2015, followed by Jingwei Huang in January 2016, whose MS thesis was on the simulation of two-phase flows in porous media. Finally, Angela Dang defended her MS work on a Niobrara tracer study in April 2016. She also won the student paper competition in the Rocky Mountain Region and will attend the final contest at the upcoming SPE ATCE. I currently advise five PhD students and one MS student, and our research projects cover computational studies of phase behavior and fluid flow through porous media, microfluidic and nanofluidic measurements of phase transition and multiphase flows, and simulations of particulate flows and heat / mass transfer.
Dr. Yin on top of Mt. Evans.
Last year, I did not teach at Mines. Instead, I took sabbatical leave at two institutions. I first visited Peking University for six months and worked with the unconventional oil and gas research group there in the department of Energy and Resource Engineering. Their studies cover a wide range of topics from molecular simulations, modeling of hydraulic fracturing, to production forecast of unconventional oil and gas. During my six-month stay in China I also visited several other research institutions – China University of Petroleum, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Tsinghua University and Tianjin University. After I returned to the US in February, I spent three months at Princeton University. Using the opportunity of being in America’s Northeast, I also visited colleagues at University of Florida and Old Dominion. This is a year in which I travelled a lot of miles!
In spite of all these travels, I am glad to note that my students have done quite well without me at their side. Ziming Zhu defended his MS thesis on modeling of filtration in December
I want to use this opportunity to thank the generous gifts from companies, friends, and alumni in the past few years, specifically from Mr. Fred Holmes and Mrs. Barbara Holmes whom our PVT Research and Fluid Characterization Laboratory is now named after. With their help, the capability of PVT & Fluid Lab has been significant increased. Now every conventional fluid properties and phase behaviors at high pressure and temperature conditions can be performed. We are also investigating how to measure and understand fluid properties and fluid flows in unconventional reservoirs. This lab is now providing a strong support to Mines PE’s reservoir engineering research.
The course that I have taught for six years, from 2009 to 2014, PEGN 310 Reservoir Fluid Properties, is going to see a face-lift in Fall 2016. Specifically, this course will assimilate PEGN 413 that used to be a separate course for seniors. The number of credit will increase from two to three, and a Lab session will be incorporated into the curriculum. In Fall 2016, this course will be taught as an “experimental” under course number PEGN 398. Currently, we (Linda, Mansur and myself) are updating course materials to prepare for the upcoming “trial”. We are excited and eager to see the outcome of this new course, so that we can excel it when it is formally delivered in Fall 2017.
Some of our many PE graduates in spring of 2016.