2013 | Amit Suman: Joint inversion of production and time-lapse seismic data: application to Norne field, Ph.D.
2012 | Piyapa Dejtrakulwong: Rock physics and seismic signature of sub-resolution sand-shale systems, Ph.D.
2012 | Choudhary, Manish: Generation of multiple history match models using multistart optimization, M.S., Shell India.
2010 | Sain, Ratnanabha: Numerical simulation of pore-scale heterogeneity and its effects on elastic, electrical and transport properties, Ph.D., Exxonmobil
2010 | Richa R: Preservation of Transport properties trends: Computational Rock Physics Approach, Ph.D. BP
The focus of my research, with students and colleagues, has been on integrating rock physics, geostatistics and wave propagation, and their broad applications in reservoir characterization and monitoring. Over the years, I have been involved in the research activities of different industrial consortia - Stanford Rock Physics and Borehole Geophysics (SRB), Stanford Center for Reservoir Forecasting (SCRF), which I currently co-direct, Basin and Petroleum System Modeling (BPSM) and Smart Fields Consortium (SFC). My research uses theoretical, computational, and statistical models, to discover and understand fundamental relations between geophysical data and reservoir properties, to quantify uncertainty in our models, and to address value of information for decision making under uncertainty. I am particularly interested in forging links between research disciplines in geosciences, engineering, and management sciences. I believe such research links across traditional boundaries are critical for the future of energy resources research.
My courses for advanced undergraduates and graduates introduce students to mathematical methods for modeling, data analysis, and simulation using modern high-level software. The students come not only from the School of Earth Sciences but also from engineering, and biology. I continue to co-teach graduate level courses on rock physics and practice of geostatistics and seismic data integration. With my co-authors, I have written The Rock Physics Handbook and Quantitative Seismic Interpretation. These books are valuable resources for students, and researchers, and have been used as course material for university and industry courses. I enjoy advising and mentoring graduate students in their research work. Of course, one of the special rewards of teaching students is that I often learn as much from them as they do from me!
Co-director SCRF (2008-present); associate editor, Computers and Geosciences (2011-present), associate editor, Geophysics, (2001-present); Karcher Award, Society of Exploration Geophysics, (2000); invited instructor, Mathematical Geophysics Summer School, Stanford, (2001); co-chair, technical committee, 11th Venezuelan Geophysical Congress, (2002); proposal review, Department of Energy and American Chemical Society (2003-present); manuscript review for professional journals; member, AAAS, AGU, SEG
Rock physics, geostatistics, and wave propagation