Department of Earth Sciences

Department of Earth Sciences

At the Khalifa University of Science and Technology, we offer students a modern educational program leading to a BSc in Petroleum Geosciences. We have a strong research effort focused on local and regional geology. The Petroleum Geosciences Graduate Program at Khalifa University offers students the opportunity to pursue M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Earth Sciences.

The Department of Earth Sciences at Khalifa University is an internationally recognized center of excellence in education and research in petroleum geology and geophysics, and will be the leading university center of geosciences education, continuing education, and research in the Middle East.

The Department of Earth Sciences provides high-quality education in geology and geophysics to prepare students for a wide range of successful and socially and ethically responsible professional careers. Graduates can join both the local and international petroleum industry or may find career opportunities in governmental and non-governmental companies. PhD graduates can also choose to pursue academic careers with universities in the UAE and abroad.

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BSc in Petroleum Geosciences

The BSc in Petroleum Geosciences aims to provide a high-quality education in petroleum geology and geophysics and to produce graduates for successful, and socially and ethically responsible, careers in the petroleum industry and other geosciences sectors. The BSc in Petroleum Geosciences features blend of geology and geophysics as they relate to the discovery and exploitation of oil and gas.

The degree program also offers an optional concentration in Petroleum Geophysics for students who wish to focus on this specific area of the geosciences. The strengths of the Petroleum Geosciences curricula include an emphasis on geosciences project work and use of modern software applications. In addition, emphasis is placed on the development of professional skills during coursework. Earth Sciences laboratories, including a computer laboratory, are well equipped, and up-to-date geophysical equipment is available for field exercises. The program features a summer field geology course for students following the Petroleum Geosciences curriculum, and a summer internship in industry for students of the Concentration in Petroleum Geophysics.

Program Enrollment and Degree Data >>

  • Student Outcomes

    Upon completion of the BSc in Petroleum Geosciences, graduates will be able to:

    1. Apply knowledge of mathematics, chemistry, physics, geology, and geophysics to solve petroleum geosciences problems.
    2. Apply knowledge to formulate solutions to geoscience problems involving design of geophysical surveys, acquisition and processing of geophysical data, and make geological interpretations from results.
    3. Apply three-dimensional Earth models to solve exploration and production-type issues from appropriate geological, petrophysical and geophysical data.
    4. Function effectively on multi-disciplinary teams.
    5. Demonstrate an awareness of the social, ethical, and professional responsibilities in the exploration and exploitation of energy and natural resources, and a concern for major regional and global social and environmental issues.
    6. Demonstrate an ability to communicate in oral and written forms in English appropriate to the petroleum and broad energy industry.
    7. Demonstrate a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in, continual lifelong education.

    An additional outcome for the Concentration in Petroleum Geophysics will be the ability to:
    Analyze, quantitatively, the errors, limitations, and uncertainties in data.

  • Program Objectives

    The BSc in Petroleum Geosciences aims to produce graduates who will be able to:

    • Apply geological and geophysics knowledge and skills to recognize exploration, development, and production problems and design technically, economically, and environmentally sound solutions to find and maximize the value of petroleum resources of the UAE.
    • Contribute effectively, including in leadership roles, in multi-disciplinary exploration, development, and production teams.
    • Function ethically and with integrity such that society and industry benefit from their work as petroleum geoscientists.
    • Continue personal and professional growth through self-education.
    • Meet, or exceed, expectations of employers of the petroleum industry and other geosciences sectors in attaining technical and personal competencies.

Academic Faculty

Thomas Steuber

Professor
tsteuber@pi.ac.ae
+971 2 6075599

Sadoon Morad

Chaired Professor

smorad@pi.ac.ae
+971 2 6075596

Aldo Vesnaver

Chaired Professor
avesnaver@pi.ac.ae
+971 2 6075138

Stephen Neville Ehrenberg

Professor
sehrenberg@pi.ac.ae
+971 2 6075411

Guo Tao

Professor
gtao@pi.ac.ae
+971 2 6075238

Mohammed Ali

Professor
mali@pi.ac.ae
+971 2 6075282

Andrea Ceriani

Associate Professor –Interim Chair
aceriani@pi.ac.ae
+971 2 6075747

Sotirios Kokkalas

Associate Professor
skokkalas@pi.ac.ae
+971 2 6075761

Bing Zhou

Associate professor
bizhou@pi.ac.ae
+971 2 6075728

Youcef Bouzidi

Associate Professor
ybouzidi@pi.ac.ae
+971 2 6075381

Pier Paolo Bruno

Associate Professor
pbruno@pi.ac.ae
+971 2 607 5158

Flavia Fiorini

Assistant professor
ffiorini@pi.ac.ae
+971 2 6075245

Aisha Al Suwaidi

Assistant Professor,
Faculty Lab Coordinator Geochemistry and Stable Isotope Labs
aalsuwaidi@pi.ac.ae
+971 2 6075714

Mohammad Al Suwaidi

Assistant professor
malsuwaidi@pi.ac.ae
+971 2 6075503

Laboratory

Susanne Herrmann

Laboratory Engineer
sherrmann@pi.ac.ae
+971 2 6075573

Muhammad Asim Iqbal

Laboratory Engineer
maiqbal@pi.ac.ae
+971 2 6075243

Saif Ullah

Laboratory Engineer
sullah@pi.ac.ae
+971 2 6075292

Prasanth Thiyagarajan

Laboratory Technician
pthiyagarajan@pi.ac.ae
+971 2 6075251

Sanaa Masad

Laboratory Engineer
smasad@pi.ac.ae
+971 2 6075594

Vicky Nelson

Laboratory Engineer
vnelson@pi.ac.ae
+971 2 6075194

BSc in Petroleum Geosciences

Degree Requirements

The BSc in Petroleum Geosciences requires a total of 137 credit hours. These consist of 23 credit hours of General Education Requirements, 12 credit hours of General Engineering Requirements, 30 credit hours of Mathematics & Basic Sciences, three credit hours of a free elective, and 69 credit hours of specific Major Requirements, including a four credit hour, four-week Field Petroleum Geology Course, and six credit hours of a senior research project.

The Concentration in Petroleum Geophysics requires a total of 137 credit hours. This consists of 23 credit hours of General Education Requirements (GER), 12 credit hours of College of Engineering Requirements (CER), 30 credit hours of Mathematics & Basic Sciences, three credit hours of a free elective, and 69 credit hours of specific Major Requirements, including a one credit hour, three-week internship, and six credit hours for a senior research project. The concentration includes 16 credit hours in the specialized field.

BSc in Petroleum Geosciences

Typical Course Sequence for BSc in Petroleum Geosciences

Fall Spring
Year 1 MATH111 Calculus I 4 cr. MATH112 Calculus II 4 cr.
CHEM115 General Chemistry I 4 cr. ENGL 12 English Communication II 4 cr.
ENGL111 English Communication I 4 cr. PHYS121 University Physics I 4 cr.
ENGR111 Engineering Design 4 cr. CHEM116 General Chemistry II 4 cr.
Year 2 PHYS122 University Physics II 4 cr. HUMA102 Islamic Culture 3 cr.
HUMA150 Introduction to Economics 3 cr. HUMAXXX Humanities Elective 3 cr.
ENGR113 Introduction to Computing using Matlab 4 cr. MATH206 Differential Equations 3 cr.
PGEG221 Introduction to Geology and Geophysics 3 cr. PGEG210 Earth Materials 3 cr.
MATH231 Calculus III 3 cr. PGEG220 Geology of the Middle East 3 cr.
PGEG230 Geological Maps 3 cr.
Year 3 ENGR311 Innovation & Entrepreneurship 4 cr. PGEG351 Applied Geophysics 4 cr.
PGEG311 Sedimentary Petrology 4 cr. PGEG361 Sedimentology & Stratigraphy 3 cr.
PGEG321 Structural Geology 4 cr. PGEG371 Data Analysis & Geostatistics 4 cr.
PGEG331 Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology 3 cr. PGEG381 Rock Mechanics and Reservoirs 3 cr.
PGEG341 Paleontology 3 cr. HUMAXXX Economics/Business Elective 3 cr.
Summer PGEG397 Field Petroleum Geology 4 cr.
Year 4 Free Elective 3 cr. HUMAXXX Humanities Elective 3 cr.
PGEG312 Reflection Seismology 4 cr. PGEG412 Seismic Reflection Interpretation 4 cr.
PGEG401 Petrophysics & Logging 4 cr. PGEG451 Environmental Geology 3 cr.
PGEG490 Senior Research Project I 3 cr. PGEG461 Reservoir Characterization Project 4 cr.
PGEG491 Senior Research Project II 3 cr.

Total Credit Hours

137

Typical Course Sequence for BSc in Petroleum Geosciences – Concentration in Petroleum Geophysics

Fall Spring
Year 1 MATH111 Calculus I 4 cr. MATH112 Calculus II 4 cr.
CHEM115 General Chemistry I 4 cr. ENGL112 English Communication II 4 cr.
ENGL111 English Communication I 4 cr. PHYS121 University Physics I 4 cr.
ENGR111 Engineering Design 4 cr. CHEM116 General Chemistry II 4 cr.
Year 2 PHYS122 University Physics II 4 cr. HUMA102 Islamic Culture 3 cr.
HUMA150 Introduction to Economics 3 cr. HUMAXXX Humanities Elective 3 cr.
ENGR113 Introduction to Computing using Matlab 4 cr. MATH206 Differential Equations 3 cr.
PGEG221 Introduction to Geology and Geophysics 3 cr. PGEG210 Earth Materials 3 cr.
MATH231 Calculus III 3 cr. PGEG220 Geology of the Middle East 3 cr.
PGEG230 Geological Maps 3 cr.
Year 3 PGEG300 Matlab for Earth Scientists 3 cr. PGEG351 Applied Geophysics 4 cr.
PGEG311 Sedimentary Petrology 4 cr. PGEG361 Sedimentology & Stratigraphy 3 cr.
PGEG312 Reflection Seismology 4 cr. PGEG371 Data Analysis & Geostatistics 4 cr.
PGEG321 Structural Geology 4 cr. PGEG381 Rock Mechanics and Reservoirs 3 cr.
HUMAXXX Economics/Business Elective 3 cr. ENGR311 Innovation & Entrepreneurship 4 cr.
Summer PGEG398 Geophysics Internship 1 cr.
Year 4 Free Elective 3 cr. PGEG410 Reservoir Geophysics 3 cr.
PGEG400 Seismic Data Acquisition and Processing 3 cr. PGEG412 Seismic Reflection Interpretation 4 cr.
PGEG401 Petrophysics & Logging 4 cr. PGEG451 Environmental Geology 3 cr.
PGEG490 Senior Research Project I 3 cr. PGEG461 Reservoir Characterization Project 4 cr.
HUMAXXX Humanities Elective 3 cr. PGEG491 Senior Research Project II 3 cr.

Total Credit Hours

137

Students and faculty at Khalifa University have access to leading-edge research equipment and laboratories. This excellent research environment is enriched through strong relationships with over 20 national and international partners including industry leaders, multinational entities, government agencies, universities and other institutions.

Faculty in the Department of Earth Sciences are members of prestigious world-wide professional organizations such as American Association of Petroleum Geologists, American Geophysical Union, European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers, European Geosciences Union, Society of Exploration Geophysicists, Geological Society of America, and others.

Even if focused on petroleum geoscience, the diverse expertise of the faculty permits a variety of research opportunities, which include studies of earth surface and deep processes, geological hazards, environmental geoscience, and Quaternary geology, sedimentology/facies analysis, micropaleontology, bio- and chemo- stratigraphy, seismology, petrology, tectonics, geophysics, and geochemistry

Research interests of our faculty are as follows:

Faculty Member Research Areas
Dr. Mohammad E. Alsuwaidi
  • Carbonate reservoir characterization
  • Diagenesis
  • Sedimentology and stratigraphy
  • Geochemistry
  • Environmental geology and sustainability
Dr. Aisha Al-Suwaidi
  • The record of the Paleocene–Eocene Thermal Maximum from the UAE in Shallow Carbonates
  • Cretaceous and Jurassic Chemostratigraphy and Chronostratigraphy in the UAE and Argentina
  • Terrestrial Record of Early Cretaceous Climate Change
  • Triassic–Jurassic record from equatorial regions
  • Large Igneous Provinces Impact on the Atmosphere and Ocean
  • Oceanic Anoxic Events and Major Perturbations of the Carbon Cycle through time
Dr. Andrea Ceriani
  • Diagenesis of carbonates and siliciclastics
  • Sedimentology of carbonates and siliciclastics
  • Provenance of modern sands and ancient arenites
  • Petroleum and aqueous fluid inclusions
  • Evolution and migration of fluids in sedimentary basins
Dr. Bing Zhou
  • Seismic anisotropy modeling and inversion
  • Seismic ray and waveform tomography in viscoelastic media
  • DC resistivity anisotropic modeling and tomographic inversion
  • Geo-electromagnetic modeling and inversion
  • Geophysical multi-parameter inversion with structure constraints for geo-tomography.
Dr. Flavia Fiorini
  • Benthic foraminifera analysis for paleoenvironment resconstructions
  • Recent shallow marine benthic foraminifera of the Persian Gulf
  • Larger benthic foraminifera form the Dammam and Asmari formations in UAE
  • Taxonomic study of miliolidae foraminifera from the Persian Gulf
  • Benthic foraminifera in hypersaline intertidal area to monitor the response of those foraminifera to changes of water salinity and temperature
Dr. Guo Tao
  • Rock physics
  • Borehole geophysics
  • Petrophysics
Dr. Mohammed Ali
  • Tectonic evolution of the UAE mountains and foreland basins
  • Microseismic monitoring of carbonate reservoirs
  • Fracture systems in carbonate reservoirs
  • Seismic anisotropy of carbonate fractured reservoirs
  • Tectonic evolution of conjugate margins of Gulf of Aden
Dr. Pier Paolo G. Bruno
  • Geophysical imaging of complex environments
  • Geophysical characterization of active faulting and seismogenic zones
  • Geophysical imaging of volcanoes
  • Integrated inversion and interpretation of geophysical/geological data
Dr. Sadoon Morad
  • Impact of diagenesis on reservoir quality evolution
  • Fluid flow in sedimentary basins
  • Linking diagenesis to sequence stratigraphy
Dr. Sotirios Kokkalas
  • Fault/fracture geometry, interaction, and linkage
  • Orogenic evolution of fold-and-thrust belts and strike-slip tectonics
  • Active faulting, seismotectonics, Earthquake geology
Dr. Stephen Neville Ehrenberg
  • Various aspects of carbonate reservoir characterization
Dr. Thomas Steuber
  • Sedimentology and paleontology of Cretaceous carbonate platforms
  • Chemostratigraphy
  • Geochemical diagenesis of carbonates
  • Environmental isotope geochemistry
Dr. Youcef Bouzidi
  • Seismic data processing
  • Wave propagation in porous media
  • Carbonate rock physics
  • Seismic attribute analysis
  • Vertical Seismic Profiling and reservoir characterization

 

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