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Current Members (4 PhD, 2 MS, 2 MEng, and 0 Undergraduate Students)

Lifu Zhang, PhD, Expected Graduation: December 2020

I investigate water-rock interaction to better engineer hydraulic fracturing fluids for Eagle Ford Formation and enhance fracture network map in Eagle Ford Formation.

I have published  1 Journal and 3 Conference Papers from my PhD work so far

Jairo A. Cortes, PhD, Expected Graduation: August 2022

I work on produced water management

I have published no papers from my PhD work so far

I work on complex flow mechanisms in pipelines

Roly Simangunsong, PhD, Expected Graduation: August 2021

I work on the full field modelling of steam flooding and steam assisted gravity drainage for an Alaskan oil field. I mainly investigate accurate modeling of reservoir heterogeneity.

Tanya Matthews, MS, Expected Graduation: May 2021

I work on solvent-steam flooding processes

Damir Kaishentayev, MS, Expected Graduation: December 2021

I work on produced water  treatment due to hydraulic fracturing activity

Kevin Volz, MEng, Expected Graduation: May 2020

Harry Liu, MEng, Expected Graduation: December 2019

Currently we have no undergraduate students

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Previous Members (5 PhD, 15 MS, 3 MEng, & 19 Undergraduate Students)
A. Graduated PhD Students

Dissertation Title: Flow Control Devices in SAGD Completion Design: Enhanced Heavy Oil/Bitumen Recovery Through Improved Thermal Efficiency. LINK

Dr. Banerjee has published 3 Journal Papers and 4 Conference Papers from his PhD work.

Dissertation Title: Factors Affecting Asphaltenes Stability 

Dr. Punase has published 3 Journal Papers and 9 Conference Papers from his PhD work. Also, he has an issued patent.

Dissertation Title: Emulsion Formation Mechanism for Steam & Solvent-Steam Processes for Bitumen Recovery

Dr. Kar has published 3 Journal Papers and 6 Conference Papers from her PhD work.

4. Norasyikin Ismail, PhD, Graduated in December 2019, Now with Universiti Malaysia Pahang

Dissertation Title: Reaction Kinetics Study of In-Situ Combustion: Integration of Experimental & Analytical Approaches

Dr. Ismail has published 2 Journal Papers and 6 Conference Papers from his PhD work.

5. Matthew Morte, PhD, Graduated in December 2019, Now looking for faculty positions in the US

​Dissertation Title: Testing Electromagnetic Energy Penetration and Absorption Under Reservoir Conditions

Dr. Morte has published 2 Journal Papers and 4 Conference Papers from his PhD work.

6. Murtdha Alshaikh, PhD Graduated in May 2020, now with Saudi Aramco

Dissertation Title: Impact of Ionic and Polar Interaction Between Heavy Crude Oil and Surfactants During Surfactant-Steam Flooding Processes

Murtdha has published  4 Conference Papers from his PhD work.

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B. Graduated MS Students

Thesis Title: Effect of Initial Oil Saturation on In-Situ Combustion Performance of a Canadian Bitumen. LINK

Denis has published 2 Journal Papers and 3 Conference Papers from his MS work.

Thesis Title: An Experimental Investigation of Water Influence on Dry Forward In-Situ Combustion. LINK 

Philipp has published 1 Journal Paper and 2 Conference Papers from his MS study.

Thesis Title: Reducing the Environmental Impact of Bitumen Extraction with ES-SAGD Process. LINK

Albina has published 3 Journal Papers and 4 Conference Papers from her MS study.

Thesis Title: Thermally Induced Wettability Change during SAGD for Oil Sand Extraction, December 2014. LINK

Yasin has published 1 Journal Paper and 1 Conference Paper from his MS study.

Thesis Title: Physicochemical Interactions of Source-Rocks with Injected Water-Based Fluids

Zaid has published 1 Journal Paper and 1 Conference Paper from his MS study. LINK

Thesis Title: Produced Water Quality Based on Thermal Recovery Processes and After Interaction with Shale

Maaz has published 1 Journal Paper and 3 Conference Papers from his MS study.

Thesis Title: Analysis of Saturates, Aromatics, Resins, Asphaltenes (SARA), Water, and Clays in Water-Oil Emulsions for Steam-Assisted Gravity Drainage (SAGD) and Expanding Solvent-SAGD (ES-SAGD) LINK

Dr. Kar has published 2 Journal Papers and 6 Conference Papers from her MS study.

Thesis Title: Investigation of the Effectiveness of Electrical and Microwave Heating for Oil Shale Extraction LINK

Selin has published 3 Conference Papers from her MS study.

Thesis Title: Microscopic Displacement of Bitumen during Solvent-Steam flooding: Effects of Reservoir Clays and Solvent Type LINK

Raphael has published 1 Journal Paper and 3 Conference Papers from his MS study.

Thesis Title: Performance Evaluation of Solvent Assisted-Steam Injection Processes with Asphaltene Insoluble Solvents LINK

Philip has published 1 Journal Paper and 3 Conference Papers from his MS study.

Thesis Title: Physicochemical Characterization of Asphaltenes LINK

Andreas has published 2 Journal Papers and 5 Conference Papers from his MS study.

Thesis Title: Relative Permeability Determination for Steam Injection Processes: An Analytical Approach LINK

Matthew has published 1 Journal Paper and 1 Conference Paper from his MS study.

13. Ahmet Birkan Demir, MS, Graduated in December 2016, Now with Turkish Petroleum Corporation (TPAO) and PhD student at Hacettepe University

Thesis Title: Effect of Clay and Brine Concentration on Asphaltenes Stability

Ahmet has published 3 Conference Papers from his MS study.

14. Alwin Ng, MS, Graduated in August 2018, Now in Malasia

Thesis Title: Feasibility of Environmental Friendly Solvent in Bitumen Recovery Through Solvent-Steam Processes

Alwin has published 3 Conference Papers from his MS study.

15. Michael (Huaiqi) Liao, MS, Graduated May 2019

Thesis Title: Microwave Effectiveness in Heavy Oil Extraction: The Role of Crude Oil Composition.

Mike has published 2 Conference Papers from his MS work.

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C. Graduated MEng Students

MEng Project Title: Horizontal Water Injection: From Initiation to Evaluation

Kathy has published 2 Conference Papers from her MEng study.

2. Olivier Lançon, MEng, Graduated in December 2017, Now with Total.

MEng Project Title: Contribution of Oil and Gas Production within the U.S. to The Climate Change

Olivier has published 1 Conference Paper from her MEng study.

3. Scott James Badham, MEng, Graduated in August 2019, Now with Chemical Tracers, Inc.

MEng Project Title: A Method to Determine Mobile Fluid Saturations in Oil Reservoirs via Injection of a Partitioning Tracer

Scott has published 1 Conference Paper from his MEng study.

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D. Undergraduate Researchers (list includes the undergraduate students with publication only)

Anderson has published 2 Conference Papers from his undergraduate research study.

Matthew has published 1 Conference Paper from his undergraduate research study.

Kristina has published 4 Conference Papers from her undergraduate research study.

Jun has published 1 Conference Paper from his undergraduate research study.