Saman Aryana

Dr. Aryana

Contact Information
Email: saryana@uwyo.edu
Phone: 307.766.1992
Fax: 307.766.6777

EN 3020, Dept. 3295
1000 E. University Avenue
Laramie, WY 82071

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  • Assistant Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Mathematics
  • Affiliate Faculty, Science and Math Teaching Center

Honors and Awards

  • Top Prof, Cap and Gown Chapter of Mortar Board, University of Wyoming (2015)
  • Certificate of Excellence in Reviewing, Journal of Natural Gas Science & Engineering (2013)
  • Robert M. and Ann. T. Bass Fellowship, Stanford University (2007-2012)
  • Centennial Teaching Assistant Award, School of Earth Sciences, Stanford University (2009)
  • Best Master’s Thesis Award, The Masonry Society (2006)
  • Tau Beta Pi, University of Texas - Arlington (2002)
  • Chi Epsilon, University of Texas - Arlington (2002)

University Service & Professional Activities

  • Co-chair of Poster Pitch Presentation Session GS4, 9th International Conference on Porous Media & Annual Meeting (Interpore), Rotterdam, The Netherlands, May 2017.
  • Judge for the Outstanding Student Paper Award, AGU Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA (2015)
  • Invited Speaker: School of Energy Resources, University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY (2015)
  • Co-chair of Wettability and Fluid Recovery session at 12th International Symposium on Reservoir Wettability and its Effects on Oil Recovery, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS (2015)
  • NSF Review Panelist (2015)
  • Judge for the International Student Paper Contest, SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition, New Orleans (2013)
  • Faculty Advisor for the University of Wyoming Chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers (2015-2017)
  • Faculty Advisor for the Persian Student Association, University of Wyoming (2015-2016)
  • Faculty Advisor for the Student Chapter of the Society of Petroleum Engineers, University of Wyoming (2014-2015)
  • Graduate Committee Member, Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering, University of Wyoming (2013-2015)
  • Graduate Committee Member, Department of Petroleum Engineering, University of Wyoming (2015)
  • Curriculum Committee Member, Department of Petroleum Engineering, University of Wyoming (2015)
  • Invited Speaker: Department of Mathematics, University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY (2013)
  • Invited Speaker: McDougall School of Petroleum Engineering, University of Tulsa, Tulsa, OK (2013)

Education

  • Ph.D., Stanford University, Energy Resources Engineering (2012)
  • M.S., University of Texas - Arlington, Civil Engineering - Structures & Applied Mechanics (2006)
  • B.S., University of Texas - Arlington, Civil Engineering - Summa Cum Laude (2003)

Other Education

  • Summer Institute of Entrepreneurship (SIE), Stanford Graduate School of Business (2009)
  • Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford (d.school), Summer Workshop (2008)

My research interests lie primarily in the fundamental physics of flow instabilities and dynamics of subsurface displacement processes. My aim is to incorporate the ever-changing nature of these systems in the simplest form possible without sacrificing adequate representation of all verifiable data. My work includes experimentation and data analysis, and development of general mathematical frameworks motivated and verified by physical observations.

My specific interests include: multiphase flow in porous media, physics of flow instabilities, mathematical models and numerical methods, numerical simulation of fractured systems, data-driven flood management using advanced analytics and CO2 foam stabilization using nanoparticles.

Courses Taught


    2016-2017
  • Multicomponent Thermodynamics, CHE3015 (Fall)
  • Introduction to Chemical Engineering Computing, CHE2060 (Spring)

    2015-2016
  • Petroleum Economics, PETE4340 (Fall)
  • Fundamentals of Petroleum Engineering, PETE2050 (Spring)

    2014-2015
  • Petroleum Economics, PETE4340 (Fall)
  • Senior Design I, PETE4720 (Fall)
  • Introduction to Petroleum Engineering, PETE2050 (Spring)
  • Senior Design II, PETE4735 (Spring)

    2013-2014
  • Introduction to Petroleum Engineering, PETE2050 (Spring)

Selected Journal Articles/Conference Proceedings/Symposia

  • Diffusion-based Cartogram on Spheres. Z Li and S Aryana, Cartography and Geographic Information Science, In Press.
  • On series solution for second order semilinear parabolic IBVPs. S Aryana, F Furtado, V Ginting and P Torsu, Journal of Computational and Applied Mathematics, 330 (2018), 499-518.
  • A workflow for static reservoir modeling guided by seismic data in a fluvial system. M Koneshloo, SA Aryana, D Grana and JW Pierre, Mathematical Geosciences, 49 (2017), 995-1020.
  • The impact of heterogeneities on CO2 foam flow behavior in a microfluidic device. S Aryana, F Guo, and R Younis, 9th International Conference on Porous Media & Annual Meeting (Interpore), Rotterdam, The Netherlands, May 2017.
  • Using STEM Internships to Recruit and Retain Noyce Scholars in Elementary Education. S Aryana, J Leonard, M Mitchell and M Lazic, American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting, San Antonio, TX, April 2017.
  • Stabilization of CO2 foam using by-product fly ash and recyclable iron oxide nanoparticles to improve carbon utilization in EOR processes. F Guo, J He, PA Johnson and SA Aryana, Sustainable Energy & Fuels, 1 (2017), 814-822.
  • Leveraging STEM Internships to Prepare Noyce Scholars for teaching. R Sivanpillai, M Lazic, J Leonard, S Aryana and A Even, WRNI Noyce Conference , Fresno, CA, February 2017.
  • Synthesis of Cross-Linked Poly(acrylamide) Microspheres by Dispersion Polymerisation in Aqueous Ammonium Sulfate Solution. J He, S Aryana, J Dong and F Guo, Australian Journal of Chemistry, 70 (2017), 816-822.
  • A Bayesian Model Selection Analysis of Equilibrium and Nonequilibrium Models for Multiphase Flow in Porous Media. G Ren, J Rafiee, SA Aryana and RM Younis, International Journal of Multiphase Flow, 89 (2017), 313-320.
  • An experimental investigation of nanoparticle-stabilized CO2 foam used in enhanced oil recovery. F Guo and S Aryana, Fuel, 186 (2016), 430–442.
  • Numerical Simulation of Three-dimensional Complex Fracture Geometries Using an Unstructured Voronoi Mesh. Y Wang and S Aryana, EAGE 15th European Conference on the Mathematics of Oil Recovery (ECMOR XV), Amsterdam, The Netherlands, August 2016.
  • A scalable two-stage Fast Multipole Method preconditioner for coupled flow and transport simulation. RM Younis and SA Aryana, 14th International Conference on Integral Methods in Science and Engineering (IMSE 2016), Padua, Italy, August 2016.
  • An Experimental Investigation of Stability and Oil Recovery due to Magnetic Nanoparticle-stabilized CO2 Foam in Microfluidic Devices. F Guo and S Aryana, 8th International Conference on Porous Media & Annual Meeting, International Society for Porous Media, Cincinnati, OH (2016).
  • Numerical Investigation of Stress-Dependent Fracture Apertures and Their Spatial Variations on Production from Unconventional Gas Reservoirs with Complex Fracture Geometries. Y Wang and S Aryana, SPE Low Perm Symposium, Denver, CO (2016).
  • On Nonequilibrium models of spontaneous countercurrent imbibition. PK Torsu and SA Aryana, Computational Geosciences, 20, 1(2016), 161-170.
  • Development of a nanofluidic chip representative of a shale sample. S Aryana, C Ross and S Saraji, Abstract H21N-06 presented at 2015 Fall Meeting, AGU, San Francisco, CA (2015).
  • Preparing Noyce scholars in the Rocky Mountain West to teach mathematics and science in rural schools. J Leonard, S Aryana, JB Johnson and M Mitchell, Proceedings of the Eighth International Mathematics Education and Society Conference, Portland, Oregon, 737-749 (2015).
  • Spontaneous imbibition - the impact of nonequilibrium effects on long-term behavior. S Aryana and P Torsu, 12th International Symposium on Reservoir Wettability and its Effects on Oil Recovery, Lawrence, KS (2015).
  • North Cross Devonian Unit - a mature continuous CO2 flood beyond 200% HCPV injection. SA Aryana, CJ Barclay, and S Liu, SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (2014).
  • Nonequilibrium effects and multiphase flow in porous media. SA Aryana and AR Kovscek, Transport in Porous Media, 96, 3(2013).
  • Experiments and analysis of drainage displacement processes relevant to carbon dioxide injection. SA Aryana and AR Kovscek, Physical Review E, 86, 6(2012).
  • Experiments and Analysis of Drainage Displacement Processes Relevant to Carbon-Dioxide Injection. SA Aryana and AR Kovscek, Global Climate and Energy Project (GCEP) Symposium, Stanford, CA (2011).
  • Compressive strength of clay brick masonry. SA Aryana and JH Matthys, The Masonry Society Journal, 27, 1(2009).
  • Statistical analysis of compressive strength of clay brick masonry: testing. SA Aryana and JH Matthys, The Masonry Society Journal, 26, 2(2008).
  • Compressive Strength of Clay Brick Masonry: Data Collection. SA Aryana and JH Matthys, Tenth North American Masonry Conference, St. Louis, MO (2007).