Dr. Abdulaziz Obaid Al–Kaabi

Tel: +966 (013) 860-8662
Fax: +966 (013) 860-8663

Location: Bldg. 76, Rm. 2204

Dr. Abdulaziz Obaid Al–Kaabi

Dean, Dean’s Office

Dr. Abdulaziz O. Al-Kaabi is the first Dean of College of Petroleum Engineering & Geosciences (CPG), KFUPM.  Previously he worked at Saudi Aramco as a Chief Technologist for Reservoir Engineering Technology at Saudi Aramco Advanced Research Center (EXPEC ARC) from 2002 to 2015.  Earlier, from 1990 to 2002, he served at KFUPM and held the rank of Associate Professor in the Department of Petroleum Engineering, and the Director of Center for Petroleum and Minerals in the Research Institute.  He returned to KFUPM as the founding Dean of College of Petroleum Engineering & Geosciences in 2015.  He received his B.S. (1982) and M.S. (1984) from KFUPM, Saudi Arabia and Ph.D. (1990) in Petroleum Engineering from Texas A&M, USA.

Research Interests

  • Reservoir Engineering
  • Oil Recovery
  • Formation Evaluation.

Selected Publications

  • US Patent 20120018160A1, 2013: Oil Recovery Process for Carbonate Reservoirs, Ali Abdullah Al-Yousif, Abdulaziz Al-Kaabi and Salah Hamad Al-Saleh.
  • Al-Kaabi and W.J. Lee, “Authors’ Reply to Discussion on ‘Using Artificial Neural Nets to identify the Well Test Interpretation Model‘,” SPE Formation Evaluation Journal, SPE, Sep. 1994, pp. 238.
  • Al-Kaabi and W.J. Lee, “Using Artificial Neural Networks to identify the Well Test Interpretation Model,” SPE Formation Evaluation Journal, SPE, Sep. 1993, pp. 233-240.

Awards & Honors

  • The Custodian of the Two Holly Mosques Prize for Honoring Inventors and the Gifted (2017).
  • KFUPM-RI Best Research Team, 1996”, for the team of project PN 21111: Rock Compressibility and Formation Strength Indices in Sandstone Reservoirs; a research project funded by Saudi Aramco at KFUPM Research Institute.
  • Prince Mohammed Award, 1996”, for the team of project: Rock Wettebility, 1994.
  • Prince Mohammed Award, 1998”, for the team of project: Geostatistical and Evaluation of Petroleum Reservoir Charactaristic.
  • KFUPM-RI Best Research Team, 1998”, for the team of project PN 21129: Modeling of Hanifa Fracture Reservoir – Development of a Program to Construct a Cross-Sectional Model Between Two Wells Based on the Fractal Theory; a research project funded by Saudi Aramco at KFUPM Research Institute.

Dr. Mazen Kanj

Consultant, Dean’s Office

Dr. Mazen Y. Kanj is a Consultant at College of Petroleum Engineering & Geosciences. He was a Petroleum Engineering Consultant at Saudi Aramco and former Director of the Center for Integrative Petroleum Research (CIPR) at the newly founded College of Petroleum Engineering & Geosciences (CPG) at KFUPM. He was a founding member and team lead for the In-Situ Sensing and Intervention (ISSI) focus area of the Reservoir Engineering Technology Division of EXPEC ARC. He developed the concept of Resbots for reservoir use an application to solve the challenges in formation evaluation, reservoir monitoring, and enhanced recovery. He further coined the concept of reservoir nanoagents (Resbots) and developed the reservoir nanoagents suite with two successful nanoparticle field demonstrations for the company. Dr. Kanj has close to 24 years of industry and academic research experience outside his graduate study, 13 of which are with Saudi Aramco.

Educational Qualification

  • Ph.D., Civil Engineering, the University of Oklahoma, USA, 1995.
  • ME, Civil Engineering (Structural Engineering), the American University, Beirut, Lebanon, 1990.
  • BE, Civil Engineering, Beirut, Lebanon, 1988.

Research Interests

  • Rigid Body Mechanics
  • Structural Analysis I
  • Numerical Methods in Engineering
  • Rock Mechanics

Selected Publications

  • Chuang Y-J, Liu F, Wang W, Kanj MY, Poitzsch ME, and Pan Z., “Ultra-sensitive in-situ detection of near-infrared persistent luminescent tracer nanoagents in crude oil-water mixtures”, Scientific Reports. 2016; 6:27993. doi:10.1038/srep27993.
  • Kanj, M.Y. and Abousleiman, Y., “Taming Complexities of Coupled-Geomechanics in Rock Testing: From Assessing Reservoir Compaction to Analyzing Stability of Expandable Sand Screens and Solid Tubulars”, SPE Journal, Sep. 2007, v. 12, No. 3, pp. 293-303.

Awards & Honors

  • Featured article in SPE JPT “Illuminating Saudi Reservoirs.” Jun. 2012.
  • EXPEC ARC Milestone Award Saudi Aramco 2010.
  • Service Award SPE Associate Editor of the Editorial Review Committee; SPE Journal, 2009.
  • 2008 World Oil New Horizons Idea Award for the Reservoir Nanoagent (Resbots) concept.
Tel: +966 (013) 860-4849
Fax: +966 (013) 860-2595

Location: Bldg. 78, Rm. 3044

Mushabbab Q. Al Raqdi

Project Management Consultant, Dean’s Office

Educational Qualification

  • B.S., Business Management, Imam Abdulrahman University Dammam, KSA, 2016.
  • Tech. Diploma, Geology, King Abdul Aziz University, 1987.
Tel: +966 (013) 860-7937
Fax: +966 (013) 860-2595

Location: Bldg. 76, Rm. 2107

Yousef H. Botwaibah

Communication Administrator, Dean’s Office

Having a vast experience in various major governmental organizations including Saudi Arabian National Guard (1984-90) and Saudi TV channel 2, Yousef joined CPG in 2017, working as CPG Communication Administrator. Prior to joining CPG, he was working as PR Specialist & Government Affairs Staff Advisor at Saudi Aramco from 1991 and retired in 2016 as Career Counselor.

Educational Qualification

  • B.A, Double Major in English Inter-Personal Communication & French Linguistics, Sonoma State University, 1983, California, USA.


  • French Language Training (summer classes) 1980-1982, University of Nice, France.
  • French Language Training (summer classes) 1983, International Center for Language, Besançon, France
  • Human Resources Development Program   September 16-18, 1987, American Management Association, New York.
  • Personnel Administration:  Principles and Techniques   June 18-30, 1988, MEIRC, Athens, Greece
  • Compensation and Benefits   August 5-7, 1989, MEIRC, Athens, Greece
  • Recruitment and Selection Skills    July 6-11, 1990, Human Resources Dev. Corp. Sousse, Tunisia
  • Contract Administration Seminar   November 21-23, 1992
  • Coaching for Performance August 24-27, 1996
  • Situational Leadership   November 30-December 2, 1997
  • 7 Habits of Highly Effective People   December 23-26, 2001
  • Energizing & Empowering Employees May 28, 2006
  • PR Protocol   March 17-20, 2007
  • 2nd Kuwait Conference on PR    February 12-13, 2008                                          
  • Fikr 7 Cairo 2008   November 13-16, 2008                                                                         
  • 10th ASHRM International Conference & Exhibition March 29-31, 2010                  
  • Specialist Social Responsibility Dec.15-19, 2013                                                                                        
  • Conflict of Interest & Bus. Ethics June 25, 2014    
Tel: +966 (013) 860-​8662
Fax: +966 (013) 860-8663

Location: Bldg. 76, Rm. 2206

Sayed Masroor Bakht

Secretary, Dean’s Office

Sayed is a Secretary to the office of Dean at CPG and carries out a range of administrative and organizational duties.

Educational Qualification

  • MA, Delhi University, India, 1988