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We have a large faculty contingent with considerable expertise on many subjects. Together, their knowledge covers virtually all aspects of petroleum engineering research.

Sara Abedi

PhD/Assistant Professor

  • Mechanics and physics of geomaterials
  • Multiscale chemo-mechanical characterization and modeling
  • Reservoir geomechanics
  • Granular material failure and flow and granular physics

I. Yucel Akkutlu


  • Shale gas and oil resource assessment and characterization
  • CO2-enhanced shale gas and oil recovery
  • Shale oil recovery using surfactants and microemulsions
  • Digital rock physics and pore-network modeling
  • Compositional reservoir flow simulation coupled with geomechanics
  • Natural gas hydrates

Ibere Alves

PhD/Professor of Engineering Practice

  • Gas and oil production
  • Two-phase flow modeling
  • Artificial lift
  • Flow assurance
  • Intelligent fields
  • Deep water petroleum production

Maria A. Barrufet


  • Reservoir confined fluid properties evaluation
  • Reservoir near-critical fluids and compositional simulation, hydrocarbon characterization
  • Equations of state (EOS) for multiphase equilibria
  • Enhanced oil recovery: thermodynamics and transport phenomena applications
  • Modeling CO2 storage and capture
  • Multiphase flow, flow assurance and leak detection methods

Thomas A. Blasingame


  • Unconventional reservoirs
  • Production data analysis
  • Pressure transient data analysis
  • Petroleum reservoir engineering
  • Technical mathematics

Akhil Datta-Gupta

PhD/University Distinguished Professor

  • Rapid flow simulation techniques, reservoir optimization, large-scale parameter estimation via inverse methods, and uncertainty quantification and assessments
  • Streamline simulation and applications
  • Inverse modeling and multiscale data integration
  • Geostatistics and stochastic reservoir characterization
  • Modeling and scale-up of enhanced oil recovery

Fred Dupriest

BS/Professor of Engineering Practice

  • Drilling performance workflows
  • Drilling mechanics theory and practices
  • Lost circulation theory and practices
  • Stuck pipe avoidance
  • Borehole quality management practices
  • Advanced well control practices

Eduardo Gildin


  • Model reduction of large scale dynamical systems
  • Control and optimization of large scale dynamical systems
  • Reservoir modeling and simulation
  • Closed-Loop Reservoir Management: Production Optimization, History Matching and Optimal Control

A. Rashid Hasan

PhD/Research Professor

  • Wellbore heat transfer
  • Transient transport processes
  • Wellbore/Reservoir fluid flow

Berna Hascakir

PhD/Associate Professor

  • Heavy oil and oil shale recovery with enhanced oil recovery methods
  • Diagnostic studies on reservoir rock and fluids
  • Produced water management

A. Daniel Hill

PhD/Regents Professor

  • Production engineering
  • Well completions
  • Well stimulation
  • Production logging
  • Complex well performance (horizontal and multilateral wells)

Jihoon Kim

PhD/Associate Professor

  • Coupled flow and geomechanics in hydrate, shale and tight gas, and geothermal reservoirs
  • Hydraulic fracturing, hydro-shearing, coupled geomechanic-geophysical modeling
  • Reservoir simulation, computational geomechanics

Mike King


  • 3D reservoir modeling and characterization
  • Pressure and rate transient analysis for unconventional reservoirs
  • Upscaling of geologic models for flow simulation
  • Streamline-based simulation and flow analysis

Marcelo Laprea-Bigott

PhD/Professor of Engineering Practice

  • Pressure and rate transient well analysis
  • Reservoir engineering and production optimization
  • Unconventional reservoirs and heavy oil recovery methods

W. John Lee

PhD/Regents Professor

  • Oil and gas reserves
  • Resources evaluation
  • Production forecasting
  • Unconventional resources

Jenn-Tai Liang


  • Using nano drug delivery technologies for transport and controlled release of oilfield chemicals
  • Hydraulic fracturing fluid cleanup
  • Microbial enhanced oil recovery
  • Scale, wax, and asphaltene inhibition
  • In-depth conformance control
  • CO2 injector for carbon sequestration and improved oil recovery

Heitor Lima

PhD/Professor of Engineering Practice

  • Deepwater drilling
  • Deepwater well design
  • Advanced well control

Duane McVay


  • Risk and uncertainty assessment
  • Unconventional resource assessment
  • Petroleum reservoir simulation
  • Integrated reservoir characterization and management

Siddharth Misra

PhD/Associate Professor

  • Data-driven modeling and machine learning
  • Petrophysics and formation evaluation
  • Subsurface characterization
  • Sensors and sensing
  • Inverse problems

George Moridis


  • Numerical simulation and advanced numerical methods
  • Unconventional gas resources
  • Thermal operations
  • Enhanced oil recovery processes
  • High performance computing coupled (flow, thermal, geomechanical, geochemical, geophysical) processes

Hadi Nasrabadi

PhD/Associate Professor

  • Compositional modeling of multiphase/multicomponent fluid flow in porous media
  • Enhanced oil recovery and sequestration
  • Phase behavior of reservoir fluids
  • Modeling asphaltene precipitation in porous media
  • Shale gas and oil recovery

Sam Noynaert

PhD/Associate Professor of Engineering practice

  • Drilling performance
  • Applied drilling research
  • Horizontal/deviated drilling
  • Automation of the drilling process
  • Solutions to drilling-related problems in unconventional reservoirs

Rita Esuru Okoroafor

PhD/Assistant Professor

  • Geothermal energy
  • Carbon capture and sequestration
  • Underground hydrogen storage

Jeff Spath


  • Analytical simulation and pressure transient techniques

George Voneiff

MS/Professor of Engineering Practice

  • Applied petroleum economics in unconventional plays
  • Statistical analysis of large data sets from unconventional formations
  • Large-scale production data analysis using empirical techniques

Kan Wu

PhD/Associate Professor

  • Hydraulic fracturing in unconventional reservoirs
  • Coupled geomechanics and fluid flow modeling
  • Well performance prediction and optimization

Ding Zhu


  • General production engineering
  • Well stimulation
  • Complex well performance
  • Intelligent completion technology