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Emeritus Professor


Research Interests: Unconventional gas, condensate, and oil reservoirs analyses and simulation; Flow assurance and mitigation in reservoirs, wells, and pipelines; Oil and gas processing, transportation, and storage

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M.E., Chemical Engineering, Technical University of Istanbul, Turkey, 1971
M.S., Chemical Engineering, University of Texas, Austin, 1975
Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, University of Oklahoma, Norman, 1978

Faruk Civan is the Martin G. Miller Chair Professor in the Mewbourne School of Petroleum and Geological Engineering at the Univ. of Oklahoma. He formerly held the Brian and Sandra O’Brien Presidential and Alumni Chair Professorships. Previously, he worked at the Technical Univ. of Istanbul, Turkey. His principal research interests include fossil and sustainable energy resources development; carbon sequestration; unconventional gas and condensate reservoirs; reservoir and well/pipeline hydraulics and flow assurance; oil and gas processing, transportation, and storage; multiphase transport phenomena in porous media; environmental pollution assessment, prevention, and control; and mathematical modeling and simulation. He holds an advanced degree of engineering from the Technical Univ. of Istanbul, Turkey, an MS from the Univ. of Texas at Austin, and a PhD from the Univ. of Oklahoma, all in chemical engineering. 

He is a member of AIChE and the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE), and a member of the editorial boards of several journals.

SPE Reservoir Description and Dynamics Award, 2014.

Albert Einstein Medal of Honor in recognition of outstanding contributions and service in the field of Petroleum Engineering, 2005

SPE Distinguished Achievement Award for Petroleum Engineering Faculty, 2003

Kapitsa Medal of Honor for outstanding contributions to the field of engineering, 2002

Devegowda, D., Civan, F., and Sigal, R., RFP 2009UN001, Simulation of Shale Gas Reservoirs Incorporating Appropriate Pore Geometry and the Correct Physics of Capillarity and Fluid Transport, $1.3 Millions, funded by PRSEA, 10/1/2010-10/1/2013.

Devegowda, D., Civan, F., and Sigal, R., Simulation of Organic Shale Reservoirs Industry Consortium for RPSEA Matching Required: BP, Total, Newfield, Exco, Chesapeake, Southwester Energy, Weatherford, $45,000 per company, 2010-present. Web site:

Civan, F., Porous Media Transport Phenomena, John Wiley & Sons, Hoboken, New Jersey, NY, ISBN: 978-0-470-64995-4, 463 p., 2011.

Civan, F., Reservoir Formation Damage- Fundamentals, Modeling, Assessment, and Mitigation, 2nd Ed., Gulf Professional Pub., Elsevier, Burlington, MA, ISBN-13: 978-0-7506-7738-7, ISBN-10: 0-7506-7738-4, 1114 p., 2007,

Barajas-Cortes, P.E. and Civan, F., "Effective Modeling and Analysis of Salt Cavern Natural Gas Storage," Paper SPE-164489-MS, SPE Production & Operations, Vol. 29, No. 1, pp. 51-60, 2014.

Al-Ibadi, A. and Civan, F., "Experimental Investigation and Correlation of Treatment in Weak and High-Permeability Formations by Gel Particles," Paper SPE-153557-PA, SPE Production & Operations, Vol. 28, No. 4 , pp. 387-401, November 2013.

Civan, F., Rai, C. S., and Sondergeld, C. H., "Determining Shale Permeability to Gas by Simultaneous Analysis of Various Pressure Tests," Paper 144253-PA, SPE Journal, Volume 17, Number 3, pp. 717-726, September  2012.