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Ebrahim Fathi
Associate Professor, Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering


  • Andrew Jenkins

    Andrew Jenkins is currently a PhD student majoring in petroleum and natural gas engineering. Jenkins' research focus is on characterization of stress-field variation and fault reactivation during multi-stage hydraulic fracturing and hydrocarbon fluid production from shale reservoirs. In his study stability of different fault types are investigated based on 3D numerical model using finite element method.

  • Nupur Gupta

    Thesis title: Effect of Nano-pore Wall Confinements on Non-ideal Gas Dynamics in Organic Rich Shale Reservoirs

  • Liliia Reddy

    Thesis title: Dynamic Assessment of Induced Stresses and In-situ Stress Reorientation during Multistage Hydraulic Fracturing in Unconventional Reservoirs

  • Jinqing Bao

    Research title: Predication of fault reactivation in hydraulic fracturing of horizontal wells in shale gas reservoirs

  • Vahidreza Bitarafhaghighi

    Thesis title: Upscaling of the acidizing process in heterogeneous porous media

  • Danilo Arcentales Bastidas

    Thesis title: Systematical analysis of the Impacts of different operations conditions and geological formation characteristics on area of review, post-injection site care and risk associate with anthropogenic CO2 sequestration in Citronelle Dome, Alabama

  • Ruizhi Zhong

    Thesis title: Fully Coupled Finite Element Model to Study Multiple Hydraulic Fracturing in Heterogeneous Tight Formations

  • Bing Kong

    Thesis title: Coupled 3-D numerical simulation of proppant transport and fluid flow in hydraulic fracturing

  • Bahiya Abdullah Jabbar

    Thesis title: Poroelastic Effect on Gas Transport and Storage in organic Rich Shale Gas Reservoir

  • Abdallah Elamin

    Thesis title: Simulation of Multi-component Gas Flow and Condensation in Marcellus Shale Reservoir

Our research group is interested in talented individuals looking to carry out theoretical, numerical and experimental research on unconventional oil and gas reservoirs. Our focus is on basic energy sciences to fully understand and be able to predict and optimize oil and gas production from unconventional oil and gas recovery. Our highest-ranking projects includes: (1) shale resources assessment and characterization; (2) enhanced shale oil/gas recovery and CO2 sequestration technology and (3) Multi-stage hydraulic fracturing modeling and optimization.

We embrace cross-disciplinary research in which knowing at least a programming language and knowledge on computational fluid dynamics, rock mechanics and numerical and analytical techniques for engineering is required. We are looking for self-motivated individuals with well-formed ideas concerning research directions. If you are interested in joining our research group please send us your resume and a proposal for a research project in the field of unconventional oil and gas reservoirs that you are interested in.