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PhD Student
M.Sc., B.Sc.

Thesis Title:

Inclined Heterolithic Stratification (IHS) and Its Effect on Permeability of Fluids in the McMurray Formation


Degrees Held:

- M.Eng. (2014) Oil and Gas Engineering, Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada

- B.Sc. (2012) Petroleum Engineering, Amirkabir University of Technology (Tehran Polytechnic), Iran




Masoud Khademi currently is a PhD student in Reservoir Geomechanics Research Group, who started his program at U of A in September 2014. As of now, his research focus is on Inclined Heterolithic Stratification (IHS) of the McMurry formation and its fluid flow characteristics. Specifically, he is analyzing the absolute and relative permeability of fluids in IHS facies. One of the substantial applications of his research is characterization of fluids flow during the SAGD operation in IHS facies which can be lead to an improvement is heavy oil production from Athabasca oil sands, northeastern Alberta.

Before joining the University of Alberta, Masoud completed his Master in oil and gas engineering at Memorial University of Newfoundland. During his master he worked as a research assistant in Memorial University’s Advanced Drilling Group (ADG), and focused on drilling-related issues addressing PDC bit-rock interaction and how drilling efficiency is impacted from applying axial compliance in drill string and the induced vibration that occurs. In Memorial University, he also participated in construction and development of a small scale physical model of drilling system (SSDS).

As a petroleum engineering he completed two training and internships at Iranian Offshore Oil Company (IOOC) (Summer 2012) and College of the North Atlantic (CONA) (Fall 2012). He also participated in series of workshops at Schlumbergercompany (e.g. Directional Drilling, Well Placement, LWD, and MWD) and National Iranian Drilling Company, (NIDC) (e.g. Drilling Cement, Drilling Mud, and Acidizing).

Masoud has Bachelor of Science in petroleum engineering from Tehran Polytechnic (Amirkabir University of Technology). He has also involved in research related to Zigzag-SAGD: Innovative Well Patterns for SAGD Processes in Naturally Fractured Reservoirs during his undergraduate studies.

Besides, Masoud is music lover who compose in folk and classical styles, he also is an instrumentalist, a Santoor virtuoso. In his spare time he enjoy volunteering for public services as a politics enthusiast.


Journal Paper:

Ebrahim Ghanbari, Hani Hashemi  Kiasari,  Saeid Mighani, Ali Khatibi, Masoud Khademi. 2014. Zigzag-SAGD; Innovative Well Pattern for SAGD Process in Naturally Fractured Reservoirs, Energy Source. Vol 36, Issue 7, 21 February 2014, Pages 689-699