Staff

Director - Dr. Cem Sarica Research Assistant - Feras Al-Ruhaimani
Associate Director - Dr. Eduardo Pereyra Research Assistant - Yasser AlSaadi
Project Coordinator - Linda Jones Research Assistant - Samet Ekinci
Project Coordinator - Kelley Friedberg Research Assistant - Kiran Gawas
Visiting Research Prof. - Dr. Abdel AlSarkhi Research Assistant - Hamidreza Karami
Research Associate - Dr. Jinho Choi Research Assistant - Duc Vuong
Research Associate - Dr. Carlos Torres Visiting Research Scholar - Mingon Chu
Project Engineer -Scott Graham Visiting Research Scholar - Jaejun Kim
Research Technician - Franklin Birt Visiting Research Scholar - Dr. Maher Shariff
Research Technician - Don Harris  
Research Technician - Norm Stegall  
Research Technician - Craig Waldron  

Director - Dr. Cem Sarica

Cem Sarica

Contact: 918-631-5154; EMail Dr. Sarica

Cem Sarica holds B.S. (1982) and M.S. (1984) degrees in petroleum engineering from Istanbul Technical University (ITU) and a Ph.D. (1990) degree in petroleum engineering from The University of Tulsa (TU). After serving as an Assistant Professor of Petroleum Engineering at ITU, he joined the research staff at TU in 1992, and was Associate Director of the Tulsa University Fluid Flow Projects (TUFFP) until 1998 when he joined the faculty at The Pennsylvania State University. He joined the Petroleum Engineering Department at TU in 2001. He is currently serving as Professor of Petroleum Engineering. His responsibilities include the directorships of both TUFFP, and the Tulsa University Paraffin Deposition Projects (TUPDP)

Cem's research interests are multiphase flow in pipes, flow assurance and oil and gas production. He has authored several publications on these subjects.

Cem is a member of both the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). He served as an Associate Technical Editor of ASME Journal of Energy Resources Technology (JERT) from 1998 -2004. He has previously served as a member of the SPE Production Operations Committee and is a member of the SPE Journal Editorial Board. He was one of the recipients of the SPE's Outstanding Editor Award in 2000. He is a member of SPE Facilities and Construction Standing Committee. He is currently serving as the Chair of SPE Facilities and Construction Award Committee. In addition to his SPE activities, he serves as a Technical Advisory Committee member of BHRg's Multiphase Technology Conferences.
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Associate Director - Dr. Eduardo Pereyra

Eduardo Pereyra

Contact: 918-631-5107; EMail Dr. Pereyra

Eduardo Pereyra received his M.S. (2006) and Ph.D. (2010) degrees in petroleum engineering from The University of Tulsa.  He holds two B.S. degrees from the University of Los Andes: Mechanical Engineering (2000) and System Engineering (2000).

From 2000 to 2003, Eduardo worked for the R&D center of the Venezuelan oil company PDVSA-Intevep.  In 2004, he joined The University of Tulsa as a Research Assistant.  During 2006 he worked for Multiphase System Integration (MSI) in the areas of multiphase transport, facilities design, and multiphase flow metering systems.  Eduardo continued to work as a Research Assistant at The University of Tulsa from 2007 to 2010.  In summer 2005, 2006 and 2007, he worked as a Research Scientist Intern at Chevron's Advanced Production Technology Unit.
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Project Coordinator - Linda Jones

Linda Jones

Contact: 918-631-5110; EMail Linda

Linda has worked for The University of Tulsa since 1984. She has been with the North Campus projects since 1989. Linda is the Project Coordinator for TUFFP, TUPDP, and TUHOP. Her responsibilities include external communications, providing computer support for graduate students, publishing and distributing all research reports and deliverables, managing the computer network and web sites, and supervision of part-time office help.
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Project Coordinator - Kelley Friedberg

 

Kelley FriedbergContact: 918-631-5111; EMail Kelley


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Visiting Research Prof. - Dr. Abdel Al-Sarkhi

Abdel Al-Sarhki

Contact: 918-631-5110; EMail Dr. Al-Sarkhi

Al-Sarkhi Abdelsalam is currently an Associate Professor at King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM), Saudi Arabia. He holds a B.S. and M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Jordan University of Science and Technology and a Ph.D degree in Mechanical Engineering from Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK. Before joining KFUPM he was a Research Associate in the Tulsa University Fluid Flow Project (TUFFP) at The University of Tulsa.  He served as an Assistant and Associate Professor at Hashemite University, Jordan from 2001-2006. He also worked as a Research Associate at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign with Prof. T.J. Hanratty’s multiphase flow group from 1999-2001. Dr. Al-Sarkhi has conducted research in the multiphase flow area since 1999; he has been the principle investigator on many research projects and is author of over 34 refereed journal publications.

The main research interests of Dr. Al-Sarkhi are in the field of multiphase flow and thermo-fluid sciences.
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Research Associate - Dr. Jinho Choi

Jinho Choi

Contact: 918-631-5119; EMail Jinho

Dr. Jinho Choi received Ph.D. degree in Energy Systems Engineering (2012), M.S. degree in Petroleum Engineering (2008), and B.S. Degree in Civil, Urban and Geosystem Engineering (2006) from Seoul National University, South Korea. His Ph.D. dissertation topic was “Development of a Transient Gas-Liquid Pipe Flow Model Using Drift-Flux Approach”.  Since October 2010, he worked as a visiting researcher on "Simplified Transient Two-Phase Flow Modeling" at The University of Tulsa.  His research interests are model and simulator development for multiphase flow in pipelines. Currently, he is a Research Associate for the TUFFP and TUPDP research projects at The University of Tulsa.
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Research Associate - Dr. Carlos Torres

Carlos F. Torres

Contact: (918) 631-2152; EMail Carlos

Dr. Carlos F. Torres received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from The University of Tulsa (2006), his M.E. degree in Applied Mathematics from University of Los Andes, Venezuela (2001) and his B.E. Degree in Mechanical Engineering from University of Los Andes – Venezuela (1995). Since 1996, Carlos has worked for the University of Los Andes – Venezuela in the Thermal Science Department where he became a full professor in 2011. He worked as Research Associate with Dr. Leslie Thompson at The University of Tulsa, Oklahoma (summer 2008), and with Dr. Angeli at the University College London in the United Kingdom (fall-winter 2008), developing simulations CFD in multiphase flow. His research interests are model development and experimental test for multiphase flow in pipelines and devices, and developing CFD analysis for them. Currently, Carlos is a Research Associate for the TUFFP, TUHOP and TUHWALP research projects at The University of Tulsa.
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Project Engineer - Scott Graham

Scott Graham

Contact: 918-631-5147; EMail Scott

Mr. Graham is a Project Engineer for The University of Tulsa (TU) serving primarily the TU Fluid Flow Projects (TUFFP) and TU Paraffin Deposition Projects (TUPDP) consortia within the Petroleum Engineering Department. This consortium consists of sixteen international oil companies and focuses it’s studies on fluid flow and paraffin deposition. His responsibilities include working with Master and Ph.D. students to develop innovative measurement systems and sensors; plus teach and transfer practical instrumentation and control knowledge to students. He has an Associates Degree in Electrical/Electronics and has over 23 years of experience in the application and development of instrumentation devices and systems. He is currently working on his Bachelors in Political Science. Prior to coming to TU, Scott was the Program Coordinator for the Electrical/Electronic program of study at Oklahoma State University (OSU) – Okmulgee. In addition to the administrative responsibilities of his position, he served as the advisor to the ISA student section and taught the Process Measurement and Control classes. He served in that position for five years.

Scott began his career working as a roustabout for Conoco NGP in Carlsbad, New Mexico. Later as an instrument technician Scott designed and installed automation systems for gas processing plants. He also performed new electrical construction and assisted in putting together an electrical/instrumentation training program classes for Conoco's associate engineers in New Mexico and West Texas.

In 1992 after working for Conoco and gaining experience elsewhere, his career lead him to operate his own company based in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. Through Panel-Tek Inc., he designed, manufactured, and marketed chemical injection equipment, and electronic controls for the petroleum industry. From this work he holds several patents related to measurement of crude oil and related processes. The products produced included such items temperature and pressure measurement devices, flow computers, and data acquisition equipment. In 1997 Emerson Electric purchased Panel-Tek where he stayed on as Operation Manager for two years.

Scott enjoys working with students to help them to develop and master the technical skills needed to function in today’s marketplace.
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Research Technician - Franklin Birt

Franklin Birt

Contact: (918) 631-5140; EMail Franklin

Franklin Birt is an electronics technician joining the Fluid Flow group after working for the Hydrates group for the past 3 years. Before coming to The University of Tulsa, Birt worked for more than 20 years in the electronics industry. At Time Mark Corporation, he worked as an engineering technician and draftsman, designing and mass producing custom industrial controls and three-phase power monitoring equipment. He was recruited from Time Mark by Panel-Tek Inc., a design and development company specializing in oilfield related electronics and equipment, to serve as an engineering technician, circuit board designer, and customer service representative. He then moved to Control Devices Inc., an industry leader in pipeline pig locating and tracking equipment, Birt worked as a circuit board and electronics packaging designer and championed the development of innovative manufacturing processes and practices. He then moved to Tucker Technologies, the technology division of Tucker Energy Services, as a circuit board designer and later as the Manufacturing Group Leader where he supervised the Manufacturing and Test departments. Tucker Technologies designs and manufactures state of the art downhole logging tools and software.
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Research Technician - Don Harris

Don Harris

Contact: (918) 631-2350; EMail Don



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Research Technician - Norm Stegall

Norm Stegall

Contact: (918) 631-5133; EMail Norm


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Research Technician - Craig Waldron

Craig Waldron

Contact: 918-631-5131; EMail Craig

Craig has 20 years experience working as a research technician in labs and pilot plants for Du Pont and Conoco prior to coming to work at The University of Tulsa in April 2001.
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Research Assistant - Feras Al-Ruhaimani

Feras Al_Ruhaimani

Contact: 918-631-5115; EMail Feras

Feras Al-Ruhaimani earhed his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Petroleum Engineering from Kuwait University. He has worked as a Petroleum Engineer for Kuwait Oil Company for 8 years. Feras joined the TUFFP team in the fall 2010 semester to begin work on his Ph.D. in Petroleum Engineering.
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Research Assistant - Yasser AlSaadi

Yasser AlSaadiContact: 918-631-xxxx; EMail Yasser

Yasser Alsaadi holds a B.S. degree in Petroleum Engineering from King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals in Saudi Arabia. He works for Saudi Aramco as a Flow Assurance Engineer. In fall 2011, Yasser joined TUFFP research team as a research assistant to pursue his M.S. in Petroleum Engineering. He is currently working on "Liquid Loading In Deviated Pipes From 60° to 90°".


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Research Assistant - Samet Ekinci

Samet Ekinci

Contact: 918-631-5115; EMail Samet

Samet Ekinci earned a B.S. degree in Petroleum Engineering from Istanbul Technical University (ITU). His graduate project was "Storage of Natural Gas and Simulating Kuzey Marmara Gas Field in Rubis". He received a scholarship from the Turkish Petroleum Corporation in the field of production engineering which is his specialty. Samet is currently working toward his M.S. in petroleum engineering under Dr. Sarica's supervision on the TU Fluid Flow Projects (TUFFP).
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Research Assistant - Kiran Gawas

Kiran Gawas

Contact: 918-631-5138; EMail Kiran

Mr. Kiran Gawas joined TUFFP team as a research assistant to pursue his Ph.D. degree in Petroleum Engineering in spring 2009. Mr. Gawas has a B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering from Institute of Chemical Technology (ICT), Mumbai and a Master of Technology degree in chemical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology (IITB), Bombay . He is currently working on studies in low liquid loading in gas-oil-water three phase flows.
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Research Assistant - Hamidreza Karami

Hamidreza Karami

Contact: EMail Hamidreza

Hamidreza Karami received his B.S. degree in Petroleum Engineering from Sharif University of Technology in Tehran, Iran in July 2009. He joined The University of Tulsa in fall 2009 as a Research Assistant in TU's Paraffin Deposition Projects and he is currently pursuing his M.S. degree in Petroleum Engineering at TU. He is working on the small scale facility and studying paraffin deposition in single phase turbulent flow.
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Research Assistant - Duc Vuong

Duc Vuong

Contact: 918-631-5143; EMail Duc

Duc Vuong joined the TUFFP team as a Research Assistant to pursue his Ph.D. degree in Petroleum Engineering in the spring 2013 semester. He has B.S. (2007) and M.S. (2009) degrees in Petroleum Engineering from The University of Tulsa. Duc earned his M.S. working as a Research Assistant on the TU High-viscosity Oil Projects (TUHOP) team performing experiments on high-viscosity-oil and water two-phase flow. He worked for PetroVietnam Exploration and Production Company in Vietnam from 2010-2012. Duc He is currently working on a 6-inch loop studying high pressure liquid loading in oil-gas two-phase flow.
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Visiting Research Scholar - Mingon Chu

Contact: 918-631-xxxx; EMail Mingon


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Visiting Research Scholar - Jaejun Kim

Jaejun Kim

Contact: 918-631-xxxx; EMail Jaejun

Jaejun Kim earned a B.S. degree in Energy Resource Engineering from Seoul National University (SNU) in South Korea. His B.S. thesis topic was "Research of the DWS Method for the Heavy Oil". He is currently working on "Effect of Pipe Inclination on Flow Characteristics of High Viscosity Oil-Gas Two-Phase" at The University of Tulsa.
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Visiting Research Scholar - Dr. Maher Shariff

Maher Shariff

Contact: 918-631-2152; EMail Maher

Dr. Maher M. Shariff holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Bradley University, a M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Washington University, a Master of Engineering degree from Vanderbilt University, and a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering with highest honors from Wichita State University. Dr. Shariff's dissertation work at Wichita State, in association with the National Institute for Aviation Research (NIAR), was in the area of Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD). After working for Cessna Aircraft Company (a Textron Company) as an Analytical Design Engineer from September 2000 to September 2001, Dr. Shariff joined SABIC Research and Technology Center in Jubail, Saudi Arabia, where he was employed until February 2003. Subsequently, he began his career with Saudi Aramco at their new Research and Development Center, where he currently works as a Research Scientist in the Oil and Gas Treatment Team. Dr. Shariff's research interests lie in the areas of drilling and completion fluids, gas/oil/water separation, MHD pipe flows with heat transfer and advanced reactor design. He is credited with a U.S. Patent and more than 20 regional and international publications and presentations. Dr. Shariff is a member of numerous professional societies, including the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Society of Petroleum Engineers, American Chemical Society. Currently he is serving as the Vice-Chair of the American Society for Mechanical Engineers (Eastern Saudi Arabia Section), in 2012 was elected to serve as the Publicity and Events Director for Saudi Arabian International Chemical Sciences Chapter of American Chemical Society (SAICSC-ACS). He is a member of several honor societies, including Sigma Xi (Scientific Research), Tau Beta Pi (Engineering), and Phi Kappa Phi (Academic).
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