Texas A&M at Qatar’s Alyafei publishes new textbook2019年11月9日公布
Dr. Nayef Alyafei, assistant professor of petroleum engineering at Texas A&M University at Qatar, has published a new textbook with Hamad Bin Khalifa University Press on the properties of rocks in petroleum reservoirs, titled 储层岩石特性的基础。
Alyafei said he wrote the textbook after his first semester teaching the reservoir petrophysics course for Texas A&M at Qatar petroleum engineering students in fall 2017. This course is fundamental and at the heart of the petroleum engineering curriculum, Alyafei said. His students in that class said they enjoyed their class notes and found them more useful than the textbook, so they suggested he write his own textbook.
“It was a life goal for me to write a textbook,” he said. “I wrote it for my students but I also wanted to leave a legacy for petroleum engineering students, something that will stand out with my name on it. As the first Qatari to join the faculty at Texas A&M at Qatar, I need to show young Qataris that I am able to do these things and of course they can too, so hopefully I can inspire them to want to achieve their own dreams as well.”
Alyafei is a Class of 2009 petroleum engineering graduate of Texas A&M at Qatar. He went on to earn his Ph.D. at Imperial College London before joining the faculty of his alma mater. His Ph.D. advisor, Martin Blunt, contributed a review of the book, which is printed on the back cover. Blunt praises Alyafei’s clear presentation of information and excellent illustrations, and said the book is ideal for undergraduate or post-graduate studies in petroleum engineering, hydrology or related disciplines.
Dr. César Octavio Malavé, dean of Texas A&M at Qatar, said that Alyafei’s textbook is just one example of how the branch campus is sharing knowledge worldwide based on the expertise and experience of its faculty, as well as contributing to building human capacity in Qatar by developing a new generation of engineering leaders.
“Dr. Alyafei is one of our most popular and enthusiastic teachers,” Malavé said, “which is evident by the recognition he has earned as our 2018 Alumnus of the Year — given largely due to his outstanding efforts in teaching and mentoring — and from Texas A&M University’s Association of 以前的学生, which awarded him the Distinguished Achievement Award in Teaching this fall. He is driven to enrich his students and to inspire them to reach new heights, even going so far as to write a textbook at their encouragement. We are proud of him and all that he has accomplished in such a short time.”