Philip H. Winterfeld

Research Associate Professor, Petroleum Engineering

Philip Winterfeld

Dr. Phil Winterfeld is a research associate professor in the Petroleum Engineering Department at the Colorado School of Mines. He has a B.S. degree from MIT (1976) and a Ph.D. degree from the University of Minnesota (1981), both in chemical engineering. He a part of the Energy Modeling Group (EMG) that is headed by Professor Yu-Shu Wu, and is a registered Professional Engineer in the state of Colorado.

At Colorado School of Mines, Dr. Winterfeld has been developing reservoir models for simulating coupled thermal/hydrological/mechanical processes in fractured and porous media. These simulators have been applied to issues pertaining to CO2 geological sequestration in deep saline aquifers, such as formation storage capacity and caprock stability, and to modeling fluid flow, tracer transport, and geomechanics in enhanced geothermal systems. He has also developed a hydraulic fracturing simulator for application to unconventional reservoirs.

Dr. Winterfeld has over twenty-five years of experience in the petroleum industry. He worked at Marathon Oil Company’s Petroleum Technology Center, formerly located in Littleton, Colorado, where he formulated, coded, and ran numerous production operation simulators and carried out full-field simulation studies on various types of reservoirs. Dr. Winterfeld has also earned academic certificates in object-oriented programming and computational biology from local universities.


  • PhD, Chemical Engineering, University of Minnesota
  • BS, Chemical Engineering, MIT

Research Interests

Numerical simulation, flow and transport phenomena in porous media, and computer software development.


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