Dr. Kazemi

Dr. Kazemi

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contaminate the aquifers, it is surely not migrating past those aquifers to the atmosphere. Another issue that has moved to the forefront is induced seismicity. We believe that if there is a linkage between injection wells and induced seismicity a pressure signature may be recognized at the injection well. We need to find operators that would be willing to equip their injection wells with high resolution downhole pressure gauges to look for this relationship. If analysis of the data can identify precursor events, this may allow the injection well operations to be modified to prevent or reduce the energy associated with seismicity, which could be really important if it could reduce the energy associated with large seismic events, such as those pending in areas like California.

I have continued to work on the commercialization potential of my research, and I am shepherding several inventions through the patent process with the school. We have several technologies ready for commercialization in the area of frac sleeves, annular seal verification without CBL’s and turbines

Dr. Fleckenstein at the MLK Breakfast with Carlotta LaNier—a key figure in the

Civil Rights Movement and youngest of the Little Rock Nine.

for horizontal well applications. I have enjoyed my travels this year in the US, Spain and the Middle East and appreciate the hospitality of the CSM alums I have met.

I hope everyone has had a wonderful year and I look forward to seeing many of you at the SPE ATCE in Dubai this fall.

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the new equipment. Of course, we have a long way to go before we will be able to utilize the equipment. Nonetheless, I can see the light at the end of the tunnel.

Specifically, I plan to work with Professor Xiaolong Yin to use the equipment for research studies on phase behavior in nano and micro-scale porous media. Another possible application of the equipment will be to use the PVT cell as the front end of a core flooding system to saturate cores with live oil at the reservoir pressure and temperature conditions.

Dr. Kazemi playing in an Over-65 International Soccer Tournament in mid-July.

It is late-July 2016 and, sadly, summer break is approaching its end. I am enjoying the summer break immensely because I am spending quality time working on topics of interest to me, and it has allowed me to upgrade my classroom lectures and homework assignments for the coming academic year.

Academics: One specific area of focus this summer was overseeing the installation and testing of the new PVT cell which took ten months to build in France by a French subsidiary of Core Lab, Inc. The generous and gracious funding for the cell came from Western Holm Corporation in California. For the installation, I was incredably gratified to see Somayeh Karimi and Ilkay Eker, along with Joe Chen and Ken Benching of Surtek, dedicate a month of their time to learning and testing

In addition to research activity, I taught four graduate courses: Reservoir Simulation I, Enhanced Oil Recovery, Compositional Modeling, and Carbonate Reservoirs (the last course was co- taught with Professor Rick Sarg in the Geology Department).

Travel: Because of the industry’s business climate, I did not travel much last year. Nonetheless, in late March, I accompanied Dr. Erdal Ozkan on a visit to Kuwait, Daharan, and Abu Dhabi in pursuit of building a stronger academic and research relationships with our friends in these key Middle East countries. You should know that this trip was a brainchild of Erdal and I believe it was very worthwhile because we have already seen reciprocity by our colleagues from KFUPM (King Fahad University of Petroleum and Minerals), and we have had several new discussions with our colleagues from Kuwait and the Petroleum Institute in Abu Dhabi. I also attended the 2015 ATCE in Houston.

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