Current Team

Wen Song | CV | Google Scholar | LinkedIn

I am an Assistant Professor in the Hildebrand Department of Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering at UT Austin.  My research focuses on understanding and leveraging the fundamental micro/nanoscale transport dynamics that dictate subsurface energy and environmental resources.  My key contributions towards addressing the grand challenge of supplying reliable, sustainable energy to society include pioneering the field of real-rock microfluidics to enable direct, real-time, pore-scale visualization of transport dynamics in micro/nanofluidic systems with representative geometric and chemical characteristics.  Alongside research, I am also passionate about education and service; I teach PGE 383: Small-Scale Fluid Flow and PGE 323K: Reservoir Engineering I, and served as President of the Stanford Energy Club previously.  I obtained my Ph.D. in Energy Resources Engineering and Ph.D. minor in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University.  

Artur Davletshin | Ph.D. Student | Google Scholar | LinkedIn

Artur Davletshin is a first-year PhD student in in the Hildebrand Department of Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering at UT Austin. Prior to arriving at Austin, he earned the master’s degrees in materials science at Ufa State Aviation Technical University and in petroleum engineering at Ufa State Petroleum Technological University with a focus on numerical simulation of the usage chemical enhanced recovery methods in high-salinity water conditions. He has four years of experience at the Research and Developing Institute LLC BashNIPIneft as a part of LLC Rosneft research complex, where he worked as an Engineer in Laboratory of Petrophysics, investigating complex clay materials, and since 2017 as a Senior Reservoir Engineer responsible for projecting new oil field’s development plans. His current research directed to investigation fundamental pore-scale transport dynamics.

Sheila Gerardo | Ph.D. Student | LinkedIn

I am a M.S. student in petroleum engineering in the Hildebrand Department of Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering at UT Austin. I completed my B.S. degree in petroleum engineering in the Mewbourne School of Petroleum and Geological Engineering at OU in December 2018, where I integrated Dr. Mashhad Fahes’ wettability research team for 1+ years. My research interests include enhanced oil recovery processes and rock-fluid interactions at a nano-scale level. Alongside research, I thoroughly enjoy serving my fellow peers and local communities. During the 2016-2017 academic year I served as the international liaison for the Society of Petroleum Engineers- OU Chapter, and I led the Oil and Gas Exploration track at the Ronnie K. Irani Center for the Creation of Economic Wealth at OU in Fall 2018.

Chizoba Obasi | Ph.D. Student | LinkedIn


In spring 2018, I attained a Bachelors of Science in chemical engineering with a minor in mathematics from The University of Texas at Austin. I had the opportunity of working as an undergraduate research assistant in Dr. Keith Johnston’s group for a year and half. Primarily, I worked with Dr. Muhammad Iqbal on iron oxide nanoparticles (IONPs) focusing on scalable and reproducible IONP synthesis with emphasis on high susceptibility, high crystallinity and surface stability for sub-surface electromagnetic imaging. Some of my duties included IONPs synthesis, silica coating of the nanoparticle samples, and relevant characterizations – sample size, Fe3O4 concentration, particle surface charge, substrate adsorbance propensity – of the IONP samples to understand and improve sample stability especially in high salinity and temperature conditions. I was also an academic tutor for transport phenomena in fall 2015. In summer 2016, I had the opportunity of studying nanotechnology innovation in Barcelona through a study abroad program. For 6 months (Jan 2017 - Jun 2017), I served as a chemical engineering co-op intern for MPR Associates, an energy and power consulting firm. I also served as the professional development chair for NSBE (National Society of Black Engineers) for the 2016-2017 school year.


In summary, I am a chemical engineering undergraduate with a math minor with various experiences as a one-year plus undergraduate researcher, a six-month energy power consulting engineering intern, a one-month study abroad nanotechnology innovation student, a one-semester transport phenomena tutor, and a one-year NSBE professional development officer.

David Fukuyama | Ph.D. Student | LinkedIn

I am a third year PhD candidate in the Hildebrand Department of Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering at UT Austin. I am interested in linking pore- and macro-scale behavior of both methane and carbon dioxide hydrate. Through micromodel experiments and reservoir-scale simulations, I study the broader impact of hydrate pore habit and localized phase behavior on marine hydrate systems. As pore-scale behavior of hydrates in porous media play a significant role in determining reservoir-scale phenomena, I aim to properly parameterize and link phase behavior at multiple scales.

Shunxiang Xia | Ph.D. Student | Google Scholar | LinkedIn

I am a PhD student in the Hildebrand Department of Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering at UT Austin. Prior to arriving at Austin, I earned a Master degree in Petroleum Engineering at the University of Houston and a PhD degree in Bioproduct and Biosystem Engineering at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities. I have wide research interests in the energy areas and have conducted several projects including carbon sequestration, pipeline assurance, and renewable energy production.  My current research directed to the investigation of the hydrocarbon recovery process based on the novel microfluidic platform.








Jack Strawson | UT Austin | LinkedIn

Numerical Modeling of Nanoparticle-Fluid Interactions.

SURI research student, 2020 at UT Austin

Jason Fan | UT Austin | LinkedIn

Particle Image Velocimetry in Microfluidic Systems.

SURI research student, 2020 at UT Austin

Hunter Harmuth | UT Austin | LinkedIn

Machine Learning-Based Image Processing of Geological Systems.

Undergraduate research student, 2020 at UT Austin

Jaehun (Eric) Yoon | UT Austin | LinkedIn

Spectroscopic Imaging of Chemical Species in Microfluidic devices.

Undergraduate research student, 2019 at UT Austin

Xuefei (Sophie) Zhao | UT Austin | LinkedIn

Undergraduate research student, 2019 at UT Austin

Emma Li | The Harker School

Fractal dimensions of fluid fingering in Hele-Shaw cells.

High School research student, 2018 at Stanford University

Raja Ramesh | Stanford University | LinkedIn

Nanofabrication of  micromodels for fluid-mineral interactions visualization.

Undergraduate research student, 2017 at Stanford University

Donnique Sherman | West Virginia University | LinkedIn

Low salinity brine-clay interactions in kaolinite-functionalized micromodels.    

SURGE Diversity Program Undergraduate research student, 2015 at Stanford University

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