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Monday, August 15, 2016 - Chong Ahn and Oliver Chang walked across the stage after completed doctoral dissertations on hydraulic fracture propagation modeling in shale oil/gas reservoirs. Chong has started working in Kansas and Oliver in Texas.

 

Monday, May 16, 2016 - Kelvin Abaa completed his doctoral dissertations on impact of fracture fluids and additives in tight sands, including slickwater, linear gel, crosslined gel, methanol and surfactants. Kelvin will be working in California.

 

Monday, July 20, 2015 - Maxian Seales completed his doctoral dissertations on hydraulic fracture cleanup in shale gas reservoirs and is now working at major oil company in Houston, Texas.

 

Friday, December 12, 2014 - Jiahang and Chigozie completed their doctoral dissertations on fracture damage analysis and reserves respectively and are now working at major oil-field services companies in Houston, Texas. Ozgur just finished his research on evaluating gas shale and will start working at Turkish Petroleum next month.

 

Monday, July 22, 2013 - Ten 'doctors' at PSU 3S Laboratory visited field production operations of Marcellus shale gas well (about 150 miles southwest of PSU) and examined outcrop rocks including Marcellus shale, Utica shale, Oriskany sandstone, and carbonate in central Pennsylvania. A few students got the chance to taste clays! These trips help one understand physics of field operations, rocks, natural fractures, and geological structures, which in turn help produce first-class research in the lab. We thank these follows for taking their valuable time to host these trips: Bruce Grindle and Kelly of Oil and Gas Management, Inc., Daniel Hopekins and Bart Walker of Burnett Oil Company, Inc. and Professor Duff Gold!
2013 PSU 3S Laboratory field trip

 

Friday, February 22, 2013 - Mr. Aniefiok Udoh investigated the effectiveness of well stimulation in the Bakken formation of North Dakota by reviewing 6,000 Bakken wells and conducting statistical, engineering, and economic analyses on selected 150 wells. His work indicated that there exists an optimal well completion and stimulation in the Bakken formation. He passed his MS thesis defense today and will be working as a field engineer in the area of well intervention at Welltec, Inc. in San Antonio, Texas, USA. Keep up the good work, Aniefiok!

 

Wednesday, December 12, 2012 - After three and half years of petroleum research at 3S, Gun-ho Kim will start working as an engineer and a manager in Drilling System Engineering (subsea) for Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering, Inc. in Seoul, South Korea. Congratulations, Daniel!

 

Monday, November 26, 2012 - Chong Ahn passed his MS thesis defense on the topic of 'Modeling of Hydraulic Fracture Network Propagation in Shale Gas Reservoirs'. Chong decided to further his study at the doctoral level in petroleum engineering at PSU.

 

Tuesday, November 6, 2012 - Wenting Yue, E Ojeifo, and Yi Wang passed their MS thesis defenses on November 5th, September 26th, and September 11th respectively. Congratulations and way to go!

 

Tuesday, July 3, 2012 - Hang Li passed his MS thesis defense today and will be working as a full-time engineer in the area of well stimulation for a company in Houston, Texas. A recent 3S alumni Mr. Phani Kiran Pamidimukkala will start working as a field stimulation engineer for U.S. Well Services in West Virginia.

 

Thursday, June 28, 2012 - Dr. John Wang is serving as editor-in-chief for the Journal of Unconventional Oil and Gas Resources. The journal is to provide world-class scientific coverage of recent advances of knowledge and practices in the area of evaluation, stimulation and development of unconventional resources for researchers and practicing petroleum engineers. An attempt is made to bridge the gap between theoretical knowledge and field development of unconventional resources, such as tight gas, shale gas, tight oil, coalbed methane, gas hydrate, etc.

 

Monday, May 21, 2012 - John Wang led 22 Penn State engineering and geosciences students for a field trip in the Shell camp from May 14-18, 2012. The students visited Shell Oil Company in downtown New Orleans, Lousiania and had the opportutinies to see the real-time drilling operations, real-time production surveillance, and G&G modeling of the giant reservoirs in the Gulf of Mexico.
2012 PSU Shell camp

 

Tuesday, May 1, 2012 - Quan Gan and Phani Kiran Pamidimukkala passed their MS thesis defenses on April 5th and April 10th, 2012 respectively. Way to go!

 

Wednesday, June 29, 2011 - Kelvin Abaa passed his MS thesis defense on May 04, 2011. He will be working as a full-time stimulation engineer with Schlumberger in Midland, Texas.

 

Tuesday, June 7, 2011 - The first version of our well management software package, named as PSUWELL, was released in May 2011. More information could be found in the user instruction here. manual

 

Thursday, May 12, 2011 - PNG 597 Well Stimulation class had a field trip to visit a Marcellus shale gas well (about 40 miles from PSU) in Centre county, Pennsylvania. Thus, the students could make a connection between real field operations and theoretical knowledge of hydraulic fracturing learned in class. We thank Enerplus Energy, especially Ms. Sally Rautio, for hosting such a field trip!
2011 Well Stimulation class field trip

 

Monday, April 18, 2011 - John Wang's paper entitled 'Modeling Fracture Fluid Cleanup in Tight Gas Wells' is being considered for SPE 2011 Cedric K. Ferguson Medal.

 

April 15, 2011 - Caleb Conrad will be working as a completion engineer (intern) with Baker Hughes in Midland, Texas during summer 2011.

 

Thursday, April 7, 2011 - Tushar Vatsa passed his MS thesis defense today and will be working as an engineer in Houston, Texas.

 

Wednesday, March 23, 2011 - Richard Olawoyin passed his MS thesis defense today and he decided to continue his doctoral study at PSU.

 

Tuesday, November 16, 2010 - Daniel Kim passed his MS thesis defense and will continue his doctoral research on interpretation of hydraulic fracture propagation in tight gas and shale gas reservoirs.

 

Monday, November 15, 2010 - Tunde Osholake Jr. passed his MS thesis defense.

 

Thursday, October 28, 2010 - PNG 491 Capstone Petroleum Engineering design class had a field trip to visit a Oriskany gas field (about 90 miles from PSU) in Lycoming county, Pennsylvania. Thus, the students got to know the real wells and learn field operations, which help improve their well completion design in class. We thank East Resources, especially Mr. Paul Dudenas, for taking the time to host such a field trip and help our students! We are also very happy to have Dr. Robert Watson in the team.
PNG 491 2010 field trip

 

Friday, October 22, 2010 - Penn State 3S Laboratory 2010 annual meeting was held successfully with 48 registered participants on the University Park campus.
Penn State 3S Laboratory 2010 Annual Meeting