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Mehrdad Gharib Shirangi

Mehrdad Gharib Shirangi
Title:Ph.D. Student
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Office Location:Green Earth Sci. 125
Research Group:Smart Fields Consortium
Alternative Website:Research website


My main research interest is optimization of reservoir management; this includes production optimization and field development optimization under uncertainty, and data integration.

In optimization of operational settings of existing wells, usually referred to as production optimization, the oil recovery or the net present value (NPV) is maximized by finding an optimal set of parameters for well controls. In well placement optimization, decision parameters include number of producer and injector wells, their locations/trajectory, and their operating conditions. As the reservoir model is uncertain, the optimization is usually performed on a set of realizations that capture the uncertainty in reservoir description. 
I am interested in methods that use the time-dependent reservoir data to make better decisions in field development optimization or production optimization. These methods also allows us to characterize the value of a reservoir based on all available data. 

I am also interested in numerical optimization, inverse problems, uncertainty assessment, and stochastic control.


  • 2011 - Present | Student of PhD in Petroleum Engineering in the ERE department, Stanford University
  • 2011 | Master of Science in Petroleum Engineering, The University of Tulsa
  • 2009 | Bachelor of Science in Petroleum Engineering, Sharif University of Technology, Tehran 
  • 2009 | Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, Sharif University of Technology, Tehran

Honors & Awards

    • 2014 | Recipient of Hossein Kazemi Award from APPIH

    • 2012 |  Recipient of SPE Star Fellowship in the Western North American Region 

    • 2011 | Member of Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society

    • 2004 | Ranked 34th in the nation-wide university entrance examination among 450’000 participants, Iran

Courses Taught

  • Teaching Assistant for "Advanced Reservoir Engineering" taught by Louis Durlofsky.  Spring 2015

  • Teaching Assistant for "Advanced Reservoir Simulation" taught by Louis Durlofsky, Hamdi Tchelepi, Marco Thiele.  Fall 2012


  • 2015 | Shirangi, M. G., Durlofsky, L. J., Closed-loop field development under uncertainty using optimization with sample validation, SPE Journal.

  • 2015 | Shirangi, M. G., Durlofsky, L. J., Closed-loop field development optimization under uncertainty. Paper SPE 173219 presented at SPE Reservoir Simulation Symposium, Houston, Texas, USA.

  • 2014 | Shirangi, M. G., History matching production data and uncertainty assessment with an efficient TSVD parameterization algorithm, Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering 113, 54–71 

  • 2012 | Shirangi, M. G., Mukerji, T., Retrospective optimization of well controls under uncertainty using kernel clustering, SCRF group meeting.

  • 2011 | Shirangi, M. G., History matching production data with truncated SVD parameterization, MS thesis, University of Tulsa.

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