Mustafa Onur, Ph.D. - The University of Tulsa
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Mustafa Onur, Ph.D.

McMan Chair in Petroleum Engineering


Mustafa Onur is McMan professor of the McDougall School of Petroleum Engineering at The University of Tulsa and director of TU Petroleum Reservoir Exploitation Projects (TUPREP). Before joining TU, he was a professor at Istanbul Technical University (ITU), Turkey. He also held the Schlumberger professorial chair at the department of Petroleum Engineering at Universiti Teknologi Petronas (UTP), Malaysia. His current research is on the application of inverse problem theory, mathematical optimization, and data science to problems of relevance in optimal reservoir management and development, assisted history matching and uncertainty quantification for oil, gas, pressure, and wireline formation testing, and conventional and unconventional geothermal reservoirs.

Onur holds a B.S. degree from the Middle East Technical University in Turkey and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from The University of Tulsa, all in petroleum engineering. He has served on the editorial committees of SPE Reservoir Evaluation & Engineering and SPE Journal. He is currently the Associate Editors of the SPE Journal and the Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering. He is the recipient of the 2010 SPE Formation Evaluation and 2018 Reservoir Description and Dynamics Awards and a distinguished SPE member.

Awards and Honors

  • 2010 SPE International Formation Evaluation Award
  • 2014 SPE International Distinguished Member
  • 2018 SPE Reservoir Description and Dynamics Award


  • Ph.D., Petroleum Engineering, The University of Tulsa, 1989
  • M.Sc., Petroleum Engineering, The University of Tulsa, 1986
  • B.S., Petroleum Engineering, Middle East Technical University, 1982

Research interests and areas of expertise

  • Application of inverse problem theory
  • Numerical optimization
  • Data science to problems of relevance in optimal reservoir management and development
  • Assisted history matching
  • Uncertainty quantification
  • Pressure
  • Rate and temperature transient testing
  • Geothermal reservoir engineering