Masters Students

ManojManoj Kumar Valluri is a Graduate Research Assistant and Master of Science student at Texas A&M University in Petroleum Engineering. He holds an honorary B.E. degree from Birla Institute of Technology and Science-Pilani, India in Chemical Engineering. Manoj has been a part of several internships during his academic endeavors with Schlumberger (Houston, US), Mercedes Benz (Banagalore, India) and Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC, India) being the most notable ones. His research focuses on altering the properties of unconventional liquid reservoirs by chemical additives such as salts and surfactants to enhance imbibition of stimulating fluids into the rock and thus enhancing oil recovery from these tight formations. He specializes in wet lab experience such as contact angle/IFT measurements, zeta potential testing and imbibition studies besides working on core and field scale modeling and simulation of laboratory data to analyze the effectiveness of chemical methods of improving recovery at field level.


HeeHee Yun Yang is a graduate research assistant and Master of Science student in Petroleum Engineering at Texas A&M University. She started her master’s study immediately after getting the Bachelor of Science degree in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin in May 2014. Hee Yun is currently working on Kinder Morgan Project (“McElmo Dome” Project). Specifically, her main focus is to measure and generate capillary pressure curves of supercritical CO2/Brine/Carbonate rock systems.



TuanTuan Phi graduated with honors from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Science in Petroleum Engineering. Currently, he is a Graduate Research and Teaching Assistant (Reservoir Simulation and Fundamental of Reservoir Engineering courses) at Texas A&M University while pursuing his Master of Science in Petroleum Engineering. His research focuses on applying advanced EOR methods in unconventional reservoirs using next-generation reservoir simulators. He is also interested in investigating the mechanisms of fluid flow in hydraulic fracturing using novel surfactants. He specializes in history matching, quantifying uncertainties, and optimizing several complex reservoirs using Dual Porosity models.


ErickErick Martinez Antunez is a Master of Science student at Texas A&M University in Petroleum Engineering. He holds a B.E. degree from the Autonomous National University of Mexico (UNAM) in Petroleum Engineering. Erick has worked for PEMEX (Mexico) as a reservoir engineer since 2006 performing main duties in numerical reservoir simulation, uncertainty analysis for reservoir management, and evaluation of oil and gas reserves. Before joining at Texas A&M University, Erick worked as a reservoir simulation expert at Cantarell field. His research focuses on evaluation of residual matrix-oil saturation and matrix-oil recovery rates in a naturally fractured reservoir under nitrogen-assisted gravity drainage mechanism.


PedroPedro Ruben Sanchez Loera has a bachelor’s degree as a Petroleum Engineer from the National Autonomous Mexico University, and is currently working for PEMEX as a reservoir engineer on Cantarell Asset at the same time as he pursues a Master’s of Science in Petroleum Engineering at Texas A&M. His background mainly is in reservoir engineering, reservoir characterization, reservoir simulation, reserves estimation and forecasting. His current research investigates a method to monitor the position of the dynamic gas-oil contact, using data gathered inside the production tubing in well completions that, due to mechanical complexity, are not candidates to have installed mandrels with pressure sensors in the annular space.


UrielUriel Salazar-Verbitzky is a Master of Science in Petroleum Engineering student at Texas A&M. He completed his B.S. in Petroleum Engineering with honors from Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (National Autonomous University of Mexico). He also holds a Diploma from GE O&G University, as part of their “Leadership, Energy, Processes and Equipment” five-month program. He has worked as a Field Engineer, Artificial Lift Designer, Field Supervisor and Reservoir Engineer for PEMEX, the Mexican National Oil Company. His research focuses on CO2 floods simulation in unconventional reservoirs, particularly highly heterogeneous turbidites as those of the Chicontepec Basin in Mexico. His research interests include Carbon Capture and Sequestration (CCS), Unconventional Resources and Enhanced Oil Recovery.