Awards & Scholarships

Sunil L. Kokal

Sunil L. Kokal (SPE)

AIME DeGolyer Distinguished Service Medal in

For his tireless work as a very active SPE member since 1984 in various capacities spanning local and international levels, technical and administrative, simple to leadership roles in the SPE, including advisory councils, committees, sub-committees, councils, technical groups, sections, mentoring, and in organizing and steering workshops, conferences and symposia.

Dr. Sunil Kokal is a Senior Petroleum Engineering Consultant and a Focus Area Champion of Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR) in the Reservoir Engineering Technology Team of EXPEC Advanced Research Center at Saudi Aramco in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. Since joining Saudi Aramco in 1993, he has been involved in applied research projects on EOR, reservoir fluids, hydrocarbon phase behavior, produced oil-field emulsions, asphaltenes, and production related challenges. Currently he is leading a group of scientists, engineers and technicians to develop a program and to conduct appropriate studies and field EOR demonstration projects.

He has written over 75 technical papers, authored book chapters, and is the Associate Editor for the Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering and the SPE Reservoir Evaluation and Engineering Journal. He is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers, and is a registered professional engineer and a member of the Association of Professional Engineers, Geologists and Geophysicists of Alberta (Canada). Dr. Kokal is the recipient of several international and national awards and has mentored widely.

Prior to joining Saudi Aramco, Dr. Kokal worked at the Petroleum Recovery Institute (PRI), Calgary, Canada. Dr. Kokal holds a Ph.D. degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Calgary, Canada (1987) and a B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi (1982).