Dr. Abubakar Isah | Fluids-Rock Interactions | Best Researcher Award 

King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals | Saudi Arabia 



Dr. Abubakar Isah's academic journey is marked by excellence and a deep commitment to the field of petroleum engineering. He completed his Bachelor of Engineering in Petroleum Engineering from Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Nigeria, in 2014, achieving a second-class upper division with a GPA of 4.38 out of 5.00. His thesis, titled "Water Conning Control in Horizontal Wells Using Multiple Completions," laid the groundwork for his future research in fluids-rock interactions. Dr. Isah then pursued a Master of Science in Petroleum Engineering at King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, Saudi Arabia, graduating in May 2020 with a distinction (3.57 out of 4.00). His master's thesis focused on "Characterization of Fluid Drainage Mechanism at Core and Pore Scales." Continuing his academic journey at the same institution, he completed his Ph.D. in Petroleum Engineering in May 2024, with a thesis titled "Systematic Investigation of Rock/Fluids Interactions in Reservoirs at Nano-to-Millimeter Scale: Implications for Enhanced Oil Recovery and CO2 Storage," graduating with a distinction (3.66 out of 4.00).


Dr. Isah's professional career has been characterized by significant roles in both academia and industry. As a Graduate Teaching Assistant in the Petroleum Engineering Department at KFUPM since August 2018, he has conducted research in petroleum engineering and gas storage, assisted in teaching, coordinating exams, and mentoring students. His industry experience includes a graduate student internship at Halliburton, Dhahran Techno Valley, Saudi Arabia, where he participated in research and experiments related to IOR applications, focusing on fluids-rock interactions, and high-pressure-high-temperature (HPHT) core flooding design and execution. Dr. Isah also worked as a Process Engineer at Dangote Oil Refining Company in Lagos, Nigeria, from May 2017 to September 2018, where he contributed to refinery processes and operations. Additionally, he interned at Kaduna Refinery (KRPC-PPMC), Nigeria, gaining hands-on experience in refinery operations and health, safety, and environmental control.


Dr. Isah's research focuses on fluids-rock interactions for CCUS (Carbon Capture, Utilization, and Storage) and EOR (Enhanced Oil Recovery) applications. He possesses extensive knowledge and experience in subsurface CO2-brine-rock interactions, both with and without chemical additives. His expertise includes experimental petrophysics, HPHT core flooding, and rock-fluid interactions in porous media using commercial and in-house designed reactors. He has utilized various quantification techniques such as micro-CT, NMR, SEM-EDX, and FTIR, as well as geochemical analysis of reaction effluents. His research has significantly advanced the understanding of fluids-rock interactions, contributing to more effective and sustainable practices in the energy sector.


Dr. Isah's impact in the field of petroleum engineering is evidenced by his numerous awards and recognitions. He won first place in the Society of Petrophysicists Well Log Analysts (SPWLA) 2024 International Student Paper Contest in the Ph.D. category and second place in the SPE Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Regional Student Paper Contest 2024. His achievements also include multiple merit-based scholarships and awards for academic excellence, such as the King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals scholarships for his MS and Ph.D. programs, and the Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE) merit award. Dr. Isah has delivered several invited talks at national and international conferences, sharing his expertise on fluids-rock interactions and contributing to the advancement of knowledge in the field.


Dr. Isah's research has garnered significant academic citations, reflecting the high impact and relevance of his work in the scientific community. His studies on fluids-rock interactions have provided valuable insights into the mechanisms of CO2 storage and enhanced oil recovery, influencing subsequent research and practical applications in the energy sector. His strong technical writing skills and ability to communicate complex concepts effectively have further amplified the reach and impact of his research.


Dr. Abubakar Isah's legacy in the field of petroleum engineering is marked by his dedication to research, teaching, and industry collaboration. As he actively seeks opportunities in the Energy, Oil, and Gas sectors, he intends to leverage his academic experience, research and development skills, and cross-functional team-building capabilities to make meaningful contributions. His commitment to hard work and excellence ensures that he will continue to support and advance the objectives of any team he joins, driving innovation and sustainable practices in the field of fluids-rock interactions.


Abubakar Isah | Fluids-Rock Interactions | Best Researcher Award 

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