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AUB faculty and students present solutions in Energy and Geo-Science Engineering
4/7/2017
Safa Jafari Safa  |  Office of Communications  |  media@aub.edu.lb  | 

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The Munib and Angela Masri Institute of Energy and Natural Resources at AUB held its 7th annual workshop on “Energy Geo-Science and Engineering.”  The workshop offered a platform for the presentation of faculty and student research funded by the Masri Institute, in the presence of regional and international experts in the field.

 
“AUB and the Faculty of Engineering and Architecture (FEA) have taken an active role in energy education, research, and development since this is an area of strategic interest to the University, Lebanon, and the region,” said Dr. Nesreen Ghaddar, Director of the Masri Institute at AUB. “Today’s event is aligned with FEA’s new mission which includes a statement that ‘our Faculty produces transformative knowledge and technology through internationally-recognized research and design, and seeks to leverage the special contexts of Lebanon and the region to define highly novel and relevant research programs.’”

 
For almost a decade, the Masri Institute has been promoting academic and professional collaboration and interdisciplinary research relevant to the region and advancing knowledge in areas that promote sustainability and the responsible management of natural resources.
“This workshop brings insight to ongoing research directions and educational programs at AUB where faculty and students engage in a unique experience focusing on knowledge relevant to the country and the region,” said AUB Trustee Munib Masri in his message delivered by his grandson Munib Masri, currently a graduate student in the Energy Studies program at AUB. “Building local capacity in the country and the region is very important for the responsible management of natural resources,” he added as he highlighted the importance of “building on the role of academia and research for advancing knowledge in geo-science and engineering to face challenges as Lebanon has restarted its first oil and gas licensing round and is soliciting bids for five offshore blocks.”

 
Keynote speaker, Dr. J. Carlos Santamarina, Professor of Earth Science and Engineering and Associate Director of the Upstream Petroleum Engineering Research Center at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), gave a talk on “Pressing geo-science and engineering needs in the energy sector.” He presented facts and figures depicting world trends in high and unsustainable consumption of energy requiring innovative solutions in energy geo-technology with contributions to: resource recovery (petroleum, methane hydrates), energy geo-storage, efficiency and conservation, and the geological storage of energy waste. Dr. Santamarina also discussed the scientific foundations of geo-material behavior, subsurface processes, and the use of conceptual and experimental frameworks to advance the study of phenomena.
 
Three research projects funded by the Masri Institute were featured in the event through presentations by Prof. George Saad on optimizing the secondary oil production process by varying the injection paradigm; Prof. Shadi Najjar on pipeline design for offshore facilities and infrastructure; and Prof. Mariette Awad on online learning of 4D seismic data for real time reservoir management. This was followed by a panel discussion on geo-science and engineering to respond to new emerging needs of Lebanon as it restarted its first oil and gas licensing round.

 
In addition, graduate students who worked on supervised interdisciplinary research projects funded by the Institute presented their work and findings in a 12-poster session. Two prizes were granted to the top posters, as assessed by a jury from FEA. First prize went to a team from the Chemistry Department, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, proposing a method for efficient decontamination of water from Arsenic (50% removal rate). Second prize went out to an FEA team developing an energy-harvesting system from new radio frequency.

 
“What is noteworthy here is the quality of research that AUB is producing,” said Dr. Nasser Hoteit, Head of the Technical and Engineering Department in the Lebanese Petroleum Administration Authority. “The studies being conducted at AUB are thorough; they tackle all angles and cover all steps in the value chain of oil and gas production. The workshop today addressed issues that are of extreme importance to Lebanon such as good or wise governance, renewable energy, geo-science data, geo-engineering findings, efficient production technologies and the use of robotics in this regard, and building a self-sufficient local task force.” 
Story Highlights
  • ​The Munib and Angela Masri Institute of Energy and Natural Resources at AUB held its 7th annual workshop on “Energy Geo-Science and Engineering.”
  • The workshop offered a platform for the presentation of faculty and student research funded by the Masri Institute, in the presence of regional and international experts in the field.
 
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