MIT: Independent Activities Period: IAP

IAP 2017

The Power of Science in Overcoming Challenges for Oil & Gas Industry

Dr. Abeer Olayan, Visiting Scientist, Dr. Alfredo Alexander-Katz, Professor

Jan/09 Mon 01:00PM-02:30PM 2-147
Jan/11 Wed 01:00PM-02:30PM 2-147
Jan/13 Fri 01:00PM-02:30PM 2-147

Enrollment: Limited: Advance sign-up required
Limited to 60 participants
Attendance: Participants must attend all sessions
Prereq: Device (mobile/Laptop/ipad) with Internet access

The intention of this course is to give MIT students an overview about oil and gas industry for deeper understanding to the overall business. In this course, the technical challenges in operation that could stimulate the imagination of the attendees to find better technologies and solutions will be discussed. This course should include videos and virtual games that will promote the understanding of the course objectives and contents. Attendees will learn about the following areas of the oil and gas exploration and production (E&P) business:

·      Introduction to oil & gas industry

o   The global demand

o   History

o   Petroleum geology

o   The difference between Upstream and Downstream

o   Exploration

o   Drilling and workover

o   Production

·      Oilfield chemistry

·      The use of nanotechnology in oil and gas industries

·      Challenges and future issues

·      The importance of R&D business and academic collaboration with oil and gas industry

·      Renewable energy

·      Mitigation of Environmental impact

At the end of this course, the attendees will have the chance to visit some of oil companies that are located in Cambridge.

Refreshments will be provided

Sponsor(s): Materials Science and Engineering
Contact: Abeer Olayan, NE46-317, 857-998-6918,