Marc Hesse Marc Hesse [RG] [Kudos]

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.

Postdoctoral scholars

Jeonghun (John) Lee [RG]
Ph.D. Mathematics, University of Minnesota (2012)
Postdocs at Aalto University and Univ. of Oslo

John is interested in numerical mathematics and computational mechanics problems (numerical analysis, scientific computing, Bayesian inversion, and PDE constrained optimization). He is working with Dr. Ghattas and Dr. Hesse on optimal experimental design under uncertainty with applications to induced seismicity.

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.

Papers (with Hesse): Shi et al. (2017), Wen et al. (2018a, 201Xa, 201Xb), Liang et al. (2018)


Currently nobody is visiting GPMG.

Graduate Students (advisor)

Jake Jordan Kimberly McCormack (PhD Candidate GEO) [RG]
B.S. Geophysics & Marine Sciences, 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.

Papers: McCormack and Hesse (2018, 201X)

Graduate Students (co-advisor)

Amal Alghamdi (PhD Candidate CSE)

B.Sc. Computer Science, King Abdulaziz University, 2009
M.Sc. Computer Science, King Abdullah University (KAUST), 2012
M.Sc. Computational Science, Engineering, and Mathematics, University of Texas at Austin, 2015

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.

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.

Papers (with Hesse): Ramos et al. (2018)

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.

Papers with Hesse: Zhang et al. (2017, 2018a, 2018b), Wen et al. (2018a)

Undergraduate Students

Esben Pedersen (BSc General Geology)

Esben works with Toti Larson and graduate students Daria Ahkbari on bench-top two-phase flow experiments. He is trying to understand the effect of gravity in two-phase flow and the partitioning of noble gases during two-phase flow.

Former Students/Postdocs/Visitors

Jake Jordan Daria Akhbari (PhD Candidate GEO) [RG]
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. Daria now works at Geosyntec in L.A..

Papers: Akhbari and Hesse (2016), Wen et al. (2018a)

,Jake Jordan Colin McNeece (PhD Candidate GEO) [RG]
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. Colin now works for Enthought in Austin.

Papers: McNeece and Hesse (20162017, 2018)

Ashwin Venkatraman 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. Alex now works as a reservoir engineer for HilCorp.

Papers: Liang et al. (2018)

Jake Jordan 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.

Papers (with Hesse): Jordan and Hesse (2015), Sathaye et al. (2016a), Jordan et al. (2018)

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. (2018)

Soheil Ghanbarzadeh 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 a data scientist with BP in Houston.

Papers: Ghanbarzadeh et al. (2014, 2015a , 2015b, 2017)

Kiran Sathaye 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. From 2016-2017 Kiran is now working on the sunny beaches of Los Angeles as a Data Engineer at Snapchat. Since 2018 Kiran is working for Tala.

Papers: Sathaye et al. (2014, 2016a, 2016b)

Quinn Wenning Ram Sanchez
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.
Abraham Taicher Abraham Taicher
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 (2017)

Ashwin Venkatraman 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 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. Following his postdoc K-won worked as an applications engineer for COMSOL Multiphysics in Los Angeles for two years. Recently, he has joined Sandia National Laboratories.

Papers: Chang et al. (2013), Woods et al. (2015), Wen et al. (2018)

Nicolas Huerta 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:

  1. Reactive transport and fracture flow at high pressure/high temperature using laboratory experiments and numerical models to study wellbore integrity.
  2. Understanding the impact that nanoparticle use has on aquifers.
  3. Development of safe and novel methods to increase hydrocarbon production from domestic resources.

Papers: Huerta et al. (2012), Huerta et al. (2015)

Quinn Wenning Quin Wenning
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].

Quinn Wenning 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).

blank 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.