Abdelaziz Khlaifat, Professor

Department of Engineering

P.h.D.  Illinois Institute of Technology
Master  Illinois Institute of Technology
B.Sc.  Moscow Institute of Oil and Gas

Abdelaziz Khlaifat joined the engineering department at AUIS in 2018 following 20+ years of professional experience gained within different academic institution and oil and gas industry. Before joining AUIS, Abdelaziz worked as a founding Head of Petroleum Engineering Department at Abu Dhabi Polytechnic in UAE.

Abdelaziz worked with different academic institutions as an instructor, assistant professor, associate professor and professor and had held some admin positions such as Chairman of Chemical Engineering, Vice Dean of Engineering, Dean of Mining and Environmental Engineering College, Assistant to the President for Planning and Development, and Director of different Research Centers. He spent about 3 years working with oil and gas industry as a senior reservoir engineer and as a manager for Weatherford Research Center located in Dharan Techno Valley in Saudi Arabia. Abdelaziz was a founder/co-founder of different academic departments, research centers, and a business incubator.

Abdelaziz obtained his B.Sc. in Petroleum Engineering (1990) from Moscow Institute of Oil and Gas, Moscow-Russia, Master of Chemical Engineering and P.h.D. in Chemical/Reservoir Engineering from Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago-USA in 1994 and 1998, respectively.

Abdelaziz is actively involved in scientific research and development of novel methodologies and techniques in tight and shale gas reservoirs, shale gas resource development workflow and tight gas staged field experiments. He has authored/coauthored over 90 publications, including journal articles, book chapters and specialized conference proceedings in the areas of flow through porous media, hydrocarbon reservoir engineering, unconventional tight and shale gas, managed pressure drilling, non-aqueous phase Liquid transport, photocatalysis, two phase flow modeling and simulation, and Dead Sea related-research. He is an active member of the SPE, AIChE, JGA, JES, JEA, AHWA and SFERA.