|Marc Hesse [RG]
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.
|Nicholas Dygert [RG]
Ph.D. Geological Sciences, Brown University (2014)
Nick is a JSG Postdoctoral Fellow, his research focuses on understanding the physical and chemical evolution of the terrestrial and lunar mantles using experiments, numerical models, and field studies. Subjects of active research include characterization of the thermal history of the upper mantle and the geological processes that affect it, and trace element geochemical investigations of dynamic processes in planetary interiors.
Papers (with Hesse): Dygert et al. (201X)
|Baole Wen [RG]
Ph.D. Applied Mathematics, University of New Hampshire (2015)
Baole is a new ICES Postdoctoral Fellow. He is interested in turbulence, mathematical modeling and dynamical systems theory. His PhD research was focused on understanding the underlying flow and transport mechanisms governing the spatiotemporally-chaotic system of porous medium convection at large values of the Rayleigh number. This investigation employed a complement of direct numerical simulations, secondary stability and dynamical systems theory, and variational analysis. Now, he is working with Dr. Hesse and Dr. Ghattas on developing an inversion algorithm to identify the source of CO2 at Bravo dome.
|Li Zhang [RG]
B.S. Engineering Mechanics, Tsinghua University (2012)
Li is interested in reactive transport and electrokinetic phenomena in porous media. I am developing numerical tools, basically with lattice Boltzmann method, to simulate the pore-scale processes and couple them with large scale method to understand the effects of pore-scale heterogeneity.
Graduate Students (advisor)
|Jake Jordan (PhD Candidate GEO) [RG]
A.B. Geophysics, University of Chicago (2011)
Jake studies the partial melting of the Earth (and other rocky planets). The partial melting of planetary interiors can lead to the onset of plate tectonics, volcanism, the chemical differences observed in rocks throughout worlds and may play an integral role in the evolution of habitable planets. Oh…and he spends his nights and weekends pretending to be an artist.
|,||Colin McNeece (PhD Candidate GEO)
B.A. Geology, University of California, Berkeley (2010)
M.A. Earth and Planetary Science, University of California, Berkeley (2011)
Colin is interested in reactive transport modeling, a field that sits on the interface of fluid mechanics and geochemistry. His work couples theory and experiments to understand fundamental controls on transport behavior in natural settings. Colin is also interested in his dog, rock climbing, plants, baking, powerlifting, and learning Danish.
Papers: McNeece and Hesse (2016)
|Kimberly McCormack (PhD Candidate GEO) [RG]
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 Candidate 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.
Papers: Ahkbari and Hesse (201X)
Graduate Students (co-advisor)
Amal Alghamdi (PhD Candidate CSE)
B.Sc. Computer Science, King Abdulaziz University, 2009
I am a PhD student in the Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences (ICES). I’m interested in numerical methods for solving PDEs, Bayesian PDE-constrained inverse problems and high performance computing. I’m supervised by Prof. Omar Ghattas in the Center for Computational GeoSciences and Optimization and co-advised by Prof. Marc Hesse. I’m working in the area of Bayesian inversion for subsurface properties governed by poroelastic models.
|Yu Liang (PhD 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.
|Evan Ramos (MS candidate) [RG]
B.A. Geophysics and Planetary Sciences, Boston University (2015)
Co-advised by Jaime Barnes, Evan is Master’s candidate interested in constraining fluid flow as a result of contact metamorphism. Through stable isotope geochemistry and geochronology, he plans to develop a model to describe and characterize the mechanisms and processes that formed a skarn system in the Sierra Nevada Batholith.
|Soheil Ghanbarzadeh (PhD Candidate PGE) [RG]
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. Soheil in now working with BP in Houston.
|Kiran Sathaye (PhD Candidate GEO) [RG]
PhD Geological Sciences, University of Texas at Austin (2016)
B.A. Geophysics, University of California at Berkeley (2010)
B.S. Environmental Sciences, University of California at Berkeley (2010)
I am a PhD candidate studying the Bravo Dome carbon dioxide reservoir near the Texas-Oklahoma-New Mexico border. My work involves incorporation of stable and radioactive isotope geochemistry, reservoir engineering and multiphase flow, and petrophysics and geostatistics. I am interested in incorporation of data and models from these varying disciplines to better understand subsurface fluid flow. Kiran is now working on the sunny beaches of Los Angeles as a Data Engineer at Snapchat.
BSc Geosystems Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin (2014)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 Computational Science, Engineering and Math, The University of Texas at Austin (2014)
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. Avi now works as a computational mathematician at Applied Underwriters, an insurance company.
Papers (with Hesse): Arbogast, Hesse Taicher (201X)
|Ashwin Venkatraman [RG]
Ph.D. Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering, University of Texas at Austin (2014)
B.Sc. Chemical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (2004)
Ashwin was a PhD student in Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering advised by Prof. Lake and Prof. Johns (now at Penn State). After taking the GEO391 Reactive Transport in Porous Media in Spring 2010 Ashwin started a side project with Marc that developed the hyperbolic theory for heterogeneous ternary ion-exchange and successfully validated it against published experimental and field data. Ashwin is currently a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute for Computational Engineering and Science with Prof. Mary Wheeler.
Papers (with Hesse): Venkatraman et al. (2014)
|Kyung Won Chang [RG]
PhD Geosciences, The University of Texas at Austin (2013)
M.S. Petroleum Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin (2007)
B.Sc. Geotechnical Engineering, Seoul National University (2005)
Kyung Won (K-Won) worked on the carbon storage in geologically heterogeneous formations. He will continue his research of theoretical, numerical and experimental studies of multiphase flow and solute transport in deformable porous media. Kyung-won was a postdoctoral scholar at the Stanford Center for Induced and Triggered Seismicity working with Prof. Paul Segall. Currently he is working as an applications engineer for COMSOL Multiphysics in Los Angeles.
|Nicolas Huerta [RG]
Ph.D. Geosciences, The University of Texas at Austin (2013)
M.S. Petroleum Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin (2009)
M.S. Geology, University of California at Davis (2007)
B.S. Geology, University of California at Davis (2003)
Nicolas completed his Ph.D. in fall 2013 and now works as a research scientist at the U.S. Department of Energy, National Energy Technology Laboratory in Albany Oregon. He studies problems related to ensuring energy security and independence for the U.S. Some of his specific research interests are:
B.Sc. Geology, The University of Texas 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 [RG]
BSc Geosystems Engineering and Hydrology (2012)
Michael worked with Marc Hesse on the Bravo Dome natural carbon dioxide field and was instrumental in getting it of the ground. After graduating from UT Austin Michael obtained a M.S. in Hydrology at the University of Arizona and is currently pursuing a PhD at the University of Lancaster in the U.K. (Michael’s website).
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.