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

  • SPE Honorary Member
  • National Academy of Engineering Member
  • SPE John Franklin Carll Award
  • Outstanding Contributions to Basic Research in Geosciences, U.S. Department of Energy, Basic Energy Sciences Division
  • SPE Lester C. Uren Award


  • 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).

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.