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Associate Professor, Mewbourne Professorship in Petroleum Engineering

Office:    SEC 1110

Research interests: Well Construction, Integrity and Safety; Geothermal Energy, Carbon Capture and Utilization, and Subsurface Energy Storage

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  • Ph.D., Petroleum Engineering, Missouri University of Science and Technology, 2012
  • Master, Petroleum Engineering (well construction), Chemical and Petroleum Engineering, Schulich School of Engineering, University of Calgary, 2007 
  • B.Sc., Petroleum Engineering, Petroleum University of Technology, 2003

Currently associate professor of petroleum engineering at Mewbourne School of petroleum and geological engineering. Previously worked as drilling and well engineer in industry, he has more than ten year’s academic experience teaching and delivering university and industry customized courses. While in academia, he has managed more than 6 million academic R&D expenditure. He has more than 100 articles published in scholarly oil and gas journals and refereed conferences. He is recipient of prestigious awards from SPE such SPE Drilling Engineering Award, SPE Health, Safety, Security, Environment, and Social Responsibility and SPE Distinguished Achievement for Petroleum Engineering Faculty award. He has leadership recognition as past chairman of SPE Evangeline section in Louisiana. He currently serves as Co-Chair, Steering and Finance Committee chair for SPE International Conference and Exhibition on Formation Damage Control.

His research interest includes subsurface energy both fossil fuels and renewable such as geothermal energy. Other areas of interest are geological carbon storage, mitigation of surface and subsurface contamination, issues of process safety and environmental protection when developing subsurface energy resources through a combination of experimentation, finite element and fluid dynamics modeling, data analytics and analytical and computational tool development. The long term goal of his research program is to provide viable and sustainable solutions for the protection of environment and enable a sustainable, affordable, and secure energy supply.

  • SPE Distinguished Achievement for Petroleum Engineering Faculty award, 2020
  • SPE Drilling Engineering Award, 2020
  • SPE Health, Safety, Security, Environment, and Social Responsibility, 2018
  • Technical Program Co-Chair, Steering and Finance Committee Member, SPE International Conference and Exhibition on Formation Damage Control, 2015-present
  • SPE International Leadership and Past Chairman Award, 2014
  • Early Career Faculty Researcher of the Year, 2014, College of Engineering, University of Louisiana
  • Chairman, SPE Evangeline Section, Lafayette, LA, 2013-2014
  • Technical Review Appointments
  • 2012-Current Technical Reviewer for several SPE Journals 
  • 2010-current Technical Reviewer for Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering
  • 2013-Current Technical Reviewer for Journal of Natural Gas Science and Engineering
  • 2014-current Technical Reviewer for ASME Journal of Energy Resources Technology

Musaab, E., *Salehi, S., and Li, G., 2020. Loss Circulation Prevention in Geothermal Drilling by Shape Memory Polymer. Geothermics, 190, 201-215.

Kiran, R., Ahmed, R. and *Salehi, S., 2020. Experiments and CFD modelling for two phase flow in a vertical annulus. Chemical Engineering Research and Design, 153, pp.201-211.

Ahmed, S., Patel, H. and *Salehi, S., 2020. Numerical modeling and experimental study of elastomer seal assembly in downhole wellbore equipment: Effect of material and chemical swelling. Polymer Testing, p.106608.

*Salehi, S., Ezeakacha, C.P., Kwatia, G., Ahmed, R. and Teodoriu, C., 2019. Performance Verification of Elastomer materials in corrosive gas and liquid conditions. Elsevier Journal of Polymer Testing.

Ezeakacha C. P. and *Salehi, S. 2019. An Advanced Coupled Rock-fluid Computational Model for Dynamic-radial Mud Filtration with Experimental Validation, Journal of Rock Mechanics and Rock Engineering, Springer, 2019.

Rabbani, A., Jamshidi, S. and *Salehi, S., 2014. An automated simple algorithm for realistic pore network extraction from micro-tomography images. Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering, 123, pp.164-171.

Nygaard, R., *Salehi, S., Weideman, B. and Lavoie, R.G., 2014. Effect of dynamic loading on wellbore leakage for the wabamun area CO2-sequestration project. Journal of Canadian Petroleum Technology, 53(01), pp.69-82.

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