Dr. Mohammed Saad Al Kobaisi
Associate Professor, Department of Petroleum Engineering
Umm Shaif Building, Room 4-115,
Sas Al Nakhl Campus, Khalifa University of Science & Technology
P.O. Box 2533,
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
Office: +971 2 607 5137
Fax: +912 2 607 5200
Dr. Mohammed Al Kobaisi is the Deputy Permanent Representative of the UAE Mission to the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), an Advisor to the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment (MOCCAE), and a full time graduate faculty and researcher in the Petroleum Engineering Department at Khalifa University of Science and Technology (KUST). In 2015 and 2016, Dr. Al Kobaisi was the Energy Affairs Manager in the Directorate of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) at the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) where he was in charge of the work on bilateral energy relations in oil, gas, and renewable energy. Living abroad for over 23 years has served Dr. Al Kobaisi well in representing UAE national interests in multilateral engagements including the International Renewable Energy Agency hosted in Masdar City. Prior to his ministerial post, Dr. Al Kobaisi served on the Petroleum Institute’s upper management as Director of the Advanced University Placement division (AUP) where he was in charge of the foundation program that comprised of 35 educators and over 500 high school graduates. He introduced a new workflow which resulted in a fast track college admission and an all-time low student churn rate.
As a researcher, Dr. Al Kobaisi’s scientific contributions revolve around the numerical modeling of fluid flow and transport in natural porous media. He is primarily focused on the efficient and accurate performance prediction of large scale (full field), highly heterogeneous reservoirs. Specific interests include multiscale simulation, gridding and upscaling techniques, pressure-transient analysis (analytical and numerical), computational physics of multiphase flow and enhanced oil recovery, discretization schemes, and fast computational algorithms with application to naturally fractured and unconventional reservoirs.
Dr. Al Kobaisi was a Visiting Assistant Professor at Stanford University in 2011 and 2012. He has published and presented numerous papers in prestigious refereed journals and technical meetings and has co-authored a book. Furthermore, Dr. Al Kobaisi is actively involved in the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) and serves as a technical reviewer for the SPE Journal, SPEREE, and the Journal of Petroleum Exploration and Production Technology. Other professional organization memberships include the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) and the European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers (EAGE).
- Ph.D. Petroleum Engineering, Colorado School of Mines, USA, (2010)
- M.S. Petroleum Engineering, Colorado School of Mines, USA, (2005)
- B.S. Petroleum Engineering, Colorado School of Mines, USA, (2000)
- Reservoir Simulation
- Fluid Flow and Transport in Porous Media
- Numerical Methods
- Well Testing
- Reservoir Engineering
- Finite Elements
- Modeling Naturally Fractured Reservoirs
- Advanced Reservoir Simulation
- Multiscale simulation
- Advanced discretizations and gridding
- Naturally fractured reservoir modelling
- High performance computing (HPC)
- Optimization and stochastic modeling
- Advanced algorithms for reservoir simulation
- Pressure transient analysis
- Chakra, C. and Al Kobaisi, M., An adjoint gradient-based inexact trust region method for nonlinear constraint production optimization. Computers and Fluids, 2017 (submitted).
- Zhang, W. and Al Kobaisi, M., A two-step finite volume method to discretize heterogeneous and anisotropic pressure equation on general grids. Advances in Water Resources, Vol. 108, pp. 231-248, 2017.
- Tene, M., Bosma, S., Al Kobaisi, M., and Hajibeygi, H., Projection-based embedded discrete fracture model (pEDFM). Advances in Water Resources, Vol. 105, pp. 205-216, 2017.
- Zhang, W. and Al Kobaisi, M., A two-step finite volume method for the simulation of multiphase fluid flow in heterogeneous and anisotropic reservoirs. Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering, Vol. 156, pp. 282-298, 2017.
- Zhang, W. and Al Kobaisi, M., A simplified Enhanced MPFA formulation for the elliptic equation on general grids. Computational Geosciences, Vol. 21, pp. 621-643, 2017.
- Zhang, W. and Al Kobaisi, M., A globally coupled pressure method for the discretization of the tensor-pressure equation on non-K-orthogonal grids. SPE Journal, Vol. 22, pp. 679-698, 2016.
- Tene, M., Al Kobaisi, M., and Hajibeygi, H., Algebraic multiscale method for flow in heterogeneous porous media with embedded discrete fractures (F-AMS). Journal of Computational Physics, Vol. 321, pp. 819-845, 2016.
- Kazemi, H., Al Kobaisi, M., Kurtoglu, B., Heris, A., Charoenwongsa, S., Fakcharoenphol, P., and Akinboyewa, J., Mathematical modelling of petroleum reservoirs. Exploration and Production, 10(2), 2012.
- Al Kobaisi, M., Kazemi, H., Ramirez, B.E., Ozkan, E. and Atan, S., A critical review for proper use of water-oil-gas transfer functions in dual-porosity naturally fractured reservoirs – part II. SPEREE Journal, Vol. 12, pp. 211-217, 2009.
- Ramirez, B., Kazemi, H., Al Kobaisi, M., Ozkan, E., and Atan, S., A critical review for proper use of water-oil-gas transfer functions in dual-porosity naturally fractured reservoirs – part I. SPEREE Journal, Vol. 12, pp. 200-210, 2009.
- Balogun, A., Kazemi, H., Ozkan, E., Al Kobaisi, M., and Ramirez, B., Verification and proper use of water/oil transfer function for dual-porosity and dual-permeability reservoirs. SPEREE Journal, Vol. 12, pp. 189-199, 2009.
- Al Kobaisi, M., Ozkan, E., and Kazemi, H., A hybrid numerical/analytical model of a finite-conductivity vertical fracture intercepted by a horizontal well. SPEREE Journal, Vol. 9, pp. 345-355, 2006.
- Al Kobaisi, M., and Ozkan, E., 2010, Finite-Conductivity Horizontal-Well Fractures: Theory, Modeling and Pressure-Transient Responses, LAMBERT Academic Publishing, Saarbrücken.
- US Provisional Patent No. 62/442633, January 2017, inventors: Al Kobaisi, M., Zhang, W., “TWO-STEP FINITE VOLUME METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR SUBSURFACE RESERVOIR SIMULATORS”.