Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering

Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering


The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is among the world’s 10 largest hydrocarbon energy (oil and gas) and petro-chemicals producers. Petroleum engineering plays a major role in shaping the modern society by providing advanced technology to keep the supply and demand of crude oil met at the national and at the global level. Toward that end, petroleum engineers are trained with college level mathematics, physics, chemistry and expert knowledge in three disciplines, namely Drilling, Reservoir, and Production Engineering.

Chemical engineers refine the hydrocarbons, which are produced from offshore and onshore fields, and provide the world with gasoline, diesel, natural gas, liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), liquefied natural gas (LNG) and other readily portable energy products needed for transportation electricity generation, and heating purposes. Besides energy, chemical engineers design and operate huge petro-chemicals, fertilizer and pharmaceutical plants to manufacture thousands of petro-chemical products that define and maintain modern civilization: automobiles, computers, telephones, fertilizers, medicines, and cosmetics – to name a few.

The Department’s two engineering degree programs are dedicated to produce world class engineers with a major in either petroleum or chemical engineering. We have developed strong curricula in both degree programs, and are working to obtain ABET* and SACSCOC** accreditations. Classroom and laboratory instructions are augmented with organized field visits every semester. During summer vacations, students gain industrial experience by working in industries as internee. Upon graduation, they transit into highly paid careers in the Upstream (oil and gas production), Downstream (refining and petro-chemicals) and the Midstream (pipeline, LNG carriers, etc.) industries. With the world striving toward Climate Control, AURAK endeavors to give an edge to groom chemical and petroleum engineers in order to adapt to a more environmentally sustainable economy.

With UAE government’s initiative for renewable energy, petroleum engineering is expanding its frontiers to include now ultra-deep drilling for geothermal energy production. Chemical engineering is expanding as well to develop efficient thermodynamic carriers for geothermal heat mining, high-energy density photovoltaic cells and solar panels, fuel cells, as well as energy storage super-capacitors, and myriads nanostructured materials that are immensely impacting the quality of life positively on planet earth.

At AURAK we are developing a vibrant and supportive department with highly accomplished faculty members drawn from world’s premier universities and industries from North America to Australia, and modern laboratories for undergraduate teaching as well as graduate and advanced research and development programs. ADNOC provides excellent scholarships, and more agencies are in the pipeline to support our vision to make AURAK a premier institution in the world to produce chemical and petroleum engineers of tomorrow with robust capabilities to attend to our growing energy, petro-chemicals, pharmaceutical, agricultural, transportation and life-style needs in an environmentally conscious and sustainable manner.

*Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, Inc. (USA)

** Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (USA)


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 them 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 will be used to measure reservoir rock and fluid properties.

Intellectual Skills:

  1. Analyses 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 Lab
  • Unit Operations Lab
  • Analytical Measurements Lab

Faculty & Staff

Dr. Sara Faiz
Department Chair / Associate Professor – Chemical Engineering
Building G-321
Ext: 8715
Dr. Mohamed Al Zarooni
Associate Provost for Research and Community Service / Associate Professor - Chemical Engineering
Building K-360
Ext: 8890
Dr. Gbubemi Harrison
Associate Professor - Petroleum Engineering
Building G-345
Ext: 8718
Dr. Saad Balhasan
Assistant Professor - Petroleum Engineering
Building G-302
Ext: 8719
Dr. Uday Kumar
RAKRIC Coordinator / Assistant Professor - Chemical Engineering
Building G-313
Ext: 8720
Dr. Abo Taleb Al-Hameedi
Virtual Assistant Professor - Petroleum Engineering
Mr. Babatunde Opeyemi Alamurin
Lab Engineer
Petroleum Engineering Lab
Ext: 8716
Ms. Salma Gargar
Administrative Assistant - Chemical and Petroleum Engineering Department Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering (EECE) Department
Building G-317
Ext: 8745
Last updated: Apr 5, 2021 @ 4:28 pm

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