Dr. Hisham A. Nasr-El-Din is a professor and holder of the John Edgar Holt Endowed Chair at Texas A&M University in Petroleum Engineering. Previously, he worked for 15 years as Principal Professional and Team Leader of the Stimulation Research and Technology Team at Saudi Aramco. Before joining Saudi Aramco, he worked for four years as a staff research engineer with the Petroleum Recovery Institute in Calgary. He also worked as a research associate with the University of Saskatchewan, the University of Ottawa, and the University of Alberta, all in Canada.
His research interests include well stimulation, formation damage, enhanced oil recovery, conformance control, interfacial properties, adsorption, rheology, cementing, drilling fluids, two-phase flow, and non-damaging fluid technologies. Nasr-El-Din has several patents and has published and presented more than 560 technical papers. He has received numerous awards within Saudi Aramco for significant contributions in stimulation and treatment-fluid technologies and stimulation design, and for his work in training and mentoring. Nasr-El-Din holds B.S. and M.S. degrees from Cairo University, Egypt and a Ph.D. degree from the University of Saskatchewan, Canada, all in Chemical Engineering. He is a review chairperson for SPEJ, and is a technical editor for SPEPO and SPEDC. He has been invited to give keynote presentations in various SPE and NACE conferences.
He received the SPE Regional Technical Discipline Award for Production and Operations in 2006, was named a Distinguished SPE Member in 2007, and received SPE awards for Outstanding Associate Editor (SPEJ) and Outstanding Technical Editor (SPEPO) in 2008. In addition, he has received the SPE Production and Operations Award and Outstanding Associate Editor Award (SPEJ) in 2009. He received the SPE “A Peer Apart” status in 2011 for reviewing more than 100 papers. Recently, he was named the 2013 recipient of the Distinguished Achievement Award for Petroleum Engineering Faculty.