Hussein Hoteit, Ph.D.


​Associate Professor, Advanced Reservoir Modeling and Simulation Research group

Research Interests

Professor Hoteit‘s research is focused on Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR) schemes in Reservoir Engineering. Dr. Hoteit has conducted research in different areas such as chemical EOR, modeling multi-phase flow in naturally fractured reservoirs using higher-order methods, modeling molecular diffusion and gas-oil interaction in gas flood in fractured reservoirs, Knudsen diffusion in unconventional plays, high resolution simulations for full field chemical EOR, improved SAGD, thermodynamic phase behavior calculation, wax deposition in pipelines and other area related to discretization methods and gridding. Dr. Hoteit has about 14 years of experience in the Oil & Gas industry. He was selected as SPE Distinguished Lecturer in 2009 and severs as an Associate Editor for SPE journal since 2006.

Dr. Hoteit leads the Advanced Reservoir Modeling and Simulation research group.

Selected Publications

  • Numerical and experimental investigation of polymer-induced resistance to flow in reservoirs undergoing a chemical ...
    H Hoteit, D Alexis, O. Adepoju, A. Chawathe, T. Malik.
    SPE, (2016)
  • Making field-scale chemical EOR simulations a practical reality using dynamic gridding
    H. Hoteit, A. Chawathe
    SPE J., (2016)
  • Modeling diffusion and gas–oil mass transfer in fractured reservoirs
    H. Hoteit
    J. of Petroleum Science and Engineering, 105(117), (2013)
  • Numerical modeling of diffusion in fractured media for gas injection and recycling schemes
    H. Hoteit, A. Firoozabadi
    SPE J., 323-337, (2009)
  • A numerical modeling of two-phase flow in heterogeneous permeable media with different capillarity pressures
    H. Hoteit, and Firoozabadi
    Advances in Water Resources 31, 56-73, (2008)
  • Wax deposition and aging in flowlines from irreversible thermodynamics
    H. Hoteit, R. Banki, A. Firoozabadi
    Energy and Fuels , 22 (4), 2693-2706, (2008)


  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Université Louis Pasteur, Strasbourg, France, 2003
  • Ph.D., Université de Rennes, Rennes, France, 2002
  • M.Sc., Université de Rennes, Rennes, France, 1998
  • B.Sc., Lebanese University, Beirut, Lebanon, 1996

Professional Profile

  • ​2016 - present: Associate Professor, ANPERC, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia
  • 2012 - 2016 : Staff Reservoir Engineer, Chevron, USA
  • 2006 - 2012: Senior Reservoir Engineer, ConocoPhillips, USA
  • 2003 - 2006: Research Engineer, RERI, USA

Scientific and Professional Membership

  • ​Society of Petroleum Engineering (SPE)


  • SPE A Peer Apart award (2016)
  • SPE Award of Appreciation (2016, 2015, 2008)
  • SPE Distinguished Lecturer (2009)

KAUST Affiliations

  • Ali I. Al-Naimi Petroleum Engineering Research Center (ANPERC)
  • Division of Physical Science and Engineering (PSE)

Research Interests Keywords

Reservoir engineering enhanced oil recovery experimental design compositional modeling fractured reservoirs