Dr. Hossein Kazemi

Research Co-Director
Chesebro’ Distinguished Chair in Petroleum Engineering

Dr. Erdal Ozkan

Research Co-Director
Director Unconventional Reservoir Project (UREP)
Co-Director Marathon Center of Excellence for Reservoir Studies (MCERS)

Dr. Yu-Shu Wu

Foundation CMG Reservoir Modeling Chair

Dr. Xiaolong Yin

Associate Professor

Dr. Philip H. Winterfeld

Research Associate Professor

Dr. Luis E. Zerpa

Assistant Professor

Graduate Students

ozan uzun

Research in fractured reservoirs, unconventional shale reservoirs, and reservoir modeling.
Advisor: Dr. Hossein Kazemi

Bio: I worked with Schlumberger for 6 years in Eastern Europe (Romania, Ukraine, Germany, Turkey), Abu Dhabi, and Angola (ultra-deep water offshore).


Kaveh amini

Research in Reservoir modeling, oil recovery, hydraulic fracturing modeling, rate transient analysis, multi-phase flow, and fluid properties.
Advisor: Dr. Hossein Kazemi

Bio: I have a diverse background in industry and academia in different positions including engineering, sale, and research. I am currently working with Reservoir Characterization Project (RCP) constructing a reservoir compositional model of Eagle Ford to optimize well spacing, and obtain a better understanding of reservoir and SRV properties. Besides my research, I enjoy spending time with my family, go hiking, sightseeing, and gardening.

Balnur Mindygaliyeva

Research in Optimization of Hydraulic Fracturing and Well Spacing
Advisor: Dr. Hossein Kazemi

Bio:  Balnur was born and raised in Aktobe city, located in northwestern Kazakhstan. Graduated in May 2019 with a B.S. in Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering  with minors in Mathematics and Petroleum Geology from New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology. Currently pursuing M.S in Petroleum Engineering from Colorado School of Mines and a member of RCP team in the role of Petroleum Engineer on ChalkBluff Project. The research includes Optimization of Hydraulic Fracturing and Well Spacing.


Name Degree Thesis
Daulet Gaziz ME – 2022  
Asm Kamruzzaman PhD – 2022 Laboratory Assessment of Gas Injection Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR) In Low Permeability Shales 
Balnur Mindygaliyeva MS – 2021 Rate Transient Analysis (RTA) of Chalk Bluff Wells in Hereford Field to Determine Stimulated Formation Permeability of Northern DJ Basin Niobrara and Codell Formations
Alghunaim, Etaf MS – 2021 Cost-Effective Chemical EOR in Conventional Carbonate Reservoirs Simple Ketones and Surfactants
Nurbol Bekbossinov MS – 2021 Evaluation of Diagnostic Fracture Injection Test (DFIT) and Rate Transient Analysis (RTA) in Hereford Field, Northern DJ Basin
Alruwayi Sarah MS – 2021 Numerical Model Sensitivity to Grid Refinement in Dual Porosity Fractured Reservoirs Application to: Advection and Diffusion Mass Transport in Enhanced Oil Recovery
Omar T. Khaleel PHD – 2019 Interpretation of Mini-Frac Pressure Response:  Application to Unconventional Reservoirs in the UAE
Riyadh Hanashmooni PHD – 2019 Multi-scale Simulations of Waterflooding and Surfactant Flooding in Microfluidic Micromodels
Tingting Chen PhD – 2018  Integrated Reservoir Characterization in Delhi Field, Louisiana: a Continuous CO₂ Injection EOR Project
Erdinc Eker PhD – 2018 Numerical Simulation of Poroelasticity and Multiphase Flow in Matrix-Fracture System: Application to Niobrara Formation, DJ Basin
Ilkay Eker PhD – 2018 Mass Transport Within the Fracture-Matrix Systems of Unconventional Shale Reservoirs – Application to Primary Production and EOR in Eagle Ford
Andrew Johnson MS – 2018 Constructing a Niobrara Reservoir Model Using Outcrop and Downhole Data
Ozan Uzun MS – 2018 Determining Osmotic Pressure in Niobrara Chalk and Codell Sandstone Using High-Speed Centrifuge
Mohamed Alzaabi MS – 2017 Evaluation of The Production Potential of Shilaif Shale Oil Formation Using Analytical And Modeling Methods
Mesferah Al Qahtani MS – 2017 Compositional Modeling for Naturally Fractured Gas Condensate Reservoir In Kuwait
Younki Cho PhD – 2017 Experimental and Numerical Modeling Of Pore-Scale Flow And Relative Permeability Measurements In Middle Bakken
Yanrui Ning PhD – 2017 Production Potential of Niobrara And Codell Formations: Reservoir Modeling With Input From 4d Seismic
Somayeh Karimi PhD – 2017 Experimental Evaluation Of Pore-Scale Flow In Unconventional Reservoirs – Using Centrifuge, NMR, And Resistivity
Jamila Huseynova MS – 2017 Potential of Thermal Enhanced Oil Recovery Applications in Unconventional Reservoirs
Wisam Assiri PhD – 2017 Interpretation of Pseudotransient Linear Flow in Production Data Analysis of Tight, Naturally Fractured Reservoirs
Elham Parsa PhD – 2017 The Experimental Study of The Effect of Confinement On Propane Phase Behavior
Tugce Calisgan MS – 2016 Verification of Confinement Impact on Flow Using a Black Oil Simulator
Ralf Werner Holy PhD – 2016 Numerical Investigation Of 1d Anomalous Diffusion in Fractured Nanoporous Reservoirs
Ali Albinali PhD – 2016 Anomalous Diffusion Analytical Solution for Fractured Nano-Porous Reservoirs
Tadesse Weldu Teklu PhD – 2015 Experimental and Numerical Study of Carbon Dioxide Injection Enhanced Oil Recovery in Low Permeability Reservoirs
Caglar Yesiltepe MS – 2015 Accessed Drainage Volume and Recovery Factors of Fractured Horizontal Wells Under Transient Flow
Andreas M. Lumban Gaol MS – 2015 Inference Test Analysis with Two Fractured Horizontal Wells
Goksu Akoglu Somyurek MS – 2015 CO2 Injection to Improve Oil Recovery Using Zipper Hydraulic Fractures
Waleed Alameri PhD – 2015 Low-Salinity Waterflooding in a Low-Permeability Carbonate Formation of a Giant Middle East Field
Najeeb S. Alharthy PhD – 2015 Compositional Modeling of Multiphase Flow and Enhanced Oil Recovery Prospects in Liquid-Rich Unconventional Reservoirs
Jusdon Greenwood MS – 2015 An Analytical Investigation of Boundaries in Naturally Fractured Unconventional Reservoirs
Mehdi Izadi Kamouei PhD – 2015 Assessing Productivity Impairment of Surfactant-Polymer EOR using Laboratory and Field Data
Filiz Geren MS – 2014 Modeling Flow in Nanoporous, Membrane Reservoirs and Interpretration of Coupled Fluxes
Caglar Komurcu MS – 2014 Effect of Viscosity – Compressibility Product Variation on the Analysis of Fracture Well Performances in Tight Unconventional Reservoirs
Ozlem Ozcan MS – 2014 Fractional Diffusion in Naturally Fractured Unconventional Reservoirs
Jeffrey S. Brown PhD – 2014 A compositional Simulation Model for Carbon Dioxide Flooding with Improved Fluid Trapping
Basak Kurtoglu PhD – 2013 Integrated Reservoir Characterization and Modeling in Support of Enhanced Oil Recovery for Bakken
Juan Carlos Carratu MS – 2013 Sensitivity of Fractured Horizontal Well Productivity to Reservoir Properties in Shale-Gas Plays
Tuba Firincioglu PhD – 2013 Bubble Point Suppression in Unconventional Liquids Rich Reservoirs and Its Impact on Oil Production
Mahmood Ahmadi PhD – 2012 Laplace Transform Deconvolution and its Application to Perturbation Solution of Non-Linear Diffusivity Equation
Mehmet Torcuk MS – 2013 Analytical Solutions for Multiple-Matrix in Fractured Reservoirs: Application to Conventional and Unconventional Reservoirs
Osman Apaydin PhD – 2012 New Coupling Considerations Between Matrix and Fracture in Unconventional Resource Reservoirs
Younki Cho MS – 2012 Effects of Pressure-Dependent Natural-Fracture Permeability on Shale-Gas Well Production
Ali M. Al-Sumaiti PhD – 2011 Numerical and Experimental Modeling of Double Diplacement Oil Recovery in Fractured Carbonate Reservoirs
Baharak B. Alamdari PhD – 2011 Viability of Matriz-Fracture Transfer Functions for Dilute Surfactant-Augmented Waterflooding in Fractured Carbonate Reservoirs
Mojtaba Kiani PhD – 2011 Field Pilot Testing of EOR Surfactant in Dual-Porosity Naturally Fractured Reservoirs: Single-Well vs. Multiple-Well Approach
Ayyoub E. Heris PhD – 2011 Integrated Flow Simulation and Time-Lapse Seismic Reservoir Characterization in Conjunction with an Enhanced Oil Recovery Project, Postle Field, Texas County, Oklahoma
Vladimir Petunin MS – 2011 Laboratory Study of Permeability Change with Radially Applied Pressure
Omar Alnahdi PhD – 2011 Compositional Modelling of Naturally Fractured Reservoirs Using Control Volume Mixed Finite Element Method
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Waleed Alameri MS – 2010 Use of Horizontal Wells To Improve Pattern Waterflood In Fractured Carbonate Reservoirs – simulation of horizontal wells
John Akinboyewa MS – 2010 Compositional Thermal Simulation of Expanding Solvent-Steam Assisted Gravity Drainage (ES-SAGD) in Heavy Oil/Bitumen Reservoirs
Mohammed Al-Kobaisi PhD – 2010 Multiphase multiscale simulation of water-oil flow in single- and dual-porosity reservoirs – Comparison of different finite difference and finite element formulations; multiscale simulation
Ajab Al-Otaibi PhD – 2010 Pressure Transient Behavior of Vertical Wells Accounting for Non-Darcy Flow in Hydraulically Fractured Wells and Naturally Fractured Reservoirs
Benjamin Ramirez PhD – 2010 Mulstiscale Compositional Simualtion of Naturally Fractured Reservoirs
Najeeb Salim Alharthy MS – 2009 Energy Gain Efficiency Using Steam Assisted Gravity Drainage (SAGD)
Ali A. Albinali MS – 2009 Finite Difference Formulation of Coupled Geomechanics and Fluid-Flow for Reservoir Engineering Applications
Margaret “Peggy” Brown MS – 2009 Analytical Trilinear Pressure Transient Model for Multiply Fractured Horizontal Wells in Tight Shale Reservoirs
Basak Kurtoglu MS – 2008 Semi-Analytical Representation of Wells and Near-Well Flow Convergence in Numerical Reservoir Simulationr
Osama Raba MS- 2008 The Effects of Small Conductivity Near-Wellbore Natural Fractures on Three-Phase Performance of Long Horizontal Wells
Arjun Bathija ME – 2008  
Mohamed Elhage ME – 2008  
Can ” Jon”  Yetkin MS – 2007 Simulation of Permeability Anisotropy to Reduce Grid orientation Effects
Benjamin Ramirez MS – 2007 Gas Condensate Non-Darcy Flow Effects in Dual-Porosity, Dual-Permeability Naturally Fractured Reservoirs
Flavio Medeiros Junior PhD – 2007 Semi-Analytical Pressure Transient Model for Complex Well-Reservoir Systems
Safian Atan PhD – 2007 Multiscale Multimesh Numerical Simulation for Two-Phase Flow in Highly Heterogeneous Reservoirs
Mohammad Al-Matrook PhD – 2006 Multi-Scale Formulation and Simulation of Three-Phase Flow with Interphase Mass Transfer
Adetayo Balogun MS – 2005 An Improved Water-Oil Transfer-Function for Dual-Porosity/Dual-Permeability System
Christian Aguilar MS – 2005 Simulation of Pressure Transient Response of Single and Dual-Lateral Wells
Victor Salazar Indij MS – 2005 Improved Heavy Oil Recovery in a Foamy Heavy Oil Reservoir Using SAGD Technology
Nasser Al-Mohannadi PhD – 2004 Simulation of Horizontal Well Tests
Juergen Dreier MS – 2004 Pressure-Transient Analysis of Wells in Reservoirs with a Multiple Fracture Network
Jose Martinez -Val ME – 2004  
Jaime Moreno MS – 2004 Streamline Simulation of Counter-Current Water-Oil Flow in Dual-Porosity Naturally Fractured Reservoirs
Carlos Pereira MS – 2003 Combined Effect of Non-Darcy Flow and Formation Damage on Gas Well Performance in Dual-Porosity/Dual-Permeability
Mohammad Al-Matrook MS – 2002 An Improved Two-Component Simulation of Black Oil, Volatile Oil, and Gas Condensate Reservoirs