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Ganesh Thakur - Distinguished Professor, Director of UH Energy Industrial Partnerships


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Dr. Ganesh Thakur is Distinguished Professor of Petroleum Engineering in the Cullen College of Engineering and Director for Energy Industry Partnerships at UH. He is President and Global Advisor at Thakur Services, Inc. and is a member of the National Academy of Engineering. Dr. Thakur is also a recipient of the Governor’s University Research Initiative (GURI) grant where he is helping lead the nation in cutting-edge research and further elevate future generations of students and faculty at Texas universities while spearheading new breakthroughs in the fields of science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine, all of which are crucial to the long-term success of the Texas economy.

Dr. Thakur’s current research interests include a multi-disciplinary, innovative and integrated approaches to the recovery of oil and gas through research pertaining to CO 2 – EOR conventional & unconventional Reservoirs, waterflooding / IOR – conventional & unconventional reservoirs and integrated reservoir management – conventional & unconventional Reservoirs.

He has published over 65 journal articles and conference papers and holds five (5) patents.


CCME Webinar Series: CCUS and EOR – Global Project Development by UH

The UH CCME webinar series continues to expand awareness in the CCUS direction with a presentation by Dr. Ganesh Thakur on the active project he is leading in India. Dr. Thakur will also provide highlights on Permian Basin CO2 EOR efforts he managed for Chevron for 3 decades before joining the UH faculty in Petroleum Engineering.


  • "ARMA: Horizontal Completion Fracturing Techniques Using Data Analytics - Selection and Prediction”, paper presented at the 51st US Rock Mechanics/Geomechanics Symposium, San Francisco, California, USA. June 25-28, 2017
  • “SPE-186068-MS: Application of Multi-Level and High-Resolution Fracture Modeling in Field-scale Reservoir Simulation Study”, prepared for presentation at the SPE Reservoir Characterization and Simulation Conference and Exhibition held in Abu Dhabi, UAE, 8 – 10 May 2017
  • “SPE-185747-MS: Cyclic Steam Injection Modeling and Optimization for Candidate Selection, Steam Volume Optimization, and SOR Minimization, Powered by Unique, Fast, Modeling and Data Assimilation Algorithms”, presentation at the SPE Western Regional Meeting, 2017.
  • “SPE-185507-MS: Redistribution of Steam Injection in Heavy Oil Reservoir Management to Improve EOR Economics, Powered by a Unique Integration of Reservoir Physics and Machine Learning”, presentation at the SPE Latin America and Caribbean Petroleum Engineering Conference, 2017.
  • “Computer-Implemented Systems and Methods for Forecasting Performance of Water Flooding of an Oil Reservoir System Using a Hybrid Analytical-Empirical Methodology“, US Patent 8,805,631, August 12, 2014.
  • “Computer-Implemented Systems and Methods for Forecasting Performance of Polymer Flooding of an Oil Reservoir System“, US Patent 8,510,089, August 13, 2013.
  • “Computer-Implemented Systems and Methods for Screening and Predicting the Performance of Enhanced Oil Recovery and Improved Oil Recovery Methods“, US Patent 8,175,751 B2, Date of Patent – May 8, 2012.
  • “The New Conventional”, The Way Ahead Magazine, SPE Journal paper, 2012.
  • “The Role of Integrated Project Teams Applying Innovative Technologies to Improve Production and Recovery”, pages 5-12, Investigations in Geophysics No. 15, Methods and applications in Reservoir Geophysics, 2010.
  • “The Role of Multi-Disciplinary Teams in Innovative Reservoir Management” SPE 112921, 2008 SPE North Africa TC and Exhibition held in Marrakech, Morocco, March 12-14 2008
  • “Should a Technical Career Track/Ladder Be a Preferred Option for Young Professionals?” Pillars of the Industry, The Way Ahead, SPE, pages 20-21, Vol. 3, No. 3, 2007.
  • “Waterflood Surveillance and Monitoring: Putting Principles into Practice”, pages 552-562, October 2007, SPE Reservoir Evaluation and Engineering.
  • “Techbits: Workshop Addresses Reservoir Water Control and Management”, 1002-0026 JPT SPE Journal Paper – 2002.


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Academic-Industry Partnership Offers Benefits for Both Sides

By Jeannie Kever

An innovative partnership between the University of Houston and Oil India Ltd. led to dramatically increased expected oil reserves and also contributed to production enhancement from Oil India fields and paved the way for a project to boost oil recovery from established reservoirs while reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

UH Signs on to Help Boost Innovation and Commercialization in India

By Janet Miranda

The University of Houston and iCreate, the India-based International Centre for Entrepreneurship and Technology, have agreed to work together to initiate “innovation to rapid commercialization” that could lead to explosive growth in the Indian market, solving a central problem in the Asian nation.

UH Signs MoU with Indian Institute of Petroleum and Energy

By Rashda Khan

The University of Houston recently signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Indian Institute of Petroleum and Energy (IIPE), declared by the Indian Parliament as an “institution of national importance.”

UH and IIT Kharagpur to Promote Collaborative Programs in Petroleum Engineering

By Janet Miranda

The University of Houston and the Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur have signed a Memorandum of Understanding for joint academic and research collaborations.

UH Professor Creates Research Connections with GIAN Program

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Rakesh Verma, professor of computer science and director of ReDas Lab at the University of Houston, taught a short course called “Security from the Data Science Perspective” at the Indian Institute of Technology Ropar, under a competitive Indian government program called the Global Initiative of Academic Networks, also known as GIAN.

VAJRA Program Links UH Professor to Indian Institute of Technology at Madras

By Janet Miranda

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Global Energy Internships: UH petroleum students work as part of team to enhance oil recovery in India

By Claire Andersen

Two graduate students from the Cullen College of Engineering’s petroleum engineering department traveled to India this summer for a ten-week internship with Oil India Limited, the nation’s national oil companies.

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