|Marc Hesse Assistant Professor [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.
Graduate Students (advisor)
|Kiran Sathaye (PhD Candidate GEO) [RG]
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.
Papers: Sathaye et al. (2014), Sathaye et al. (201X) submitted
|Jake Jordan (PhD Student GEO) [RG]
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.
Papers: Jordan and Hesse (201X) submitted
|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.
|Soheil Ghanbarzadeh (PhD Student 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.
|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.
|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 in Civil and Environmental Engineering at Princeton University with Prof. Mike Celia.
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 is currently a postdoctoral scholar at the Stanford Center for Induced and Triggered Seismicity working with Prof. Paul Segall.
|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.