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2nd National Spaghetti Bridge Competition Held

The 2nd National Spaghetti Bridge Competition was held in Khazar University on December 24, 2015, by the Civil Engineering Department. Khazar University’s Rector, Professor Hasan Niknafs, and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Professor Mahammad Nuriev, participated in the competition. 
Four student groups from Khazar University and Azerbaijan State University of Oil and Industry competed against each other. Their authentic bridges had been accepted by the judging committee the day before competition.
The maximum loading capacity of bridges was measured by loading them till their breaking point. The winner was selected based on the ratio of the maximum load that each bridge carried to the weight of the bridge. The winner bridge was Hope from Khazar University with a ratio of 43.

 

 

 


 

 

First Robotics Competition at Khazar University

 

On December 18, 2015, a Robotics Competition took place at Khazar University among School of Engineering students. There was a total of six teams, with two members in each team. Teams competed in five different categories. The Robot Battle category was the most captivating for the audience. All categories were evaluated by a panel of judges. Referees were invited from engineering industry leaders and universities, including BP, SOCAR, Azerbaijan Technical University and Qafqaz University. The winning teams were awarded trophies, certificates and gifts from engineering companies including Emerson, Sigma, and Schneider Electric as well as from Khazar University. Students were most motivated by the special grants from ABB Company, which awarded them a week of free participation in the Technical Seminar of Automation in ABB Learning Centre.

Also see the following video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X8ryG7Sw2Vk 

The winning teams were as follows:

 

Overall 1st Place -- Challengers 

Overall 2nd Place -- Future Tech Guys (FTG)

Overall 3rd Place -- Team “Unknown”

 

 


Robotics Workshop

 

On December 3, a Robotics Workshop was held at Khazar University. It was organized by the Computer Science Department.  The main goal of this workshop was to give brief information about robotic technologies and their programming.

 The event included a one-day workshop with three parts. The workshop covered various aspects of Robotics. Training was presented by Professor Hamid D. Taghirad, Babak Sistani and Mohammad Farahi from K. N. Toosi University of Technology of Iran.

The first session covered the work of ARAS robotic group (an Iranian institution in the field of Robotics & Automation) and its missions. The second topic was an introduction to Robot Operating System (ROS), a ‘meta’ operating system and a set of software libraries and tools that help build robot applications. The final session was an introduction to Haptic technology, which is the science of touch. The presentation explained various types of haptic devices and classified them based on their structures, such as Inertial measurement unit (IMU), differential potentiometer, strain sensor, and image processing.

 Professor Hamlet Isaxanli, the founder of Khazar University and Chairman of its Board of Directors and Trustees, also participated in the event. 

 

 


 

 

Instructor’s Article Accepted for International Conference on Energy Systems

Mehdi Zarei, an instructor in the Chemical and Petroleum Engineering Department, submitted a technical article which was accepted to the International Conference on Energy Systems which will be held from December 23 to December 25, 2015 in Istanbul, Turkey.

The article, titled “Energy Saving and Enhancement of Stabilizer unit capacity using Pinch Technology,” focuses on an investigation of a new method for energy saving systems in Shiraz Refinery.

Pinch Technology is a complete methodology derived from simple scientific principles by which it is possible to design new plants with reduced energy and capital costs as well as determining where the existing processes require modification to improve performance. 

Further information about the conference can be found on the following link:

https://www.kongresistemi.com/ices2015/




 


 

Seminar by Statoil Specialists 

On November 26, 2015, a seminar was held at Khazar University as part of a lecture series on the application of new technologies in the fields of oil and gas exploration and development. The lecture series is offered through a partnership between the Khazar University Department of Petroleum Engineering and the Statoil Company. Associate Professor Gasham Zeynalov, Head of the Department of Petroleum Engineering, opened the seminar and spoke about the close working relationship between Statoil and the Department since 2012.

Then Karsten Stoltenberg, Azeri-Chirag-Guneshli and Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan Asset Manager for Statoil, spoke about Statoil’s contributions in the area of developing technologies for extraction of petroleum resources from clay sediments. Finally Endre Ivarrud, Technical Manager at Statoil, made a presentation about “United States’ Clay Revolution” stating that petroleum was first extracted from clay sediments in the USA and detailing the further development of this nontraditional petroleum technology.

The seminar was followed by discussions and question-and-answer sessions with students and instructors. Dr. Novruz Ahmadov, Geology-Geophysics Specialist at Statoil; Dr. Ali Useynov, Specialist for Conservation and Security; and Nigar Mammadova, Manager’s Assistant, also participated in the event.

 


 

 

Physics Seminar

On November 5th, a physics seminar on "PRINCIPIA: A conceptual and historical approach to Newton's Laws and Gravitation" was held for students on the Khazar University Neftcilar Campus. The speaker, Dr. Jafari, Assistant Professor in Physics at the University, spoke about a pre-Copernican theory of astronomy, Newton's laws and gravitation. He mentioned that equality of inertial and gravitational masses is one of the bases of Einstein's General Relativity, and discussed its relationship with Newton's laws. At the end of the event, a discussion was held with the participants.

 

 


 

 

Instructor of Khazar University Presents Technical Paper in SPE Conference

Mr. Mehdi Zarei, a lecturer in Chemical and Petroleum Engineering Departments and a professional member of the Society of Petroleum Engineering (SPE), presented a technical paper at the SPE Annual Caspian Technical Conference and Exhibition which was held from November 4 to November 6, 2015, in Baku, Azerbaijan.

His technical paper, titled “Experimental Study of Heavy Metal Ion Removal from Oil Field Brine”, focused on minimizing the risk of a waste stream through heavy metal extraction. The paper was well-received and praised by the participants of the conference.

 

The conference consisted of 12 technical sessions and 6 poster sessions which covered these areas:

-       Gas Development

-       Managing Risk and Performance

-       Industry Insights and Experience in Developing National Capability

Moreover, students of PhD, Master and Bachelor level of Petroleum Engineering department of Khazar University attended the event. Some of the major national and international companies in oil and gas field such as SOCAR, British Petroleum (BP), Schlumberger, Halliburton, and Statoil were also present at the conference.

Further information about the technical article can be found at the following link:

https://www.onepetro.org/conference-paper/SPE-177348-MS

 

 


 

 

Meeting with Freshman

On October 23, a meeting was held a meeting with first-year students of the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. Dr.Hassan Niknafs, President of Khazar University, Acting Dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. Alovsat Amirbeyli, heads of the departments and Director of Public Relations and Media.

After greeting the participants Dr. Hassan Niknafs  introduced head of the department to the students Dr. Hassan Niknafs gave information about credit system, exchange programs and exam rules, Alovsat Amirbeyli, Director of Public Relations and Media gave information about the university's disciplinary rules to the students.

During the meeting, a discussion was held covering issues pertinent to the students and their their question were answered.

 

 

 


 

 

Instructor’s Article Accepted for International Conference

Mehdi Zarei, an instructor in the Chemical and Petroleum Engineering Department, submitted a technical article which was accepted in the SPE Annual Caspian Technical Conference and Exhibition which will be held from November 4 to November 6, 2015 in Baku, Azerbaijan.

 The paper, titled “Experimental Study of Heavy Metal Ion Removal from Oil Field Brine,” will be delivered on November 4, 2015, in the oral presentation section among numerous papers from scientists and researchers across the globe. The article focuses on a study of novel methods for removal of some heavy metal pollutions from water, caused by discharge of oil field brine.

The SPE Annual Caspian Technical Conference and Exhibition is sponsored by some of the major national and international companies in the oil and gas field such as SOCAR, British Petroleum (BP), Schlumberger, Halliburton, and Statoil. It is considered one of the most important and influential conferences in the Caspian region. 

 Mr. Zarei is a registered professional member of the Society of Petroleum Engineering (SPE), which is the largest organization in the upstream segment of the oil and gas industry.

 Further information about the conference can be found on the following link:

http://www.spe.org/events/ctce/2015/.

 



 


 

 

Khazar Instructor Wins Research Grant

The Science Development Foundation under the President of Azerbaijan has announced the winners of the 3rd Grant Competition for Young Scientists and Specialists. Ali Huseynli, an instructor for the Khazar University Mathematics Department, was a winner. The Fund will financially support his scientific research activity within his proposal “The basis properties of the system of eigen and associated functions of a parameter dependent non-selfadjoint discontinuous boundary value problem” for the next 12 months.

The purpose of the project is to study some parameter dependent non-selfadjoint discontinuous boundary value problems which occur in classical mechanics (theory of vibration). It includes the type of spectrum of spectral problem (its type, multiplicity of normal eigenvalues), asymptotics of eigenvalues and eigenfunctions, and expansion theorems. The main goal is to investigate basis properties of the system of eigen and associate functions of boundary values. Since the problem under consideration occurs in the theory of vibration, the expected results will show the validity of applying of Fourier method to partial differential equations which arise in the investigation of vibrations.

Ali Huseynli is also a senior research fellow at the Institute of Mathematics and Mechanics of the National Academy of Sciences of Azerbaijan.



 


Meeting in Department of Electronics, Telecommunications and Radio Engineering

On October 9, 2015, the Department of Electronics, Telecommunications and Radio Engineering organized a meeting with Dr. Hassan Aouil, director of Sigma Technical Services. At the meeting, Dr. Aouil made a presentation about university-industry relations. Students majoring in electronics and computer science participated in the meeting.

 

     
     
     

 


Physics Instructor Participates in International Conference

Physics Instructor Participates in International ConferenceNosratollah Jafari, Assistant Professor of Physics at Khazar University, participated in an international workshop entitled “Particles, Fields, Strings” which was held from September 29 to October 2, 2015 in Baku, Azerbaijan at Ariva Hotel.

At this workshop on physics and particularly Particle and String physics, Dr. Jafari gave a lecture entitled “Images of the lines under the MS transformations and the Concept of Velocity in the DSR theories.”



 


 

 

Succes Story of Fidan Rustamova

Petroleum Engineering: designer and manager of NoObs team

I am a third-year student at Khazar University. During these years I have gained a lot of knowledge and made friends. The experience was and still is way more interesting and educating than I would have ever imagined. This year, in 2015, I got a chance to be a part of an exciting project by becoming the designer for the NoObs team. Although designing has little to do with petroleum engineering, it was an outlet for me to express my creativity.

NoObs is a team of students with common interests and worldviews who bring to life projects that aim to show the benefits of new technologies. Consisting of only 4 students from 2 universities, this ambitious team just started working together earlier this year but has already accomplished much.

Their journey started off with the challenge of creating an innovative product to present in an “Imagine Cup” competition held by Microsoft Company. Despite the limited couple of weeks that they had, after sleepless nights and lots of hard work, they met all the deadlines. The NoObs came up with the Spinal project which is about to be presented in the Imagine Cup World Final in July.

The team is currently working on many other exciting and techy projects, hoping to continue creating lots of valuable products.

I am very thrilled with what we’ve done so far and I know that this is just the beginning.

To all students out there I’d like to say: Work hard, it all pays off.



Turkish Scholar Visits Khazar

On May 25-26, 2015, Professor Dr. Najmi Taspinar, Head of the Electrical-Electronics Engineering Division of Erciyes University (Turkey) School of Engineering, visited Khazar University’s Electronics Department as part of the Mevlana Exchange Program. He spent two days meeting with instructors and students of the Department. Dr. Nuru Safarov, Head of the Electronics Department, spoke at a meeting about the goal of Dr. Taspinar’s visit and the themes he would cover. Then Dr. Taspinar made a very interesting and detailed presentation about Automatic Repeat Request Error Control Schemes, a very relevant issue in engineering today. 


 

National Spaghetti Bridge Competition Held

Khazar University’s first National Spaghetti Bridge competition was held on May 5th, 2015 by the Civil Engineering Department with the participation of the university’s founder and Chairman of the Board of Directors and Trustees, Prof. Hamlet Isaxanli, and the Dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Dr. Hasan Niknafs.

At the beginning of the competition, Dr. Niknafs welcomed the audience. Then Mr. Taher Chegini from the Civil Engineering Department presented a brief introduction to Spaghetti Bridge competitions held around the world.

A total of 4 groups from 3 universities - Khazar University, Azerbaijan State Oil Academy, and Azerbaijan University of Architecture and Construction - competed with each other.

Prior to the competition, the participants presented their bridges to the judges to be evaluated and authenticated.

After that, the groups were called one by one to put their authentic bridges to the test, which was done by hanging a bucket from the structure and filling it with weights to determine the bridge’s strength. The 1st place winner was the "Oil Bridge" team from Azerbaijan State Oil Academy; the 2nd place winner was “Suicide II” from Khazar University; and the 3rd place winner was “Elizabeth" from Azerbaijan University of Architecture and Construction. At the end of the event, all participants received a Certificate of Participation and the winners were announced and awarded. 



 

 

Petroleum Engineering Students at 20th Student Academic Conference

On April 25th, the Azerbaijan Society of Petroleum Geologists (ASPG) and European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers (EAGE) held their 20th Student Academic Conference at Azerbaijan State Oil Academy. The conference included three sections: General and Petroleum Geology, Geophysics, and Petroleum Engineering.  Associate Professor Gasham Zeynalov, the head of the Department of Petroleum Engineering at Khazar University, participated in the opening ceremony. He also brought a group of students from Khazar University who participated the conference. The following students under his academic supervision presented papers at the conference:

Yannick Agbor, first-year master student (“Petrophysical evaluation of shaly-sand based on well log and core data  –Well A, Field Y, North Eastern Niger Delta”); Arif Imanov, second-year bachelor’s student (“Hydrocarbon Seepage of mud volcanoes and their relation with oil and gas fields in Azerbaijan”), Kamran Abbasov, second-year bachelor’s student (“Depositional environment of Lower Pliocene sandstones  and hydrocarbon prospects of the Nakhchivan field, South Caspian Basin”), and Farid Hasanov, second-year bachelor’s student (“Geological structure  and oil and gas prospects of the Bandovan field”). 

Under the academic supervision of Dr. Nazim Nasibov, instructor for the department, the following students presented papers:

Usama Ahmed Khand, first-year master student (“De-liquefaction of loaded up wells through capillary string soap injection”) and Rashid Salmanov, third-year bachelor’s student (“Environmental problems of hydrocarbon production”).

At the end of the conference, Y. Agbor was selected as presenter of the best lecture in the Geophysics section. For this reason, his supervisor G.Zeynalov was also awarded with a special gift. We congratulate our students and faculty members on their accomplishments. 





 

Opening of Renewable Energy Laboratory

The Renewable Energy Laboratory of Khazar University’s School of Engineering was opened on April 23, 2015.

At the opening event, engineering students who are taking the Renewable Energy course this semester participated in two experiments related to wind energy.

This laboratory is supported by the Tempus Energy Project. It will be an integrated part of the renewable Energy course which is included in our engineering curriculum as a major elective.

 Dr. Mahammmad Nuriyev, Vice President for Academics, and Dr. Hassan Niknafs, the Dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, made a visit to the lab and oversaw the experiments. The laboratory is located on the campus of Dunya School.


 


 

 

Meeting about New Research Laboratory at Khazar

On April 13, 2015, a meeting was held to discuss Khazar Computing Research Center (KCRC), a research laboratory soon to be established at Khazar University. Participants in the meeting included Prof. Hamlet Isaxanli, university founder and Chairman of the Board of Directors and Trustees; Prof. Mohammed Nuriyev, Vice President for Academic Affairs; Prof. Hassan Niknafs, Dean of School of Applied Science and Engineering (SASE) under which the research center is expected to function, and several academic staff members across various departments within the SASE. Prof. Isaxanli stressed the importance of such a research endeavor to bring the university to the fore of global universities, and he offered his assistance for the establishment of KCRC.

The goal of KCRC is to promote high quality research based learning in areas associated with Computer science. Specific research aims are to develop state-of-the-art-computer software and to apply these tools in physical and biological sciences and engineering. In the coming years, KCRC is set to grow to attract young research scholars from within and outside Azerbaijan. It aims to become a leading center for computational research in the Caucasus. Collaboration with other research groups with common interests is also envisaged.

At present, three computer labs are associated with KCRC dealing with computational material science and software development, applied mathematics, and computational fluid dynamics.


 

Khazar Students Accepted to Final Round of International Championship

On March 17, 2015, Masail Guliyev and Farid Ismayilov, third-year students of the Department of Petroleum Engineering, took second place in the European Regional Qualification round of the PetroBowl games held in London by International Petroleum Engineering Society. They qualified for the PetroBowl International Championship which will be held in Houston (USA) in September. The Khazar University team for the final championship will include third-year students Masail Guliyev, Farid Ismayilov and Fuad Jannatov as well as second-year student Arif Imanov. 


 

Our Student Team Among Winners at PetroBowl Competition

On February 12, 2015, students from the SPE Student Chapter of Khazar University participated in the Azerbaijan SPE PetroBowl Competition. This competition was held at the British Petroleum (BP) Petro-Technical Center, Baku.

A total of 12 teams of students from various chapters in local universities (Khazar University, Baku Higher Oil School, State Oil Academy and Qafqaz University) competed in the event.

The team from Khazar University Chapter placed among the winners, making it eligible to participate in the SPE Regional Petro Bowl Qualifier Contest in London, which is also in conjunction with the SPE/IADC Drilling Conference on the 17th- 19th of March 2015. 


 

Presentation on Rules of Microsoft Imagine Cup

On February 10th, Emin Akhundov, Manager of the Cooperation in Education Program at Microsoft Azerbaijan, met with students majoring in Computer Science and Computer Engineering of the School of Engineering and Applied Science at Khazar University. The purpose of the meeting was to recruit students for the "Microsoft Imagine Cup" innovative competition, which will be held in Azerbaijan, and to familiarize them with the rules of the competition.

The competition, which will be held with the participation of students from various educational institutions, includes three major categories: "Games", "Innovation" and "World Citizenship." The winners in each category of the national qualifying round will make it to the International Semi-final to be held online in May of this year. Successful candidates in the semi-final stage will have the right to represent Azerbaijan in the final stage to be held in Seattle, USA, in July of this year. 


 

Small Solar Car

On January 21st, a group of students from the Khazar University School of Engineering and Applied Sciences began a project to build a small solar car. The project leader is Nuru Safarov, head of the Department of Electronics, Telecommunications and Radio Engineering. Student participants in the project include Lamiya Mammadova, Shafa Abbasova, Latif Guliyev, Tarlan Hasanli, Nijat Rajabli, Mirvusal Miriyev, Nahid Jafarov, and Alavaz Gadimov. The project is scheduled for completion in early March. 


 

Spaghetti Bridge Competition  

On December 23rd, the second Spaghetti Bridge Competition was held by the Khazar University Department of Civil Engineering. Two days before the competition, the bridges were tested by a committee to see whether they met all the standards of the competition. It was confirmed that the 12 bridges submitted to the competition were qualified.

The competition was held with the participation of Dr. Hassan Niknafs, Dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. 36 students from the Engineering Mechanics and Strength of Materials classes participated in 12 teams.

 

Results of the competition:

Engineering Mechanics group

Team name

Weight of bridge (kg)

Load (kg)

Ratio (weight/load)

Suicide

0.811

45.552

56.167

Slice of Wheel

0.759

17.590

23.175

Dominion

0.538

10.377

19.306

Chupa Chups

0.533

10.098

18.946

Real Madrid

0.274

2.216                     

8.088

ATB

0.979

7.682

7.847

Death

0.581

1.978         

3.403

 

Strength of Materials group

Team name

Weight of bridge (kg)  

Load (kg)              

Ratio (weight/load)

Slayer

0.967

39.986

41.371

Ranger

0.968

11.684

12.076

IKSTEVOS

0.714

7.784

10.901

Bridge A

0.290

2.343

8.078

 

The Suicide and Slayer teams were the winners of the competition. These two teams will be eligible to participate as Khazar University’s representatives in the Azerbaijan National Spaghetti Bridge Competition next year.

 




 

Meeting with Bakcell Representatives

On December 17th, a business meeting entitled “APPLAB brings innovative ideas to life” was held for students majoring in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Civil Engineering and Electronics, Telecommunication and Radio Engineering. The meeting was organized by the Khazar University Career Center and the Public Relations and Media Office. Alovsat Amirbeyli, Director of Public Relations and Media, opened the meeting with a speech about joint projects that have been carried out by Bakcell and Khazar. He also presented a thank you plaque signed by Prof. Hamlet Isaxanli, Founder of Khazar and Chairman of its Board of Directors and Trustees, to Oksana Ismayilova, Chief of Bakcell’s Personnel Department. Then presentations were made by Natavan Mirmammadli, recruitment specialist for Bakcell’s Personnel Department, and other Bakcell representatives. They spoke about the company’s APPLAB project, which it created together with QUALCOMM (Bakcell’s international partner) in order to support and develop programmers on a regional level. The goal of the business meeting was to recruit young people with new ideas and a desire to work into the APPLAB project and to support them with the help of Bakcell. The 90-day APPLAB project includes a plan to help selected local programmers implement their new ideas for mobile applications and technology.  Presenters emphasized that successful projects will be offered in the future along with Bakcell’s own applications. At the end of the event, Bakcell distributed gifts to students. 



 

Master’s Theses Defended


On December 12th, a meeting of the Thesis Committee for Petroleum Engineering was held. The meeting was chaired by Associate Professor Gasham Zeynalov, PhD in Geology/Mineralogy and Head of the Department of Petroleum Engineering. At the meeting, two dissertations were defended: “Study of sand production processes in developing offshore oil and gas fields in Azerbaijan” by Nigar Jabbarova and  “Gas-condensate fields development optimization and production enhancement in the South Caspian Basin” by Lakshmanan Ezhilarasan. G.Zeynalov was the superviser for both theses.

After the presentations of the candidates, reviews were given by specialists from BP and instructors of the Petroleum Engineering Department (in the role of internal experts). After a discussion, the committee gave high evaluations to the theses of N.Jabbarova and Lakshamanan Ezhilarasan and made the decision to award them master’s degrees.


 

Seminar on “Increasing the Production Factor of Oilfields”

The latest seminar in a series being offered jointly by Statoil and the Khazar University Petroleum Engineering Department was held on December 11th. The seminar was opened by Associate Professor Gasham Zeynalov, Head of the Department. He spoke about new technology that Statoil has applied to increase production in oil and gas fields as well as its results in the North Sea and the Azeri, Guneshli and Chiraq oilfields of the South Caspian basin.

Then Tarald Svanes, Technical Manager for Statoil, gave a lecture on “Increasing the Production Factor of Oilfields.” He gave detailed information about the practical results of new technologies related to increasing oil production as well as future prospects in this field. 



 

Dunya School Tour for Foreign Faculty Members and Students

On December 10th, 2014, a tour of Dunya School, the private school working in affiliation with Khazar University, was held for all the foreign students, instructors and staff members of Khazar University. About 30 people participated in the tour, which was organized jointly by Khazar University’s International Office and the Dunya School administration. The event was led by Professor Hamlet Isaxanli, founder of Khazar University and the Chairman of its Board of Directors and Trustees as well as co-founder of Dunya School; Nailakhanim Isayeva, co-founder of Dunya School; Marufa Maddatli, Director of Dunya School; and Rena Hasanova, Dunya School IB Program Director.

Participants arrived at Dunya School and were greeted by the school staff in a conference room. They were given information about the school’s history and current activities. Then they were taken on a tour of the school’s new campus, which was constructed this year and began operation at the beginning of the academic year in September. They saw the classrooms, well-equipped library, computer lab, the separate preschool building, and the swimming pool and gymnasium facilities. Then they were taken to the school cafeteria, where a meal was served in their honor. The guests commented that they were very impressed with the state-of-the-art campus and with the quality of the classes they observed. 

Dr. Hassan Niknafs, Dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, foreign instructors and students of the school also participated in the event.



Seminar on Petroleum Reservoir Engineering

On December 8, within the framework of a cooperation agreement between Statoil and the Petroleum Engineering Department of Khazar University, a seminar was held as part of a series.

Associate Professor Gasham Zeynalov, Head of the Department of Petroleum Engineering, opened the event and spoke about the continuation of fruitful cooperation since 2012. Then Tarald Svanes, Technical Manager at Statoil, delivered a lecture on "Uncertainties of the underground exploration and production of oil.” At the end of the seminar, petroleum engineering students solved practice problems on the subject.



 

Students at the Society of Petroleum Engineers Meeting in Astana


On November 10-15, 3rd and 4th year students majoring in petroleum engineering at Khazar University  participated in the Development Summit which was held within the Annual Caspian Technical Conference and Exhibition of Society of Petroleum Engineers in Astana, Kazakhstan. They actively took part in drafting student projects. Participants from Khazar included David Hüseynzada, President of the Society of Petroleum Engineers Student Chapter of Khazar University; Farid Ismailov, Vice President; and Rafiq Mirzayev, a member of the Board of Directors. 


 

Head of Department at Tempus Project Management Meeting


On November 11-12, Associate Professor Gasham Zeynalov, Head of the Department of Petroleum Engineering of Khazar University, participated in the 5th management meeting of “Development of Training Network for Improving Education in Energy Saving” Tempus project and seminar on "Study on energy efficiency and energy saving in universities" held in Belarusian State University and  Belarus State Agrarian Technical University in Minsk, Belarus.

The main objective of the project is to enhance networking among higher education institutions across the Partner Countries and EU Member States for improving education in the field of  energy efficiency enhancement, energy saving and use of renewable sources of energy. The project is coordinated by Riga Technical University. The project consortium consists of partner universities from Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Belgium, Poland, Romania, Belarus, Kosovo and Azerbaijan. Azerbaijan is represented by Khazar University, Qafqaz University and the National Aviation Academy.

Various issues such as elaboration of new curricula on non-traditional energy, purchase of equipment, and preparation of registration reports were discussed at the event.  A presentation of the English versions of the books prepared for courses on "Effective energy materials" and "Effective lighting" was held.


 

Meeting with First-Year Students


On October 28, a "Welcome Party" was held for first-year students of the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. The event was opened by Dr. Hassan Niknafs, Dean of the School, who informed the students about the school and wished them success in their education. Then Departments Heads Nuru Safarov and Gasham Zeynalov made presentations and gave advice to the students.



 

Meeting with Freshmen

On October 10 and 13, Dr. Hassan Niknafs, Dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, held a meeting with first-year students. During the meeting, a discussion was held covering issues pertinent to the students, and they had an opportunity to give their own suggestions.


 

Faculty Members at PACT Training

Jeyhun Karimov, Minor Programs Coordinator of the Department of English Language and Literature, and Seymur Mammadli, Vice Dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, participated in a training held within the Tempus project on “Project Actors Capacity Training in the Caucasus” (PACT). The training took place in University of Georgia,Tbilisi, Georgia on 22-24 September. The main focus of the training was on project writing. Participants from 3 countries became familiar with Project Development Tools and Platforms created for the attendants. Forthcoming issues were also discussed in the session.


 

AMCHAM Conference

On September 3rd, Prof. Hamlet Isaxanli, founder of Khazar University and Chairman of its Board of Directors and Trustees; Prof. Hassan Niknafs, Dean of the Khazar University School of Engineering and Applied Sciences; and Mrs. Raziya Isayeva, Development Center Director attended the American Chamber of Commerce in Azerbaijan’s conference entitled “Azerbaijan business climate for communications and high-tech sector” at the Fairmont Hotel in Baku. During the second session of the conference, H. Isaxanli made a presentation and participated in the panel discussion on “Human resource potential of Azerbaijan in high-tech.”


First "Oil and Gas" Summer School

From July 27 to August 1, the Khazar University Career Center held its first Summer School on “Oil and Gas.” The participants in the school included students from Azerbaijan, Poland and Palestine.

The summer school began with an opening speech by the Program Coordinator. Aside from lectures, the program included morning excursions. The main goal of the “Oil and Gas” summer school was to give participants general information about petroleum discovery, extraction, and economics. The lectures were given by experienced professors and speakers including Gasham Zeynalov, Eldar Shahbazov, Elnur 
Amirov, Tahir Mammadov, Rovshan Javadzada, Ingilab Ahmadov, Rovshan Abbasov, and Aghalar Gasimov. Lecture topics included discovery of oil and gas, extraction, layers, production, economics, energy resources, health/ safety/ environment, and Shahdeniz 2.

The Summer School also included a trip to the SOCAR Museum Center. The participants viewed museum exhibits and learned about the history of the petroleum industry and the Nobel brothers in Azerbaijan through an interactive digital display. Students also asked many questions which were answered by professionals during the interesting tour.

The other morning excursions included trips to the Old City, Shirvanshahlar Palace, the Maiden’s Tower, the Dendrology Park, Martyrs’ Alley and the Daghustu (Mountaintop) Park. Participants also visited various parks and recreation centers.

In general, the participants of the “Oil and Gas” summer school said that they were pleased with the program and that they would like to participate in similar programs in the future. 

Event Photos: http://old.khazar.org/news/2014/First-Oil-and-Gas-Summer-School_6226.html


 

Construction Materials Laboratory Passes State Calibration

On June 6th, the Khazar University Construction Materials Testing Laboratory operating within the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences succesfully passed the calibration inspection of the Azerbaijan State Commission for Standardization, Metrology and Patents. The laboratory director is Rasim Bayramli, PhD in Technical Sciences.


 

Workshop on Methods of Increasing Oil Recovery

Farid Babayev, Leading Reservoir Engineer of Statoil, delivered a lecture on the topic “Application of methods of increasing oil recovery of layers, depending on the subsurface conditions" at Khazar University’s Neftchilar campus on May 12. The lecture was part of a series of lectures and seminars introducing new technologies in oil and gas deposits, exploration, and development of fields by Statoil's leading experts for Khazar University students majoring in Oil and Gas Engineering. The Head of the Department of Petroleum Engineering, Associate Professor Gasham Zeynalov, and instructor of the department Dr. Nazim Nesibov participated in the event.


 

Expert of Statoil-Azerbaijan Company Deliveres Lecture at Khazar University

Rahim Mirzazde, Exploration Geologist of Statoil, delivered a lecture on the topic "The basis of stratigraphic sequence: sedimentary and carbonate rocks"  at Khazar University’s Neftchilar campus on May 6. The lecture was part of a series of lectures and seminars introducing new technologies in oil and gas deposits, exploration, and development of fields by Statoil's leading experts for Khazar University students majoring in Oil and Gas Engineering.

The Head of the Department of Petroleum Engineering, Associate Professor Gasham Zeynalov,  participated in the event.



Spaghetti Bridge Competition

Khazar University’s first Spaghetti Bridge competition was held on May 16, 2014 by the Civil Engineering Department with the participation of the university’s founder and Chairman of the Board of Directors and Trustees, Prof. Hamlet Isaxanli, and the Dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Dr. Hasan Niknafs.

A total of 11 groups, divided into lightweights and heavyweights, competed with each other. Prior to the competition, the participants presented their bridges to the judges to be evaluated and authenticated.

At the beginning of the competition, Dr. Niknafs welcomed the audience and suggested that other universities in Azerbaijan will be encouraged to participate in this event next year.

Then Mr. Taher Chegini from the Civil Engineering Department presented a brief history and introduction to Spaghetti Bridge competitions held across the world. After that, the groups one by one put their authentic bridges to the test, which was done by hanging a bucket from the structure and filling it with weights to determine the bridge’s strength.

At the end of the event, all participants received a Certificate of Participation and the winners were announced and awarded.


 

Representatives of Baker Hughes at Khazar University

On 17 February, Katerina Mishina, coordinator of Baker Hughes company's university relations department, and Kemale Jafarova, field engineer, met with Rafig Ahmedov, Vice President for Student Affairs and Administration; Hassan Niknafs, Dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences; Gasham Zeynalov, Head of the Department of Petroleum Engineering; and Nuru Safarov, Head of the Electronics, Telecommunications and Radio Engineering Department, at Khazar University.
During the meeting, the representatives of Baker Hughes were given information about the staff training process in various engineering fields related to the oil and gas industry at Khazar University, and they toured Khazar’s laboratories in this area. Then, they made presentations to the third and fourth year students of the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences of Khazar University on the company's activities, priority areas in the field of oil and gas, and job opportunities for graduates. 


 

Our Student Awarded Special BP Prize

On January 29, BP presented their own special awards to a group of first-and second-year students specializing in the oil and gas industry in Azerbaijani universities. First-year student majoring in petroleum engineering at School of Engineering and Applied Science of Khazar University, Nader Alizadeh, was among the award recipients. Speaking at the ceremony which was held on this occasion, Tamam Bayatli, public relations manager at BP-Azerbaijan, noted that part of BP's commitment is to support the development of education in the country and expand the capacity of local experts in oil and gas industries. 

It was noted that the special awards will give students the opportunity to participate in a 10-month BP-funded English language training program. Throughout this program, students can improve their language skills in the technical area.  This will be a valuable addition to their knowledge in their chosen specialties. At the end, certificates were given to the students.


 

Our Students at “Megafun” Entertainment Center

To celebrate their completion of the "Internet Programming" class, a group of students of the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences went bowling at "Megafun" entertainment center with their instructor, Rashad Aliyev. The students said that their instructor’s initiative made them happy and that the game was exciting.



 

Seven Students of Khazar University Win BP Scholarship Program

First-year students of Khazar University majoring in petroleum engineering, Gozel Huseynali, Kamran Abbasov, Nader Alizadeh, Nermin Talibova, Farid Hasanov, Fidan Rustamova  and Arif İmanov were announced BP's scholarship winners.

This program, which is implemented since 2003,  provides financial support for education in Oil and Gas, Mechanical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electronic Engineering, and Mathematics at Middle East Technical University (Ankara, Turkey) and Istanbul Technical University; Mechanical Engineering, Chemical Engineering and Industrial Engineering at Qafqaz University; and Oil and Gas Engineering at Khazar University. We congratulate our students and wish them success in their education.


 

Expert of Statoil-Azerbaijan Company Delivered a Lecture at  Khazar University

Mehdi Mehdiyev, Reservoir Technology Engineer of Statoil Company, delivered a lecture on the topic  "Identifying properties of reservoir fluids and phase composition in the PVT system"  at Khazar University’s Neftchilar campus on December 11. The lecture was part of a series of lectures and seminars introducing new technologies in oil and gas deposits, exploration, and development of fields by Statoil's leading experts for Khazar University students majoring in Oil and Gas Engineering. The Head of the Department of Petroleum Engineering, Associate Professor Gasham Zeynalov, and instructor of the department, Doctor of Philosophy  Nazim Nasibov, participated in the event.


 

Our Students at Bakutel exhibition

On December 2 to 5, Taclı Alasgarli, Gunel Sebzeliyeva, Abduleli Aliyev and Anar Hagverdiyev, Khazar University students majoring in computer science and computer engineering, are participating in a short-term paid internship program at the Bakutel exhibition held in Baku Expo Center by Microsoft.


 

Engineer of the Statoil-Azerbaijan Company Delivers Lecture at “Khazar”

Boyukaga Zeynalov, engineer of Statoil-Azerbaijan company, delivered a lecture on the topic "Production systems and technologies of the Subsea Oil and Gas Fields" at Khazar University’s Neftchilar campus on November 27. The lecture was part of a series of lectures and seminars on introduction of new technologies in oil and gas deposits, exploration, and development of fields by Statoil's leading experts for Khazar University students majoring in Oil and Gas Engineering. This series is offered according to an agreement reached between Statoil Azerbaijan and Khazar University Department of Petroleum Engineering. The Head of the Department of Petroleum Engineering, Gasham Zeynalov, participated in the event.


 

Welcoming Ceremony for New Dean of Engineering

On October 14th, a ceremony was held in Khazar University’s Cultural Center to welcome the new Dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Prof. Hasan Niknafs. Opening the ceremony, Vice President for Administrative and Student Affairs, Prof. Rafig Ahmadov, introduced Dr. Niknafs to his colleagues and spoke about his work experience and academic achievements. He congratulated him on his new position. Then Dr. Niknafs expressed that he was glad to be working at Khazar and encouraged his colleagues to face future challenges by working together. Then the university’s founder and Chairman of the Board of Directors and Trustees, Prof. Hamlet Isaxanli, spoke about Dr. Niknafs and wished him success in his future work here at Khazar. Tea was served in honor of the new dean. The university’s faculty and administrative staff also took part in the ceremony. 


 

Head of Petroleum Engineering Department of Khazar University Participated in Geological Study in Erzurum

From September 25 to October 3,  in connection with the implementation of a joint research project on "Assessment of geological conditions of formation and accumulation of hydrocarbons in the Erzurum sedimentary basin" with Ataturk University, Turkey, Head of the Petroleum Engineering Department of Khazar University, Associate Professor Gashamg Zeynalov, participated in geological field work in the region along with representatives of Ataturk University in order to explore the geological structure and stratigraphy of the Erzurum sedimentary basin as well as oil and gas manifestations in the ground surface. The research will be continued in the future.



Khazar Students at Mardakan

On June 1, students taking Khazar University’s "Web Design & Development" course visited Mardakan Arboretum of ANAS with their instructor Rashad Aliyev. Interesting intellectual and entertaining games were played along the way. Students were acquainted with the Arboretum and had a memorable day.


 

Presentation of Websites Prepared by Students

On May 31, students of the Schools of Engineering and Applied Sciences and Education of Khazar University presented their own websites covering a variety of topics that they designed as part of the "Web Design and Development" course which was taught by Rashad Aliyev, Director of Khazar University Internet Institute. The presentation covered 25 sites  made ​​by 32 students. The founder of Khazar University and chairman of its Board of Directors and Trustees, Professor Hamlet Isaxanli, and head of the Department of Computer Science, Leyla Muradkhanli, participated in the presentation as a jury and expressed their opinions.

At the end of the presentation, the 3 most popular sites, including Valeh Hajiyev’s GoldenPay module written for Prestashop CMS for the development of e-commerce, Samir Amanov’s Education portal, and Oksana Vikhlyanseva’s Fashion-themed site, were selected.

 The "Caspian Mobile" company gave promotional gifts to the founders of the selected sites, and free hosting and domains were given to the other students.




Dean of Engineering Participates in Selection Committee Meeting for ELECTRA Erasmus Mundus Project

On May 13-14, 2013, the Dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Science, Prof. Dr. Siyavush  Azakov,  participated in a meeting of the members of the Selection Committee for the Erasmus Mundus Project “Enhancing Learning in ENPI Countries through Clean technologies and Research related Activities (ELECTRA)” which took place at Ilia State University (Tbilisi, Georgia).

 More than 400 applications were presented for the first cohort in the framework of the project.  The Selection Committee, which consisted of representatives of Carl Ossietzky University of Oldenburg (Germany), Ilia State University (Tbilisi, Georgia) , Politechnico de Valencia (Valencia, Spain), Limerick University (Dublin, Ireland), Kyiv National Taras Shevchenko University (Kiev, Ukrane), Armenian State Agrarian University (Erevan, Armenia), Belarusian Technical University (Minsk, Belarus) and Khazar University (Baku, Azerbaijan) first considered the assessment and ranking lists of the incoming applications to the host institutions which are the partners of the project. Then some time was spent elaborating on the selection procedure.

The committee’s very tense two days’ work was completed with the preparation of a tentative list of candidates for mobility which will be considered by the coordinator of the projects (Carl Ossietzky University of Oldenburg, Germany) and presented to the European Commission.

Some recommendations and suggestions were made regarding improvements to be made for better organization of the second call for the second cohort and subsequent evaluation and ranking procedures were put forward.

On May 15, 2013, Prof. Azakov met with the Dean of the School of Engineering of Ilia State University, Associated Professor Mikheil Elashvili. The deans of the universities exchanged information about their schools and expressed a mutual desire to endeavor for strong collaboration between their schools, particularly in the field of education and research in the area of renewable energy sources and civil engineering.


 

Our Students Participate in the "VI Leadership School - Winter Parliament" Project

2nd year student of  School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Vugar Guluzade, and 2nd year student of the School  of Humanities and Social Sciences, Ulvi Allahverdi, were among the students  who won the right to participate in the "VI Leadership School - Winter Parliament" project to be held on February 11-18 in Khachmaz with the support of Azerbaijan Student Youth Organizations' Union (ASYOU) and the Ministry of Youth and Sports.


 

Schlumberger’s Software Training

The Schlumberger company cooperates with Khazar University closely, and within the framework of this cooperation, the company presented  Petrel,  OFM and Techlog software to the "Modeling of Oil and Gas Fields" Laboratory belonging to the Department of  Petroleum Engineering of Khazar University. The software is greatly important in the implementation of building Synthetic geological-geophysical models of Oil and Gas Fields,  graphic descriptions of the 2D and 3D models of investigation on  optimization of development and exploitation of oil fields, seismic surveys carried out on reflected and broken waves materials, and high-quality processing of geological and mining materials. On 16-18 October, the Schlumberger Company implemented the first stage of training for the faculty of the Department of Petroleum Engineering in how to effectively use this  software. The training was carried out by the company's representative Samire Bagirova.


 

Schlumberger Company Continues Seminar Series at Khazar

The next seminar in a series offered in accordance with a contract between the Schlumberger company and Khazar University’s Department of Petroleum Engineering was held by Schlumberger specialists at Khazar’s Neftchilar campus on May 1st. The company’s top manager Sergei Voropayev gave a lecture on “Production Stimulation.” Also participating in the meeting were Schlumberger’s coordinator for work with universities, Elshan Valiyev, and the head of Khazar University’s Department of Petroleum Engineering, Gasham Zeynalov. 


 

Seminar on “Basic Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) Knowledge Academy for State Employee Leaders”

On February 6-7, a seminar on “Basic Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) Knowledge Academy for State Employee Leaders” was held at Qafqaz University.  Representatives of relevant institutions and educational workers participated in the event organized by The Civil Service Commission under the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan, United Nations Development Programme, United Nations’ Asian and Pacific Training Centre for Information and Communication Technology for Development located in the Republic of Korea, and Qafqaz University. Khazar University was represented by the Head of the Department of Computer Sciences Dr. Leyla Muradkhanly in the seminar.

The purpose of the seminar was to improve the e-government civil service system by teaching ICT knowledge and skills to employees holding leadership posts in government and representatives of government agencies who will train their colleagues.

The seminar consisted of modules such as "Relations between ICT and comprehensive development,” “The application of e-government,” and “ICT development trends for state employees holding leadership posts.” 


 

 Meeting at BP

Head of the Department of Petroleum Engineering Associate Professor Gasham Zeynalov met with Kyree Vassiljen, BP's manager for training in earth sciences at the BP Landmark Office, Jim Welch, head of training for well-drilling, Monte Townsen, leading specialist of Petroleum Engineering, Dr. Turan Ibrahimov, leading specialist of Reservoir Engineering, and Bagir Akhundov, group leader for university relations and recruitment of graduates.

An Engineering Training program of Petroleum and Geological Sciences which will be presented as a project proposal for the Tempus program by Khazar University was discussed at the meeting. At the same time, prospects for joint cooperation such as organizing lectures of BP's leading specialists at Khazar University and carrying out joint research were discussed. 


 

Visit of representatives of “Akkord” Corporation

17.04.13 the Dean of the School Prof. S. Azakov  and students, who  have  "Civil Engineering” as a major  met at the University  representatives of "Аkkord" industry construction investment corporation : Mr. Fuad Gambarov,  Head of Training, Motivation and Effectiveness Management division of  the  Human Resources Department  of the corporation and  Mr. Orkhan Hajiyev, Leading specialist of the same division.

"Akkord" Corporation is a national leader in the construction industry, in particular in the implementation of large-scale road infrastructure projects. In addition, "Akkord" is developing two other directions of its activities: the construction of residential buildings and public facilities, as well as the production and processing of building materials. The presence of both the construction and industrial activities along with providing diversification and multi-function capabilities, fix for "Akkord" Corporation also a position of  an important supplier of construction materials such as concrete, concrete products, asphalt, gravel, sand, brick, metal and other materials.

The Dean of the School s informed the guests about the curriculum in "Civil Engineering" at the School, the process of creation of an experimental laboratory at the appropriate department and plans to expand contacts of the School with industrial organizations.

The representatives of the Corporation answered numerous questions from the students and, in turn, interested in their plans and intentions. They also showed great interest to the laboratory of building materials which is under creation at the School.

It was agreed that the colleagues from the Corporation “Akkord” will promote the organization of a summer  practice  for university students and will invite the graduates of the University in "Civil  Engineering"  to interviews for possible employment.


 

Preparation for National Olympiad: experts gathering

The gathering of the experts in Physics, Mathematics and Chemistry who have been appointed for preparation of the material for the 10-th high school students National Olympiad which Khazar University organizes throughout the country took place in the School 11.04.13.

 Experts in Mathematics (Associate Professors:  Seymur Rzayev (Head of Mathematics Department), Nigar Aslanova,  Khanum Jafarova,  Vugar Aliyev),  in Physics (Prof. Siyavush  Azakov (Dean of the School),   Associate Professor Nuru Safarov (Head of Department of Electronics, Telecommunication and Radio Engineering) and  Assistant  Professor  Ali Huseyn Dovlatov) and in Chemistry (Prof. Ziyaffadin Asadov and instructor Ravan Rahimov) discussed some issues related to the questions  for the students and made the final choice for them.

Some suggestions to the Olympiad organizers were put forward.


 

Suggestion for the Exhibition in Khazar University

10.04.13 Dean of the School Siyavush Azakov  and Head of the Department of Electronics, Telecommunications  and Radio Engineering Nuru Safarov  had a meeting with Mr. Elchin Abbasov.

Mr. Abbasov  is an engineer, a graduate of Azerbaijan Technical University in addition to his core business as an engineer for a long time  is engaged in manufacturing all kinds of equipment for experiments and various models that allow to demonstrate certain physical phenomena  and various  technological processes.

Mr. Abbasov is also involved in a wide educational activity, promoting among youth the need  for obtaining knowledge in natural and  technical sciences and engineering, encourages young generation  to be more interested in modern technologies.

The purpose of the visit of Mr. Abbasov  to Khazar University was to propose to organize  an exhibition at the University of different operating models and experimental equipment collected by him and his friends and students, to explain how they work in order to attract Khazar University’s  students, high school students from Dunya school and other educational institutions who are interested in engineering, physics, chemistry, and various technological innovations for cooperation  to realize their creative potential.

It was the first visit of Mr. Abbasov to Khazar University. He  was  also shown  the laboratories of the School familiarized himself with some educational programs and made a short excursion of the  University. He was told about the activity of the School and talked to some students.
It was agreed that the exhibition, which was mentioned above, will be held at Khazar University in the second half of May this year.


 

Employee of Khazar at the Geological Congress of Turkey

 

Head of the Department of Petroleum Engineering of Khazar University, associate professor Gasham Zeynalov participated in the 65th Geological Congress of Turkey, which was held at the Congress Center of the General Directorate of Mineral Research and Exploration of Turkey in Ankara on 2-6 April. He gave the plenary lecture on the subject of “Petroleum Systems of the Kura Basin.”

 


Meeting at BP

 

Head of the Department of Petroleum Engineering Associate Professor Gasham Zeynalov met with Kyree Vassiljen, BP's manager for training in earth sciences at the BP Landmark Office, Jim Welch, head of training for well-drilling, Monte Townsen, leading specialist of Petroleum Engineering, Dr. Turan Ibrahimov, leading specialist of Reservoir Engineering, and Bagir Akhundov, group leader for university relations and recruitment of graduates.

An Engineering Training program of Petroleum and Geological Sciences which will be presented as a project proposal for the Tempus program by Khazar University was discussed at the meeting. At the same time, prospects for joint cooperation such as organizing lectures of BP's leading specialists at Khazar University and carrying out joint research were discussed. 

 


Meetings with Turkey’s Istanbul Technical University and Middle East Technical University in Ankara

 

The head of the Department of Petroleum Engineering, Associate Professor Geshem Zeynalov, had several meetings with Turkey’s Istanbul Technical University and Middle East Technical University in Ankara. On April 26th, he met with Defne Korur, the director of the International Office at Istanbul Technical University. They discussed possibilities for cooperation between Khazar University and Istanbul Technical University in the field of petroleum engineering. On the same day, het met with the head of Istanbul Technical University’s Petrolem and Natural Gas Engineering Department, Professor Mustafa Onur, and was introduced to the department’s training program, materials used in the training process, and laboratory equipment. G. Zeynalov visited Ankara’s Middle East Technical University from April 27 to 29. He met with the head of the university’s Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering Department, Professor Mahmut Parlaktuna, who gave him a tour (along with other faculty members) of the laboratories for drilling engineering, reservoir engineering, fluid mechanics, oil yield increase, etc.  At the same time, he was given information about the Research Center operating as an affiliate of the Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering Department and the gas- and oil-related research taking place there.

 

At the end of the meeting, a decision was made to strengthen the partnership between Khazar University and Middle East Technical University relating to petroleum and natural gas engineering. In addition, towards the goal of obtaining new equipment for the Khazar University Petroleum Engineering Laboratory, Middle East Technical University’s Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering Department agreed to help with its vast experience, and in conjunction with that, the department obtained the agreement of Middle East Technical University to help Khazar University in every kind of technical support. On April 27th, G. Zeynalov also participated in the Turkish Geology Congress that was taking place in Ankara’s Mine Research Center.

 


Seminar at Khazar University

 

The Khazar University Career Development Center and Department of Petroleum Engineering organized a seminar at the university with the Caspian Engineers Society. The coordinator of the Career Development Center, Isgandar Aghayev, opened the presentation and gave the floor to the head of the Department of Petroleum Engineering, Geshem Zeynalov. After he greeted the students and speakers, an engineer in boring from the Schlumberger company, Araz Javadov, gave a lecture about “Boring: From Discovery to Exploitation.” Khazar University students from the School of Engineering and Applied Science and students from other universities participated in the seminar. At the close of the seminar, students’ questions were answered.



Oil Engineering Seminar

 

An oil engineering seminar entitled “Cutting Re-injection Theory and Applications” was held at Khazar University. The seminar was led by Abdulla Aghayev, the cutting products engineer of “BP Azerbaijan” company. Besides students of Khazar University, students from Azerbaijan Oil Academy and Qafqaz University also participated in the seminar, which proved to be interesting and practical.


Training of the Society of Oil Engineers

 

A routine training of the Society of Oil Engineers was held at Khazar University. Making a presentation about “Types of Completion” within the frame of the SPE Young Ambassador Lecture Program, BP oil well completion engineer Yusif Mammadov informed students about the logic of completion work and the high results our engineers have obtained by applying various methods. His presentation was met with interest, and students from both our university and from other universities participated in a discussion afterwards.

As an additional part of the seminar, Khazar University student Gunel Murad gave an overview of the sand control type of completion, which is Azerbaijan’s most commonly used method. After her PowerPoint presentation, various video materials about sand control completion were shown. 

 


Working Together with Portuguese Scholars

 

The head of the Department of Petroleum Engineering, Docent Geshem Zeynalov, successfully completed a six-month post-doctorate research project (3/15/2010 - 9/15/2010) on the theme “Analysis of Geological Risks in Urban Territories” in the field of ecological engineering, together with Portuguese scholars from the Polytechnic Institute of Viana do Castelo, as part of the Erasmus Mundus ECW program.



Joint Student Forum

 

A joint student forum of the Khazar University Section of the Society of Petroleum Engineers and student sections of the Society of Oil Geologists of Azerbaijan, Society of European Scientists and Engineers of Earth Science, and Caspian Engineers Society was held at Khazar University. Students of Baku State University and Azerbaijan Oil Academy also joined the forum. In addition to representatives of the aforementioned societies, Parvez Butt, the leading specialist of Schlumberger company, and students Aydin Bayramov, Rufat Mirzayev, Turan Eminbeyli and Elnur Rasulzade presented reports on interesting scientific topics. Rafig Ahmadov, the vice president of Khazar University, also participated in the forum.



Seminar for Students

 

Dr. Anar Abdulkarim, a petrophysics specialist at Halliburton Company, gave a lecture on “Introduction to Logging while Drilling” for oil engineering students at Khazar University and provided detailed information about the process. The seminar was very interesting for the students who participated.



Routine Seminar of Oil Engineers’ Association

 

A routine seminar of the Oil Engineers’ Association of Khazar University was held. Students of the School of Architecture, Engineering and Applied Sciences participated in the seminar.  BP engineer Ali Naghiyev made a speech on “Problems in Boring.” BP oil engineer Robert Younger also took part in the seminar and delivered a speech to the students. Then the engineers answered questions put forth by participants. The seminar was carried out efficiently and proved interesting for everyone involved.



Meeting with  representative of Chinese  Oil Company


Mr. Hamlet İsaxanlı and Gasham Zeynalov- the deputy director of  Petroleum Engineering Department,  met with Zhou Yun Zhung, the Chief Manager of Salyan Oil.  They discussed the issues of future cooperation.



Meeting with representatives of World Society of Petroleum Engineers


On 1 June 17, 2009 Prof. Hamlet Isaxanli, president of Khazar University, met with representatives of World Society of Petroleum Engineers. Dr. Leo Rudhart, President of Society, Mark Rubin, managing director, Lawrence Slade, director on Europe and West Africa, Rick Tompkins, director on Russian and Caspian regions, were among the representatives. Prof. Rafig Ahmadov, vise-rector of the University, Dean of the School of Architecture, Engineering and Applied Science, Prof. Arif Mammadzadeh, director of chair of Petroleum Engineering and the Gasham Zeynalov, assistant professor of that chair represented Khazar University. The sides spoke on the activities of World Society of Petroleum Engineers and its Azerbaijani section and Khazar University and discussed issues on mutual cooperation.