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seated male petroleum engineering student at Texas A&M University looking at a computer monitor showing a figure with a long black line, representing a well path, intersecting small and thick or long and thin angled planes representing two different types of areas within a reservoir

Research

Production and operation teams cannot see firsthand how conditions change in a reservoir during production. Instead, they rely on modeling programs that reflect data changes in the subsurface with rapid visual interpretations. Research in these simulation techniques produces more precise and accurate visuals at impressive speeds.

Focus Areas

Advanced reservoir simulation specialties include:

  • Flow visualization using streamlines
  • High resolution reservoir simulation to identify bypassed oil
  • Optimal reservoir management
  • Rapid history matching of diverse data types

Faculty Researchers

Below is a list of petroleum engineering faculty members who perform research in one or more of these specialties.

Akhil Datta-Gupta

  • Professor, Petroleum Engineering
  • L.F. Peterson '36 Chair I
  • University Distinguished Professor
  • Regents Professor
  • Interim Department Head, Petroleum Engineering
  • Affiliated Faculty, Chemical Engineering
  • Member, National Academy of Engineering
Akhil Datta-Gupta

Jihoon Kim

  • Associate Professor, Petroleum Engineering
  • Larry A. Cress '76 Faculty Fellow
Jihoon Kim

Michael King

  • Professor, Petroleum Engineering
  • LeSuer Chair in Reservoir Management
Michael King

George J. Moridis

  • Professor, Petroleum Engineering
  • Robert L. Whiting Chair in Petroleum Engineering
George J. Moridis

Rami Younis

  • Associate Professor, Petroleum Engineering
Rami Younis