James R. Sorem Jr., Dean of The University of Tulsa College of Engineering and Natural Sciences, and Cem Sarica, F.H. “Mick” Merelli/Cimarex Energy Professor of Petroleum, visited Kuwait March 11-16 to meet with TU alumni, discuss research partnership opportunities and support recruiting events. Sorem and Sarica also met with officials at Kuwait University, including the institution’s president, faculty and other administrators. Alumnus and Kuwait native Eissa Alsafran hosted the visit and helped facilitate the TU meetings.
Additional events featured a gathering and dinner with Kuwait University faculty and government ministers as well as Kuwait Oil Co. President Mohammad Al-Jazzaf and other engineers. The following day, Sorem and Sarica met with Kuwait’s deputy minister of higher education and made a stop at the English Academy.
“The College of Engineering and Natural Sciences has enjoyed a long-standing relationship with Kuwait Oil and Kuwait’s energy industry, which has brought students to TU,” Sorem said. “TU’s own Cal McKee was instrumental in helping Kuwait Oil create a large liquefied petroleum gas gathering, processing and shipping system in the mid-1960s.”