July 7, 2008
Mehran Pooladi-Darvish is an Associate Professor of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering at the Schulich School of Engineering. He is also a technical advisor with Fekete Associates Inc.
Dr. Pooladi-Darvish holds a Bachelor of Science from Amir Kabir University of Tech, Iran (1989), a Masters of Science from the University of Petroleum Industry, Iran (1992), and a PhD from the University of Alberta (1995).
Dr. Pooladi-Darvish’s research interests are in various areas of reservoir engineering including gas production from gas-hydrate reservoirs, modelling and understanding long-term issues of CO2 sequestration, solution-gas drive in heavy oil reservoirs, and recovery mechanisms in naturally fractured reservoirs. Together with his research group, he has focused on developing a numerical reservoir simulator to study gas production from hydrate reservoirs and investigating the feasibility of the depressurization method. His research group was involved in the study of the first set of comprehensive production data from a hydrate reservoir gathered from the Mallik 5L-38 well in the Northwest Territories.
He is the recipient of a number of awards including: Distinguished Author of the Journal of Petroleum Technology (2004); Teaching Excellence Award, Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering (2004); Students’ Union Teaching Excellence Award (2001-2002); Chemical and Oil and Gas Engineering Professor of the Year (2001-2002); Best Paper Award 2000 from the Journal of Canadian Petroleum Technology, “Experiments and Modelling of Water Injections in Water-Wet Fractured Porous Media” (2000); and Best Paper Award 2005 from the Journal of Canadian Petroleum Technology, “Simulation of Depressurization for Gas Production from Hydrate Reservoirs.”