Akhil Datta-Gupta

University Distinguished Professor

Regents Professor

Associate Department Head-Faculty Administration

L.F. Peterson '36 Chair


Office: RICH 401G
Phone: 979.847.9030

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Research Interests

Dr. Datta-Gupta has research interests in rapid flow simulation techniques, reservoir optimization, large-scale parameter estimation via inverse methods and uncertainty quantification/ assessments.

  • Streamline simulation and applications
  • Inverse modeling and multi-scale data integration
  • Geostatistics and stochastic reservoir characterization
  • Modeling and scale-up of enhanced oil recovery

Awards & Honors

  • Member, National Academy of Engineering (elected 2012)
  • John Franklin Carll Award for distinguished contribution in the application of engineering principles to petroleum development and recovery, Society of Petroleum Engineers (2009)
  • Outstanding Contributions to Basic Research in Geosciences, U.S. Department of Energy, Basic Energy Sciences Division (2008)
  • Lester C. Uren Award, Society of Petroleum Engineers (2003)
  • SPE Distinguished Member (elected 2001)
  • Member of Polar Research Board, National Academy of Sciences (2001-2004)
  • Faculty Fellow, Texas Engineering Experiment Station (2001)
  • Cedric K. Ferguson Award, Society of Petroleum Engineers (2000)
  • Distinguished Author, Society of Petroleum Engineers (2000)
  • Distinguished Lecturer, Society of Petroleum Engineers (1999-2000)
  • Best Peer-Approved Technical Paper, Society of Petroleum Engineers (1999)
  • Tenneco Meritorious Teaching Award, Texas A&M University (1997)
  • Outstanding Technical Editor, Society of Petroleum Engineers (1996)
  • Rossiter W. Raymond Award, American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical and Petroleum Engineers (1992)


  • PhD, Petroleum Engineering, University of Texas at Austin, 1992
  • MS, Petroleum Engineering, University of Texas at Austin, 1985
  • BS, Petroleum Engineering, Indian School of Mines, Dhanbad, India, 1982

Selected Publications

Streamline Simulation: Theory and Practice , Akhil Datta - Gupta and M. J. King, Textbook Series #11, Society of Petroleum Engineers, Richardson, TX , ISBN 978 - 1 - 55563 - 111 - 6 ( Nov. 200 7 ).

Editor, History Matching and Conditioning Geologic Models to Dynamic Data, Society of Petroleum Engineers Reprint Series, ISBN 978-1-55563-210-6 (April, 2009).

Subsurface Imaging and Fluid Flow: Asymptotic and Trajectory-based Methods, D. W. Vasco and Akhil Datta-Gupta, Cambridge University Press (In progress, expected Dec. 2011).

The Oil Spill Recovery Institute: Past, Present and Future, The National Academies Press, Washington D.C. (2003), 165 pages (ISBN: 0-309-08514-4). Co-authored as part of the ‘Committee to Review the Oil Spill Recovery Institute’s Research Program’, National Research Council of the National Academies.

Guidance for Complying with BOEM NTL No. 2010-N06 on Worst Case Discharge for Offshore Wells, Society of Petroleum Engineers (2010). Co-authored as part of the Worst Case Discharge Calculations Committee, Society of Petroleum Engineers.

Watanabe, S., and Datta-Gupta, A., Use of Phase Streamlines for Covariance Localization in Ensemble Kalman Filter for Three-Phase History Matching, SPE Reservoir Evaluation and Engineering (to appear).

Bhark, E., Rey, A., Datta-Gupta, A. and Jafarpour, B., Multiscale Parameterization and History Matching in Structured and Unstructured Grid Geometries, SPE Journal (to appear).

Bhark, E., Jafapour, B. and Datta-Gupta, A., “A Generalized Grid-Connectivity-Based Parameterization for Subsurface Flow Model Calibration, Water Resources Research, 47, W06517, doi:10.1029/2010WR009982 (2011).

Rey, A., Datta-Gupta, A., and Ballin, P., “Assisted history matching in the presence of frequent well interventions using generalized travel time inversion,” Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering, 78 (2), August 2011, Pages 415-30.

Yin, J., Park, H-Y, Datta-Gupta, A., and King, M. J. “A hierarchical streamline-assisted history matching approach with global and local parameter updates,” Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering, 80 (1), December 2011, Pages 116-30.