions to find and maximize the value of petroleum resources of the UAE
  • Contribute effectively in leadership roles, and in multi-disciplinary exploration, development, and production teams
  • Function ethically and with integrity so that both society and industry can benefit from their work as petroleum geoscientists
  • Continue personal and professional growth through self-education
  • Meet or exceed expectations of the ADNOC Group, corporate sponsors, and other petroleum sectors in attaining technical and personal competencies

Student Learning Outcomes

On completion of the Petroleum Geosciences, graduates will be able to do the following:

  • To apply knowledge of math, chemistry, physics, geology, and geophysics to solve petroleum geosciences problems
  • To apply knowledge to formulate solutions to geoscience problems involving design of geophysical surveys, acquisition and processing of geophysical data, and make geological interpretations from results
  • To apply 3-dimensional Earth models to solve exploration and production E&P-type issues from appropriate geological, petrophysical and geophysical data;
  • To function effectively on multi-disciplinary teams
  • To demonstrate an awareness of the social, ethical, and professional responsibilities in the exploration and exploitation of energy and natural resources, and a concern for major regional and global social and environmental issues
  • To demonstrate an ability to communicate in oral and written forms in English appropriate to the petroleum and broad energy industry
  • To demonstrate recognition of the need for and an ability to engage in continual lifelong education
  • To analyze, quantitatively, the errors, limitations, and uncertainties in data

Program Facilities

The Petroleum Geosciences laboratories are located in the Arzanah, Bu Hasa, and Ruwais buildings. The laboratories in the Arzanah building include geology and geophysics teaching laboratories, dedicated core-layout areas, laboratories for sample and equipment preparation, and a dedicated geosciences computer laboratory equipped with a wide range of industry-standard geoscience software.

In the Ruwais and Bu Hasa buildings, the laboratories focus on undergraduate teaching and research support. These laboratories include a scanning electron microscopy laboratory, a geosciences computing laboratory, petrographic microscopy laboratory and geophysical equipment storage and testing laboratory.


Degree Requirements

The Petroleum Geosciences Program requires 134 credits to graduate, distributed as follows: 33 credits in Basic Sciences, 27 credits in General Education courses, and 74 credits in Major courses, including 3 credits in Major or Technical Electives.

The Concentration in Petroleum Geophysics requires 135 credits to graduate, with 75 credits in Major courses, 33 credits in Basic Sciences, and 27 credits in General Education courses.

Study Plan - Petroleum Geosciences Program

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Study Plan - Concentration in Petroleum Geophysics


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Faculty

Dr. Thomas Steuber
Department Chair & Professor

Ruwais Building, Room 3208
Office:
 
+971 2 607 5599
Fax: 
+971 2 607 5194 
Email:
 tsteuber@pi.ac.ae

Dr. Sadoon Morad
Chair Professor

Ruwais Building, Room 3206
Office: +971 (0)2 607 5596
Fax: +971 (0)2 607 5200
Email:  smorad@pi.ac.ae

Dr. Aldo Vesnaver
KADOC Chair Professor

Ruwais Building, Room-3-204
Office:
 +971 (0)2 607 5138
Fax: +971 (0)2 607 5194
Email: avesnaver@pi.ac.ae

Dr. Stephen Neville Ehrenberg
Professor

BuHasa Building, Room 2233
Phone: 
+971 2 607 5411
Fax: 
+971 2 607 5194
Email:
 sehrenberg@pi.ac.ae

Dr. Guo Tao
Professor

Ruwais Building, Room 3202
Office: +971 (0)2 607 5497
Fax: +971 (0)2 607 5497
Email: gtao@pi.ac.ae

Dr. Mohammed Ali 
Professor

Ruwais Building, Room 3212
Office:  +971 (0)2 607 5282
Fax: +971 (0)2 607 5194
Email: mali@pi.ac.ae

Dr. Tariq Alkhalifah 
Professor at KAUST, Adjunct Professor at PI

Dr. Andrea Ceriani
Deputy Chair & Associate Professor

Arzanah Building, Room 8339
Office: +971 (0)2 607 5747
Fax: +971 (0)2 607 5200
Email: aceriani@pi.ac.ae

Dr. Stephen Lokier
Associate Professor

Arzanah Building, Room 8333
Office: +971 (0)2 607 5688
Fax: +971 (0)2 607 5200
Email: slokier@pi.ac.ae

Dr. Sotirios Kokkalas
Associate Professor

Umm Shaif Building, Room 4003
Office: +971 (0)2 607 5761
Fax: +971 (0)2 607 5200
Email: skokkalas@pi.ac.ae

Dr. Bing Zhou
Associate Professor

Arzanah Building, Room 8337
Office: +971 (0)2 607 5728 
Fax: +971 (0)2 607 5200
Email: bizhou@pi.ac.ae

Dr. Youcef Bouzidi
Associate Professor 

Ruwais Building, Room 3210
Office: +971 (0)2 607 5383
Fax: +971 (0)2 607 5200
Email: ybouzidi@pi.ac.ae

Dr. Pier Paolo Bruno
Associate Professor 

Umm Shaif Building, Room 4105
Office: +971 (0)2 607 5168
Fax: +971 (0)2 607 5200
Email: pbruno@pi.ac.ae

Dr. Flavia Fiorini
Assistant Professor

Arzanah Building, Room 8335
Office: +971 (0)2 607 5245
Fax: +971 (0)2 607 5200
Email: ffiorini@pi.ac.ae

Dr. Sandra Vega
Assistant Professor

Bu Hasa Building, Room 2235
Office: +971 (0)2 607 5328
Fax: +971 (0)2 607 5200
Email: svega@pi.ac.ac

Dr. Aisha Al Suwaidi
Assistant Professor

Ruwais Building, Room 3218
Office: +971 2 607 5714
Email: aalsuwaidi@pi.ac.ae

Dr. Mohammad Alsuwaidi
Assistant Professor

Ruwais Building, Room 3202A
Office: +971 2 607 5503
Email: malsuwaidi@pi.ac.ae