School of Earth, Energy and Environmental Sciences


Showing 1-19 of 19 Results

  • Sahar El Abbadi

    Sahar El Abbadi

    Lecturer in Civic, Liberal, and Global Education
    Postdoctoral Scholar, Energy Resources Engineering

    BioSahar El Abbadi is a lecturer in Civic, Liberal and Global Education (COLLEGE). Sahar completed her bachelor's degree at UC Berkeley before earning her MS and PhD in Civil & Environmental Engineering at Stanford. While at Stanford, Sahar has taught courses on pathogens and disinfection, environmental biotechnology and aquatic chemistry. She also taught and coached public speaking through the Technical Communications Program for several years.

    Sahar's research focuses on developing circular economies by transforming waste methane into useful products. Methane, a potent greenhouse gas, is emitted atmosphere by industrial sources (wastewater treatment plants, landfill, fossil fuel extraction) because it is uneconomical to capture, clean and use. However, methane-consuming bacteria can transform this harmful pollutant into protein-rich cells and biodegradable polymers. Sahar's PhD research evaluated the economic potential of using these bacteria to reduce methane emissions while providing a new source of high-quality protein that can be used as a feed for agriculture and aquaculture. Sahar continues to expand on this work in considering the path to industrialization in both the United States and Bangladesh using methane produced at landfills.

    In her free time, Sahar enjoys running, hiking, and discovering new cooking recipes.

  • Maomao Hu

    Maomao Hu

    Postdoctoral Scholar, Energy Resources Engineering

    BioMaomao Hu is a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Energy Resources Engineering at Stanford University since November 2021. Prior to joining Stanford, he was a postdoc in the Department of Engineering Science at the University of Oxford. He received his PhD degree in Building Environment and Energy Engineering from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University in 2019. In 2018, he studied as a guest PhD student in the Department of Applied Mathematics and Computer Science at the Technical University of Denmark.

    His research interests include data analytics, data-driven modelling, numerical optimization, and model predictive control of the building and urban energy systems for GHG reduction, energy efficiency, energy flexibility, and energy resiliency. He has been actively contributing to international collaborations, including the ongoing IEA EBC Annex 81 (Data-Driven Smart Buildings) and Annex 82 (Energy Flexible Buildings Towards Resilient Low Carbon Energy Systems).

  • Mingliang Liu

    Mingliang Liu

    Postdoctoral Scholar, Energy Resources Engineering

    BioI am currently a postdoctoral scholar working with Tapan Mukerji on digital rock physics at Stanford University. My research focuses on geophysics inverse problems, seismic reservoir characterization, history matching, digital rock physics, data assimilation and deep learning. I completed my PhD degree in geophysics from the University of Wyoming in 2021 under the supervision of Dario Grana, and earned the bachelor and master degree from China University of Geosciences (Wuhan) in 2013 and 2016, respectively.

  • Martin Ma

    Martin Ma

    Postdoctoral Scholar, Energy Resources Engineering

    BioMartin Ma is an NSERC Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Energy Resource Engineering at Stanford University. He graduated from the University of Alberta with a Doctoral degree in Petroleum Engineering in 2018. He holds an MSc degree in Earth Science and Engineering from King Abdullah University of Science and Technology and a BSc degree in Petroleum Engineering from the China University of Petroleum (East China). His current research topics include data-driven modeling, optimization, numerical simulation, heavy oil EOR, and CO2 storage. He has published many technical papers on artificial intelligence, heavy oil recovery, and reservoir characterization in peer-reviewed journals and SPE conferences. He also serves as reviewer for many journals. He is a registered engineer-in-Training (E.I.T.) member with the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA) in Canada.

  • Michael Lindley Machala

    Michael Lindley Machala

    Postdoctoral Scholar, Energy Resources Engineering

    BioMichael is a postdoctoral fellow whose interests encompass international development projects requiring productive energy use and how to increase their success through transdisciplinary approaches. He has a dual appointment in the Precourt Institute for Energy and the Department of Energy Resources Engineering. His current work focuses on understanding and reducing produce supply chain inefficiency in India from a systems perspective, while identifying and testing scalable interventions with on-the-ground partners and end-users. Michael completed a PhD in Materials Science and Engineering as an NSF Graduate Research Fellow at Stanford. His thesis focused on using fundamental research to develop design descriptors for improving solar-to-fuel and fuel-to-electricity conversion using electrochemistry.

    Michael’s interest in social and environmental impact work began in high school as the president of the region’s youth-led tobacco free coalition. The coalition was runner-up for National Youth Advocates of the Year given by the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids when Idaho (his home state) went tobacco-free. At Kenyon College, he self-designed a major in Chemical Physics to understand how related disciplines approach challenges in renewable energy technology development while co-captaining the men’s NCAA National Champion swim team.

    After graduating in 2009, Michael moved to Germany as a Transatlantic Renewable Energy Fellow to research low-cost solar cells while learning about the sociopolitical environment that placed Germany as a global leader in renewable energy integration. While there, he attended the UNFCCC COP15 climate summit with two other fellows. Leading up to and during the highly anticipated event, they wrote and published an educational blog for the public. After leaving Germany, Michael lived in Southeast Asia as a Henry Luce Scholar to gain first-hand experience with renewable energy integration in unelectrified regions of Laos and Cambodia. This experience informed his desire to continue work on energy equality and development around the world, particularly at the intersection with basic human needs.

  • Aqsa Naeem

    Aqsa Naeem

    Postdoctoral Scholar, Energy Resources Engineering

    Current Research and Scholarly InterestsEnergy System Modeling and Optimization

  • Esuru Okoroafor

    Esuru Okoroafor

    Postdoctoral Scholar, Energy Resources Engineering

    BioRita Esuru Okoroafor is currently a Graduate student at the Energy Resources Engineering Department. She is interested in coupling Geomechanics with Reservoir Engineering of Enhanced Geothemal Systems.

    Prior to the graduate program, she has worked with Schlumberger for over 12 years. Most of her work experience has been on the fields in the Gulf of Guinea. She has held the positions of Borehole Reservoir Engineer, Reservoir and Production Engineering Team Lead, Sales Manager, Reservoir Domain Champion and Real Time Productivity Steering Product Analyst.

    Her technical roles resulted in extensive experience on Formation Testing, Petrophysics, Well Testing, Production Logging, Well Integrity and Single Well Simulation and Production Forecasting, from which she has ten technical papers published, one granted patent and one patent application.
    Her non-technical roles gave her an opportunity to develop skills in leadership, communication, presentation and customer relationship management.

    Since 2005, Rita has been an active volunteer with the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE), holding leadership and committee member positions, locally, regionally and internationally.
    Her other interest includes writing and she is the author of the fiction novels "Against The Perfect Will" and "Morning Does Come".

  • Gabriele Pozzato

    Gabriele Pozzato

    Postdoctoral Scholar, Energy Resources Engineering

    BioGabriele Pozzato received his Bachelor's degree in Information Engineering from Università di Padova and his Master of Science (cum laude) in Automation and Control Engineering from Politecnico di Milano. He was a visiting scholar at the Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research (CU-ICAR), South Carolina (USA), from January to November 2016. He received his Ph.D. in Information Technology from the Politecnico di Milano in 2020, defending a thesis on the optimization, modeling, and control of vehicles' powertrain. During his doctoral studies, he was an academic guest at the ETH Zürich and the Leibniz Universität Hannover. After the doctoral degree, he was junior Project Manager at Robert Bosch S.p.A., Sensortec division. He currently holds a post-doc position at the School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences, Stanford University.

  • Evan Sherwin

    Evan Sherwin

    Postdoctoral Scholar, Energy Resources Engineering

    BioI study the role of hydrocarbon fuels in a rapidly decarbonizing economy. I'm a "pick important problems first and figure out the best methods later" kind of researcher, drawing on my expertise in techno-economic assessment, machine learning and applied statistics, econometrics, optimization, and various engineering subdisciplines along the way. My current focus is assessing and demonstrating the value of diverse methane emission sensing and mitigation technologies across the oil and gas value chain in an increasingly data-rich environment.