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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 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. Applications of my research have been in modeling and simulation of induced seismicity, subsidence, hydraulic fracturing, enhanced oil recovery, and reservoir characterization. Prior to a career in academia, I worked in the E&P (exploration and production), oilfield services, and consulting sectors of the petroleum industry.

Research Summary


I am interested in coupled multi-physics processes of flow, transport, and mechanical deformation in porous media. 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.
My research group (GEM Lab) studies the physics and mathematics of geophysical fluid flows and rock deformation. We create theoretical and computational tools to investigate these multi-physics processes and address engineering challenges related to energy and the environment. Our work is at the intersection of petroleum engineering, geophysics, hydrogeology, and computational mechanics.

Awards


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