Mahdi Haddad

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Austin, TX, USA
Honor Society Member
UT Austin ( December-2015 )
I am a PhD candidate in Petroleum Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin. I am working with Dr. Sepehrnoori on the simulation of hydraulic fracturing. Also, I have developed strong research background in coupling geomechanics models with reservoir simulators in our research group. I am interested in numerical methods such as Finite Element Method, Finite Volume Method, and finite Difference Method in fluid and solid mechanics problems. My current work is more focused on fracture mechanics and simulating the fluid-solid interactions using ABAQUS and STAR-CCM+ softwares. Using CZM model in Abaqus, I have published two technical papers in SCC2014 and URTeC2014 conferences on the simulation of multiple-stage hydraulic fracturing. Moreover, I am investigating new capabilities in Abaqus on how to attain a more rigorous solution for the fracture propagation direction using the XFEM-based CZM model.
Intended Job Path
My ultimate job goal is to work in an interdisciplinary research group in one of the major oil companies such as Chevron, Exxon, BP, and ConocoPhillips in Houston, TX.
Grad School Interests
I am interested in exploring new technologies for the enhancement of production from unconventional oil and gas resources. In order to achieve this goal, I chose Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering Department at The University of Texas at Austin, one of the top three schools in my major.
Honors & Awards
Recipient: The University of Texas at Austin Graduate Research Assistantship Scholarship
Spring 2011 till now
ARMA, AAPG, AIPG, and SPE member
Petroleum Engineering societies
Recipient: Ben H. Caudle Endowed Excellence Fund
In the honor of the 2nd place in 2013 Simple Concepts Contest in the Department of Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin
Recipient: George J. Heuer, Jr. PhD Endowed Graduate Fellowship
Fall 2013
Ranked 2nd among 50 M.Sc. students in Energy Conversion
December 2009
Ranked 5th among Mechanical Engineering Department Alumni of B.Sc. studies
September 2007
Credited for merit based entrance to Energy Conversion M.Sc. Program amongst 150 Mechanical Engineering seniors at Sharif University of Technology
November 2006
Qualified in “Dual Major Program” from Chemical and Petroleum Engineering Dept. of Sharif University of Technology
January 2004
Recipient: Scholarship of National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC) to dual degree students
December 2003
Ranked 277th amongst nearly 400,000 participants in the university entrance exam for B.Sc. degree
September 2002
The University of Texas at Austin
PhD in Petroleum Engineering
2011 to 2015
Sharif University of Technology
M.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering-Energy Conversion
2007 to 2009
Sharif University of Technology
B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering
2002 to 2007
Sharif University of Technology
B.Sc. in Petroleum Engineering
2002 to 2007
Job Experience
Sharif Energy Research Institute
March, 2010 to November, 2010
MAPNA Turbine Engineering and Manufacturing Company
May, 2007 to August, 2007
Petroleum Engineering
Language Proficiency
English (US)
Explore UT volunteering
The University of Texas at Austin
March, 2014
Girl day (Introduce-a-Girl-to-Engineering day) volunteering, To present simple concepts in Petroleum Engineering to first- to eighth-grade students
The University of Texas at Austin
February, 2014
Primary school visit, To introduce simple concepts in Petroleum Engineering to dyslexic pupils in physics class
Rawson Saunders School, Austin, Texas
January, 2014
Hiking, swimming, and running (finished Austin Marathon three times)
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