Hazim H. Abass

For his committed service to SPE, including as a Distinguished Lecturer and an outstanding technical editor; and for his pioneering work resulting in 10 US patents, more than 45 papers, contributions to three books, and more than 1500 citations referring to his work.

AIME Honorary Membership in 2015

Hazim Abass is a professor and research director at the petroleum engineering department of the Colorado School of Mines (CSM). Before joining CSM in 2014, he was a senior consultant and the unconventional resources focus area champion for the Advanced Research Center at Saudi Aramco. Abass also worked as a development engineer at the Halliburton Research Center in Oklahoma, a Halliburton consultant at the PDVSA Research Center in Venezuela, and a petroleum engineer at the Northern Petroleum Organization in Iraq. He is the recipient of the 2008 SPE Middle East Regional Production Operations Award, the 2012 SPE Completion Optimizations and Technology Award, and the 2012 SPE Middle East Regional Completion Optimizations and Technology Award. Abass advanced the practical applications of rock mechanics to solve petroleum engineering related problems. Abass introduced new concepts and technologies related to oriented perforation, oriented fracturing, sanding tendency, fracturing horizontal wells, acid and proppant hydraulic fracturing, water coning, gas hydrates, and coalbed methane.  He served SPE on multiple committees and technical events as chairman, cochairman, member, technical editor, Distinguished Lecturer, discussion leader, and speaker. He holds 11 US patents, has written more than 50 technical papers, and contributed to three industrial books. Abass holds a BSc from the University of Baghdad and MSc and PhD from the Colorado School of Mines, all in Petroleum Engineering.