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Mukul Sharma

Mukul Sharma

Professor, Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering Department Chair, W.A. "Tex" Moncrief, Jr. Centennial Chair

  • LPhD, Petroleum Engineering, University of Southern California

Dr. Mukul Sharma earned his PhD in petroleum engineering from University of Southern California in 1985. He joined the faculty of The University of Texas at Austin that same year. Dr. Sharma researches natural gas engineering, injection water management, formation damage and petrophysics. He also researches surface and colloid chemistry as well as fluid flow in porous media as it relates to exploration and production of oil and gas. He has researched ways to best inject water into oil wells, a process which forces more oil out of the underground areas where it resides. Sharma has studied methods for combating fractured wells and oily water, both of which result in a decline in injection success. He also aims to improve oil recovery through his study of wetting and spreading (both of which are interactions between a solid and spilled liquid due to surface tension). He is interested in cleaning up damage caused by structural failures including wall-building filter cakes and perforations and preventing such failures by accounting for chemical effects in wellbore stability models.

Dr. Sharma has received a number of teaching and research awards throughout his career from both the University of Texas and independent oil and gas associations. He has published over 130 papers, presented at over 160 conferences, and has 7 patents. In addition to his work at the university, Dr. Sharma has also consulted for a large number of companies and organizations, including Shell, ConocoPhillips, Chevron, Petrobras, Occidental, ENI, Statoil, Halliburton, Schlumberger, Baker-Hughes, CNPC, Total, Anadarko, and the United Nations.

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