Student Profile

"I came to KAUST to make a difference both to my career and the world..."

Marisol Salva Ramirez is a PhD student, and one of the first people to join Dr. Carlos Santamarina's EGEL group. Find out how her research can help people around the world.


"I custom design andconstruct the devices used in each of my projects and compliment theexperimental results with numerical modeling."

PhD student Rached Rached reflects on his time at KAUST and ANPERC before embarking on the next chapter of his life.


"I must confess; my decision to come to KAUST raised some eyebrows at first."

Ahmed Abdelaziz is a PhD student from Cairo who did his homework before coming to KAUST. Now he works to prevent the loss of fluid through fractures deep underground.


"As production engineer, I feel so attached to my assigned well to the point I call them 'my children'"

Ahmad Alabdulghani is an MS/PhD student in Dr. Hussein Hoteit's research group, where he combines experience from industry with the study and modeling of the subsurface.

This conversation is available in English and Arabic.


"Carlos teaches you how to think "outside the box" and I learnt a lot in the field, working under pressure and thinking quickly."

Gloria Castro Quintero is a PhD student in the EGEL research group, from Cali, Colombia. Her work takes her everywhere from the lab to the Red Sea.


"I want to improve myself, learn new things, have a better quality of life, and be a better person."

Indah Putri and her husband Andika Perbawa are Ph.D. students at ANPERC, furthering the cause of petroleum engineering from two different angles.


"In fact, every apparatus in the Core Labs has a dedicated expert offering training to understand the theoretical background and practical applications..."

Saleh Hassan is a Ph.D. student at ANPERC who grew up in Jeddah. Now he works with Dr. Tadeusz Patzek in the Energy Geosystems Group.


" I heard about a new fast-growing university in Saudi Arabia, the 'Arab MIT'."

Wardana Saputra is a Ph.D. student at ANPERC working with Center Director Tad Patzek, as one of the first students in the EGG research group.


"Our goal was to gather data about the sediments sea floor using state of the art tools designed and built in our laboratory..."

Adrian Garcia is a Ph.D. student working with Dr. J Carlos Santamarina, in the Energy GeoEngineering research group.


"We really know very little about the subsurface world..."

Weiwei Zhu is a Ph.D. student in ANPERC's Energy Geosystems Group, uniting geology, physics, and mathematics to better understand fracture networks. Find out how KAUST's faculty and facilities have helped him study the hidden world of fracture networks.


​"There was one unforgettable course in Geology with Professor Volker Vahrenkamp."

Rami Albattat is a Ph.D. student, working with Dr. Hussein Hoteit's Advanced Reservoir Modeling and Simulation research group. Learn about his work, and how KAUST's Ibex Cluster is involved.