Senior Research Team

B. J. Lancaster Professorship
Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering, Cockrell School of Engineering

Research Areas: Well construction, drilling automation, remote command & control, drilling optimization, NPT/ILT mitigation, rock-fluid interactions, wellbore geomechanics, drilling fluid design, zonal isolation, fit-for-purpose rigs, hydraulic fracturing, water management

Research Scientist
Mechanical Engineering, Cockrell School of Engineering

Research Areas: Intelligent mechanization,  drilling automation, simulation, sensor integration, system-level control and decision making

Pradeep Ashok
Research Scientist
Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering, Cockrell School of Engineering

Research Areas: Pattern recognition, real-time operation centers, decision making, Bayesian analysis, Big Data and data validation

Assistant Professor
Mechanical Engineering, Cockrell School of Engineering

Research Areas: Control-oreiented modeling, data analysis, intelligent sensors

Roman Shor

Assistant Professor of Drilling Engineering in the Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering of the Schulich School of Engineering at the University of Calgary

Ali Karimi
Drilling and Completion Analyst

Research Areas: Wellbore hydraulics, transient multi-phase flow modeling, kick detection, wellbore strengthening, drilling automation, managed pressure drilling, and drilling data analytics 

Associate Professor (UW) / Adjunct Professor (UT)

William E. Boeing Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics
University of Washington, Seattle
Research Areas: directional drilling, advanced modelling and drilling, vibration mitigation

Adrian Ambrus
Research Scientist- International Research Institute of Stavanger

Research Area: Drilling and Well Modelling

Mark Reis
Senior Research Advisor

Research Areas: Fit-for-purpose rig design, well manufacturing, rig transport, drilling optimization

Graduate Students

Can Pehlivantürk
Graduate Research Assistant
Mechanical Engineering, Cockrell School of Engineering

Research Topic: Directional drilling path optimization and torsional vibration modelling and mitigation with feedback control

John D'Angelo
Graduate Research Assistant
Mechanical Engineering, Cockrell School of Engineering

Research Topic: Wellbore Tortuosity Index

AmirHossein Fallah
Graduate Research Assistant
Mechanical Engineering, Cockrell School of Engineering

Research Topic: Hydraulic modeling of multiphase flow in wellbores for kick detection

Qifan Gu
Graduate Research Assistant
Mechanical Engineering, Cockrell School of Engineering

Research Topic: Modeling and Control of Managed Pressure Drilling Operations

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Sercan Gul
Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering, Cockrell School of Engineering

Research Topic: Drilling Fluid Automation

Runqi Han
Graduate Research Assistant
Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering, Cockrell School of Engineering

Research Topic: Real-time Cuttings Monitoring and Drilling Automation

Katy Hanson
Graduate Research Assistant
Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering, Cockrell School of Engineering

Research Topic: Using Isogeometric Analysis to bridge the gap between CAD and FEM and monitor and mitigate drill string vibrations in automated drilling applications

Melissa Lee
Graduate Research Assistant
Mechanical Engineering, Cockrell School of Engineering

Research Topic: Supervisory Control Techniques for Drilling/Snubbing Automation

Parham Pournazari
Graduate Research Assistant
Mechanical Engineering, Cockrell School of Engineering
Gurtej Saini
Graduate Research Assistant
Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering, Cockrell School of Engineering
Abhinav Sinha
Graduate Research Assistant
Mechanical Engineering, Cockrell School of Engineering

Research Topic: NOVOS

Masters in Operations Research and Industrial Engineering

Qian Wu
Graduate Research Assistant
Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering, Cockrell School of Engineering

Research Topic: Advanced Distributed Fiber Optic Sensors for Monitoring Real-Time Well Cementing Operations and Long Term Zonal Isolation

Alumni

Future Alumni Graduating Soon

Undergraduate Students

Hanna Lee
Undergraduate Research Assistant
Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering, Cockrell School of Engineering

Staff

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Tesse Smitherman
Administrative Assistant
Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering, Cockrell School of Engineering