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Birendra Jha

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Assistant Professor

Education

  • Masters, Petroleum Engineering, Stanford University
  • PhD, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology



Biography


I am a computational geoscientist and a petroleum engineer. I received my masters in Petroleum Engineering from Stanford University and my PhD in Civil and Environmental Engineering from MIT. I have worked for more than six years in the oil and gas industry as a reservoir engineer. My experience is in waterfloods, CO2 floods, tight gas, and solution-gas drive reservoirs in US, India, and New Zealand.

Research Summary


I am interested in coupled multi-physics processes of flow, transport, and mechanical deformation in porous media. Applications are in the areas of enhanced oil recovery, groundwater remediation, induced seismicity, and microfluidics. I emphasize a mathematical and computational approach in studying geophysical systems to identify the dominant coupling mechanisms and expressing them in the form of reduced-order models.

Awards


  • 2014 Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering, MIT Best Doctoral Thesis Award
  • 2010 Hydrology American Geophysical Union Outstanding Student Paper Award, Fall Meeting
  • 2009 Hydrology American Geophysical Union Outstanding Student Paper Award, Fall Meeting
  • 2009 Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering, MIT Schoettler Fellowship
  • 2008 Occidental Oil and Gas Performance award for leading with an original development strategy
  • 2003 Schlumberger Top Contributor award for Knowledge-In-Action
  • 2002 Geological and Metallurgical Institute of India Oil India Medal from Mining
  • 2001 Indian School of Mines Gold Medal in Petroleum Engineering, Srinivasan Gold Medal, SBM Gold Medal in Offshore Drilling Design and Production
Departments
  • Mork Family Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science

Office
  • HED 306
  • Hedco Pertroleum and Chemical Engineering Building
  • 925 Bloom Walk, Los Angeles, CA 90089

Phone
  • (213) 740-9578

Email
  • bjha@usc.edu


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