Yucel Akkutlu Selected as a Society of Petroleum Engineers Distinguished Lecturer

Image-of-Akkutlu,-I-YucelYucel Akkutlu, graduate adviser and associate professor in the Harold Vance Department of Petroleum Engineering at Texas A&M University, has been selected as a 2014-15 SPE Distinguished Lecturer. Only 32 SPE members (or 0.04 percent) have been chosen as distinguished lecturers for the 2014-15 rotation, touring the world with a special topic to further education in petroleum research among the SPE membership. His lecture topic will be, “Atomistic Modeling and Molecular Simulation of Fluids in Nanoporous Materials with Applications in Unconventional Resources.”

Dr. Akkutlu joined the petroleum engineering faculty at Texas A&M in January 2013. He has been participating in industry-led research projects on the development of new laboratory measurement techniques and protocols in quantifying fluid storage and transport processes in organic-rich resource shales coupled with geomechanics. He is a TEES researcher and is currently working on fluid thermodynamics and capillarity in nanoporous materials, and on the scaling-up and simulation of transport processes in multiscale pore structures.

He is a chemical engineer and holds a Ph.D. in petroleum engineering from the University of Southern California. Previously he worked for the University of Oklahoma and the University of Alberta. He is executive editor of the SPE Journal, and serves the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) as the chair of the materials and chemical engineering committee. He previously received the SPE A-Peer-Apart honorary award and the SPE outstanding service award.