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Tawfik Elshehabi


Tawfik Elshehabi, PhD, PE, is a lifelong Petroleum Engineering educator and a Professional Engineer with the State of Wyoming. He received his Ph.D. in Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering from West Virginia University. Dr. Elshehabi is currently a Senior Lecturer of Petroleum Engineering and a Faculty Fellow of the UW Summer High School Institute, where he shares this passion for “Wyoming’s Energy.” Dr. Elshehabi directs the state-of-the-art Drilling and Completions Simulation Facility in the Engineering Education and Research Building. Tawfik taught numerous petroleum engineering, engineering science, and high school courses. Dr. Elshehabi received a number of teaching awards and published several technical papers in petroleum engineering and engineering education.

Honors College Clay Fellow: Featured Course

Engineering, Ethics, and Energy

How many times have you heard the word “energy” recently? Have you wondered why energy is so critical?

In the “Engineering, Ethics, and Energy” course, we will discover the various renewable and nonrenewable energy resources as the world continues to demand an enormous amount of energy. We will put a particular emphasis on the energy resources in Wyoming. These energy resources include wind, solar, hydropower, geothermal, biofuels, nuclear, oil, natural gas, and coal. We will also discuss global climate change and examine various innovative solutions.

To tackle the energy challenge, we need innovation, entrepreneurship, and diverse teams. Together, we will explore the different engineering disciplines and learn the process of creative problem-solving and ethical decision-making. We will enjoy constructing engineering projects using 3D printing, virtual reality, and physical modeling. We will also discuss why we shall hold paramount the safety, health, and welfare of the public, as well as protecting the environment for future generations. We will research the engineering design, reliability, affordability, and ethical issues associated with the different energy resources.

You don’t need to be an engineer to join us. Your perspective and creativity are needed to tackle the energy challenge. We are excited to welcome you to Engineering, Ethics, and Energy.

Tawfik Elshehabi teaching in front of a screen
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