Dr. Mohammad Piri

Dr. Mohammad Piri

Professor in Petroleum Engineering
Wyoming Excellence Chair in Petroleum Engineering
Thomas and Shelley Botts Endowed Chair in Unconventional Reservoirs
Alchemy Sciences Endowed Chair in Petroleum Engineering
Director and Founder, Center of Innovation for Flow through Porous Media
University of Wyoming



Dr. Mohammad Piri received his PhD in Petroleum Engineering from Imperial College London in 2004. Before joining the faculty at the University of Wyoming (UW), he worked as a postdoctoral research associate in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering of Princeton University. He currently holds the Wyoming Excellence Chair in Petroleum Engineering, and the Thomas and Shelley Botts Endowed Chair in Unconventional Reservoirs at the Department of Energy and Petroleum Engineering of the University of Wyoming. He leads a research group of approximately forty (40) PhD students and postdoctoral research associates. He is the Director and Founder of the Center of Innovation for Flow through Porous Media at UW, one of the world’s largest and most advanced multiscale experimental research facilities developed using more than $100 million investment. His research is geared toward developing an improved understanding of the nano-, micro-, and macro-scale physics of flow and transport in man-made and naturally-occurring porous media with applications in energy and the environment. In particular, he works on displacement physics of two- and three-phase flow relevant to recovery from conventional and unconventional reservoirs and geologic sequestration of CO2. He develops techniques for pore-level modeling of flow in high-resolution images using digital rock technologies.

Current Research Interests:

Pore-scale network modeling; three-phase flow in porous media; effects of wettability and saturation history on three-phase relative permeability; direct numerical modeling of pore-level flow; CO2 sequestration and leakage, hysteresis in tight gas reservoirs; asphaltene precipitation and deposition; phase change in porous media (solution gas drive); self-consistent dynamic upscaling.

University of Wyoming Dept. 4311
1000 E. University Ave.
Laramie, WY 82071-2000, USA

Office: 260 High Bay Research Facility
Tel: 1-307-766-3922 (Office)
Tel: 1-307-766-3917 (Director of Business Operations)
Email: mpiri@uwyo.edu