Professor of Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering, George E. Trimble Chair in Earth and Mineral Sciences, Penn State University
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 more than 30 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 current research deals with the flow of gases in tight formations, coal seam degasification process, well test analysis for composite reservoirs, enhanced oil recovery techniques, and artificial neural network applications in petroleum and natural gas engineering.
Ertekin has 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 the petroleum reservoirs. Ertekin has given more than 170 invited lectures, paper presentations and seminars and more than 25 workshops and short courses throughout the world, and has authored or co-authored more than 160 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.
Dr. Ertekin holds B.S. and M.S. Degrees in Petroleum Engineering from the Middle East Technical University in Ankara and a Ph.D. in Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University.
He is a longstanding member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers, where he has held various positions on the Editorial Board, including a two-year term as the Executive Editor of the Formation Evaluation Journal. He also holds memberships in the Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics and the American Society for Engineering Education.