Cockrell School of Engineering
The University of Texas at Austin

Masa Prodanovic

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Assistant Professor

Chevron Centennial Teaching Fellow in Petroleum Engineering

Phone: (512) 471-0839
Office: CPE 5.118B

Personal Website:

Research Areas: Fundamental Processes; Integrated Reservoir Characterization; Nanoparticle Engineering for Subsurface Processes; Unconventional Resources

Educational Qualifications:
Ph.D., Computational Applied Mathematics and Statistics, State University of New York at Stony Brook, 2005

PGE Courses Taught:
PGE 381M (Transport Phenomena)

PGE334/PGE383 (Reservoir Geomechanics)

PGE310 (Formation and Solution of Geosystems Engineering Problems)

PGE 383 Image Analysis for Porous Media and Scientific Visualization

Maša Prodanović holds a Bachelor of Science in Applied Mathematics from the University of Zagreb, Croatia and a PhD in Computational Applied Mathematics from Stony Brook University, New York, USA. She had held a Research Associate position, as well as prestigious J.T. Oden Postdoctoral Fellowship prior to her current post. Dr Prodanović's research interests include multiphase flow and image‐based porous media characterization especially applied to heterogeneous media, level set method, ferrohydrodynamics, sediment mechanics/fracturing and unconventional resources. View her digital rocks portal to see this research in action. She also taught and organized successful short courses on image analysis and related modeling in July 2011, May 2013 and May 2014.

Awards & Honors:
Chevron Centennial Teaching Fellow in Petroleum Engineering, September 2015

SPE Faculty Innovative Teaching Award, 2014.

InterPore Procter & Gamble Award for Porous Media Research, 2014.

NSF CAREER Award (NSF Directorate of Earth Sciences), February 2013.

Pioneer Corporation Faculty Fellowship in Petroleum Engineering, September 2012-2015.

Summer Research Assignment 2011 Award for tenure-track faculty, University of Texas at Austin.

SPE Annual Technical Conference 2009 and Exhibition Outstanding Young Professional Paper.

Highlighted Publications:

S. Ghanbarzadeh, M.A. Hesse, M. Prodanović, and J.E. Gardner (2015). Deformation-assisted fluid percolation in rock salt. Science 350, 1069–1072.

M. Mirabolghasemi, M. Prodanović, D. DiCarlo, and H. Ji, "Prediction of empirical properties using direct pore-scale simulation of straining through 3D microtomography images of porous media," Journal of Hydrology, Volume 529 (3), October 2015, 768-–778.

A. Tokan-Lawal, M. Prodanović, and P. Eichhubl, "Investigating flow properties of partially cemented fractures in Travis Peak Formation using image-based pore scale modeling," Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth, published online September 2015. Doi:10.1002/2015JB012045

S. Ghanbarzadeh, M. Prodanović and M. Hesse. "Percolation and grain boundary wetting in anisotropic texturally equilibrated pore networks", Physical Review Letters 113, 048001, 2014.

A. Mehmani and M. Prodanović, "The Application of Sorption Hysteresis in Nano-petrophysics Using Multiscale Multiphysics Network Models", International Journal of Coal Geology 128-129, pp. 96-108, 2104.

E. Jettestuen, J. O. Helland and M. Prodanović. A level set method for simulating capillary-controlled displacements at the pore scale with nonzero contact angles, Water Resources Research, VOL. 49, 1–17, doi:10.1002/wrcr.20334, 2013.

A. Mehmani, M. Prodanović and F. Javadpour, Multiphysics, multiscale modeling of shale matrix gas flow, Transport in Porous Media, 2013, pp.1–14. doi:10.1007/s11242-013-0191-5.

M. Prodanović, S. L. Bryant and J.S. Davis, "Numerical simulation of diagenetic alteration and its effect on residual gas in tight gas sandstones", Transport in Porous Media, vol. 96, Issue 1 (2013), pp. 39-62, DOI: 10.1007/s11242-012-0072-3.

J. Chu, B. Engquist, M. Prodanović and Y-H Tsai. "A multiscale method coupling network and continuum models in porous media I - single phase flow", SIAM Multiscale Modeling and Simulation Journal, Vol. 10, 515 (2012).

A. Rahmani, M. Prodanović, S. L. Bryant and C. Huh."Quasi-static analysis of a ferrofluid blob in a capillary tube", Journal of Applied Physics, Vol. 111, 074901 (2012).

E. Rodriquez-Pin, M. Prodanović and S. L. Bryant, "Contact Line Extraction and Length Measurements in Model Sediments and Sedimentary Rocks", Journal of Colloid and Interface Science368 (1), 2012, pp 558-577.

M. Prodanović and S.L. Bryant. A level set method for computing critical curvatures for drainage and imbibition. Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, 304 (2006) 442--458.

M. Prodanović, W.B. Lindquist and R.S. Seright. Porous structure and fluid partitioning in polyethylene cores from 3D X-ray microtomographic imaging. Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, 298 (2006), 282—297.

M. Prodanović, W.B. Lindquist, and R.S. Seright. 3D image-based characterization of fluid displacement in a Berea core. Advances in Water Resources 30(2) (2007), 214--226.