Dr. Babadagli is a professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, School of Mining and Petroleum Engineering , at the University of Alberta. He holds BS and MS degrees from Istanbul Technical University and MS and PhD degrees from the University of Southern California, all in petroleum engineering and previously served on the faculty at Istanbul Technical U., Turkey, and Sultan Qaboos University, Oman.

Dr. Babadagli has specialized in the physics of fluid and heat flow through porous and fractured media, reservoir characterization through stochastic and fractal methods, the optimization of oil/heavy-oil recovery, and CO2 sequestration. He has conducted numerous industry/governmental/agency research projects, and developed expertise in identifying oil-field problems and recommended solutions as a consultant to companies and agencies

He was an Executive Editor for SPE Reservoir Evaluation and Engineering (Formation Evaluation part) between 2010 and 2013 and an Associate Editor of ASME J. of Energy Resources Technology between 2011 and 2014. He also served as a reviewer for numerous journals and received SPE’s A Peer Apart Award in 2013. He has been an active member of Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) and was a member of the several Committees of SPE Conference and Forum Series . He is currently a member of JPT (Journal of Petroleum Technology) Editorial Committee (for a 6-year period to end in April 2021)

Dr. Babadagli has received the McCalla Professorship (2006-2007) for his research on "Increasing the Efficiency of Oil/Heavy-Oil Recovery" and the Killam Annual Professorship in 2011-2012.

As of July 1, 2011, Dr. Babadagli holds an NSERC Industrial Chair in Unconventional Oil Recovery.

Dr. Babadagli was selected as an SPE Distinguished Member in 2013 and is the recipient of the 2017 SPE International Reservoir Description and Dynamics Award. He also served as an SPE Distinguished Lecturer in 2013-2014.

BACKGROUND

Education

BS     :    Petroleum Engineering, Istanbul Technical University, Turkey, 1983.
MS     :    Petroleum Engineering, Istanbul Technical University, Turkey, 1985.
MS     :    Petroleum Engineering, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, USA, 1988.
Ph.D. :    Petroleum Engineering, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, USA, 1992.

Work experience

PositionOrganizationDepartmentPeriod
ProfessorUniversity of Alberta
Canada
Dept. of Civil & Env. Eng.,
School of Mining and Petroleum Engineering
July 2005 –
present
Associate Prof.University of Alberta
Canada
Dept. of Civil & Env. Eng.,
School of Mining and Petroleum Engineering
July 2002 –
June 2005
Associate Prof.Sultan Qaboos University, OmanDept. of Petroleum & Mineral Resources EngineeringSept.1998-
July 2002
Associate Prof.Istanbul Technical University
Turkey
Dept. of Petroleum and Natural Gas EngineeringOct. 1996-
July 1998
Assistant
Prof.
Istanbul Technical University
Turkey
Dept. of Petroleum and Natural Gas EngineeringDec. 1992-
Oct. 1996

Academic Positions

  • Guest Professor: Chengdu University of Technology, Chengdu, China, College of Petroleum Engineering, May 2018- May 2021.

  • Guest Professor: Xi’an Shiyou University, Xi’an, China, College of Petroleum Engineering, July 2015- July 2018 (extended for another two years until July 2020).

Academic Visits

  • Visiting Scholar: Waseda University, Dept. of Resources and Envir. Eng., Tokyo, Japan,. July 1–August 17, 2006 (through the financial support of The Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, Fellowship).

    Research topic: “Characterization of Fractured Subsurface Reservoirs for Modeling Transport Processes” (visit hosted by Prof. Norio Arihara) .

  • Visiting Scientist: Middle East Technical University, Dept. of Petroleum and Natural Gas Eng., Ankara, Turkey, Nov. 4-13, 2005 . Sponsored by the Scientific and Technical Research Council of Turkey (TUBITAK), Fellowship Program to Support Visiting Scientists.

    Research topic: “Mature Field Development” and “CO2 Injection-Sequestration in Fractured Heavy-Oil Reservoirs” (visit hosted by Dr. S. Akin).

  • Visiting Scientist: Middle East Technical University, Dept. of Petroleum and Natural Gas Eng., Ankara, Turkey, May 2-5, 2005 and June 20-23, 2005. Sponsored by the University of Alberta, Fund for Support of International Development Activities, FSIDA.

    Research topic: Pore to Field Scale Investigation of CO2 Sequestration in Oil Reservoirs (visit hosted by Dr. S. Akin).

  • Visiting Scientist: RWTH Aachen, Geologie-Endogene Dynamik, (Technical University of Aachen, Dept. of Geology), Aachen, Germany, Aug. 6 – Aug. 19, 2001. Sponsored by Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst, DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service).

    Research topic: Fracture closure mechanism due to mineral precipitation during brine flow (visit hosted by Prof. J. Urai and Dr.C. Hilgers).

  • Visiting Scientist: University of Southern California, Dept. of Chemical Engineering, Petroleum Eng. Program, Los Angeles, CA, June 18 – July 1, 2001. Sponsored by Petroleum Development Oman, Project No: CR/ENG/PMRE/01/13.

    Research topic: Steam injection in naturally fractured reservoirs: Modeling matrix-fracture interaction (visit hosted by Dr. Y.C. Yortsos and Dr. I. Ershaghi).

  • Visiting Scholar: Imperial College, Dept. of Earth Res. Eng., London-UK, July 3–Aug. 30, 1996. Sponsored by The Scientific and Technical Research Council of Turkey, NATO Fellowship and The British Council.

    Research Topic: Modeling thermal-mechanical-hydraulic flow during waterflooding into petroleum reservoirs: Numerical modeling of the fracture development and change in permeability field during injection into oil reservoirs (visit hosted by Dr. T.S. Daltaban).

  • Researcher: Opole Tech. Univ., Chem. Eng. Dept., Opole, Poland, Aug. 15-Oct. 15, 1985. Sponsored by IAESTE and Opole Technical University.

    Research Topic: Numerical modeling part of two-phase flow of heavy-oil and water in vertical pipes (visit hosted by Dr. W. Spisak, Dr. R. Ulbrich and Prof. L. Troniewski).

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