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Mohammad Eshkalak

Congratulations to Mohammad Eshkalak—Recipient of the 2015 Nico van Wingen Fellowship

Mohammad O. Eshkalak is a Ph.D. candidate in petroleum engineering at The University of Texas at Austin. He is working under the supervision of professors Larry Lake and Kamy Sepehrnoori on developing the next generations of reservoir simulators for unconventional resources. Eshkalak holds a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in chemical engineering from Tehran Polytechnic and Sharif University of Technology, as well as a master’s degree in petroleum engineering from West Virginia University.

Prior to moving to the United States, Eshkalak worked at an energy company in Tehran. He has published several journal papers and has presented at Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) conferences. After serving as a technical reviewer for some energy related journals, he is now an associate editor for Elsevier’s Journal of Natural Gas Science and Engineering (JNGSE).

Eshkalak’s research direction will be a fundamental approach toward developing fast predictive reservoir simulators that honor the complex physics embedded in unconventional reservoirs.

Mohammad Eshkalak

Build the World Quarterly Winner Announced

Congratulations to the third quarter winner of the 2014 Build the World of SPE member recruitment contest, Ibiye Iyalla, Aberdeen Section!

Build the World of SPE member recruitment contest begins 1 January and ends 31 December each year. By sharing information about the value and benefits of SPE membership and recruiting friends and colleagues, members are rewarded with cash prizes. Quarterly prizes are drawn at the end of March, June, September and December. 

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Congratulations to Bahareh Nojabaei, Mehmet Torcuk, and Vahid Dokhani—Recipients of the 2014 Nico van Wingen Fellowship!

Bahareh Nojabaei is a PhD student at the Pennsylvania State University. She received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in 2006 and 2009, with concentrated studies in mechanical engineering and energy conversion. She interned as a reservoir engineer with InPetro Technologies Inc. in 2014 and worked as a petroleum engineer, performing diagnostic fracture injection testing analysis for Hess Corporation in 2011.

Nojabaei co-authored a paper,  “Modeling Wellbore Transient Fluid-Temperature and Pressure During Diagnostic Fracture Injection Testing in Unconventional Reservoirs” that was published in 2014 in the Journal of Canadian Petroleum Technology. In 2013, her paper, “Effect of Capillary Pressure on Phase Behavior in Tight Rocks and Shales” became one of the top downloads of SPE’s OnePetro website.

Looking ahead, Nojabaei wants to concentrate her career in comprehensive, long-term university research in reservoir engineering.

Mehmet Torcuk is a PhD student at the Colorado School of Mines, where he received his Master of Science in Petroleum Engineering in 2013. He received his Bachelor of Science in Petroleum Engineering in 2010 from Istanbul Technical University. Torcuk has received several awards throughout his academic career, including the Graduate Research Scholarship from The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey, an award that is only given to the top 100 brightest students in technical disciplines in Turkey. He has also authored papers for SPE on the topics of pressure and rate transient analysis, reservoir simulation, and physics of fluid flow in shale reservoirs, and had his research work published in the SPE Journal of October 2013.

Torcuk will be focusing on the numerical modeling of unconventional reservoirs with improved physics, which includes compositional modeling as well as coupled geomechanics and fluid flow.

Vahid Dokhani is a PhD student and teacher/research assistant at the University of Tulsa, where he also received his Master of Science in Petroleum Engineering in 2005. Dokhani received his Bachelor of Science in Petroleum Engineering from Petroleum University of Technology in 2012. After graduating with his master’s degree, he worked as a production engineer for his sponsors, NIOC, to gain practical experience. Dokhani led a group of five engineers on projects and also served as a technical editor on the editorial board of Exploration and Production Journal of NIOC, a position where he received an award for authoring several review articles for the magazine.

Since starting his graduate studies, Dokhani has published two conference papers, one for ATCE 2013 and the other for the ARMA 2013 symposium.

Congratulations to these three outstanding students. We wish them all the best.

2014 SPE President Jeff Spath Visits the Center of Oil and Gas Industry in West Siberia

Tyumen, RUSSIA – 2014 SPE President and Schlumberger Vice President of Industry Affairs, Jeff Spath arrived in Tyumen on 14 September 2014 as part of his weeklong tour of Russia, spanning Moscow, Sakhalin, and Samara. Spath was accompanied by SPE VP of Sales and Marketing, Roberto Chiarotti; SPE Russia and Caspian Regional Director, AndreyGladkov; and SPE Moscow Office Director, Claudia Rodionova. Continue reading