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UHC Affiliates

 

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AFFILIATED SCIENTISTS:

 

  Aichele

 Clint Aichele, Assistant Professor and Harold Courson Chair of Petroleum Engineering, School of Chemical Engineering

Dr. Aichele holds a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Rice University and has worked as a research engineer at ConocoPhillips. He is an expert on flow assurance with emphasis on waxes, hydrates, emulsions, and asphaltenes. Dr. Aichele further brings expertise in emulsion formation and stability, as well as gas treatment and spray characterization.

Technical focus areas: Flow assurance/fluid processing, Drilling and completion, Enhanced recovery

   
 AApblett

Allen Apblett, Professor   

Department of Chemistry

Dr. Apblett’s research is focused on the industrial applications of metallo-organic chemistry. His research tackles many issues, including corrosion, protective coatings for optics, and catalysis. This research includes fluorescent sensing of oilfield chemicals, produced water treatment, oil-field cementing, enhanced oil recovery, and proppants.

Technical focus areas: Flow assurance/fluid processing, Enhanced recovery, Drilling and completion

  

 

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Estella Atekwana, Regents Professor, Sun Chair, and Head, Boone Pickens School of Geology

Professor Atekwana has helped pioneer the emerging field of biogeophysics. Her research focuses on understanding microbially induced changes of rock properties and the applications to oil exploration in the areas of trap delineation, bioremediation, and enhanced resource recovery. She also researches the geodynamics of the rift basins in East Africa.

Technical focus areas: Reservoir characterization, Enhanced recovery

 

 

 Bikkina

Prem Bikkina, Assistant Professor,
Boone Pickens School of Geology

Dr. Bikkina is a petroleum and chemical engineer with a range of experience in industry, research, and academia. His main area of research focuses on high-pressure and high-temperature macro and microfluidics. His research interests include enhanced hydrocarbon recovery, geological sequestration, and multiphase emulsion characterization.

Technical focus areas: Reservoir characterization, Enhanced recovery, Drilling and completion, Flow assurance/fluid processing

 

 

 JByrnes

Jeff Byrnes, Assistant Professor,
Boone Pickens School of Geology

Dr. Byrnes applies remote sensing technology to a diversity of petroleum exploration issues and also is an expert on volcanology and planetary geology. He a broad range of tools, such as LiDAR, image analysis, and optical spectrometry, to tackle a diversity of geologic and environmental applications, and has applied optical geophysics to the characterization of hydrocarbon reservoirs.

Technical focus area: Reservoir characterization

 

 

 Chowdhary

Girish Chowdhary, Assistant Professor, School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Girish Chowdhary received a Ph.D. from Georgia Tech and was a postdoctoral researcher at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His research includes modeling, on-demand sampling, and analysis of large spatio-temporal datasets. His research group maintains a number unmanned aerial vehicles that are being utilized for monitoring of enhanced recovery.

Technical focus areas: Enhanced recovery, Reservoir characterization, Drilling and completion

 

 

 PClark

Peter Clark, Professor and Samson and Ward Chair of Petroleum Engineering, School of Chemical Engineering
UHC Co-Director

Dr. Clark is director of the Petroleum Engineering Program at OSU and brings a wealth of experience in the petroleum industry and academia. He is an expert in fluid rheology and its applications to hydrocarbon development. His interests include proppant transport during, fluid-rock interactions, and the implementation and monitoring of CO2-enhanced hydrocarbon recovery in conventional and unconventional reservoirs.

Technical focus areas: Drilling and completion, Enhanced recovery, Flow assurance/fluid processing

 

 

 BElbing

Brian Elbing, Assistant Professor,
School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Dr. Elbing holds a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan. Prior to joining the OSU faculty in 2013, he spent 3 years as a research faculty member in the Applied Research Laboratory at Penn State. His research focus is in the area of high-Reynolds number experimental fluid mechanics with an emphasis on flow control, multiphase flows, and flow-induced noise.

Technical focus areas: Flow assurance/fluid processing, Drilling and completion, Enhanced recovery

 

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Mostafa Elshahed, Associate Professor,
Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics

Dr. Elshahed is an environmental microbiologist, who studies microbial communities associated with petroleum reservoirs, especially shale. He is interested in understanding microbial colonization of wellbore fluid during drilling and completion. He also is interested in application microbially enhanced resource recovery in mature and biologically degraded reservoirs.

Technical focus areas: Reservoir characterization, Enhanced recovery

 

 

 BFathepure

Babu Fathepure, Associate Professor,
Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics

Dr. Fathepure is an expert in microbiology who is interested in the role of microbes in subsurface environments, including unconventional hydrocarbon reservoirs. His research includes the microbial and physical ecology of hydrocarbon degradation in hypersaline environments. He also is interested in applying microbially enhanced resource recovery in mature and biologically degraded reservoirs.

Technical focus areas: Reservoir characterization, Enhanced recovery

 

 

 Grammer

G. Michael Grammer, Professor and Chesapeake Energy Chair,
Boone Pickens School of Geology

Dr. Grammer brings > 25 years of experience in the sequence stratiraphy and characterization of carbonate reservoirs. His current research on reservoir characterization includes advanced 3D modeling and petrophysics. He won AAPG’s Robert H. Dott Sr. Memorial Award for best special publication in 2006, and he has characterized carbonate reservoirs around the world

 

 

 JGregg

Jay Gregg, Professor and V. Brown Monnett Chair,
Boone Pickens School of Geology

Professor Gregg is a renowned expert on sedimentary petrology and geochemistry. His research focuses on the origin and diagenesis of dolomite and limestone, as well as the diagenetic history of sedimentary basins. His contributions span the North American Midcontinent, the Caribbean region, South Africa, northern Europe, South America and the Persian Gulf.

Technical focus area: Reservoir characterization

 

 

 THalihan

Todd Halihan,
Professor, Boone Pickens School of Geology

Dr. Halihan's expertise includes developing methods for site characterization and monitoring of NAPL using Electrical Resistivity Imaging and developing methods to integrate hydrogeophysical datasets. Dr. Halihan has geophysical experience including resistivity, electromagnetic methods, and ground penetrating radar. His experience includes karst hydrogeology and well testing.

Technical focus areas: Reservoir characterization, Flow assurance/fluid processing

 

 

 MHIleman

Mary Hileman, Adjunct Assistant Professor,
Boone Pickens School of Geology

Dr. Hileman is an expert in siliciclastic sequence stratigraphy and brings a wealth of experience as an explorationist and manager in the oil and gas industry. She employs geophysical well log analysis techniques as a tool to assess reservoir quality and characterize ancient depositional systems. Her teaching includes fundamental courses for geologists and petroleum engineers.

Technical focus area: Reservoir characterization

 

 

 JJacob

Jamey Jacob, Ray & Linda Booker Professor,
School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Professor Jacob is an exert on unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and their utility for industrial application. His research focuses on aerodynamics, UAV design, flight testing, as well as the development of inflatable aerostructures. His research includes flow control, bio-flow control, and plasma physics. He is currently designing UAVs for the monitoring of atmospheric gas flux in support of CO2-enhanced oil recovery operations.

Technical focus areas: Enhanced recovery, Reservoir characterization

 

 

 PJaiswal

Priyank Jaiswal, Assistant Professor,
Boone Pickens School of Geology

Dr. Jaiswal is a geophysicist who specializes in the seismic attributes of sedimentary rocks. His research focuses on velocity modeling, depth imaging, poroelasticity, and ground roll inversion. His research on unconventional hydrocarbon reservoirs includes the geophysical imaging of natural gas hydrate accumulations, geophysical characterization of tight carbonate, and geophysical techniques for optimizing hydraulic fracture treatments.

Technical focus area: Reservoir characterization

 

 

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Daniel Láo Dávila, Assistant Professor,
Boone Pickens School of Geology

Dr. Láo Dávila is a structural geologist who investigates kinematics and strain at microscopic to regional scales. His uses fracture networks to characterize rock deformation and structural history at plate boundaries and interiors. This research is intricately related to reservoir characterization and understanding tectonic systems.

Technical focus area: Reservoir characterization

 

 

 TLey

Tyler Ley, Williams Foundation Associate Professor,
School of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Dr. Ley has expertise is in the chemical and microstructural investigation of porous materials by using X-ray and electron microscopy. He has extensive experience in basic and applied research on the usage of cements in many types of applications, including those used by the petroleum industry. He also is developing advanced sensor systems that can be deployed for surface monitoring in oil fields.

Technical focus area: Drilling and completion

 

 

 Materer

Nicholas Materer, Associate Professor,
Department of Chemistry

Dr. Materer is an expert on material and environmental surface chemistry. His research is directed toward understanding the fundamental chemical reactions that occur at interfaces. He is currently developing monitoring technology that is being used to measure methane and carbon dioxide fluxes associated with enhanced oil recovery. This technology is being deployed at the land surface and on unmanned aerial vehicles.

Technical focus area: Drilling and completion

 

 

 Mohammad

Sayeed Mohammad, Research Assistant Professor,
School of Chemical Engineering

Dr. Mohammad’s research interests include experimental, theoretical and computational thermodynamics and their applications to enhanced recovery. He is an expert on phase equilibrium and multi-phase adsorption. His research includes matrix swelling and permeability changes during adsorption, equation-of-state development, and supercritical adsorption in unconventional reservoirs.

Technical focus areas: Reservoir characterization, Enhanced recovery, Flow assurance/fluid processing

 

 

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Jack Pashin, Professor and Devon Energy Chair of Basin Research, Boone Pickens School of Geology
UHC Co-Director

Dr. Pashin has been involved in unconventional reservoir geology since the 1980s and has published extensively on unconventional reservoirs. His research focuses on the development of integrated geologic models of coal and shale reservoirs. He has been involved in the development of CO2-enhanced oil and gas recovery technology since the 1990s and has designed, led, and participated in reservoir tests in coal, sandstone, and shale.

Technical focus areas: Reservoir characterization, Enhanced Recovery, Flow assurance/fluid processing

 

 

 JPuckette

Jim Puckette, Associate Professor and Geoscience Education Chair, Boone Pickens School of Geology

Dr. Puckette’s research focuses primarily on petroleum reservoirs, both conventional and unconventional, their origin and evolution. His interest in reservoirs is extended to the aquifer regions in the shallow subsurface. Current research projects include characterization of geologic and reservoir properties in Paleozoic carbonate and siliciclastic reservoirs, Mississippian chert, and the Woodford Shale.

Technical focus areas: Reservoir characterization, Enhanced Recovery

 

 

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Tracy Quan, Assistant Professor,
Boone Pickens School of Geology

Research in Dr. Quan’s lab focuses on the use of geochemical techniques to evaluate petroleum systems. Her geochemical interests include carbon and nitrogen isotopes, elemental concentrations, and biomarkers in sedimentary systems, including unconventional reservoirs. These techniques help characterize depositional conditions and the geochemical changes that occur throughout the burial and hydrocarbon generation history.

Technical focus area: Reservoir characterization

 

 

 Reidinger 

Natascha Riedinger, Assistant Professor,
Boone Pickens School of Geology

Dr. Riedinger has expertise in sedimentary geochemistry, marine systems, and biogeochemical cycles. Her current research includes early diagenesis in modern marine sediment and its impact on primary geochemical signals; metal cycling and its implication for the deepoceanic biosphere, trace metal paleoproxies for paleoceonagraphic variables. Her research is providing new insight on the origin of the sediment preserved in shale reservoirs.

Technical focus area: Reservoir characterization

 

 

 Sallam

Khaled Sallam, Associate Professor,
School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Dr. Sallam’s research interests are in experimental and computational fluid dynamics and multiphase flow. His interests also include laser diagnostics, holography, nanofibers, and nanoparticles. Dr. Sallam has received the President’s Outstanding Teaching Award, the Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Teaching Excellence Award, the Halliburton Excellent Young Teacher Award, and the prestigious W.R. Marshall Award in 2006.

Technical focus areas: Enhanced recovery, Flow assurance/fluid processing

 

 

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Javier Vilcáez, Assistant Professor,
Boone Pickens School of Geology

Dr. Vilcáez brings expertise on computational modeling of multiphase reactive transport processes in porous media and numerical optimization with a focus on energy and mineral resources development. Dr. Vilcáez also has extensive experience in the use and development of microbiological and hydrothermal methods for enhancing the recovery of energy and mineral resources and treatment of waste water.

Technical focus areas: Enhanced recovery, Flow assurance/fluid processing