Unconventional Natural Gas and Oil Institute

Colorado School of Mines

People

Azra Nur Tutuncu, Ph.D., P.E., P.G., Professor, Harry D. Campbell Chair
Petroleum Engineering Department
Director of UNGI

Azra Nur TutuncuDr. Tutuncu held various research and leadership assignments in Well Engineering, Rock Physics, Geomechanics and Subsurface R&D groups at Shell International Exploration and Production Company and Shell Oil Company in Houston and in the Netherlands before joining Colorado School of Mines faculty. Her interest areas include rock-fluid interactions, integrated borehole stability, geomechanics, reservoir characterization and formation damage detection, mitigation and removal.  Dr. Tutuncu has over two hundred publications in peer reviewed journals and conference proceedings in addition to over one hundred reports in research and implementation of novel technologies in Deepwater Gulf of Mexico, Unconventional gas and oil shale, heavy oil sands and carbonates integrated borehole stability, in situ stress and rock property determination, nonlinear rock deformation and failure, pore pressure and fracture gradient prediction, stimulation, drilling and drill in fluid design and compatibility analysis.  She holds several patents on pore pressure prediction, attenuation and acoustic stimulation. Dr. Tutuncu is a member of SPE, SEG, Sigma Xi, ARMA, AADE and Pi Epsilon Tau and has been actively involved in SEG, SPE and ARMA organizations over twenty five years.  She is currently members of technical review committees in all three organizations, a member of AGI Environmental Geoscience Advisory Committee, and SEG Research and Global Affairs Committees. She served in the ARMA Executive Board (2006-2013) and is a Former President of American Rock Mechanics Association (2009-2011). Dr. Tutuncu is a member of the EPA Scientific Advisory Board on Hydraulic Fracturing Research since March 2013. She is licensed Professional Petroleum Engineer and Licensed Professional Geoscientist in the State of Texas.

Office: 303-273 3747 | Email: atutuncu@mines.edu

UNGI Affiliated Faculty

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UNGI Administrative Staff

Denise Winn-Bower
Petroleum Engineering Department, CSM

Denise Winn-Bower is the program assistant for the Unconventional Natural Gas and Oil Institute (UNGI). To contact Denise, please use the contact information bellow:
Denise Winn-Bower
Program Assistant
Room 112A Marquez Hall
Golden, Colorado 80401 USA
Office: (303) 273-3945
Fax: (303) 273-3189
Email: dwinnbow@mines.edu

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UNGI Research Staff

Tom Bratton
Petroleum Engineering, CSM

Tom Bratton is a research faculty at UNGI and at Petroleum Engineering department. He is the Schlumberger campus embassador for Colorado School of Mines. Tom has recently retired from Schlumberger as a scientific advisor after 36 years of various technical assignments. He is a licensed professional geoscientist (Texas), specializing in geophysics, petrophysics and geomechanics and has worked in multiple segments in Schlumberger including Wireline and Testing, Drilling and Measurements, Well Services and Data and Consulting Services. He has been active in field operations as well as research and engineering and has been exposed to reservoirs worldwide including deepwater and land based operations. Tom has a BS degree in Physics from Nebraska Wesleyan University, an MS degree in atomic physics from Kansas State University and is a member of SPE, SPWLA, SEG and ARMA.

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Daisuke Katsuki
Petroleum Engineering, CSM

Dr. Daisuke Katsuki is currently a Research Fellow at Colorado School of Mines. He holds BS, MS and PhD degrees all from Yamaguchi University in Japan. His Ph.D. research involved the mechanical properties of bonded soils. Daisuke worked as a Research Associate at the Methane Hydrate Research Laboratory, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) in Japan between 2004 and 2009 on natural gas production from deep sea sediments containing gas hydrates. His current research interest is on the hydro-mechanical properties of unconventional shale gas/oil reservoirs specializing on the experimental testing and modeling of geomaterials under High Pressure and High Temperature Conditions (HPHT).

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Binh Bui
Petroleum Engineering, CSM

Binh received his BS degree in Petroleum Engineering from Hanoi University of Mining and Geology (Vietnam) in 2008 and has been a faculty member there since then. He received his M.S degree in 2012 from McDougall School of Petroleum Engineering at The University of Tulsa and his PhD in 2016 in Petroleum Enginering from Colorado School of Mines. His research interests include coupled geomechanics and fluid flow modeling with rock-fluid interactions, wellbore hydraulics, rheology,reservoir characterization and simulation.

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UNGI Affiliated Students
Olawale Adekunle
Petroleum Engineering, CSM

Olawale Adekunle is a PhD candidate in the petroleum engineering department at Colorado School of Mines and received his MS degree in the PE department at Mines in 2014. His prior research was focused on enhanced oil recovery applications in low permeability reservoirs and currently is exploring the opportunities and impacts that shale gas adsorption and fluid interactions in shale reservoirs. Wale holds a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering with oil and gas related experiences in project management and field operations in both onshore and offshore locations.

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Aamer Abdulhakeem Albannay
Petroleum Engineering, CSM

Aamer Albannay is PhD student in Petroleum Engineering Department at Colorado School of Mines. He received his BS from Colorado School of Mines and MS from University of Southern California both in Petroleum Engineering. Before starting his graduate studies, he worked as a reservoir engineer for 3 years at ADNOC (Abu Dhabi National Oil Company). His research interests include geomechanics, EOR and reservoir engineering.

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Faisal Alhowaish
Petroleum Engineering, CSM

Faisal is a Petroleum Engineering MS student at Colorado School of Mines. He received his BS in Petroleum Engineering from Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge and worked as a reservoir management engineer for three years and as production engineer a year for Saudi Aramco before pursuing his graduate studies. His research interests include reservoir engineering, hydraulic fracture modeling and Geomechanics.

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Rayan Alidi
Petroleum Engineering, CSM

Rayan Alidi is an MS student at the Petroleum Engineering Department in Colorado School of Mines. He received his BS in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Oklahoma, Norman and has worked for Saudi Aramco as a reservoir engineer for three years before pursuing his graduate studies. His research interests include stimulation and Geomechanics of tight sand reservoirs.

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Younki Cho
Petroleum Engineering, CSM

Younki Cho is a Ph.D. student in Petroleum Engineering Department. He worked for Austin Exploration Limited for a year before starting the PhD program. His research interest is laboratory experiments on unconventional resources.

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Ilkay Eker
Petroleum Engineering, CSM

Ilkay is a PhD candidate at Colorado School of Mines in Petroleum Engineering Department. Her PhD research is focused on primary production analysis via multi-phase rate transient analysis and compositional modeling of enhanced oil recovery techniques to understand the flow mechanism at matrix-fracture interface in unconventional reservoirs. Ilkay holds BS and MS in Petroleum Engineering from Middle East Technical University. Prior to her study at CSM, Ilkay worked for Schlumberger as a testing reservoir engineer for five years in North Sea and Continental Europe. Her research interests include reservoir modeling, well test analysis, fluid flow mechanisms in unconventional reservoirs.

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Nick Fetta
Petroleum Engineering, CSM

Nick Fetta is a Ph.D. student in Petroleum Engineering at Colorado School of Mines. He has over twenty years of experience in the oil and gas industry starting his early career assignments in Geophysics before switching over to various Petroleum Engineering (PE) positions ranging from Field Engineer to Reservoir Advisor. He has worked for WesternGeco, Scientific Software Intercomp (SSI), Wintershall, Halliburton, Eclipse, El Paso, and Noble Energy before his current affiliation with iReservoir as a Reservoir Engineering Advisor. Nick has conducted numerous integrated reservoir characterization, reservoir simulation and reservoir management studies. His extensive practical field experience covers a range of engineering positions: Production, Operations, Facilities, Reservoir, EOR, and Acquisitions & Divestiture. He is an active SPE member recently serving as chair of the SPE Forum on Exploitation of Tight Carbonates (2014) and as co-chairman of the ENGenious Young Technology Showcase (2015). Nick holds a BSc from Cardiff University, an MSc from Imperial College London and a CEng from the Energy Institute London.

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Dina Hegazy
Petroleum Engineering, CSM

Dina Hegazy is a PhD student at the Petroleum Engineering Department in Colorado School of Mines. She received her BSc in Petroleum Engineering from the American University in Cairo (Egypt) and worked for Schlumberger as a production engineer for two years before pursing her graduate studies before joining the graduate program at Mines Petroleum Engineering Department and received her MS degree in PE at Mines in Spring 2017. Dina's research interests include Numerical Simulation, Stimulation and Geomechanics.

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Jessica Iriarte Lopez
Petroleum Engineering, CSM

Jessica Iriarte is an MS student at the Petroleum Engineering Department in Colorado School of Mines. She received her Bachelor's degree in Petroleum Engineering from Universidad del Zulia (Venezuela) in 2010. Jessica have spent 2 years working as a Stimulation and Sand Control Field Engineer and then worked as Technical Sales Engineer for Sand Control Completions. Her research interests include Well Stimulation and Geomechanics of Unconventional Reservoirs.

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Somayeh Karimi
Petroleum Engineering, CSM

Somayeh Karimi is a PhD Candidate in Petroleum Engineering at Colorado School of Mines. Somayeh received her MS degree in Petroleum Engineering from University of Tehran and her BS degree in Petroleum Engineering from Petroleum University of Technology, Iran. She worked for two years in NIOC reservoir management division as a reservoir engineer before joining CSM PhD program. Her research interests include modeling and laboratory experiments on improved oil recovery processes in liquid-rich unconventional reservoirs, and carbonate naturally fractured reservoirs with a focus on centrifuge, nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) and resistivity measurements.

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Bryan Patrick McDowell
Petroleum Engineering, CSM

Bryan McDowell is an MS student in Petroleum Engineering at Colorado School of Mines. He received a BS degree in Engineering Geology from Texas A&M University, and currently completing an MS in Geology at CSM. Bryan's research interests focus on the integration of geology and petroleum engineering for reservoir characterization in fluvial tight-gas sands, specifically reservoir geometry, lithofacies associations, and geomechanical properties.

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Mehmet Torcuk
Petroleum Engineering, CSM

Mehmet is an PhD student at the Marathon Center of Excellence for Reservoir Studies and involved in UNGI coupled fluid flow and geomechanics modeling in fractured shale reservoirs project. He has his BS in Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering from Istanbul Technical University in 2010 and worked for Turkish Petroleum International Company as a production engineer for 6 months. His MS is in Petroleum Engineering from Colorado School of Mines.His research interests include unconventional fractured reservoir characterization, reservoir simulation and well test analysis.

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Ilham Permata
Petroleum Engineering, CSM

Ilham Permata is an M.Sc. student in Petroleum Engineering Department at Colorado School of Mines. He received his Bachelor degree from Sepuluh Nopember Institute of Technology in Indonesia and worked for ICEES (Indonesia Counterpart of Energy and Environmental Solutions) as consultant. His research interest is about Geothermal Reservoir coupled with Geomechanics.

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Cong Wang
Petroleum Engineering, CSM

Cong is a PhD student in Petroleum Engineering. He received his Bachelor degree from Peking University in Beijing, China and his M.S. degree from Petroleum Engineering Department, Colorado School of Mines. His Master project was on developing an unconventional gas reservoir simulator and its application in transient pressure analysis and fracture characterization with several conference presentations in SPE hydraulic fracturing technology conference and SPE reservoir simulation symposium. His current research involves in fully coupling geomechanics and fluid flow in unconventional reservoirs.

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PhD Students

  • Olawale Adekunle, Petroleum Engineering, CSM
  • Aamer Albannay, Petroleum Engineering, CSM
  • Younki Cho, Petroleum Engineering, CSM
  • Ilkay Eker,Petroleum Engineering, CSM
  • Nick Fetta, Petroleum Engineering, CSM
  • Dina Hegazy, Petroleum Engineering, CSM
  • Jesse Haven,Geophysical Engineering, CSM
  • Somayeh Karimi,Petroleum Engineering, CSM
  • Bryan Patrick McDowell,Geology and Geological Engineering, CSM
  • Mehmet Ali Torcuk, Petroleum Engineering, CSM
  • Cong Wang, Petroleum Engineering, CSM

Master of Science Students

  • Faisal Alhowaish, Petroleum Engineering, CSM
  • Rayan Alidi, Petroleum Engineering, CSM
  • Jessica Iriarte Lopez, Petroleum Engineering, CSM
  • Bryan Patrick McDowell, Petroleum Engineering, CSM
  • Ilham Permata, Petroleum Engineering, CSM
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