Department of Petroleum Engineering
- conventional and unconventional gas resources development
- supercritical CO2 EOR/sequestration
- enhanced oil recovery
Dr. Ahmadi is a petroleum engineer interested in the area of reservoir engineering. His research activities are currently focused on two areas: shale gas/oil and CO2 EOR/Sequestration. The main focus in the shale area is to enhance the understanding of interplay between resource properties, reservoir characteristics, and well stimulation and its effects on production profiles and ultimate recovery. This is going to be a basis for developing a multi-disciplinary research to serve development of Alaska shale resources. In CO2 research, we are trying to evaluate the sequestration of CO2 by injecting it as an EOR agent into some of the Alaska oil reservoirs. The objective is to use an appropriate simulation model to properly handle 4-phase flow occurring under pressure and temperature conditions in some reservoirs.
- origin of overpressure and pore pressure prediction
- carbonate reservoir characterization
- business models and business plans
- oil price models and forecasting
- experimental and theoretical investigation into propped fracture conductivity in low and high permeability environments
- heavy oil reservoirs (production, completion and stimulation related challenges)
- data analysis using statistical and virtual intelligence techniques
- the incorporation of uncertainty into the models used by petroleum engineers to predict oil and gas well productivity using time series analysis methods.
- application of Monte Carlo techniques and stochastic differential equations to modeling uncertainty in petroleum production or reservoir engineering
Department Chair | Professor
- gas hydrates
- CO2 sequestration
- effect of wettability on oil recovery
Department of Mechanical Engineering | Department of Petroleum Engineering
- water-flood and enhanced oil recovery
- reservoir simulation
- gas-to-liquid (GTL) transportation through pipeline
- well log analysis
Adjunct Associate Professor
- enhanced oil recovery
- pressure transient analysis
- reservoir management
Dr. Samson Ning is a consultant for Hilcorp Alaska and an Adjunct Professor of the Petroleum Engineering Department of UAF since 1996.
He has 30 years of industry experience including 19 years at BP, 5 years at Schlumberger, and 6 years at China University of Petroleum. His areas of expertise include Enhanced Oil Recovery, Pressure Transient Analysis, and Reservoir Management. Before retiring from BP in 2016, he was in charge of the miscible gas injection EOR projects for Prudhoe Bay and its satellite fields for 8 years and worked on the light and heavy oil development at Milne Point Field for 11 years, during which he led the viscosity reduction EOR and the LoSal EOR projects.
He Holds a BS degree from China University of Petroleum, and MS and PhD degrees from Texas A&M University, all in Petroleum Engineering. He is a Registered Professional Petroleum Engineer in the State of Alaska.
He has published over 20 technical papers and received numerous technical awards. He has been a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers since 1988 and was elected as the SPE Engineer of the Year in 2004.
Acting PDL Director
Petroleum Development Laboratory
- unconventional reservoirs development
- reservoir simulation and optimization
- enhanced oil recovery
- application of nanotechnology in petroleum engineering
Yin Zhang is an assistant professor of petroleum engineering at the College of Engineering and Mines. He received his B.Sc. degree and M.A.Sc. degree in Petroleum Engineering at the China University of Petroleum in 2007 and 2010, respectively; and then he got his PhD degree from Petroleum Systems Engineering in the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Regina. Previously, his research mainly focused on assisted history matching, determination of petrophysical properties, uncertainty quantification, CO2 EOR and storage, oilfield corrosion prevention.
Professor Emeritus, Petroleum Engineering
Shirish Patil is Professor Emeritus in petroleum engineering at the College of Engineering and Mines. Shirish joined the University of Alaska Fairbanks in 1987. Shirish has served the University of Alaska Fairbanks, the Society of Petroleum Engineers, American Society of Drilling Engineers, the State of Alaska, and the Fairbanks community in numerous capacities:
- Petroleum engineering chair (2006-08)
- Director of PDL (2006-Present)
- UAF Faculty Senate President (2006-07)
- UA Faculty Alliance Chair (2006-07)
- SPE Faculty Advisor (1996-2004)
- AADE Faculty Advisor (2012- Present)
- SPE International Distinguished Lecturer Selection Committee, 2005-09.
- SPE Education, Training and Professionalism Program Subcommittee, 2007
- State of Alaska Representative- Interstate Oil & Gas Compact Commission- Research and Technology Committee (2006-Present)
- SPE Education and Accreditation (EAC) Committee (2004-2007)
- SPE International Membership Committee (2011-Present)
- Fairbanks North Star Borough- Public Transportation Advisory Commission Chair (2005-Present)
Shirish has over 25 year's research experience in the areas of Gas Hydrates, PVT/phase behavior, miscible/immiscible displacement, and GTL transportation studies. He has managed/co-managed several U.S. Department of Energy and other projects with international oil companies. He has been PI or Co-PI of over 20 successfully completed projects and has authored or co-authored over 75 technical papers.