PhD Students


Saeeda Al-Ameri

Education & Biography

Since 2015: PhD in Petroleum Engineering, Heriot-Watt University
2012 – 2014: MSc in Petroleum Engineering, Heriot-Watt University
2012 – 2015: Reservoir simulation engineer at ADCO
2009 – 2012: Reservoir engineer at ADCO
2003 – 2009: BEng in Chemical Engineering, United Arab Emirates University

Research

Saeeda is working on optimising the development of transition zones for tight carbonate reservoirs, considering static, dynamic, and engineering uncertainties.


Mohamed Al-Breiki

Education & Biography

Since 2016: PhD student in Petroleum Engineering, Heriot-Watt University
2014 – 2015: MSc in Reservoir Evaluation and Management, Heriot-Watt University
2011 – 2014: Senior reservoir geologist (Geomodeller) at ADCO
2008 – 2011: Reservoir geologist at ADCO
2004 – 2008: Operation geologist at ADCO
1999 – 2004: BSc in geology for petroleum and water, United Arab Emirates University

Research

Mohamed is developing new reservoir rock-typing methods to improve the static and dynamic modelling of large transition zones in carbonate reservoirs.


Fahed Al-Hashmi

Education & Biography

Since 2016: PhD in Petroleum Engineering, Heriot-Watt University
2014 – 2015: MSc in Reservoir Evaluation and Management, Heriot-Watt University
2011 – 2014: Operations geologist / Geological data integrator at ADCO
2005 – 2011 : BSc in Petroleum Geosciences, Petroleum Institute, UAE

Research

Fahed is developing and applying flow diagnostic methods to validate and rank static and dynamic models for carbonate reservoirs with large transition zones.


Ali Al-Rudani

Education & Biography

Since 2016: PhD student in Petroleum Engineering, Heriot-Watt University
2007 – 2015: Petroleum Contracts and Licensing Directorate (PCLD), Ministry of Oil (MoO), Iraq
1999 – 2006: Reservoir and Field Development Directorate (RFD), Ministry of Oil (MoO), Iraq
1995 – 1998: M.Sc. Petroleum Engineering, University of Baghdad.
1990 – 1994: B.Sc. Petroleum Engineering, University of Baghdad.

Research

Ali is working on the upscaling of fracture-matrix transfer processes during chemical flooding induced wettability alteration.


Mark Ashworth

Education & Biography

Since 2016: PhD in Petroleum Engineering, Heriot-Watt University
2014 – 2015: MSc in Petroleum Engineering, Imperial College, London
2011-2014: BSc in Geophysics, Imperial College, London

Research

Mark is working on the numerical modelling of coupled geomechanical and hydromechanical phenomena in fractured carbonate reservoirs, including the development of new dual-continua models.


Farhana Binti Jaafar Azuddin

Education & Biography

Since 2016: PhD in Petroleum Engineering, Heriot-Watt University
Since 2016: Senior Executive Geology, Petronas
2011 – 2015: Executive Geology and Geoscience, Petronas
2009 – 2011: Researcher Geochemistry, Petronas

Research

Farhana is conductive experimental and numerical studies to analyse porosity-permeability evolution in gas-rich carbonate reservoirs during CO2 injection.


Jorge Costa Gomes

Education & Biography

Since 2017: PhD Petroleum Engineering, Heriot-Watt University, UK
2016 – 2017: Research Assistant, Petroleum Institute, U.A.E
2015 – 2016: Reservoir Geologist, ADMA-OPCO, U.A.E
2014 – 2015: Visiting Graduate Researcher, Petroleum Institute, U.A.E
2012 – 2014: MSc Petroleum Engineering, Petroleum Institute, U.A.E
2007 – 2012: BSc Geology & Petroleum Geology, University of Aberdeen, UK

Research

Jorge is working on developing a hierarchical carbonate reservoir benchmarking case study for reservoir characterisation, uncertainty quantification and history matching.


David Egya

Education & Biography

Since 2014: PhD in Petroleum Engineering, Heriot-Watt University
2010 – 2014: Project engineer at Saipem
2009 – 2010: MSc in Petroleum Engineering, London Southbank University
2003 – 2007: BSc in Geology and Mining, University of Jos, Nigeria

Research

David is working on the characterisation of fractured tight gas reservoirs, including developing flow diagnostic tools and analysing well-test data to estimate key reservoir parameters that control production from tight reservoirs.


Herwald Elder

Education & Biography

Since 2015: PhD student in Petroleum Engineering, Heriot-Watt University
2014 – 2015: MSc in Petroleum Engineering, Heriot-Watt University
2013 – 2014: High-school maths teacher, Elder’s classes, Port-of-Spain, Trinidad & Tobago
2012: Technical advisor, Blakes, Cassesls & Croydon, Toronto, Canada
2010: Project Coordinator, Maple Reinders Constructors Ltd., Mississauga, Canada
2009 – 2013: B.A.Sc. (Hons) in Civil Engineering and Minor in Management Science, University of Waterloo, Canada

Research

Herwald is using and implementing advanced reservoir simulation techniques to improve the modelling of fracture-matrix transfer processes to improve the inter-well and field-scale simulation of naturally fractured reservoirs.


Alfredo Freites

Education & Biography

Since 2018: PhD in Petroleum Engineering, Heriot-Watt University
2016-2017: MSc (Hons) in Reservoir Evaluation and Management, Heriot-Watt University
2015-2016: Reservoir Engineering Technical Sales at Schlumberger
2011-2015: Reservoir Engineer at Schlumberger
2009-2010: Reservoir Engineer at Petroleos de Venezuela (PDVSA)
2004-2009: BSc in Petroleum Engineering, Venezuela

Research

Alfredo is developing and appliyng high-resolution modelling and simulation methods to study near-wellbore flow processes in fractured carbonate reservoirs


Lesly Guiterrez Sosa

Education & Biography

Since 2018: PhD student in Petroleum Engineering, Heriot Watt University
2016-2017: MSc in Petroleum Engineering, Heriot Watt University
2015-2016: Lecturer of Reservoir Numerical Simulation and NFR Numerical Simulation, National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), Mexico
2011-2016: Reservoir Engineer at Schlumberger, Mexico

Research

Lesly is developing flow diagnostics tools to quantify multi-phase flow processes in fractured formations while considering geomechanical effects.


Tianshen Huang

Education & Biography

Since 2014: PhD in Petroleum Engineering, Heriot-Watt University
2013 – 2014: PhD Candidate in Computer Science, Zhejiang University, China
2009 – 2013: BEng in Computer Science, Zhejiang University, China

Research

Tianshen Huang is working on reconstructing multi-scale pore structures and network modelling multiphase flow, trying to bridge the gap between the pore-network (mm) and wireline (dm) scale.


Emmanuel Ibiam

Education & Biography

Since 2015: PhD Petroleum Engineering, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh
2011 – 2012: Msc Petroleum Engineering, Heriot -Watt University, Edinburgh
2003 – 2008: B.Eng. Petroleum Engineering, Federal University of Technology, Owerri, Nigeria.

Research

Emmanuel is investigating novel methods to rank and cluster geomodels prior to commencing EOR simulations with the aim to provide more robust predictions of the feasibility of different EOR methods


Amanzhol Kubeyev

Education & Biography

Since 2016: PhD in Petroleum Engineering, Heriot-Watt University
2013 – 2016: Reservoir Engineer at Baker RDS, Baker Hughes
2011 – 2013: Petroleum Engineer at Tethys Petroleum Limited
2009 – 2010: MSc and DIC in Petroleum Engineering, Imperial College London
2003 – 2009: BSc in Mechanical Engineering, KAZNTU

Research

Amanzhol is working on development of simulation tool for Hydro-mechanical modelling of Explicit Fractures in Porous Media.


Saideep Pavuluri

Education & Biography

Since 2015: Ph.D student at IPE, Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh
2012 – 2014: M.Sc in Water Resource Engineering and Management (WAREM), University Stuttgart, Germany
2008 – 2012: B.Tech in Civil Engineering, JNTUH, Hyderabad, India

Research

Saideep is working with capillary driven multiphase flows and magnifying the analysis at the lubricating film zone of flow along with analysing the trapping of phases within the pore scale models.


Dmytro “Dima” Petrovskyy

Education & Biography

Since 2015: PhD student in Petroleum Engineering, Heriot-Watt University
2013 – 2014: MSc degree in Geophysics, Ivano-Franivsk Oil and Gas University, Ukraine and AGH University of Science and Technology
2012 – 2013: MSc degree in Petroleum Engineering, Imperial College London
2008 – 2012: BSc degree in Geophysics, Ivano-Franivsk University of Oil and Gas, Ukraine

Research

Dima is part of the ICCR team and will be working on multi-scale pore-network modelling and upscaling pore-scale flow and transport processes to the wireline scale.


Jackson Pola

Education & Biography

Since 2016: Ph.D. student in Petroleum Engineering, Heriot-Watt University
2015 – 2016: Reservoir Engineer at PT. LAPI ITB
2013 – 2015: M.Sc in Petroleum Engineering, Bandung Institute of Technology, Indonesia
2011 – 2013: Assistant Lecturer in Petroleum Engineering Dept. University of Papua
2009 – 2011: B.Eng in Petroleum Engineering, University of Proklamasi
2005 – 2008: Diploma in Engineering, University of Papua

Research

Jackson is analyzing and quantifying on parameters affecting incremental oil recovery during chemical EOR in fractured carbonate reservoirs to develop effective upscaling models for chemical EOR in fractured reservoirs


Victoria Spooner

Education & Biography

Since 2016: PhD student in Petroleum Engineering, Heriot-Watt University
2015 – 2016: MSc Reservoir Evaluation and Management, Heriot Watt University
2012 – 2015: Project Leader of Mathematical Modelling, Scaled Solutions Ltd, UK
2008 – 2012: BSc Hons Mathematics, University of Edinburgh

Research

Victoria is extending existing flow diagnostic methods to accommodate dual-porosity and dual-permeability models, which are commonly used in fractured reservoir characterisation and simulation.


Daniel Wong

Education & Biography

Since 2016: PhD in Petroleum Engineering, Heriot-Watt University
2014 – 2015: PG Dip in Petroleum Engineering, Heriot-Watt University
2011 – 2016: Mechanical Engineer at Halliburton
2007 – 2011: BEng in Mechanical Engineering, National University of Singapore

Research

Daniel is working on the development of novel upscaling/averaging procedures, using both theoretical and numerical studies, to build more reliable models for naturally fractured reservoirs that capture the fundamental flow processes pertinent to fractured geological formations.