|Marc Hesse Assistant Professor Marc is a computational geoscientists interested in multiphase geosystems and geological porous media. Marc has an BSc in Geology from the University of Edinburg, a MS in Oceanography from the MIT-WHOI Joint Program, a MPhil in Fluid Flow from Cambridge University, and a PhD in Petroleum Engineering from Stanford University. He was a postdoctoral researcher in tectonophysics at Brown University. In the fall 2009 Marc joined the Jackson School of Geosciences as an assistant professor.|
Graduate Students (advisor)
|Kiran Sathaye (PhD Candidate GEO)
B.A. Geophysics, University of California at Berkeley (2010)
B.S. Environmental Sciences, University of California at Berkeley (2010)
Kiran has just joined the group, he is interested in multiphase flow in porous media and reservoir simulation. He will work on the evolution of natural CO2 reservoirs as part of the DOE funded Center For Subsurface Energy Security (CFSES).
|Jake Jordan (PhD Student GEO)
A.B. Geophysics, University of Chicago (2011)
After spending a year as a researcher in the group, Jake has decided to stay for a PhD. Jake’s research interests lie in the areas of computational fluid mechanics, scientific computing and applied maths. Currently Jake is developing a theory and a reactive transport simulator for partial melting and melt transport in a system with binary solid-solution.
|Colin McNeece (PhD Student GEO)
B.A. Geology, University of California, Berkeley (2010)
M.A. Earth and Planetary Science, University of California, Berkeley (2011)
Colin is a new member of the geologic porous media group. He is interested in developing fundamental models to predict reactive transport phenomena through dynamic media. He is using laboratory derived data in combination with numerical models to better understand how the interaction of aqueous species with pH dependent mineral surfaces can affect species transport rates.
|Kimberley McCormack (PhD Student GEO)
B.S. Geophysics, University of South Carolina, 2013
Kimmy is interested in how fluid injection induces seismicity on pre-existing faults. She is developing a numerical model to characterize how injected fluid propagates through a target formation and interacts with existing faults and under what conditions this interaction results in slip on a fault.
|Daria Akhbari (PhD Student GEO)
B.Sc. Civil Engineering, Sharif University of Technology (2006)
M.Sc. Civil & Environmental Engineering, Colorado State University (2013)
Daria is a new member in the Geological porous media group. He is interested in the convective dissolution of carbon dioxide in the geological carbon dioxide storage fields. Daria will estimate the long-term convective CO2 dissolution rate at the Bravo Dome CO2 field, by conducting the analogue laboratory experiments, developing numerical models, and testing the developed models against the laboratory derived data.
Graduate Students (co-advisor)
|Abraham Taicher (PhD Student CSEM)
B.Sc. Physics, Rice University (2007)
Avi is a CSEM student with a strong background in numerical and applied mathematics. He is interested in developing Mixed Finite Element methods to problems in porous media and fluid mechanics. He focuses on studying the Darcy-Stokes equations that govern convection and partial melting in planetary interiors.
|Ashwin Venkatraman (PhD Student PGE)
B.Sc. Chemical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (2004)
Ashwin is a PhD student in Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering advised by Prof. Lake. After taking the GEO391 Reactive Transport in Porous Media in Spring 2010, Ashwin decided to develop the hyperbolic theory for heterogeneous ion-exchange with Dr. Hesse.
|Soheil Ghanbarzadeh (PhD Student PGE)
B.Sc. Mechanical Engineering, Sharif University of Technology (2008)
M.Sc. Mechanical Engineering, Sharif University of Technology (2010)
Soheil is a PhD student in Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering and jointly advised with Prof. Prodanovic. Soheil is studying texturally equilibrated pore-shapes in rock-salt and their effect on petrophysical properties.
|Yu Liang (MS Student PGE)
B.Sc. Petroleum Engineering, University of Wyoming (2012)
Yu (Alex) is currently a MS student in Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering advised by Prof. DiCarlo and working on a joint NSF project with Prof. Hesse on the dynamics of convective dissolution of CO2 in natural CO2 reservoirs.
|Ram Sanchez (BSc 2014, GEOSYS ENG)
Ram works with graduate students Kiran Sathaye and Alex Yu on characterizing the Bravo Dome natural carbon dioxide field and on bench-top analog experiments of convective CO2 dissolution.
PhD Geosciences, The University of Texas at Austin (2013)
Kyung-won is studying basin-scale fluid flows in porous media, especially behavior of injected CO2. He is trying to understand the mechanisms of CO2 leakage in the geological formations by creating his own models as well as performing experiments. He is reminding himself “seemingly simple things never go simply” all the time.
Ph.D. Geosciences, The University of Texas at Austin (2013)
Nicolas is interested in understanding the reactive fluid transport within a fracture under confining stress. One specific application of his work is to characterize the time-dependent leakage flux up a wellbore with a conductive defect at the cement-to-earth interface. He is using a combination of laboratory experiments and numerical models to characterize key phenomena to determine the conditions under which the pathway is self-sealing and self-reinforcing.
B.Sc. Geology, The University ofTexas at Austin (2012)
Quinn worked with Nic Huerta on characterizing flow paths in fractured well bores. Quinn is currently pursuing a Masters in Applied Geoscience at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, ETHZ [LinkedIn].
|Michael Tso (BSc Geosystems Engineering and Hydrology 2012)
Micheal worked with Marc Hesse on the Bravo Dome natural carbon dioxide field. Since he has moved to pursue a Ph.D. in Hydrology at the University of Arizona (Michael’s website).
|Jennifer Cessna (MS Geosciences 2011)
B.Sc. Geology and Mathematics, North Carolina State University (2009)
Jennifer worked on unstable reaction fronts in porous media. Jennifer has moved on to a career in K12 teaching.