People

Faculty and Staff

Erdal Ozkan, Director

Erdal Ozkan is a professor of Petroleum Engineering and the co-director of the Marathon Center of Excellence for Reservoir Studies (MCERS) at the Colorado School of Mines. He has BS and MS degrees from Istanbul Technical University and a Ph.D. degree from the University of Tulsa, all in Petroleum Engineering. He has twenty-five years of teaching and research experience. His main research interests are horizontal and multilateral well technology, pressure-transient analysis, modeling fluid flow in porous media, and unconventional reservoirs. Dr. Ozkan is a Distinguished Member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) and the recipient of the SPE Lester C. Uren (2013) and Formation Evaluation (2007) Awards. He also served as an SPE Distinguished Lecturer on shale-gas reservoirs in 2011 – 2012. Dr. Ozkan is also a member of the ASME and SIAM.

Erdal Ozkan, PhD
F.H. “Mick” Merelli/Cimarex Energy Distinguished Department Head Chair
Professor
Room 203 Marquez Hall
Colorado School of Mines
Golden, Colorado 80401 USA
Office: (303) 273-3188
Fax: (303) 273-3189
eozkan@mines.edu
Personal Website
Petroleum Engineering Department
Marathon Center of Excellence for Reservoir Studies

Xiaolong Yin, Associate Professor

Xiaolong Yin is an associate professor in the Petroleum Engineering Department. He has a PhD in Chemical Engineering from Cornell University, A MS degree in Mechanical Engineering from Lehigh University and a BS in Theoretical & Applied Mechanics from Beijing University. His research interests are numerical simulation of single- and multi-phase flows in fractured rocks, micro-channel networks, and fibrous media. Dynamics of liquid-solid and gas-solid suspensions that feature particle size distributions. Novel numerical method for gas-solid suspension flows and transient analysis of porous media flows.

Xiaolong Yin, PhD
Associate Professor
Room 315 Marquez Hall
Colorado School of Mines
Golden, Colorado 80401 USA
Office: (303) 384-2449
Fax: (303) 273-3189
xyin@mines.edu
Petroleum Engineering Department

Hossein Kazemi, Professor

Hossein Kazemi is a professor in the Petroleum Engineering Department, and co-director of the Marathon Center of Excellence for Reservoir Studies(MCERS).  He has a BS and PHD from the University of Texas/Austin.  Dr. Kazemi has a long career in industry with Marathon Oil.  His research interests are petroleum reservoir simulation, improved and enhanced oil recovery, transient testing in wells, and geomechanics simulation.

Hossein Kazemi, PhD
Professor
Room 217 Marquez Hall
Colorado School of Mines
Golden, Colorado 80401 USA
Office: (303) 384-2072
Fax: (303) 273-3189
hkazemi@mines.edu
Petroleum Engineering Department

Luis Zerpa, Professor

Luis E. Zerpa joined the Mines Petroleum Engineering Department in April 2013. Before joining Mines, he was an assistant professor at the University of Zulia, Venezuela. Dr. Zerpa has consulting experience leading the reservoir simulation studies of an industrial offshore chemical EOR pilot project developed by the Venezuelan National Oil Company (PDVSA). He holds a B.S. (2001) and M.S. (2004) in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Zulia, and a Ph.D. in Petroleum Engineering from Colorado School of Mines (2013). His research interests are in the areas of reservoir engineering, fluid flow in porous media, enhanced oil recovery, flow assurance and multiphase flow modeling, and natural gas hydrates as potential energy source.

Luis Zerpa, PhD
Assistant Professor
Room 307 Marquez Hall
Colorado School of Mines
Golden, Colorado 80401 USA
Office: (303) 384-2627
Fax: (303) 273-3189
lzerpa@mines.edu
Petroleum Engineering Department

Denise Winn-Bower

Denise Winn-Bower is the project manager for the Unconventional Reservoir Engineering Project. To contact Denise, please see the below information.

Denise Winn-Bower
Project Manager
Room 112B Marquez Hall
Golden, Colorado 80401 USA
Office: (303) 273-3945
Fax: (303) 273-3189
dwinnbow@mines.edu

Graduate Students

Berk Coskuner

Berk is a PHD student is a student in Petroleum Engineering at Colorado School of Mines. He received his MS from Colorado School of Mines and his BS degree in Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering from Middle East Technical University.

Tugce Calisgan

Tugce is a PhD student at Petroleum Engineering Department. She received her BS and MS degree both in Petroleum Engineering from Istanbul Technical University and Colorado School of Mines, respectively. She worked at Transatlantic Petroleum company for 2 years in Turkey and Dallas, TX as a Reservoir Engineer.

Ziming Zhu

Ziming is a PhD student at Petroleum Engineering department at Colorado School of Mines. He holds B.Sc. degrees from both University of Wyoming and China University of Petroleum, and M.Sc. degree from Colorado School of Mines, all in petroleum engineering. He is focusing on exploring the effect of pore size on the phase behavior and transition of hydrocarbon fluids in unconventional reservoirs.

Mohammaed M. Al Ali

Mohammed is an MS student in the Petroleum Engineering Department. He received his BS in Petroleum Engineering for King Fahd University for Petroleum & Minerals in Saudi Arabia. Before joining the program, Mohammed worked for Saudi Aramco for eight years. His research interest is Transient Analysis for Unconventional Reservoirs.

Vladimir Martinez

Vladimir is a PhD student at Petroleum Engineering department at Colorado School of Mines. He holds a B.Sc. in Petroleum Chemical Engineering from the National Polytechnic Institute and a M.Sc. in Petroleum Engineering from the National Autonomous University of Mexico both in Mexico. He worked at PEMEX for 18 years as a Reservoir Engineer and as a Surface Facilities Design Engineer for offshore fields.

Medet Madalimov

Medet received his BS degree in Petroleum Engineering from Kazakh National Technical University, Almaty. He has worked at OMV Petrom Company, Aktau, as Production Technologist Engineer for four years at the Komsomolskoe oil field. Currently, Medet is pursuing his MS degree in Petroleum Engineering at Colorado School of Mines.

Mohamed Mohamed 

Mohamed is a PHD student at the Petroleum Engineering department at Colorado School of Mines. He received his MS and BS from University of Wyoming in Petroleum and Chemical Engineering. Currently, Mohamed works at Apache Corp. as a reservoir engineering R&D focusing on unconventional reservoirs development.

Meruyert Makatova

Meruyert is PHD student in the Petroleum Engineering at Colorado School of Mines conducting studies on phase behavior of multiphase fluid systems. She received her BS and MS degree in petroleum engineering from Kazakh-British Technical University. She has 3 years of educational experience as a lecturer.

Mohammed Althani

Mohammed Althani is a PhD student in Petroleum Engineering Department at Colorado School of Mines. He holds a BS in Petroleum Engineering from King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, Saudi Arabia (2009) and an MS in Petroleum Engineering from Colorado School of Mines (2014). Mohammed has six years of professional experience working for Saudi Aramco in different organizations including reservoir management, production engineering, reservoir characterization and reservoir description. His research interest is the development of tight oil reservoirs.

Dina Hegazy

Dina received her MS at Colorado School of Mines with Dr. Azra Tutuncu. Currently working on PhD in UREP. 

Gizem Yildrim

Gizem is a PHD student in Petroleum Engineering at Colorado School of Mines. She received her MS degree in Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering and her BS degree in Geophysical Engineering from Istanbul Technical University.  

Alumni

2020 Alumnus
  • Zhijun “Julian” Liu (Ph.D. 2020) Investigation of Hindered Transport of Large Hydrocarbon Molecules in Nanoporous Materials
2019 Alumnus
  • Keerthana Krishnan (M.Sc. 2019) Using Oscillations to Detect Capillary Condensation in MCM-41
2018 Alumnus
  • Recep Bakar (M.Sc. 2018)  Modeling and Analysis of Diagnostic Fracture Injection Tests (DFITs)
  • Mohammad F. Alghnemi (M.Sc. 2018) Chemical EOR Economics of Sabriyah Lower Burgan Reservoir:  A Reservoir Sector Model Study
  • Kagan Kutun (M.Sc. 2018) Hydraulic Fracture Modeling of an Enhanced Geothermal System
  • Yakup Berk Coskuner (M.Sc. 2018) A Grand Canonical Monte Carlo Simulation Model for Phase Behavior of Confined Hydrocarbons
2017 Alumnus
  • Mohamed Al Zaabi (M.Sc. 2017) Evaluation of the Production Potential of Shilaif Shale Oil Formation Using Analytical and Modeling Methods
  • Younki Cho (Ph.D. 2017) Experimental Measurement and Numerical Modeling of Multiphase Flow in Middle Bakken
  • Jamila Huseynova (M.Sc. 2017) Potential of Thermal Methods to Enhance Recovery in Unconventional Oil Reservoirs
  • Wisam Assiri (Ph.D 2017) Interpretation of Pseudotransient Linear Flow In Production Data Analysis of Tight, Naturally Fractured Reservoirs
  • Elham Parsa (Ph.D. 2017) Experimental Study on the Effect of Confinement on Propane Phase Behavior
  • Tugce Calisgan (M.Sc. 2017) Verification of Confinement Impact on Flow Using a Black Oil Simulator
2016 Alumnus
  • Ralf Holy (Ph.D. 2016) Numerical Investigation of ID Anomalous Diffusion in Fractured Nanoporous Reservoirs

  • Ali Albinali (Ph.D. 2016) Analytical Solution for Anomalous Diffusion in Fractured Nanoporous Reservoirs

2015 Alumnus
  • Ziming Zhu (M.Sc. 2015) Theoretical Investigation of the effect of Membrane Properties of Nanoporous Reservoirs on the Phase Behavior of Confined Light Oil
  • Caglar Yesiltepe (M.Sc. 2015) Accessed Drainage Volume and Recovery Factors of Fractured Horizontal Wells under Transient Flow

  • Judson Greenwood (M.Sc. 2015) An Analytical Investigation of Boundaries in Naturally Fractured Unconventional Reservoirs

  • Andreas M. Lumban Gaol (M.Sc. 2015) Interference Test Analysis with Two Fractured Horizontal Wells
2014 Alumnus
  • Ozlem Ozcan (M.Sc. 2014) Fractional Diffusion in Naturally Fractured Unconventional Reservoirs
  • Filiz Geren (M.Sc. 2014) Modeling Flow in Nanoporous, Membrane Reservoirs and Interpretation of Coupled Fluxes
  • Caglar Komurcu (M.Sc. 2014) Effect of Viscosity-Compressibility Product Variation on the Analysis of Fractured Well Performances in Tight Unconventional Reservoirs
2013 Alumnus
  • Juan Carlos Carratu (M.Sc. 2013) Sensitivity of Fractured Horizontal Well Productivity to Reservoir Properties in Shale-Gas Plays
  • Tuba Firincioglu (Ph.D. 2013) Bubble Point Suppression in Unconventional Liquids Rich Reservoirs and Its Impact on Oil Production
     
2012 Alumnus
  • Osman Apaydin (Ph.D. 2012) New Coupling Considerations between Matrix and Multiscale Natural Fractures in Unconventional Resource Reservoirs
  • Mahmood Ahmadi (Ph.D. 2012) Laplace Transform Deconvolution And Its Application to Perturbation Solution Of Non-Linear Diffusivity Equation
2011 Alumnus
  • Margaret L. Brown (M.Sc. 2011) Analytical Trilinear Pressure Transient Model for Multiply Fractured Horizontal Wells in Tight Shale Reservoirs
  • Flavio Medeiros Junior (Ph.D. 2011) Semi-Analytical Pressure Transient Model for Complex Well – Reservoir Systems