Dr. Samuel Osisanya
Dr. Samuel Osisanya Professor
Teaching Areas
Research Interests

Professor, Department of Petroleum Engineering

Dr. Samuel O. Osisanya is a Professor of Petroleum Engineering at Khalifa University of Science & Technology in Abu Dhabi, UAE. He is a retired Professor in the School of Petroleum and Geological Engineering at the University of Oklahoma in Norman, Oklahoma, USA, where he taught drilling engineering, well completion and stimulation, production engineering, horizontal well technology, and emerging technologies for 22 years. The students selected him as the 1994, 2002, and 2004 outstanding professor of the year. During the academic year 2006-2007, he was selected as the Most Inspiring Faculty of The Student Athletes of University of Oklahoma. Dr. Osisanya was also an Assistant Professor at Montana Tech University where he taught nodal analysis and surface production operations; and a visiting lecturer at the University of Ibadan, Nigeria from 1980-1983. He was a graduate teaching assistant at the University of Texas, at Austin from 1986-1991, where he won UT College of Engineering 1989-90 Engineering Foundation TA/AI Award for Meritorious Service in Engineering Teaching.

Dr. Osisanya has eight years of industrial experience with Dresser Magcobar, Gulf (now Chevron), Shell-BP and ExxonMobil where he worked as an engineer in various categories and rose to the level of a drilling foreman. Dr. Osisanya technical interests include wellbore stability in shale formations, drilling optimization, cementing, well completion and production engineering. He was a recipient of a 5-year ($325,000) research project from the National Science Foundation (NSF) Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) program in 1995.

In 2000, Dr. Osisanya was selected by the United States National Science Foundation (NSF) as one of more than 250 NSF award winning scientists, engineers and Noble prize winners in the United States to visit middle school students, as part of the NSF 50th Anniversary celebration.

He has authored and co-authored more than 115 technical papers in SPE, JCPT, ASEE, other journal, and numerous reports. He was a member of the SPE Well Completion Technical Committee (1997-1999) and Faculty Advisor to the University of Oklahoma SPE Student Chapter (1995-1999). He is listed in Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers (1996). He was a member of the SPE Drilling Design and Management Technical Committee from 2001 - 2006. Dr. Osisanya has served as a panelist on the National Science Foundation-Graduate Research Fellowship Program (NSF-GRFP) for four years (2002-present).

He holds a B.Sc. (First Class – Suma Cum Laude) from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria, M.Sc. and Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin all in Petroleum Engineering. He is a registered professional engineer in the State of Texas and a member of SPE of AIME, American Association of Drilling Engineers (AADE), and American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE). Dr. Osisanya has taught several in-house short courses for the following companies: ExxonMobil in Nigeria, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Total in Nigeria, Chevron, in Nigeria, Halliburton in the US and Nigeria, Qatar General Petroleum Corporation (QGPC), Sonatrach of Algeria, PDVSA/CIED of Venezuela, Pertamina National Oil Company of Indonesia, AGIP of Italy, and Sonangol of Angola, Sidanco of Russia, TNK-BP of Russia, Kuwait Petroleum Corporation, Nigerian Association of Petroleum Explorationists (NAPE); VietSovPetro, Seminarium of Ecuador, Saudi Aramco, and Reliance of India, Total of Angola, NExT-Schlumberger, UNIStrategic of Sungapore , and PETROGROUP of Colombia.

  • Ph.D., Petroleum Engineering, University of Texas at Austin (USA), 1991
  • M.Sc., Petroleum Engineering, University of Texas at Austin (USA), 1986
  • B.Sc. (First Class Honors/Suma Cum Laude), Petroleum Engineering, The University of Ibadan (Nigeria), 1976
Teaching Areas
  • Oil Well Drilling Engineering
  • Well Completion and Stimulation
  • Horizontal Well Technology
  • Emerging Well Construction Technologies and Production Technology
Research Interests
  • Drilling and production operations with emphasis on wellbore stability in shale formation
  • Formulation of drilling and completion fluid systems
  • Drilling optimization
  • Cementing and completion technology
  • Emerging well construction technology
  • Horizontal well technology
  • Environmental studies