Our Team

Associate Professor, University of Oklahoma

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    Salehi, Saeed, PhD, PE Dr. Salehi is an associate professor in the Mewbourne School of Petroleum and Geological Engineering at the University of Oklahoma. He has more than 15 years of academic and industry experience and has managed research project for Department of Energy (DOE), Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enhancement (BSEE), NSF (National Science Foundation), NAS (National Academy of Sciences) and several private entities as major operators and service companies. He has previous industrial experience working as drilling engineer and research experience in area of drilling, well control, near wellbore geomechanics, well completion and well construction. He previously worked on well construction design projects for the wells drilled in GOM OCS and in deep-water Mississippi Canyon. He has published more than hundred articles from which more than 50 are peer-reviewed. He has published numerous technical papers at different venues such as SPE (Society of Petroleum Engineers), AADE (American Association of Drilling Engineers), ARMA (American Rock Mechanics Association), and ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers). He is currently serving as associate editor for Elsevier Journal of Natural Gas Science and Engineering in addition to being technical reviewer for numerous other Journals such as SPE Journals, ASME Journal of Energy Resources and Elsevier Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering. His recent leadership role includes serving as Chairman of SPE Evangeline section, Chairman of Finance for SPE Formation Damage Conference and being involved as SPE officer with Oklahoma City section.

Collaborators

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    Ahmed, Ramadan, PhD Dr. Ramadan Ahmed is an associate professor of Petroleum Engineering at the University of Oklahoma where he teaches drilling engineering and related courses. Previously, Dr. Ahmed worked for five years as a senior research associate and adjunct professor at the University of Tulsa. He holds a BSc. degree in Chemical Engineering from the Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia; and he earned MSc and PhD degrees in Petroleum Engineering from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway. Dr. Ahmed worked for more than seven years in the industry. He conducts research in the area of drilling fluids, wellbore hydraulics, degradation of cement and tubulars, and downhole instrumentation. His recent experiences with drilling related research projects include studies on: i) fiber sweeps using water-based and oil-based muds; ii) rheology, stability and hydraulics of fibrous fluids, iii) surge and swab pressures; iv) degradation of cement and tubular in sour gas and acidic environment; and v) intelligent casing and intelligent formation. Dr. Ahmed has authored more than 50 research and technical articles and 3 book chapters.

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    Cokely, Edward, PhD, PE Dr. Cokely serves as Presidential Research Professor and Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Oklahoma, and is co-founding faculty of the National Institute for Risk & Resilience. Dr. Cokely is recognized as one of the world’s foremost experts in the Psychology of Skilled Decision Making, with specialization in risk communication and inclusive decision support.

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    Dahi Taleghani, Arash, PhD Dr. Dahi Taleghani is a tenured associate professor of petroleum engineering at Pennsylvania State University. Before joining Penn State, he was an associate professor of Petroleum Engineering at Louisiana State University while serving an independent consultant in the oil and gas industry. He earned a M.S. in civil engineering from Sharif University of Technology and his Ph.D. in petroleum engineering from the University of Texas at Austin. He has about 12 years combined experience in applied engineering, research and in academia and is a registered professional engineer. He has numerous publications and three patent applications in the field of drilling and completion. In 2014, he received the Distinguished Achievement Award for Petroleum Engineering Faculty from the Society of Petroleum Engineering (SPE). He has also received SPE Eastern North America Regional Completion Optimization and Technology in 2017. He is currently conducting research in reservoir geomechanics, hydraulic fracturing, wellbore integrity, drill bit mechanics and poroelasticity. He is teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in petroleum rock mechanics, mechanical earth modeling, hydraulic fracturing, well-logging, production engineering and well completion techniques.

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    Ezeakacha, Chinedum, PhDDr. Ezeakacha is an instructor at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Prior to joining UL, he worked as postdoctoral research associate at the University of Oklahoma. He completed his PhD in Petroleum Engineering at the Mewbourne School of Petroleum and Geological Engineering, the University of Oklahoma. His research interests are in the areas of Drilling Engineering, Drilling Fluid Optimization, Wellbore Strengthening, Design of Experiments, and Data Analysis. His Ph.D. research is focused on developing an integrated and statistical method for characterizing mud loss and filtration, in application to wellbore strengthening. Chinedum has more than twenty publications and has won seven academic merit awards. He has also earned two professional training certifications from International Association of Drilling Contractors, IADC, and three from NExT Schlumberger.

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    Kang, Ziho, PhD Dr. Kang's background is in human factors and human-integrated systems engineering, and his specialty is in developing algorithms to characterize eye tracking data to evaluate human performance and investigate cognitive processes. His overarching interest is to investigate human decision making processes in order to understand human behavior and to inform the design of complex systems and construct alerting and assistive learning technologies. He previously worked at Samsung and has performed research for National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and Collaborative Adaptive Sensing of the Atmosphere (CASA). Dr. Kang is currently corroborating with Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and National Oceanic and Atmosphere Administration (NOAA).

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    Kazempoor, Pejman, PhD Dr. Kazempoor is an assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the University of Oklahoma. He received his PhD in mechanical engineering from Tarbiat Modares University. He had more than 10 years of industrial and academic experience. He holds four patents and have published several papers. His research interest includes emission reduction and management, oilfield digitization, smart and optimized surface facilities, effective oilfield energy, process modeling, energy storage, advanced sensor technologies, and data analytics.

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    Li, Guoqiang, PhD Dr. Li is a Major Morris S. and DeEtte A. Anderson Memorial LSU Alumni Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Louisiana State University. He is also holder of the John W. Rhea Jr. Professorship in Engineering. His research goal is to advance knowledge and develop enabling technology in stimuli-responsive polymers and polymer composites related to engineering structures and devices. Over the years, he has conducted research on adhesively bonded composite joints, including stress analysis, cohesive law models under Mode I, Mode II, and mixed Mode I and II fracture modes, and has studied the effect of adhesive thickness on the energy release rate, cohesive strength, and traction-separation laws. His research interest also includes modeling of fracture of structures created through additive manufacturing such as printing of metallic powders by selective laser melting. He has published several journal papers and presented in international conferences.

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    Mokhtari, Mehdi, PhD Dr. Mokhtari is an assistant professor of Petroleum Engineering at the University of Louisiana at lafayette. He holds a PhD degree in Petroleum Engineering from Colarado School of Mines. He has established Tuscaloosa Marine Shale Laboratory Consortium where he is exploring the issues related of Tuscaloosa Shale from South Louisiana.

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    Razzaghi, Talayeh, PhD Dr. Razzaghi is an assistant professor in the School of Industrial and Systems Engineering at the University of Oklahoma. She received her PhD in industrial engineering from the University of Central Florida. She has served as a postdoctoral research associate at Clemson University’s School of Computing. While at Clemson University, she also jointly served as an embedded scholar at the Greenville Health System. Prior to joining OU, Dr. Razzaghi worked as an assistant professor at the New Mexico State University’s Industrial Engineering department. Her research program at OU focuses on the development and use of data-driven analytical models to guide decision making for real-world problems, particularly energy analytics, smart manufacturing, and healthcare informatics. In her research, she primarily employs the theory of machine learning and data mining for the settings with the presence of imperfect, noisy, and possibly massive datasets.

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    Saleh, Fatemeh, PhD Dr. Saleh is a postodoctoral research associate at the University of Oklahoma. She completed her doctorate in Petroleum Engineering at the University of Oklahoma. She has two Masters in Science, one in Petroleum Engineering and other one in Physics. She has published several journal papers and presented at several national and international conferences. Her research interest includes cementing, wellbore stability, lost circulation, geothermal drilling, geopolymers and drilling optimization.

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    Teodoriu, Catalin, PhD Dr. Catalin Teodoriu is Associate Professor at The University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma. He has more than 15 years of experience in the petroleum industry and academia, with key qualifications and research in drilling and production equipment, drilling technology, integrated computer aided analysis, well completion, testing of OCTG, design of downhole and surface equipment, software development, EOR and geothermal wells, and in the design of laboratory specific equipment (i.e. high pressure testing, large scale testing equipment for multiphase flow and drilling process simulation). He is specialized in developing new threaded connections for OCTG as well as expert on drilling problems and failure analysis. At OU he is building a unique testing facility for threaded connections and OCTG under complex loads.

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    Zaman, Musharraf, PhD, PE, F. ASCE Dr. Zaman joined the University of Oklahoma Civil Engineering and Environmental Science faculty in 1982, after completing his Ph.D. from the University of Arizona, Tuscon. He became full professor in 1993, and was named the Aaron Alexander Professor in 2003. He served as the associate dean for research and graduate education, OU College of Engineering since from July 2005 to December 2013. He has been a professor of Petroleum and Geological Engineering since 2010. He is a prolific teacher and a highly accomplished researcher. During his tenure at OU, he has received a number of prestigious national-level teaching awards from the American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE). He also received the lifelong title of David Ross Boyd Professorship, the highest teaching award given by the University of Oklahoma. During his tenure at OU, he has received over $22.5 Million in external research funding from various state and federal agencies and industry. He has published over 390 archival papers. Several of his papers have won prestigious awards from national level societies and organizations. He is a fellow of American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and serves as the Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Geomechanics (IJOG), ASCE. Since October 2013, he has been serving as the director of the Southern Plains Transportation Center.

Post-Doctoral Research Associate

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    Kiran, Raj, PhD Dr. Kiran is a postdoctoral research associate who has completed his doctorate in Petroleum Engineering from University of Oklahoma. His current research interests focus on the areas of Computational Fluid Dynamics, Wellbore Integrity, Reservoir Geomechanics, and Finite Element Analysis. He has authored more than seven journal papers and presented at several national and international conferences. He is guest editor for special issue in Sustainability Journal from MDPI and technical reviewer for several journals.

Equipment Specialist

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    McCaskill, Jeff Jeff is an equipment specialist and sets up the experimental facility for the research works. Jeff has more than 30 years of experience.

Graduate Research Assistants

Ph.D. Students

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    Patel, Harsh, MS Harsh is a PhD student. His current research interests focus on the areas of computational modeling, elastomers, finite element, and drilling engineering.

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    Ahmed, Shawgi, MS Mr. Ahmed is a PhD student. His current research interests focus on the areas of experimental investigation of elastomers, well integrity, and cementing.

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    Al-Ramadan, Mustafa, MS Mr. Al Ramadan is a PhD student in Petroleum Engineering at the Mewbourne School of Petroleum and Geological Engineering, University of Oklahoma. Mr. Al Ramadan is also a Lecturer at the College of Petroleum Engineering and Geosciences, King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals. His current research interests focus on the areas of Drilling Engineering, Well Integrity, Computational Fluid Dynamics, and Cementing.

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    Magzoub, Musaab, MS Mr. Magzoub is a PhD student and a Graduate Research Assistant at Well Construction Technology Center, University of Oklahoma. He graduated from the University of Khartoum with First Class Honors B.SC Degree in Petroleum Engineering in 2009. He obtained his MS in petroleum engineering at KFUPM in January 2015. He has more than 8 years work experience, including 2 years in the Oil & Gas industry as a field Engineer and 5 years in research and academia. Mr. Magzoub has published many articles in peer reviewed journals and conferences and granted US patents. His research areas are Wellbore strengthening, drilling Fluids formulation for high temperature oil and gas applications and produced water treatments and management.

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    Wu, Yuxing, MS Yuxing is a PhD student currently working on Tuscaloosa Marine Shale Project. His current research interests focus on the areas of well integrity, cementing, and finite element modeling.

  • Masters Students

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    Konate, Nabe, BS Nabe is a masters student in petroleum engineering department. His current research interests focus on the areas of wellbore strengthening, lost circulation through fractures and drilling fluids for high temperature and high pressure wells.

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    Munas, Cesar, BS Munas is a masters student in petroleum engineering department. His current research interests focus on the areas of fluid rheology and well construction for high temperature and high pressure wells.

Undergraduate Research Assistants

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    Santamaria, Rodrigo, BS Rodrigo is an undergraduate externship student at the Well Construction Technology Center (WCTC), currently working along with the graduate students on research involving the lost circulation materials and fluid rheology suitable for geothermal drilling.

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    Polina Churilova Ms. Churilova is an undergraduate student in the Petroleum Engineering Department at the University of Oklahoma. Her main research interest is offshore drilling.