Staff

[Photo of Stephanie Adkins] Stephanie Adkins

Stephanie is a senior engineer, laboratory supervisor, and safety officer specializing in formulation design and chemical structures. She received her PhD in chemical Engineering and has over 10 years' experience working with surfactants for emulsions, foams, and microemulsions. Stephanie is mainly responsible for assisting with the development, optimization, and comparison testing of chemical formulations for a wide variety of reservoir and injection conditions.

[Photo of Chris Britton] Chris Britton

Chris is a senior scientist and laboratory supervisor at UEORS. He is responsible for managing laboratory work including chemical EOR design, experimental execution and experimental capability development. He specializes in challenging EOR environments, including high temperature and high salinity.

[Photo of Chun Huh] Dan Glushko

Dan is a Petroleum Engineer at UEORS who specializes in polymer evaluation, EOR design, and high pressure coreflood experiments. His other experience includes chemical EOR pilot implementation and chemical quality control. His interests are heavy oil recovery, field scale application of EOR, and challenging EOR environments.

[Photo of Gayani Kennedy] Gayani Kennedy

Gayani works as the Office Manager for Ultimate EOR Services. She is responsible for accounting, administration and hospitality. She has 4 years of experience in technical chemical EOR research at UT Austin. Her special research interest is surfactant development and synthesis.

[Photo of Zhitao Li] Zhitao Li

Zhitao is an engineer responsible for reservoir engineering and simulation projects and software development specific to UTCHEM. He received his Ph.D. degree in petroleum engineering from UT-Austin. His areas of interest include chemical EOR, reservoir simulation and modeling, heavy oil recovery, and assisted history matching.

[Photo of Pearson Suniga] Pearson Suniga

Pearson works as a laboratory engineer, where he develops EOR formulations for evaluation and eventual field implementation. He serves as the primary field engineer for UEORS and has assisted in the successful implementation of several ASP pilots. His EOR interests include fractional flow theory, surfactant chemistry and geochemistry, reservoir characterization, and the field scale application of EOR.

[Photo of Eric Trine] Eric Trine

Eric is a laboratory engineer at UEORS responsible for EOR design and coreflood experiments. He is the in-house specialist for high pressure, live oil experimentation, including phase behavior and corefloods. Prior to his position at Ultimate EOR, Eric worked as a laboratory research assistant in Dr. Pope's EOR group at the University of Texas for over two years.

[Photo of Winoto] Winoto

Winoto is an engineer responsible for designing low salinity and wettability alteration experiments. He has B.Eng. and Ph.D. degrees in chemical engineering from University of Surabaya and University of Wyoming, respectively. He spent 5 years working as a research scientist for Professor Norman Morrow. His interests include polymer-supercritical fluid systems phase equilibrium, interfacial phenomena, wettability and special core analysis in oil recovery.


Consultants and Contractors

Amir Alizadeh

Amir is a reservoir engineer at Ultimate EOR Services, where he is primarily responsible for smart waterflooding and enhanced oil recovery in unconventional resources. he received his M.Sc. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Tehran, Iran, in 2006 and his Ph.D. in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Wyoming in 2013. Prior to joining UEORS, he was a postdoctoral research associate and a team leader at the Hess Digital Rock Physics Laboratory at the University of Wyoming, where he worked on various IOR/EOR techniques in conventional and unconventional reservoirs. His main area of expertise is multiphase flow in porous media with focuses on three-phase flow and the underlying pore-level displacement physics. Amir also has considerable hands-on lab experience in performing flow experiments on fractured/non-fractured core samples at reservoir conditions using core-flooding setups integrated with imaging systems.

Esther Barrientes

Esther joined UEORS during the summer of 2018 to cover HR duties. She comes to us with more than 30 years of administrative experience at The University of Texas at Austin.

Jonathan Driver

After completing a bachelor's degree in Chemistry, Jonathan earned his Ph.D. in bioengineering at Rice University in 2011 studying the physics of cellular transport proteins. In 2015, he decided to transition into petroleum engineering under the supervision of Dr. Gary Pope at The University of Texas at Austin, focusing his research on polymer transport in porous media. He joined UEORS in 2017, where he applies his expertise to polymer development, characterization, and associated tertiary recovery projects.

Chun Huh

Dr. Huh joined UEORS as a Senior Technical Consultant, after retiring from the Center for Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin. He received his B.S. degree from Seoul National University, Korea, and Ph.D. degree from the University of Minnesota, both in chemical engineering. Before joining the UT-Austin faculty in January, 2004, he worked as an Engineering Advisor at ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company in Houston for 28 years. Dr. Huh is one of the world's leading experts on surfactant- and polymer-based improved oil recovery (IOR) processes. At UT-Austin, Dr. Huh started research on use of nanoparticles for a wide variety of upstream oil industry applications with over 35 related publications. He received the SPE IOR Pioneer Award in 2012, and is a SPE Distinguished Member.

Nina Loahardjo

Nina worked in the Petrophysics and Surface Chemistry research group headed by Prof. Norman R. Morrow at the University of Wyoming where she received her Ph.D. in Petroleum Engineering. Her work centers on wettability and hydrocarbon recovery with special emphasis on improved oil recovery by waterflooding and spontaneous imbibition. She has extensive experience in routine and special core analysis.

Chrissi Brown Moroney

Chrissi has three decades of experience in the petroleum industry. She has worked in Kazakhstan, England, Indonesia, Kuwait, China, Mexico, and onshore and offshore United States conducting reservoir simulation studies and acquisition evaluations for fields in Angola, Bahrain, Canada, Brazil, Brunei, Azerbaijan, and Qatar. In these studies, she has evaluated EOR and improved oil recovery (IOR) technologies such as surfactant flooding, hydrocarbon miscible floods, nitrogen injection, CO2 injection, high pressure sour gas injection, and horizontal well, big-bore, and multi-lateral well performance. Dr. Moroney is skilled at reserves determination, field development planning, and decision and risk analysis to develop robust project designs that achieve economic benchmarks while minimizing reservoir and economic risks.