Our Team

Assistant Professor, University of Oklahoma

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    Dr. Saeed Salehi Dr. Saeed Salehi is a researcher with more than 15 years academic and industry experience. He has managed research project for Department of Energy (DOE), DOI Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enhancement, 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 on 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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    Dr. Catalin Teodoriu 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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    Dr. Ramadan Ahmed 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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    Dr. Edward Cokely Dr. Cokely, Ph.D., 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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    Dr. Ziho Kang 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).

Post-Doctoral Research Associate

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    Dr. Muhammad Azeem Raza Dr. Raza is Post-Doctoral Research Associate the University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma. His research interests focus on simulation-based training, reverse cognitive engineering of expert performance, and engineering education.

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    Dr. Taye Fajemidupe Dr. Taye is Post-Doctoral Research Associate the University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma. His research interests focus on multiphase flow and production engineering.

Equipment Specialist

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    Jeff McCaskill 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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    Mr. Raj Kiran Mr. Kiran is a graduate student currently pursuing 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 also working as Technical reviewer for Journal of Natural Gas Science and Engineering.

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    Mr. Chinedum Ezeakacha Mr. Ezeakacha is a PhD candidate in Petroleum Engineering at the Mewbourne School of Petroleum and Geological Engineering, the University of Oklahoma. His current 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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    Mr. Harsh Patel 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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    Mr. Shawgi Ahmed 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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    Mr. Mustafa Al-Ramadan Mr. Mustafa is a PhD student. His current research interests focus on the areas of well integrity and dilling engineering.

  • Masters Students

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    Mr. Syed Ali Mehdi Naqvi Mr. Naqvi is a graduate student currently pursuing his MSc in Petroleum Engineering from University of Oklahoma. His current research interests focus on the areas of Human Factors, simulation-based training, and drilling engineering.

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    Mr. Raymos Kimanzi Raymos is a masters student in petroleum engineering department. His current research interests focus on the areas of well integrity and cementing in high temperature and high pressure conditions.

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    Mr. Nabe Konate 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.

Undergraduate Research Assistants

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    Mr. Rivera Reyes Rodrigo Roderigo Reyes is an undergraduate research assistant at the Well Construction Technology Center (WCTC), currently working along graduate students on research involving the cementing process and specifically with Fly-Ash as an alternative concrete.

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    Mr. Steban Ugarte Steban is an undergraduate research assistant working on high temperature rheology.