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Akhil Datta-Gupta, PhD

University Distinguished Professor
Department of Petroleum Engineering
Member National Academy of Engineering, 2012

Understanding fluid flow and transport in the subsurface is critical for hydrocarbon recovery, groundwater management, environmental remediation and sequestration of greenhouse gases. Dr. Akhil Datta-Gupta’s technical interests are in the theory and practice of efficient numerical simulation schemes for modeling and visualization of fluid flow and transport in high resolution geologic models, performance assessment of conventional and unconventional (tight gas and shale gas/oil) hydrocarbon reservoirs and geologic carbon sequestration. His research areas include 3-D streamline simulation and fast marching methods for petroleum reservoir development, optimal placement of wells, reservoir management/ monitoring and maximizing hydrocarbon recovery from matured oil fields. A prerequisite to fluid flow modeling is subsurface characterization and imaging through integration of geological, petrophysical, seismic and multiphase flow data. Dr. Datta-Gupta’s research also involves stochastic reservoir characterization, data assimilation and model calibration via inverse modeling and uncertainty quantification for subsurface flow and transport models. He directs the industry research consortium at Texas A&M ‘Model Calibration and Efficient Reservoir Imaging (MCERI)’ supported by multiple oil/gas and service companies. Among his numerous honors are the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) Honorary Membership, the highest technical award given by the Society and the U.S. Department of Energy Award for Outstanding Contributions to Basic Research in Geosciences.  He was elected to the U.S. National Academy of Engineering in 2012 for ‘developing the theory of practice of streamline simulation for fluid flow in heterogeneous reservoirs’. The 3-D streamline simulation technology has been rapidly assimilated by the petroleum industry for highly detailed flow visualization, simulation and model calibration. Dr. Akhil Datta-Gupta received his B.S. in petroleum engineering at the Indian School of Mines in Dhanbad, India and his M.S. and Ph.D. in petroleum engineering at The University of Texas at Austin.