Kadir Gürgey was born in Denizli, Turkey, in 1950. He received the B.S. degree in geological engineering from the İstanbul Technical University, in 1975. He professionally played for Beşiktaş and for Denizlispor football teams between 1972 and 1975. In 1979, he gained a scholarship from the Turkish government and went to USA. He took M.Sc from the University of Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA, in 1983.
In 1986, he joined the Research Center of Turkish Petroleum Corporation (TPAO in Ankara) as a petroleum geochemist. In 1991, he received his Ph.D from the Middle East Technical University (METU) in geological engineering (i.e., studied on petroleum geochemistry of SE-Turkey petroleum fields). He was a part-time instructor at the METU from 1993 to 2004 teaching “petroleum geochemistry” course to graduate students from both the Geological Engineering and the Natural Gas and Petroleum Engineering departments. He became an Associate Professor in 2001 while he was working for TPAO.
In 2005, he joined the Department of Geological Engineering in the Pamukkale University in Denizli as a full-time academic instructor and became a Professor in 2006. He retired at the Pamukkale University in 2009 and returned to Ankara where he worked for Merty Energy (i.e., it is a private petroleum and gas exploration, drilling and production company) an a Vice-President from 2009 to 2014. Currently, he is a part-time instructor at the Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering Department of the Near East University (NEU) in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus.
His main areas of research interest are conventional oil generation, migration, generation and source rocks. Dr. Gürgey, currently, is investigating unconventional shale-oil and shale-gas potential of Turkey and is developing new aspects of AGI (Amplified Geochemical Imaging) data while predicting oil and gas rich layers in the subsurface.
Dr. Gürgey is a member of the Turkish Association of Petroleum Geologist and Chambers of Geological Engineers (Turkey).
Petru V. Notingher (M’93) was born in Romania on February 18, 1946. He received the Engineering degree and the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from the “Politehnica” University of Bucharest (PUB), Bucharest, Romania, in 1969 and 1983, respectively. He is currently a Professor in the Department of Electrical Machines and Materials, PUB, and has been the Director of the Laboratory of Electrotechnical Materials, PUB, since 1990. From 1995 to 1999, he was the Director of the Electromechanical Energy Conversion Equipment Research Center. Since 2007, he has been the Vice Dean of the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, PUB. He is a member of CIGRE and an observer in CIGRE D2 SC. He has published more than 200 scientific papers and books in the field of materials for electrical engineering and insulation systems. His research interests include aging mechanisms of electrical insulation, insulation systems testing, polymers breakdown, electrical and water treeing, and electrical materials (dielectrics and composites).