Current Members

Sahar Bakhshian

Sahar Bakhshian is a Research Associate at the Bureau of Economic Geology, Jackson School of Geosciences, The University of Texas at Austin. Her primary research concerns the analytical and computational modeling of multi-physics problems as well as applying data science to leverage problems in energy and environmental context, with a focus on geologic carbon storage. Her work also involves leveraging physics-based pore- and macro-scale multiphase flow simulations and data-driven algorithms and tools for the characterization of CO2 footprint and leakage risk assessment during the geological storage of CO2. Sahar holds a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the University of Southern California.



Richard Larson

Richard is a Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineer with a broad range of experience which involves practical problem solving and theoretical ideas.  At a small independent oil and gas operator, he analyzed large data sets for the executive board.  Additionally, at a consulting firm, he worked in the reservoir characterization of anthropogenic carbon dioxide injected for geological sequestration using field data that he helped acquire.  Richard also has field experience in the oil and gas industry on drilling, completions, and production sites in the Permian Basin and Marcellus Shale.  His goal is to use these skills to solve complex problems in the subsurface.





Shadya Taleb

Shadya is a Graduate Research Assistant for the Gulf Coast Carbon Center at the Bureau of Economic Geology. She is pursuing a Masters of Science in Energy and Earth Resources at the Jackson School of Geosciences, The University of Texas at Austin. Her background is in Petroleum Engineering and has experience in the oil and gas industry. Her more recent experience was as a Research Visiting Student at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology. Her interests are in fluid flow through porous media, experimental design, carbon storage, micromodels, and imaging techniques.



Past Members

  • Noah Binford, Bureau of Economic Geology, UT Austin
  • Dong Feng, PostDoc, China University of Petroleum, Beijing, China
  • Margaret Murakami, University of Helsinki
  • Baole Wen, University of Michigan