Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering

Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering


The Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering at AURAK is dedicated to producing world-class chemical and petroleum engineering engineers. The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is among the world's top 10 producers of hydrocarbon energy (oil and gas) and petrochemicals, making these industries critical to the country's economy. Petroleum engineering plays a vital role in keeping the supply and demand of crude oil met at both the national and global levels, while chemical engineers refine hydrocarbons to provide the world with various energy products, including gasoline, diesel, natural gas, and other renewable energy sources. Chemical engineers also contribute to transforming raw materials into valuable products and designing and developing new sustainable processes that support our planet.

AURAK’s Bachelor of Science degrees in Chemical Engineering and Petroleum Engineering are designed to prepare students for success in these fields. Our curricula are developed with a strong academic focus and are accredited by ABET and SACSCOC. To further enhance the learning experience, our classroom and laboratory instruction is supplemented with field visits every semester, and our students gain practical experience through internships during summer breaks.

Our faculty members are accomplished professionals who bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the classroom. They come from leading universities and industries around the world, providing students with a diverse range of perspectives and insights. Our department is equipped with state-of-the-art laboratories for undergraduate teaching and advanced research and development of graduate programs. As the UAE government promotes renewable energy initiatives, we are expanding our research to include cutting-edge areas such as ultra-deep drilling for geothermal energy production, high-energy density photovoltaic cells, production of liquid fuels and chemicals from abundant and clean energy sources other than crude oil and more.

Join us at the Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering and be part of a dynamic field with limitless potential.

The Chemical and Petroleum Engineering Department at AURAK has started building several laboratories, which are being equipped with state-of-the-art equipment to support teaching and research activities in the main areas of the two engineering programs. The laboratory facilities are designed to familiarize the students with theoretical and practical aspects of the various experiments and to introduce them to the aspects of industrial operations. The laboratories are managed and supervised by highly qualified engineers with graduate degree in respective programs.

The laboratories include:

Reservoir Rock and Fluid Properties Lab


To understand the importance of the reservoir rock and fluid properties in petroleum engineering practice. Rock properties laboratory measurements will be performed to determine electrical resistivity, porosity, permeability, capillary pressure and wettability. Also, this module is to introduce students to various properties of petroleum reservoir fluids, lab and field identification of reservoir fluids, and produce a PVT report.

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding:

  1. To understand various rock and fluid properties
  2. To be familiar with all the skills needed to achieve all experiments
  3. To know all the different methods that will be used to measure reservoir rock and fluid properties.

Intellectual Skills:

  1. Analyze lab tests results and develop an understanding of reservoir rocks and fluid properties;
  2. To conduct the different results Practical Skills:
  3. Determine the physical characteristics and composition of natural gas, crude oil and formation water;
  4. Perform analytical laboratory measurements of rocks in order to establish their petro-physical properties

Transferable Skills:

  1. Write and produce professional laboratory reports conforming to industrial norms and expectations (PVT reports).
  2. To work through a team work

PENG 321

  • Drilling Fluids Lab


The course will present an overview of the application of oil well drilling and completions fluids and the circulation system. The course includes discussions of fluids technology and products, emphasizing the reasons for fluid selection and application.

Learning outcome:

At the end of the course, students will learn about the basic components of drilling fluids, the functions and properties of drilling fluids, the measurements of these properties and the making of the mud reports, explain the role of rheology and how viscosity can be engineered for the benefit of operations. The students will become familiar with mud testing equipment, will be able to prepare mud test reports and identify trends and become familiar with drilling fluid additives like clays, polymers, weight materials. Furthermore the student will learn how contaminants affect drilling fluids and how to take corrective action against contamination.

PENG 322

  • Core Preparations
  • Unit Operations
  • Analytical Measurements Lab

Dr. Sara Faiz

Department Chair / Associate Professor – Chemical Engineering

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Dr. Gbubemi Harrison

Associate Professor - Petroleum Engineering

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Dr. Saad Balhasan

Associate Professor - Petroleum Engineering

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Dr. Uday Kumar

RAKRIC Coordinator / Associate Professor - Chemical Engineering

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Dr. Nageswara Rao Lakkimsetty

Virtual Adjunct Assistant Professor - Chemical Engineering

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Mr. Babatunde Opeyemi Alamurin

Lab Engineer

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Last Updated: 24 Nov 2023

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