Faculty

Tadeusz W. Patzek, Ph.D.

​Center ​Director & Professor, Chemical & Petroleum Engineering - Energy Geosystems Research group

J. Carlos Santamarina, Ph.D.

​​​​Associate Center Director & Professor, Energy GeoEngineering Research group

Hussein Hoteit, Ph.D.

​Associate Professor, Advanced Reservoir Modeling and Simulation Research group

Research Interest: Reservoir engineering, enhanced oil recovery, experimental design, compositional modeling, fractured reservoirs

Aboud Afifi, Ph.D.

​Professor of Arabian Plate Geology group

Research Interest: ​Regional geology of the Middle East, particularly the geological evolution of the Red Sea, Neotectonics and seismicity

Volker Vahrenkamp, Ph.D.

​​Professor of Carbonate Reservoirs Studies

Research Interest: Modern & ancient carbonates, diagenesis, chemo stratigraphy, Geothermal energy

Shehab Ahmed, Ph.D.

Professor of Mechatronics and Energy Systems Research Group

Research Interest: Power Conversion and Distribution, Subsurface Mechatronics, Renewable Energy Systems

Thomas Finkbeiner, Ph.D.

Research Professor of Rock Geomechanics Research

Research Interest: ​Geomechanics, Drilling, Well completion, Reservoir modeling, Full field simulation

Frans Van Buchem, Ph.D.

Professor of Energy Resources and Petroleum Engineering

Research Interest: climate change, sea level fluctuations, Arabian Plate

Bicheng Yan, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Research Interest: reservoir simulation, data analytics, Unconventional Reservoirs, geologic carbon storage

Lab Research Staff

Sirisha Kamireddy

Research Specialist - ANPERC

Zeyad Al-Talla, Ph.D.

​Lab Manager - ANPERC

Research Interest: ​Extraction and Separation science, Mass spectrometry, Structure elucidation, Environmental analysis, Method validation

Elhadj Marwane Diallo

​Lab Technician - ANPERC

Research Interest: ​Surface Characterization, Thin Film Deposition, Solid State Physics, Nanotechnology, Semiconductor, Materials Science, Metrology, Thermal Deposition, Rocks Characterization

Domingo Lattanzi Sanchez

​Petrophysics Technician

Research Interest: ​Petrophysics, RCA, SCAL, microCT, Geology, core-flooding, core analysis, teaching and mentoring

Nayab Mukhtar

​Lab Equipment Assistant - ANPERC

Marika Panagiotou

​Lab Technician

Research Interest: ​marine geology, geomorphology, stratigraphy, carbon reservoirs, climate change, environmental management

Xuan Zhang

​Laboratory Technician

Research Interest: ​Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR), CO2 Thickening, Foam flooding

Research Scientists

Mohammed-iliès Ayachi, MS

​Research Specialist - Ahmed Group

Research Interest: Software architect, MLOps, DevOps, machine learning, computer vision, IOT, Unity, Unreal, VR, tensorflow, keras, pytorch, opencv, GStreamer, nvidia jetson, photogrammetry, python, C#, digital twin

Israa Abu-Mahfouz, Ph.D.

Research Scientist - Vahrenkamp Group

Research Interest: Carbonate Reservoirs, Unconventional Hydrocarbon Reservoirs, Reservoir Modelling and Heterogeneity

Viswasanthi Chandra, Ph.D.

​Research Scientist - ANPERC

Research Interest: Carbonate characterization, Digital rock analysis, machine learning, CO2 sequestration, enhanced oil recovery

Claire Birnie, Ph.D.

Research Scientist - Santamarina Group

Research Interest: Geophysics, Deep learning, Signal Processing

Nabila Bounceur, Ph.D.

​Research Scientist - Patzek Group

Research Interest: Statistical modeling, Bayesian statistics, Probabilistic sensitivity analysis

Siarhei Khirevich, Ph.D.

​​Research Scientist - ANPERC

Maxim Yutkin, Ph.D.

​​​Research Scientist - Patzek Group

Qi Liu, Ph.D.

Research Scientist - Santamarina Group

Research Interest: Well completion, wellbore stability, fluid transport through porous media

Tarek Mostafa, Ph.D.

​Research Specialist - Ahmed Group

Research Interest: Power Electronics, Electronic Circuits, Wireless Power Transmission, Power Systems

Wissem Kirati, MS

​​Research Engineer - Patzek Group

Arlette De Santiago, MS

​Research Specialist - Afifi Group

Research Interest: ​ArcGIS, spatial analysis, modeling, digital maps

Postdoctoral Fellows

Pankaj Khanna, Ph.D.

​Postdoctoral Fellow - Vahrenkamp group

Research Interest: ​Carbonate Depositional Systems, geomorphology, Coral Reefs

Jakub Fedorik, Ph.D.

​Postdoctoral Fellow - Afifi group

Research Interest: ​Structural styles, strike-slip tectonics, analogue modelling

Lalit Kumar, Ph.D.

​Postdoctoral Fellow - Ahmed Group

Research Interest: ​Smart Grid, Micro Grid (Electrical Power System)

Thomas Teillet, Ph.D.

​Postdoctoral Fellow - Vahrenkamp Group

Research Interest: Sedimentology, Carbonate, Stratigraphy, diagenesis, rock physics, Geophysics, Geochemistry, Reservoir modeling

Alexander Petrovic, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow - Vahrenkamp Group

Research Interest: Carbonate sedimentology, diagenesis, Paleoclimate

Jing Ye, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow - Afifi Group

Research Interest: Paleogeography, CO2 storage, rift margin, source-to-sink, clastics

Zia Ullah, Ph.D

​Postdoctoral Fellow - Ahmed Group

Research Interest: ​Motor control drives, PMSM, Condition Monitoring, Predictive maintenance, Fault diagnosis

Ksenia Kaprielova, Ph.D.

​Postdoctoral Fellow - Patzek Group

Research Interest: ​Lost circulation control, Polymer rheology, Low-salinity waterflooding

Mouadh Addassi, Ph.D.

​Postdoctoral Fellow - Hoteit Group

Research Interest: ​Reactive transport modeling, CO2 sequestration, Mineral characterization, Materials, Deep learning

Antoine Delaunay, Ph.D.

​Postdoctoral Fellow - Afifi Group

Research Interest: ​Arabian Plate Geology, geomorphology, Pediments, Planation Surfaces, Weathering, Volcanism, Sedimentology, Mid-Ocean Ridges, Red Sea Geology

Joshua Smith, Ph.D.

​Postdoctoral Fellow - Santamarina group

Alexandros Tasianas, PhD

​Postdoctoral Fellow - Hoteit Group

Research Interest: CO2 storage, CCUS, subsurface fluid flow, seismic interpretation, 3D geological modeling, field work

Marisol Salva Ramirez, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow - Santamarina Group

Research Interest: Soils properties, sediments properties, soil database

Ahmed Abdelaziz, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow - Santamarina Group

Research Interest: Methane hydrates, Enhanced coal bed methane production, CO2 capture and sequestration

Ph.D. Students

Gloria M. Castro

​Ph.D. Student - ERPE Program - Santamarina Group

Research Interest: ​Soil corrosivity, geotechnical engineering, sediment characterization, soil databases

Alexis Koulidis

​Ph.D. Student - ERPE Program - Ahmed Group

Research Interest: Automation Drilling, Real Time Drilling Optimization, Torque and Drag Models

Otavio Jose Dezem Bertozzi Junior

​MS/Ph.D. Student - EE Program - Ahmed Group

Research Interest: Control Systems Engineering, Power Electronics, Renewable Energies, Power Systems Engineering

Jelena Skenderija

​Ph.D. student - ERPE Program - Ahmed Group

Research Interest: wellbore geomechanics, Geology, engineering geology

Indah Putri

​Ph.D. Student - ERPE Program - Vahrenkamp Group

Research Interest: ​Carbonate Reservoir, Geological Modeling, Sequence Stratigraphy, 3D Printing in Geology

Indra Arifianto

Ph.D. Student - ERPE Program-Vahrenkamp Group

Research Interest: Geothermal exploration

Tihana Pensa

​PhD student - ERPE program - Afifi Group

Research Interest: ​biostratigraphy, structural geology, Tectonics

Daniela Ortiz

Ph.D. Student - ERPE Program - Patzek Group

Research Interest: ​Mud logging, Well Logging, Gas Chromatography, Thermodynamics, reservoir simulation, Multi-phase Flow

Andika Perbawa

Ph.D. Student-ERPE Program-Vahrenkamp Group

Research Interest: seismic interpretation, unconventional energy, rock physics, non-seismic method​

Enoc Basilio

​Ph.D. Student - ERPE Program - Hoteit Group

Research Interest: Multiphase flow in porous media (complex fluids), experimental design, improved oil recovery, carbon capture and sequestration, Geothermal energy

Antonia Sugar

​Ph.D. Student - ERPE Program - Hoteit Group

Research Interest: polymer-based enhanced oil recovery, microfluidics,, advanced imaging techniques, polymer synthesis

Zhao Xia

​Ph.D. Student-ERPE Program-Santamarina Group

Research Interest: ​Characterization of the sedimentation process of kaolinite suspensions, Durability of red stratum sandstone in different slaking fluids, Experimental studies and theoretical modelling of cement-stabilized granular materials, Multi scale study on physical and mechanical properties of kaolin in salt environments

Mengwei Liu

​Ph.D. Student - ERPE Program - Santamarina group

Research Interest: ​Numerical simulation of coastal currents, Sediment transport processes in the coastal ocean, Wave analysis, Deep sea mining

Marcelo Benitez

​Ph.D. student - ERPE Program - Santamarina Group

Research Interest: ​Drilling engineering, Rock Mechanics1, Geomechanics1, Drilling Fluids, Cementing, Estimulation techniques

Manuel Eduardo Ariza Fuentes

​PhD Student -ERPE Program-Vahrenkamp Group

Research Interest: Paleoclimate, Carbonate sedimentology, Mass extinctions, Astrogeology

Muhammad Usman

​Ph.D. Student-ERPE Program-Vahrenkamp Group

Research Interest: ​Organic Geochemistry, Source Rock Characterization, Basin Modelling, X-ray Diffraction (XRD), X-ray Fluorescence (XRF), Pyrolysis, Gas Chromatography (GC), Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry (GC-MS), Fluid Inclusion, Biomarkers

Philip Mitchell

MS/Ph.D. Student -ERPE Program- Patzek Group

Research Interest: Exergy, GIS, marine ecology, paleoecology, geobiology

Clara Modenesi

​Ph.D. Student - ErSE Program - Santamarina Group

Research Interest: ​Sedimentary basins, Petroleum geology, Gravimetry, Microtremor techniques

Amer Alanazi

​Ph.D. Student -ERPE Program- Hoteit Group

Research Interest: ​Chemical EOR, CO2 EOR, Micromodels, Core flooding experiments, Reservoir & Simulation modeling

Ahmad Ihsan Ramdani

​Ph.D. Student - ERPE Program - Vahrenkamp group

Research Interest: high-resolution reservoir characterization, reservoir heterogeneity, ​Carbonate geology

Xin Liu

​Ph.D. Student-ERPE Program-Vahrenkamp Group

Research Interest: Reservoir characterization at pore scale, Image processing

Jamal AlAamri

​PhD Student - ERPE - Hoteit Group

Research Interest: ​Formation Damage, Stimulation, Organic and Inorganic Oilfield Scale, Chemical Enhanced Oil recovery

Feras Rowaihy

​PhD Student -ERPE Program- Hoteit Group

Research Interest: Deep learning, Artificial Intelligence, Reservoir engineering, Petroleum & Energy Economics, Sustainability

Natanael Bolson

​Ph.D. Student - ERPE Program - Patzek group

Research Interest: Energy, Sustainability

Wonjun Cha

Ph.D. Student - ERPE Program - Santamarina Group

Research Interest: ​Repetitive Loading, mechanical load, Non-destructive testing (NDT)

Gaurav Siddharth Gairola

​PhD Student - ERPE - Vahrenkamp Group

Research Interest: Carbonate Reservoirs, Sequence Stratigraphy, well logging and seismic

Syed Haider

Ph.D. Student- ERPE Program- Patzek Group

Research Interest: ​Geomechanical Characterisation of Shale, Carbonate Reservoirs, enhanced oil recovery

Xupeng He

​MS/Ph.D. Student - ERPE Program - Hoteit Group

Research Interest: ​Numerical modeling and simulation, flow mechanism, EOR

Natalia Odnoletkova

​Ph.D. Student - ErSE Program - Patzek group

Research Interest: Sustainability, Energy, Development

Guang Ooi

​Ph.D. student - Ahmed group

Research Interest: ​Drilling optimization

Ahmed Saad

​Ph.D. Student - ERPE Program - Patzek Group​

Research Interest: enhanced oil recovery, Experimental microfluidics, reservoir modelling

Akbar Nugroho Wicaksono

MS/Ph.D. Student - ERPE Program - Vahrenkamp Group

Research Interest: ​petroleum system, Reservoir Characterization, reservoir heterogeneity, geological modelling, Sequence Stratigraphy, ​Carbonate geology

Ahmed S. Hassan

​​Ph.D. Student - ErSE Program - Patzek Group

Research Interest: enhanced oil recovery, Low salinity water flooding, numerical reservoir modelling

Wardana Saputra

​​Ph.D. Student - ERPE Program - Patzek Group

Research Interest: reservoir simulation, history matching, formation evaluation, ​Petrophysics, Well Logging, Unconventional Hydrocarbons, Field Development Plan

Cristian Camilo Guerrero Castro

​Ph.D. student - ERPE Program - Santamarina group

Research Interest: geotechnical engineering, energy resources

Farizal Hakiki

Ph.D. Student - ErSE Program - Santamarina Group

Research Interest: Effective Medium Theory, Electromagnetic (EM) Wave, Colloids and Surfaces, Complex Permittivity, GA/PSO/CMA-ES Algorithm

Masters Students

Michael Oyinloye

​MS Student - ERPE

Research Interest: ​Carbonate geology, Chemical Enhanced Oil recovery, Viscosity reduction of Petroleum and Petroleum Products using additives

Murtadha Al Malallah

​MS Student -ERPE Program- Afifi Group

Research Interest: ​Environmental Geology, Geothermal energy

Hussain Aldaif

MS Student - ERPE - Hoteit Group

Research Interest: ​CO2 injection, EOR, tight reservoirs, fractured reservoirs

Sebastian Patiño

​MS/Ph.D. Student - Vahrenkamp Group

Research Interest: Well Logging Interpretations, Reservoir modeling, Carbonate Reservoirs, Sequence Stratigraphy

Victor Eduardo Fonseca Medina

​MS/Ph.D. Student - Vahrenkamp Group

Research Interest: engineering geology, geotechnics, Carbonate Reservoirs, Reservoir Characterization, Reservoir modeling

Juliana Rueda Rivas

MS Student -ERPE Program- Hoteit Group

Research Interest: Reservoir engineering, reservoir simulation, enhanced oil recovery, CO2 Capture

Haytham Alhamed

Master Student

Elmir Abilov

​MS Student - Patzek Group

Research Interest: ​Reservoir engineering and modelling, enhanced oil recovery, well engineering

Maria Ardila Sanchez

​MS Student -ERPE Program- Vahrenkamp Group

Research Interest: ​Carbonate Rocks, Sequence Stratigraphy, Conventional and Unconventional Hydrocarbon Reservoirs

Qasim Sahu

​MS Student - ERPE - Vahrenkamp Group

Research Interest: ​Reservoir stimulation, Retarded Acid system, Hydraulic fracturing, waterless fracturing, Proppant technologies, Diversion technologies, reservoir simulation

Abdirizak Ali Omar

​MS Student - ERPE - Hoteit Group

Research Interest: Reservoir engineering, Reservoir Modeling and Simulation, fractured reservoirs, Unconventional Hydrocarbon Recovery, Carbon-dioxide Geosequestration

Teyyuba Adigozalova

​M.S. Student - ERPE

Research Interest: Carbonate Reservoirs, Well logging & Seismic Data Interpretations, Petrophysical Modelling, Reservoir Characterization, 3D Static and Dynamic Reservoir Modelling, Conventional & Unconventional Reservoir Studies, Production Optimization, enhanced oil recovery

Ruben Figueroa Hernandez

​MS Student - ERPE - Hoteit Group

Research Interest: reservoir simulation, EOR, modelling, Multiphase flow, Dynamic Characterization, Well Testing

Carlos Rodriguez

​M.S/Ph.D. student -ERPE Program- Santamarina Group

Research Interest: ​Particle crushing, Compaction bands, Hydraulic conductivity

Evgeny Ugolkov

MS Student -ERPE Program- ​Hoteit Group

Research Interest: Reservoir engineering

Fatimah Al Sunbul

​MS Student -ERPE Program- Hoteit Group

Research Interest: ​Drilling and Production, Reservoir engineering, enhanced oil recovery, Unconventional Reservoirs

Jose Davalos

​MS/PhD Student -ERPE Program-Santamarina Group

Research Interest: ​Enhanced Oil Recovery processes, Multiphase flow in porous media (complex fluids), Unconventional Hydrocarbons, Gas and oil production, CO2 flooding and gas injection

Mutaz Alsubhi

​MS Student -ERPE Program- Hoteit Group

Research Interest: Reservoir engineering, enhanced oil recovery

Regina Iakusheva

​MS Student -ERPE- Vahrenkamp Group

Samuel Fontalvo Guzman

​MS Student -ERPE Program- Patzek Group

Research Interest: Reservoir engineering, reservoir simulation, enhanced oil recovery, Data Science

Ali Alhubail

​MS Student - ERPE - Hoteit Group

Research Interest: ​Production Engineering, Production Optimization, Well completion, High Power Laser, EM Waves-Rock Interaction, Unconventional Stimulation Techniques

Miguel Corrales

​MS Student - Hoteit Group

Research Interest: Reservoir engineering, enhanced oil recovery, Unconventional Reservoirs, fractured reservoirs, Pore Scale Modelling

Frankstein Arphan

​MS Student -ERPE Program- Afifi Group

Research Interest: ​Petrophysics, Geomechanics1, Pore Pressure Analysis, Geothermal, Geotechnical

Jordania Zerpa

​MS Student -ERPE Program- Afifi Group

Research Interest: Fluids, Minerals, Rock Mechanics1, Carbonates, Geophysics, Tectonic setting

Tian Qiao

​MS Student - Hoteit Group

Research Interest: ​rock mechanics, Reservoir engineering, offshore technology

Administrative Staff

Marwa Ghammam

​Administrative Assistant.

Aeisha Salem

​Center Business Manager

Karen M. Barter

​​Executive Secretary​​​​​​​​ - ANPERC

Salah Alsaffar

Procurement Specialist - ANPERC

Gabrielle Abelskamp

​​Technical Assistant - Santamarina Group.

Juliet Aber

​Technical Writing Assistant

Mariana Zapparoli

Administrative and Communications Specialist

Former ANPERC Members

Timofey Eltsov, Ph.D.

​Postdoctoral Fellow - Patzek Group

Research Interest: Induction logging, Dielectric spectroscopy, Geophysics

Junghee Park, Ph.D.

Research Scientist - Santamarina Group

Research Interest: Repetitive Mechanical Loads: experimental study/ Constitutive model, Revised Soil Classification System RSCS for engineering purpose, soil properties: physics-inspired, data-driven, experimental methods in research

Dr. Lukasz Klimkowski

Postdoctoral fellow - Patzek Group​

Research Interest: reservoir simulation, Reservoir engineering, tight and shale gas, CCS

ANPERC Alumni

Eduardo Gramajo Silva

Ph.D. Student - ERPE Program - Santamarina Group

Research Interest: ​Multiphase flow systems, Carbon Capture Utilization and Storage (CCUS) for “Unconventional Energy” or “CO2 Plume Geothermal (CPG)”, Fluid-sediment interaction, Enhanced methane hydrates extraction, with carbon dioxide injection, Geomechanics of reservoirs

Ryan Santoso

​Ph.D. Student - ERPE Program - Hoteit group

Research Interest: EOR, Multiphase flow, Porous media, Corrosion, Pipe, Heavy oil

Saleh F. Hassan

​​​​​​Ph.D. Student - ERPE Program - Patzek Group

Research Interest: Heavy oil, enhanced oil recovery, Miscible Flooding, Carbonate Reservoirs, reservoir heterogeneity

Weiwei Zhu

​​​​MS/Ph.D. Student - ERPE Program - Patzek Group

Research Interest: ​Petrophysics, mechanics of oil and gas flow in porous media, numerical modeling and simulation of reservoirs, fractal and multifractal theory

Miliausha Petrova

​MS Student - ERPE Program - Afifi Group

Research Interest: ​​Reservoir engineering1, petroleum engineering, reservoir modelling

Aytaj     Khodayeva

VSRP - Afifi group

Research Interest: CO2 capture and storage (CCS)