Mohan Kelkar, Ph.D., J.D. - The University of Tulsa
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Mohan Kelkar, Ph.D., J.D.

Chair of Petroleum Engineering

Applied Professor of Petroleum Engineering


Mohan Kelkar is Applied Professor of Petroleum Engineering and currently Chairman of McDougall School of Petroleum Engineering. He has published over 60 refereed articles and has made over 250 technical presentations at various technical meetings and invited talks. In addition, he has written three books: “Applied Geostatistics for Reservoir Description,” published by Society of Petroleum Engineers which is a best-seller; “Natural Gas Production Engineering,” published by PennWell Publications and “Petroleum Economics and Property Evaluation,” published by Petroskills.

He has participated in may professional service activities including General Chair of SPE IOR meeting in 2006 and has also served on SPE Board of Directors from 2010 through 2013. He was president of India Association of Greater Tulsa from 1996-1998 and currently serves as a president of South Asian Performing Arts Foundation, a non-profit organization presenting various cultural programs of south Asian origin to broader population.

Awards and Honors

  • SPE International Distinguished Member Award (2010)
  • SPE Distinguished Speaker (2007-08)
  • SPE International Distinguished Faculty Award (2009)
  • SPE Distinguished Service Award (2018)
  • SPE International Ferguson Certificate for best Technical Paper (2014)
  • SPE International “Peer Apart” Reviewer Award (2007)
  • The University of Tulsa Outstanding Teacher Award (2014)
  • Outstanding Junior Faculty Research Award (1995)
  • Tau Beta Pi 2001 Teaching Excellence Award from College of Engineering & Natural Sciences.


  • Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, University of Pittsburgh, 1982
  • M.S., Petroleum Engineering, University of Pittsburgh, 1981
  • B.S., Chemical Engineering, University of Mumbai, 1979

Research interests and areas of expertise

  • Reservoir optimization, modeling, and production optimization
  • Development plans for oil and gas reservoirs
  • Providing expertise in various technical and legal disputes involving oil and gas fields