• Professor
  • Rob L. Adams '40 Professor in Petroleum Engineering
  • William Keeler Fellow
I. Yucel Akkutlu

Educational Background

  • Doctor of Philosophy, petroleum engineering, University of Southern California, Los Angeles - 2002
  • Master of Science, petroleum engineering, University of Southern California, Los Angeles - 1995
  • Bachelor of Science, chemical engineering, Hacettepe University, Ankara - 1992

Research Interests

    • Shale gas and oil resource assessment and characterization
    • CO2-enhanced shale gas and oil recovery
    • Shale oil recovery using surfactants and micro-emulsions
    • Digital rock physics and pore-network modeling
    • Compositional reservoir flow simulation coupled with geo-mechanics
    • Natural gas hydrates

Certifications & Memberships

  • Distinguished Member, Society of Petroleum Engineers - 2018

Awards & Honors

  • Distinguished Achievement Award in Teaching — College Level, Texas A&M University Association of Former Students - 2017
  • Distinguished Achievement Award — Individual Student Relationship, Texas A&M University Association of Former Students - 2016
  • Rossiter W. Raymond Memorial Award, American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical, and Petroleum Engineers - 2014
  • Distinguished Lecturer Award, Society of Petroleum Engineers - 2014-15

Selected Publications

  • Kou, R., Alafnan, S.F.K., and Akkutlu, I.Y. 2017. Multi-scale Analysis of Gas Transport in Kerogen. Journal of Transport in Porous Media 116 (2): 493-519.
  • Bui, K., Akkutlu, I.Y., Silas, J. et al. 2016. Insights into Mobilization of Shale Oil using Micro-emulsions. SPE Journal 21 (2): 613-620.
  • Riewchotisakul, S. and Akkutlu, I.Y. 2016. Adsorption Enhanced Transport of Hydrocarbons in Organic Nanopores. SPE Journal 21 (6): 1960-1969.
  • Wasaki, A. and Akkutlu, I.Y. 2015. Permeability of Organic-rich Shale. SPE Journal 20 (6): 1384-1396.
  • Fathi, E. and Akkutlu, I.Y. 2014. Multi-component Gas Transport and Adsorption Effects during CO2 Injection and Enhanced Shale Gas Recovery. International Journal of Coal Geology 123: 52-61.