Dr. Ganesh Thakur,NAE, is a world-renowned expert in reservoir management and oil fields rejuvenation.  He leads a team of scientists to optimize oil recovery and solve real-time oil and gas challenges.

Each member of the team is an expert in their field, from geology to chemical and petroleum engineering.  Read more >>

Members of Dr. Ganesh C. Thakur’s Research Team:

Dr. Peila Chen received his MSc (2011) and a PhD degree (2014) both in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin. He is currently a senior research associate at the Energy Industry Partnerships at University of Houston. Before joining UH, he served as project manager at Intertek Westport Technology Center, and managed the reservoir studies from experimentation to simulation.

Dr. Chen’s expertise and research interest is focused on EOR technology development for conventional and unconventional reservoirs, reservoir fluid characterization, fractured carbonates and integrated reservoir management. He has authored/coauthored 10+ technical papers in multiple areas, and contributed as reviewer for multiple journals. He is an active member of SPE, SPWLA and SCA.

Dr. Zeinab Zargar is currently a postdoc fellow at the Energy Industry Partnerships at the University of Houston. She received her Ph.D. degree (2017) in Petroleum Engineering under the supervision of Dr. Farouq Ali at the University of Calgary. She holds two master’s degrees (with distinction) in Petroleum Engineering and Mathematics of Scientific and Industrial Computation from Iran and the UK respectively. Her key areas of research interest are analytical & numerical modeling of advanced enhanced oil recovery methods and reservoir simulation.

Dr. Zargar also has previous professional work experience in well test interpretation, fluid characterization, material balance calculation/decline curve analysis/reserve estimation, and simulation on field scale in Iran. She is an SPE member and contributes as a peer reviewer in the SPE Journal.

Dr. Sriram Balasubramanian earned his MS and PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Utah.  He is currently a senior research associate at the University of Houston Energy Industry Partnerships.  He has more than ten years’ experience in the oil and gas industry primarily at Chevron.  He is proficient in numerical simulation, especially compositional modeling, PVT fluid characterization, history matching, uncertainty analysis, probabilistic forecasting and discrete fracture network modeling.  He is quite active in SPE, published at multiple conferences and frequently judges SPE student paper contests.

At Chevron, Dr. Sriram’s experience ranged from technology consulting to multiple business units on appraisal, onshore & offshore deep-water asset development, reservoir management of gas condensate reservoirs, waterflooding & CO2 enhanced oil recovery unconventional tight oil development in the Permian Basin (incl. Wolfcamp). In addition, he has instructed multiple in-house courses related to reservoir simulation.