Dr. Ergun Kuru is Professor and Director of School of Mining and Petroleum Engineering at the University of Alberta. He received his B.Sc. degree from Middle East Technical University, M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees from Louisiana State University all in Petroleum Engineering. Previously he worked at the Tulsa University Drilling Research Project as a senior research associate where he served as the PI of the US DOE -Advanced Cuttings Transport Facility (ACTF) project (5 year, 6M USD budget). He also worked as a faculty member at the Middle East Technical University in Ankara, Turkey and Petroleum Institute in Abu Dhabi, UAE. For more than 25 years, Dr. Kuru have been teaching courses and conducting research on drilling and well completion engineering related subjects. He has authored/co-authored more than 160 technical papers. Dr. Kuru’s current research area of interest includes: Development of Effective Hole Cleaning Strategies for Oil and Gas Well Applications; Design and Development of Non-Damaging Fluids for Oil/Gas Well Drilling, Completion and Stimulation Applications; Understanding and Mitigating Leakage Pathways in Oil and Gas Well Cements. Dr. Kuru served several SPE committees in the past including SPE ATCE Drilling Engineering Program Committee, SPE Global Training Committee, SPE Education and Accreditation Committee, Editorial Review Board member of SPE Drilling and Completion Journal and Associate Editor of SPE Journal of Canadian Petroleum Technology. Dr. Kuru is 2017 recipient of SPE Canada Region Distinguished Achievement Award for Petroleum Engineering Faculty.