Dr. C. Özgen Karacan is a Research Petroleum Engineer with the USGS Geology, Energy & Minerals (GEM) Science Center in Reston, VA.
Dr. Karacan conducts research related to CO2-EOR, CO2 sequestration, reservoir engineering of petroleum system, and coal mine and abandoned mine methane resources. Before joining the USGS, Dr. Karacan worked for the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health’s (NIOSH) Pittsburgh Mining Research Division for 13 years, where he managed research projects related to ventilation, and sources of gob gas and its control in coal mines.
Dr. Karacan is one of the Editors of International Journal of Coal Geology, and a Bureau member and vice chair of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe’s (UNECE) Group of Experts on Coal Mine Methane. He holds associate professor of petroleum engineering accreditation in Turkey and an adjunct professor position at China University of Geosciences in Beijing (CUGB). Dr. Karacan won NIOSH Alice Hamilton Award in 2013 and 2016.
Dr. Karacan received his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in petroleum and natural gas engineering from Middle East Technical University, in Ankara, Turkey and worked for the Pennsylvania State University between 1998 and 2003 as a research associate.
2017-present: USGS, Geology, Energy & Minerals Science Center, Reston VA
2003-2017: CDC/NIOSH, Pittsburgh Mining Research Division, Pittsburgh PA
1998-2003: The Pennsylvania State University, University Park PA
1991-1998: Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey
Education and Certifications
Ph.D. Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering, Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey, 1998
M.S. Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering, Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey, 1993
B.S. Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering, Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey, 1991