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.