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Office Location: CPE 4.104A

Kamy Sepehrnoori

Professor and Associate Department Chair

Texaco Centennial Chair in Petroleum Engineering

Department Research Areas:
Geologic Carbon Storage
Enhanced Oil Recovery
Reservoir Engineering
Unconventional Resources
Reservoir Simulation
Natural Gas Engineering

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Educational Qualifications:

The University of Texas at Austin, Petroleum Engineering, Ph.D., 1977

The University of Texas at Austin, Engineering, M.S.E., 1974

The University of Texas at Austin, Mechanical Engineering, B.S., 1973

PGE Courses Taught:

Numerical Methods

Engineering Analysis

Numerical Solution of Time Dependent Problems

Formulation and Solution of Geosystems Engineering Problems

Petroleum Fluids


My current research is focused on development and application of compositional reservoir simulators for enhanced oil recovery (UTCHEM, UTCOMP, and GPAS), modeling of asphaltene deposition in reservoirs and wellbores, development and application of reservoir simulators for naturally fracture reservoirs, EOR processes for heavy oil, development and application of reservoir simulators for unconventional resources, development of parallel reservoir simulators, CO2 sequestration. 

Awards & Honors:

SPE Distinguished Achievement Award for Petroleum Engineering Faculty (2020).

SPE Faculty Recruitment Award (2015).

SPE Distinguished Member (2014).

Sigma Gamma Tau

Phi Theta Kappa

Phi Kappa Phi

Outstanding Teaching Award, Graduate School (2004).

Teaching Excellence Award, Student Engineering Council (2003).

Departmental Award for Excellence in Engineering Teaching (2000).

Faculty Excellence Award (1993).

Departmental Award for Excellence in Engineering Teaching (1991).

GIGAFLOP Performance Award, Cray Research, Inc. (1989).

Recipient of Sun Exploration and Production Company Centennial Fellowship (1983 - 1989).

Award of Excellence, Halliburton Education Foundation (September 1984).

Highlighted Publications and Google Scholar Profile:

W. Yu, K. Wu, and K. Sepehrnoori, “A semi-analytical model for production simulation from non-planar hydraulic fracture geometry in tight oil reservoirs,” SPE Journal, accepted.

W. Yu, H.R. Lashgari, K. Wu, and K. Sepehrnoori, “CO2 injection for enhanced oil recovery in Bakken tight oil reservoirs,” Fuel, Vol. 159, pp. 354-363, November 1, 2015.

A.K.N. Korrani, K. Sepehrnoori, and M. Delshad, “Coupling IPhreeqc with UTCHEM to model reactive flow and transport,” Computers & Geosciences, Vol. 82, pp. 152-169, September 2015.

S. Tavassoli, G.A. Pope, and K. Sepehrnoori, “Frontal-Stability Analysis of Surfactant Floods,” SPE Journal, Vol. 20, Issue 03, pp. 471-482, June 2015.

M. Rezaveisi, R.T. Johns, and K. Sepehrnoori, “Application of Multiple-Mixing-Cell Method to Improve Speed and Robustness of Compositional Simulation,” SPE Journal, Vol. 20, Issue 3, pp. 565-578, June 2015.

W. Yu, A.Varavei, and K.Sepehrnoori, “Optimization of Shale Gas Production Using Design of Experiment and Response Surface Methodology,” Energy Sources, Part A:Recovery, Utilization, and Environmental Effects, Vol. 37, Issue 8, March 2015.

M. Haddad and K. Sepehrnoori, “Simulation of Hydraulic Fracturing in Quasi-brittle Shale Formations Using Characterized Cohesive Layer: Stimulation Controlling Factors,” Journal of Unconventional Oil Gas Resources, Vol. 9, pp. 65-83, March 2015.

E.W. Al-Shalabi, K. Sepehrnoori, and M. Delshad, “Simulation of Wettability Alteration by Low-Salinity Water Injection in Waterflooded Carbonate Cores,” Journal of Petroleum Science and Technology, Vol. 33, Issue 5, pp. 604-613, March 2015.

A. Islam, A.K.N. Korrani, K. Sepehrnoori, and T. Patzek, “Effects of geochemical reaction on double diffusive natural convection of CO2 in brine saturated geothermal reservoir,” International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer, Vol. 77, pp. 519-528, October 2014.

W. Yu and K. Sepehrnoori, "Optimization of Multiple Hydraulically Fractured Horizontal Wells in Unconventional Gas Reservoirs," Journal of Petroleum Engineering, vol. 2013, Article ID 151898, 2013. doi: 10.1155/2013/151898.

W.YuandK.Sepehrnoori,"Simulation of Gas Desorption and Geomechanics Effects for Unconventional Gas Reservoirs,"Fuel, Volume 116, pages 455-464, January 15, 2014.

A. Moinfar, A. Varavei, K. Sepehrnoori, and R.T. Johns, "Development of an Efficient Embedded Discrete Fracture Model for 3D Compositional Reservoir Simulation in Fractured Reservoirs," Society of Petroleum Engineers Journal, Volume 19, issue 2, pages 289-303, April 2014.

Conference Proceedings:

R. Ganjdanesh, M. Rezaveisi, G.A. Pope, and K. Sepehrnoori, “Treatment of Condensate and Water Blocks in Hydraulic Fractured Shale Gas-Condensate Reservoirs,” SPE-175145-MS, presented at the SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition, Houston, Texas, 28-30 September 2015.

J.D. Cavalcante Filho, Y. Xu, and K. Sepehrnoori, “Modeling Fishbones Using the Embedded Discrete Fracture Model Formulation: Sensitivity to Analysis and History Matching,” SPE-175124-MS, presented at the SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition, Houston, Texas, 28-30 September 2015.

M. Haddad, A. Sanaei, E.W. Al-Shalabi, and K. Sepehrnoori, “Major Obstacles in Production From Hydraulically Re-Fractured Shale Formations: Reservoir Pressure Depletion and Pore Blockage by the Fracturing Liquid,” SPE-178587/MS/URTeC:2154393, presented at the Unconventional Resources Technology Conference held in San Antonio, Texas, 20-22 July 2015.

H.Darabi and K. Sepehrnoori, “Modeling and Simulation of Near-Wellbore Asphaltene Remediation Using Asphaltene Dispersants,” SPE 173284-MS, presented at the SPE Reservoir Simulation Symposium held in Houston, Texas, 23-25 February 2015.