Penn State University, University Park, Pennsylvania, USA

  • Ph.D., Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering, 2008.
  • Minor, Computational Science, 2008.

West Virginia University, Morgantown, West Virginia, USA

  • M.S., Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering, 2005.

Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey

  • B.Sc., Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering (Honors), 2003.


Dr. Emre Artun is an associate professor and the program coordinator of Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering at Middle East Technical University, Northern Cyprus Campus. He previously worked for Quantum Reservoir Impact (QRI) as a reservoir engineering analyst, and Chevron Energy Technology Company as a reservoir simulation engineer. He completed reservoir engineering and simulation studies for hydrocarbon fields in Kazakhstan, Angola, Nigeria, Kuwait, and the United States. He worked on challenging projects and reservoirs including development planning for green fields, waterflooded naturally-fractured carbonates, near-critical gas/condensate reservoirs, sour-gas production/injection, and compartmentalized reservoirs.

Dr. Artun received his Ph.D. Degree from Penn State University, M.S. Degree from West Virginia University, B.Sc. Degree from Middle East Technical University (Turkey), all in petroleum and natural gas engineering. He also holds a graduate minor in computational science from Penn State. His research interests broadly include data-driven modeling/analytics applications in reservoir engineering problems.  Dr. Artun applies modern artificial intelligence, data analytics and data-driven modeling techniques to problems such as performance forecasting, screening and optimization of recovery, characterization and resource assessment of hydrocarbon and geothermal resources.

Dr. Artun’s research work has been published as book chapters, in peer-reviewed technical journals and in the proceedings of international/national conferences. He is currently an associate editor of Journal of Natural Gas Science and Engineering and a member of the editorial board of International Journal of Oil, Gas, and Coal Technology. He also has been serving as a technical editor for several technical journals and in various committees and conferences primarily within the Society of Petroleum Engineers.

Research Interests

  • Data-driven analytics and artificial intelligence applications
  • Reservoir engineering, modeling and characterization
  • Secondary/enhanced oil recovery methods


  • 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 SPE Faculty Enhancement Travel Grant
  • 2013 Certificate of Excellence in Reviewing, J. of Natural Gas Science and Engineering
  • 2009 Chevron Winning Together Award
  • 2008 Penn State Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering Graduate Merit Award
  • 2008 2nd place at the Penn State Annual Graduate Exhibition – Engineering Division – Poster Competition
  • 2005 Best Student Paper Award at the AAPG Eastern Section Meeting
  • 2003-2008 Research/Teaching Assistantships, Penn State University (2005-2008) and West Virginia University (2003-2005)
  • 2003 Received the B.Sc. Degree with Honors (METU)
  • 2002-2003 High Honor Student, Middle East Technical University (Spring 2002, Fall 2002, Spring 2003)
  • 2019 Advisee Award: 2nd place at the SPE Europe Section Undergraduate Student Paper Contest, High-performance optimization of cyclic steam injection by coupling particle swarms and a data-driven forecasting model by Yusuf Shakeel
  • 2015 Advisee Award: 1st place at the SPE Turkey Section Undergraduate Student Paper Contest, A parametric study on the effects of reservoir parameters on the polymer-alternating-water injection process, by Noof Abdalla

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