CPG

Dr. Guenther Glatz

Tel: +966 (013) 860-7983
Fax: +966 (013) 860-8663

Location: Bldg. 76, Rm. 1256

Dr. Guenther Glatz

Assistant Professor, Department of Petroleum Engineering

In February 2017, Assistant Professor Dr. Guenther Glatz debuted at CPG, KFUPM. Dr. Glatz brings an abundance of hands-on practical experience gained through consulting for BP’s Chief Technology Office, and for Total S.A. as a Reservoir Engineer. He specializes in computed tomography imaging of materials at high-pressure/high-temperature and under triaxial conditions exploiting Deep Learning techniques to improve imaging quality and resolution to delineate physical properties of the material under investigation. Furthermore, he is volunteering as a Technical Editor for the SPE Journal, the Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering, the Journal of Geophysics and Engineering, the Arabian Journal for Science and Engineering, and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

Educational Qualification

  • Ph.D., Petroleum Engineering, Stanford University, Ca, USA, 2017.
  • M.S., Petroleum Engineering, Stanford University, Ca, USA, 2012.
  • B.S., Petroleum Engineering, Mining University of Leoben, Austria, 2009.
  • Dipl.-Ing. (FH) in Telematics, Carinthia University of Applied Sciences, Austria, 2004.

Research Interests

Current Research Project:

  • Development of 2nd generation triaxial core holder for high-pressure/high-temperature (HPHT) testing of geomaterials using computed tomography (10,000 psi confining, 1000kN axial, min. of 200°C @ 3″ sample diameter, min. of 450°C @ 1.5″ sample diameter, 1ft sample length).
  • Development of a HPHT in situ cell for a helical micro-CT scanner

General Research Interests:

  • Visualizing and quantifying flow and transport phenomena under extreme temperature and pressure conditions in 4D.
  • Triaxial, high-pressure/high-temperature, testing of material using computed tomography (CT).
  • Application of image processing and machine learning methods to improve CT data quality and allow for detection of phenomena on a sub-voxel level.

Selected Publications

Peer-Reviewed Publications:

  • Alsamadony, K.L.; Yildirim, E.U.; Glatz, G.; Waheed, U.B.; Hanafy, S.M. Deep Learning Driven Noise Reduction for Reduced Flux Computed Tomography. Sensors 202121, 1921. https://doi.org/10.3390/s21051921
  • Aljaberi, J., Alafnan, S., Glatz, G., Sultan, A. S., & Afagwu, C. (2020). The Impact of Kerogen Tortuosity on Shale Permeability. SPE Journal. https://doi.org/10.2118/204469-PA
  • Hassan, A., Abdalla, M., Mahmoud, M., Glatz, G., Al-Majed, A., & Al-Nakhli, A. (2020). Condensate-Banking Removal and Gas-Production Enhancement Using Thermochemical Injection: A Field-Scale Simulation. Processes, 8(6), 727. https://doi.org/10.3390/pr8060727
  • Elsayed, M., Glatz, G., El-Husseiny, A., Alqubalee, A., Adebayo, A., Al-Garadi, K., & Mahmoud, M. (2020). The Effect of Clay Content on the Spin–Spin NMR Relaxation Time Measured in Porous Media. ACS Omega, acsomega.9b04228. https://doi.org/10.1021/acsomega.9b04228
  • Alafnan, S., Aljawad, M., Glatz, G., Sultan, A., & Windiks, R. (2020). Sustainable Production from Shale Gas Resources through Heat-Assisted Depletion. Sustainability, 12(5), 2145. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12052145
  • Glatz, Guenther, Alexandre Lapene, Louis M. Castanier, and Anthony R. Kovscek. “An Experimental Platform for Triaxial High-Pressure/High-Temperature Testing of Rocks Using Computed Tomography.” Review of Scientific Instruments 89, no. 4 (April 1, 2018): 045101. https://doi.org/10.1063/1.5030204.

Extended Publications (+)

  • Glatz, Guenther, Louis M. Castanier, and Anthony R. Kovscek. “Visualization and Quantification of Thermally Induced Porosity Alteration of Immature Source Rock Using X-Ray Computed Tomography.” Energy & Fuels 30, no. 10 (October 20, 2016): 8141–49. https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.energyfuels.6b01430.
  • Wilcox, Jennifer, Panithita Rochana, Abby Kirchofer, Guenther Glatz, and Jiajun He. “Revisiting Film Theory to Consider Approaches for Enhanced Solvent-Process Design for Carbon Capture.” Energy & Environmental Science 7, no. 5 (April 17, 2014): 1769–85. https://doi.org/10.1039/C4EE00001C.
  • Chavez, Rodriguez, Mario Luis, Guenther Glatz, Torsten Clemens, and Anthony Kovscek. “Near-Wellbore and Reservoir Effects in In-Situ Combustion.” SPE Reservoir Evaluation & Engineering 20, no. 03 (August 1, 2017): 698–707. https://doi.org/10.2118/174351-PA.
  • Hasçakir, Berna, Guenther Glatz, Louis M. Castanier, and Anthony Kovscek. “In-Situ Combustion Dynamics Visualized With X-Ray Computed Tomography.” SPE Journal 16, no. 03 (September 1, 2011): 524–36. https://doi.org/10.2118/135186-PA

Awards & Honors

  • The Henry J. Ramey Jr. Fellowship Award for outstanding research and service to the department from Stanford University in 2015.
  • The Frank G. Miller Fellowship Award for high academic achievements from Stanford University in 2012.
  • Awarded 2nd in the M.S. division at the International Student Paper Contest at the ATCE, Denver, Colorado, 2011.
  • Awarded 1st place in M.S. division at the Western Regional Student Paper Contest, Anchorage, Alaska, 2011.
  • Full Marshall Plan Scholarship in 2010.
  • Several gifted student awards from the Mining University of Leoben, Austria.
Dr-Rahul-Narayanrao-Gajbhiye
Tel: +966 (013) 860-2511
Fax: +966 (013) 860-4447

Location: Bldg. 76, Rm. 2147

Dr. Rahul N. Gajbhiye

Assistant Professor, Department of Petroleum Engineering

Dr. Rahul is an Assistant Professor holding a Ph.D. in Petroleum Engineering from Louisiana State University. He worked as a postdoctoral research associate at Tulsa University Drilling Research Project (TUDRP) at Tulsa University, Oklahoma. He also served as a Lecturer at the Department of Petroleum Engineering, Maharashtra Institute of Technology, Pune, India. Dr. Rahul is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineering and the American Association of Drilling Engineers (AADE).

Educational Qualification

  • Ph.D., Petroleum Engineering, Louisiana State University, USA, 2011
  • B.S., Petroleum Engineering, Maharashtra Institute of Technology, India, 1999

Research Interests

  • Enhanced Oil Recovery
  • Multiphase Flow in Pipes
  • Fracturing
  • Drilling Fluids and Cementation

Selected Publications

  • S. Elkatatny, R.N. Gajbhiye, Anas Ahmed, and Ahmed Abdulhamid, “Enhancing the Cement Quality Using Polypropylene Fibers”, Journal of Petroleum Exploration and Production Technology, PEPT-D-19-00037-2019
  • Ahmed Abdulhamid Mahmoud, Salaheldin Elkatatny, Abdulmalek Ahmed and Rahul Gajbhiye, “Influence of Nanoclay Content on Cement Matrix for Oil Wells Subjected to Cyclic Steam Injection” Materials 2019, 12(9), 1452; https://doi.org/10.3390/ma12091452
  • A. Homoud, R. Gajbhiye, D. Al-Shehri, “Transient Wellbore Pressure Build-Up Correlation Helps Engineers to Ensure HIPPS Safe Operation” SPE-199342-PA, SPE Production & Operations, 2019.
  • M. Siddiqui, R.N. Gajbhiye, “Stability and Texture of CO2/N2 in Sandstone” Colloids and Surfaces A: Physicochemical and Engineering Aspects COLSUA_21561. Volume 534, Pages 26-37, December 2017.
  • A. Edrisi, R.N. Gajbhiye, and S. I. Kam, “Experimental Study of Polymer-free and Polymer-added Foams for Underbalanced Drilling: Are Two Foam-Flow Regimes Still There?” SPE Journal, p. 55-68, Vol. 19, Issue 1, 2014.

Awards & Honors

  • Awards for presentations at the GOM Deepwater Technical Symposium, New Orleans (2009), and the AADE (Premier Fluid Conference), Houston (2010).
Liao
Tel: +966 (013) 860-1934
Fax: +966 (013) 860-2595

Location: Bldg. 76, Rm. 1253

Dr. Qinzhuo Liao

Assistant Professor, Department of Petroleum Engineering

Dr. Liao is an assistant professor at the Department of Petroleum Engineering. Before joining KFUPM, he was a postdoctoral researcher in Stanford University and Peking University from 2015 to 2017.

Educational Qualification

  • Ph.D., Petroleum Engineering, University of Southern California, USA, 2014.
  • B.Sc., Mechanical Engineering, Peking University, China, 2009.

Research Interests

  • Uncertainty Quantification/Sensitivity Analysis
  • History Matching/Data Assimilation
  • Upscaling/Grid Coarsening
  • Reservoir Simulation/Flow and Transport in Porous Media

Selected Publications

  • Qinzhuo Liao*, Lingzao Zeng, Haibin Chang, and Dongxiao Zhang (2019). Efficient history matching using Markov chain Monte Carlo by means of transformed adaptive stochastic collocation method. SPE Journal, SPE-194488.
  • Qinzhuo Liao*, Gang Lei, Dongxiao Zhang, and Shirish Patil (2019), Analytical solution for upscaling hydraulic conductivity in anisotropic heterogeneous formations. Advances in Water Resources, 128, 97–116.
  • Yi Hong, Qinzhuo Liao*, Celine Bonhomme, and Ghassan Chebbo (2019), Physically-based urban stormwater quality modelling: an efficient approach for calibration and sensitivity analysis, Journal of Environmental Management, 246, 462–471.
  • Gang Lei, Qinzhuo Liao*, Shirish Patil, and Yang Zhao (2019), Effect of clay content on permeability behavior of argillaceous porous media under stress dependence: A theoretical and experimental work, Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering, 179, 787-795.
  • Gang Lei, Qinzhuo Liao*, and Dongxiao Zhang (2019), A new analytical model for flow in acidized fractured-vuggy porous media, Scientific Reports, 9(1), 8293.
Dr-Bashirul-Haq
Tel: +966 (013) 860-​8359
Fax: +966 (013) 860-4447

Location: Bldg.76, Rm. 2211

Dr. Bashirul Haq

Assistant Professor, Department of Petroleum Engineering

Dr. Haq is employed as an Assistant Professor at The Department of Petroleum Engineering. His association with the University began in 2008 when he took on a part-time Lecturers role and this was in place for 3 years.

Dr. Haq has spent a number of years working in Australia and this involved being an Associate Lecturer at The School of Oil and Gas Engineering, The University of Western Australia from 2006-08. He then became a Consultant with Chevron and Western Australian Energy Research Alliance from 2010-15.

Educational Qualification

  • Ph.D., Petroleum Engineering, The University of Western Australia, Australia, 2013.

Research Interests

  • Green Enhanced Oil Recovery
  • Microbial Enhanced Oil Recovery
  • Dynamic Reservoir Characterization
  • Production Health Analysis
  • Production Optimization

Selected Publications

  • GOLDSCHMIDT, P., HAQ, B., CRAWLEY, C., PALANISAMY, S., 2013, “ARTAM-WH Early Predictive Well Health (WH) Meta Monitoring Tool”, APPEA 2014 Journal.
  • SERFATY, J.L., POGSON, M. AND HAQ, B. 2011 “Western Australia’s First Underground Gas Storage Field: Specific Failure Modes” APPEA  2011 Journal
  • LI, J., LIU, J., TREFRY, M.G., PARK, J., LIU, K., HAQ, B., JOHNSTON, C.D., CLENNELL, B., VOLK, H. 2011, “Impact of Rock Heterogeneity on Interactions of Microbial Enhanced Oil Recovery Processes”,Journal of Transport in Porous Media, 92, pp. 373-396.
  • LI, J., LIU, J., TREFRY, M.G., PARK, J., LIU, K., HAQ, B., JOHNSTON, C.D., CLENNELL, B., VOLK, H. 2010, “Interactions of Microbial Enhanced Oil Recovery Processes”, Journal of Transport in Porous Media, 87(1) pp. 77-104.
  • HAQ, M.B. AND RAHMAN, M.K., 2008 “A Comparative Study of Three Methods for Estimating Initial Gas In Place Applied to Gas Fields in Bangladesh” Journal of Petroleum Science and Technology, 26, pp. 532-544.
  • HAQ, M.B., GOMES, E., TAMIM, M., 2005 “Production Optimization Study of Saldanadi Gas Field” Journal of Chemical Engineering. Published by Chemical Engineering Division, The Institution of Engineers, Bangladesh. Vol. ChE 23, No. 1, ISSN: 0379-4318, December, 2005.

Awards & Honors

  • Western Australia CSIRO-University Postgraduate Scholarship (WACUPS)
  • Scholarship for International Research Fees (SIRF)
Tel: +966 (013) 860-3117

Location: Bldg. 76, Rm. 1250

Dr. Saad F. Alafnan

Assistant Professor, Department of Petroleum Engineering

Educational Qualification

  • Ph.D., in Petroleum Engineering, Texas A&M University – 2014-2017.
  • M.S. in Petroleum Engineering, University of Southern California – 2012-2014
  • B.S. in Chemical Engineering, King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals – 2007-2011

Research Interests

  • Unconventional Reservoirs
  • Mesoporous and Nanoporous Materials
  • Multiscale Transport in Porous Media
  • Enhanced Recovery From Shales

Selected Publications

  • K. Alafnan, Saad & Akkutlu, I. Yucel. (2017). Matrix–Fracture Interactions During Flow in Organic Nanoporous Materials Under Loading. Transport in Porous Media.
  • Kou, Rui & F. K. Alafnan, Saad & Akkutlu, I. Yucel. (2016). Multi-scale Analysis of Gas Transport Mechanisms in Kerogen. Transport in Porous Media.
  • Alafnan, Saad & Aljawad, Murtada & Alismail, Fahad & Almajed, Abdulaziz. (2019). Enhanced Recovery from Gas Condensate Reservoir through Renewable Energy Sources. Energy Fuels.
  • Aljaberi, J.; Alafnan, S.; Glatz, G.; Sultan, A.; Afagwu, C. The Impact of Kerogen Tortuosity on Shale Permeability. SPE Journal 2020.
  • Alafnan, S.; Solling, T.; Mahmoud, M. Effect of Kerogen Thermal Maturity on Methane Adsorption Capacity: A Molecular Modeling Approach. Molecules 2020, 25, 3764.

Extended Publications (+)

  • Alafnan, S., and Yucel Akkutlu, I. (April 8, 2020). “The Transport Mechanisms and Dynamics of Shale via Multiscale Multiphysics Pore Network Modeling.” ASME. J. Energy Resour. Technol. September 2020; 142(9): 093003.
  • Alafnan, Saad & Sultan, Abdullah & Aljaberi, Jaber. (2020). Molecular Fractionation in the Organic Materials of Source Rocks. ACS Omega.
  • Alafnan, S., & Akkutlu, Y. (2020). Transport in Nanoporous Materials. In 948916750 740229742 K. D. Sattler (Author), 21st century nanoscience a handbook (Vol. 5, pp. 12-1-12-6). Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press.

Location: Bldg. 76, Rm. 1249

Dr. Murtada Al-Jawad

Assistant Professor, Department of Petroleum Engineering

Educational Qualification

  • Ph.D., in Petroleum Engineering, Texas A&M University, 2018
  • M.S., in Petroleum Engineering, Texas A&M University, 2014
  • B.S., in Chemical Engineering, KFUPM University, 2011

Research Interests

  • Acid Fracturing
  • Matrix Acidizing
  • Temperature Modeling

Selected Publications

  • Aljawad, M. S., Zhu, D., and Hill, A. D. 2016. Modeling Study of Acid Fracture Fluid System Performance. Paper SPE 179109 presented at the SPE Hydraulic Fracturing Technology Conference, The Woodlands, Texas, 9-11 February
  • Aljawad, M. S., Zhu, D., and Hill, A. D. 2018. Temperature and Geometry Effects on the Fracture Surfaces Dissolution Patterns in Acid Fracturing. Paper SPE 190819 presented at the SPE Europec featured at 80th EAGE Annual Conference and Exhibition, Copenhagen, Denmark, 11-14 June.
  • Aljawad, M. S., Schwalbert, M. P., Zhu, D., and Hill, A. D. 2018. Guidelines for Optimizing Acid Fracture Design Using an Integrated Acid Fracture and Productivity Model. Paper SPE 191423 to be presented at the SPE IHFTC, Oman, Muscat, 14-16 October

Awards & Honors

  • A Prince Muhammad bin Fahd Award for Academic Excellence, Oct 2011
Tel: +966 (013) 860-8716

Location: Bldg. 76, Rm. 1255

Dr. Sulaiman A. Alarifi

Assistant Professor, Department of Petroleum Engineering

Dr. Alarifi is an Assistant professor in the Petroleum Engineering Department at KFUPM. He has been with KFUPM since 2013 when he joined the Petroleum Engineering Department as a Graduate Assistant. Since joining KFUPM, he has taught courses in Petroleum Economics, Reservoir Description, and Petroleum Fluid Properties.

Educational Qualification

  • Ph.D., Petroleum Engineering, Colorado School of Mines, Golden, Colorado, USA, 2020.
  • Minor Degree, Mineral and Energy Economics, Colorado School of Mines, Golden, Colorado, USA, 2020.
  • M.S., Petroleum Engineering, KFUPM, Dhahran, KSA. 2016.
  • B.S., Petroleum Engineering, KFUPM, Dhahran, KSA, 2012.

Research Interests

  • Petroleum reserves estimation and production analysis
  • Applications of data analytics and machine learning in Petroleum Engineering
  • Enhanced oil recovery

Selected Publications

  • Alarifi, S. A., and Miskimins, J. “A New Approach To Estimating Ultimate Recovery for Multistage Hydraulically Fractured Horizontal Wells by Utilizing Completion Parameters Using Machine Learning.” SPE Prod & Oper (2021;): doi: https://doi.org/10.2118/204470-PA.
  • Altowilib, A.; AlSaihati, A.; Alhamood, H.; Alafnan, S.; Alarifi, S. Reserves Estimation for Coalbed Methane Reservoirs: A Review. Sustainability 2020, 12, 10621. https://doi.org/10.3390/su122410621.
  • Alarifi, S. A., Mahmoud, M. A., & Kamal, M. S. (2018). Interactions of DTPA chelating agent with sandstone rocks during EOR: Rock surface charge study. Fuel, 232, 684-692. doi:10.1016/j.fuel.2018.06.003.
  • Alarifi, S. A., Alnuaim, S., & Abdulraheem, A. (2015). Productivity Index Prediction for Oil Horizontal Wells Using different Artificial Intelligence Techniques. SPE Middle East Oil & Gas Show and Conference. doi:10.2118/172729-ms.
  • Alajmi, M. D., Alarifi, S. A., & Mahsoon, A. H. (2015). Improving Multiphase Choke Performance Prediction and Well Production Test Validation Using Artificial Intelligence: A New Milestone. SPE Digital Energy Conference and Exhibition. doi:10.2118/173394-ms.
Tel: +966 (013) 860-4970

Location: Bldg. 76, Rm. 1252

Dr. Mustafa Al-Ramadan

Assistant Professor, Department of Petroleum Engineering

Dr. Al Ramadan joined the Department of Petroleum Engineering at KFUPM as a graduate assistant in 2011, and he is currently an Assistant Professor. He has more than 9 years of experience in academia and research.

Educational Qualification

  • Ph.D. in Petroleum Engineering, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK, USA, 2020
  • M.Sc. in Petroleum Engineering, Missouri University of Science and Technology, Rolla, MO, USA, 2014
  • B.SC. in Petroleum Engineering, King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, Dhahran, KSA, 2011

Research Interests

  • Cementing
  • Gas Migration
  • Well Integrity
  • Conformance Control

Selected Publications

  • Al Ramadan, M., Salehi, S., Kwatia, G., Ezeakacha, C., & Teodoriu, C. (2019). Experimental investigation of well integrity: Annular gas migration in cement column. Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering, 179, 126-135
  • Al Ramadan, M., Salehi, S., Ezeakacha, C., & Teodoriu, C. (2019). Analytical and Experimental Investigation of the Critical Length in Casing–Liner Overlap. Sustainability, 11(23), 6861
  • Al Ramadan, M., Salehi, S., & Teodoriu, C. (2019). Robust Leakage Modeling for Plug and Abandonment Applications. In ASME 2019 38th International Conference on Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering. American Society of Mechanical Engineers Digital Collection
  • Kwatia, G., Al Ramadan, M., Salehi, S., & Teodoriu, C. (2019). Enhanced cement composition for preventing annular gas migration. In ASME 2019 38th International Conference on Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering. American Society of Mechanical Engineers Digital Collection
  • Phi, T., Elgaddafi, R., Al Ramadan, M., Ahmed, R., & Teodoriu, C. (2019, November). Well Integrity Issues: Extreme High-Pressure High-Temperature Wells and Geothermal Wells a Review. In SPE Thermal Well Integrity and Design Symposium. Society of Petroleum Engineers.
  • Imqam, A., Bai, B., Al Ramadan, M., Wei, M., Delshad, M., and Sepehrnoori, K. (2015). Preformed-Particle-Gel Extrusion Through Open Conduits During Conformance-Control Treatments, SPE Journal, 20:5, 1083-1093

Awards & Honors

  • Imperial Barrel Award (IBA), AAPG, 2012
Tel: +966 (013) 860-XXXX
Fax: +966 (013) 860-XXXX

Location: Bldg. xx, Rm. xx

Dr. Ahmed Farid Ibrahim

Assistant Professor, Department of Petroleum Engineering

Dr. Ibrahim is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Petroleum Engineering, KFUPM. He worked as a Teaching Assistant at the Department of Petroleum Engineering, Cairo University for three years and as a Geo-mechanical Engineer at Advantek International Co. for three years. He worked as a senior reservoir Engineer at Apache’s North America Unconventional Resources Region. He earned his Ph.D. in December 2017 from Texas A&M University.

Educational Qualification

  • Ph.D., Petroleum Engineering, Texas A&M University, USA, 2017.
  • M.S., Petroleum Engineering, Cairo University, Egypt, 2011.
  • B.S., Petroleum Engineering, Cairo University, Egypt, 2009.

Research Interests

  • Reservoir modeling and simulation for conventional and unconventional reservoirs.
  • Production and well performance analysis
  • Reservoir Simulation, History Matching, and Parameter Estimation.
  • CO2 sequestration, Foam Injection, Waterflooding, EOR, Coalbed methane.

Selected Publications

  • Ibrahim, A. F., Assem, A., & Ibrahim, M. (2020). A Novel Workflow for Water Flowback RTA Analysis to Rank the Shale Quality and Estimate Fracture Geometry. Journal of Natural Gas Science and Engineering, 103387. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jngse.2020.103387.
  • Ibrahim, A. F., and Nasr-El-Din, H. A. 2019. Effect of well shut-in after fracturing operations on near-wellbore permeability. Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering, 106213.
  • Ibrahim, A. F., Ibrahim, M, Pieprzica, C. 2019. Effect of Soaking Process on Gas Well Performance in shale formations: Actual Cases and Correlations Development. SPE Reservoir Evaluation & Engineering.
  • Ibrahim, A. F., & Nasr-El-Din, H. A. 2019. Stability Improvement of Carbon Dioxide Foam Using Nanoparticles and Viscoelastic Surfactants for Enhanced-Oil-Recovery Applications. SPE Reservoir Evaluation & Engineering.
  • Ibrahim, A.F. and Nasr-El-Din, H.A. 2017. Effects of Formation Water Salinity, Formation Pressure, Gas Composition, and Gas Flow Rate on CO2 Sequestration in Coal. Accepted for publication in SPEJ.
  • Ibrahim, A. F., and Nasr-El-Din, H.A. 2016. Effect of Water Salinity on Coal Wettability During CO2 Sequestration in Coal Seams. Energy & Fuel. DOI: 10.1021/acs.energy fuels.6b01205

Awards & Honors

  • OGAPS Grant, Texas A&M University, 2015
  • SPE student paper Contest, Ranked First place in the subregional Middle East Level.
  • Schlumberger Distinguished Student Award,2007 and 2008.
Tel: +966 (013) 860-2297
Fax: +966 (013) 860-2595

Location: Bldg. 76, Rm. 1254

Dr. Umair bin Waheed

Assistant Professor, Department of Geosciences

Umair bin Waheed is an Assistant Professor of Geophysics at King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM). His research interests are broadly in the area of computational geosciences. Specifically, he is interested in automating and improving workflows through the use of smart algorithms for enhanced decision-making in subsurface energy systems. Umair graduated from King Abdullah University of Science and Technology with a Ph.D. in Earth Science & Engineering in 2015. Prior to joining KFUPM in 2017, he was a postdoctoral fellow at the Department of Geosciences, Princeton University, and a Writing in Science and Engineering fellow at the Princeton Writing Program.

Educational Qualification

  • Ph.D., Earth Sciences & Engineering, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Saudi Arabia, 2015
  • M.S., Electronic Engineering, Politecnico di Torino, Italy & Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium, 2010
  • B.E., Electronic Engineering, NED University of Engineering and Technology, Pakistan, 2008

Research Interests

  • Applied machine learning
  • Passive seismology
  • Seismic anisotropy
  • Geothermal exploration

Selected Publications

  • Alexandrov, D., U. Waheed, and L. Eisner. Microseismic location error due to eikonal traveltime calculation .” Applied Sciences, 11.3 (2021), doi.org/10.3390/app11030982
  • Song, C., T. Alkhalifah, and U. Waheed. Solving the frequency-domain acoustic VTI wave equation using physics-informed neural networks.” Geophysical Journal International, 225.2 (2021), doi.org/10.1093/gji/ggab010
  • Ketcheson, D., H. Ranocha, M. Parsani, U. Waheed, and Y. Hadjimichael. NodePy: A package for the analysis of numerical ODE solvers.” Journal of Open Source Software, 55.5 (2020): 2515, doi.org/10.21105/joss.02515
  • Waheed, U. A fast marching algorithm for the tilted transversely isotropic media.” Geophysics, 85.6 (2020): S385-S393, doi.org/10.1190/geo2019-0799.1
  • Stovas, A., T. Alkhalifah, and U. Waheed. Pure P-and S-wave equations in transversely isotropic media.” Geophysical Prospecting, 68.9 (2020): 2762-2769, doi.org/10.1111/1365-2478.13026
  • Alexandrov, D., L. Eisner, U. Waheed, S. Kaka, and S. Greenhalgh. Detection, location, and source mechanism determination with large noise variations in surface microseismic monitoring.” Geophysics, 85.6 (2020), KS197-KS205, doi.org/10.1190/geo2019-0841.1
  • Alexandrov, D., L. Eisner, U. Waheed, S. Kaka, and S. Greenhalgh. Normal faulting activated by hydraulic fracturing: A case study from the Barnett Shale, Fort Worth Basin, Texas, USA.” The Leading Edge, 39.3 (2020), 204-211, doi.org/10.1190/tle39030204.1
  • Hao, Q., U. Waheed, and T. Alkhalifah. P-wave complex-valued traveltimes in homogeneous attenuating transversely isotropic media.” Geophysical Prospecting, 67.9 (2019): 2402-2413, doi.org/10.1111/1365-2478.12869

Extended Publications (+)

  • Waheed, U., & Alkhalifah, T. (2017). A fast sweeping algorithm for accurate solution of the tilted transversely isotropic eikonal equation using factorization. Geophysics82(6), WB1-WB8.
  • Waheed, U., Stovas, A., & Alkhalifah, T. (2016). Anisotropy parameter inversion in vertical axis of symmetry media using diffractions. Geophysical Prospecting65(1), 194-203.
  • Waheed, U., Flagg, G., & Yarman, C. E. (2016). First-arrival traveltime tomography for anisotropic media using the adjoint-state method. Geophysics81(4), R147-R155.
  • Waheed, U., & Alkhalifah, T. (2016). Effective ellipsoidal models for wavefield extrapolation in tilted orthorhombic media. Studia Geophysica et Geodaetica60(3), 349-369.
  • Waheed, U., Yarman, C. E., & Flagg, G. (2015). An iterative, fast-sweeping-based eikonal solver for 3D tilted anisotropic media. Geophysics80(3), C49-C58.
  • Waheed, U., & Alkhalifah, T. (2015). An efficient wave extrapolation method for anisotropic media with tilt. Geophysical Prospecting63(5), 1126-1141.
  • Waheed, U., Alkhalifah, T., & Wang, H. (2015). Efficient traveltime solutions of the acoustic TI eikonal equation. Journal of Computational Physics282, 62-76.
  • Ketcheson, D., & Waheed, U. (2014). A comparison of high-order explicit Runge–Kutta, extrapolation, and deferred correction methods in serial and parallel. Communications in Applied Mathematics and Computational Science9(2), 175-200.
  • Ibanez-Jacome, W., Alkhalifah, T., & Waheed, U. (2014). Effective orthorhombic anisotropic models for wavefield extrapolation. Geophysical Journal International198(3), 1653-1661.
  • Waheed, U., Pšenčík, I., Červený, V., Iversen, E., & Alkhalifah, T. (2013). Two-point paraxial traveltime formula for inhomogeneous isotropic and anisotropic media: Tests of accuracy. Geophysics78(5), WC65-WC80.
  • Waheed, U., Alkhalifah, T., & Stovas, A. (2013). Diffraction traveltime approximation for TI media with an inhomogeneous background. Geophysics78(5), WC103-WC111.

Awards & Honors

  • Best student poster award, EAGE Forum for Students & Young Professionals, Oman 2014
  • Third place, EAGE Geo-creativity prize competition, Oman 2014
  • Third prize, SIAM ‘Math Matters, Apply It!’ competition, 2013
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