Azra Tutuncu

Dr. Tutuncu held various research and leadership assignments in Well Engineering, Rock Physics, Geomechanics and Subsurface R&D groups at Shell International Exploration and Production Company and Shell Oil Company in Houston and in the Netherlands before joining Colorado School of Mines faculty. Her interest areas include rock-fluid interactions, integrated borehole stability, geomechanics, reservoir characterization and formation damage detection, mitigation and removal. Dr. Tutuncu has over fifty publications in peer reviewed journals and conference proceedings in addition to over sixty reports in research and implementation of novel technologies in Deepwater Gulf of Mexico, Unconventional gas and oil shale, heavy oil sands and carbonates integrated borehole stability, in situ stress and rock property determination, nonlinear rock deformation and failure, pore pressure and fracture gradient prediction, stimulation, drilling and drill in fluid design and compatibility analysis. She holds several patents on pore pressure prediction, attenuation and acoustic stimulation. Dr. Tutuncu is a member of SPE, SEG, Sigma Xi, ARMA, AADE and Pi Epsilon Tau and has been actively involved in SEG, SPE and ARMA organizations over twenty five years. She is currently members of technical review committees in all three organizations, a representative of SEG in AGI Environmental Geoscience Advisory Committee, and SEG Research and Global Affairs Committees in addition to being an Executive Board Member and Former President of American Rock Mechanics Association. Dr. Tutuncu is a member of the EPA Scientific Advisory Board on Hydraulic Fracturing Research since March 2013. She is licensed Professional Petroleum Engineer and Geoscientist in the State of Texas.