Contact Information

  • Fahad Iqbal Syed
    (785) 331-8456


Results-driven engineer and adept leader with 10+ years of hands-on experience in advancing Petroleum and Geothermal reservoir
development through specialized expertise in reservoir modeling & simulation. My focus centers on IOR and EOR technologies,
ensuring flow assurance, optimizing production management, utilizing data science, and driving comprehensive field development
strategies. With a dual role as an engineer and a researcher, I've successfully navigated challenges in both conventional and
unconventional reservoirs, consistently delivering analytical and simulation-based innovative solutions. Demonstrating a history of
effective decision-making, I bring a proven track record as both an accomplished engineer and a project manager.
I am a goal-oriented & career-focused team player and leader with excellent communication skills and strong attention to technical
details. I am naturally analytical and passionate about learning and accepting new technical and management challenges. I am always
eager to contribute to achieving set objectives, both for my career growth and for the benefit of the organization. I am confident that
my skills and experience make me a valuable asset to any organization. 






Ormat Technologies Inc., Reno, NV, USA
• Project Reservoir Engineer May 2023 - Present
o Reservoir & operations planning & management including high temp. production & injection wells performance optimization.
o Proficient in developing conceptual models based on well tests, well logs, and production performance.
o Coupled reservoir and wellbore modeling for high-temperature feed zones identification utilizing PTA and PTS wells logs.
o PTS & PTA log analysis for sub-surface high temperature and crossflow feed zone determination for well completion.
o Surface and sub-surface monitoring and reporting requirements management for federal and local state agencies.
o Development of productivity and injectivity curves and power generation performance type curves.
o Skilled in designing different types of well tests and providing engineering field supervision for their successful execution.
o Expertise in analyzing well-test results to identify potential improvements and optimize production.
o Ability to design & review LSPs & ESPs for long-term production optimization and capable of performing pump failure analysis.
University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS, USA
• Lecturer & Academic Program Associate Jan 2023 – May 2023
o Development and Teaching multiple Petroleum Engineering courses including;
▪ Improved/ Secondary Oil Recovery and Enhanced Oil Recovery
▪ Petroleum Engineering Lab (Rock and Fluid Properties)
▪ Data Science for Petroleum Engineering
o Supervised multiple EOR and data analytics projects for B.S. and M.S. students.
• Graduate Researcher | Ph.D. Student | Graduate Research & Teaching Assistant Jan 2019 - Dec 2022
o Developed Smart Physics-Informed Compositional Dimensionless Type Curves and ML-based automated Plug & Play tool
‘W3H–Smart Unconventional EOR’ for Tight Oil EOR pilot designing – Patent Pending at USPTO.
o Sub-surface CO2 Storage Mechanisms (CCS) to achieve Net Carbon Zero objectives through smart PXR-AI digitalization.
o Hydraulic Fracture Design Optimization for a DOE-funded project ‘Smart Microchip Proppants Technology for Precision
Diagnostics of Hydraulic Fracture Networks’ – awarded with 2022 SPE ADIPEC ‘Breakthrough Research of the Year’.
o Multiple technical papers and a patent publication in peer-reviewed top-ranked engineering journals and USPTO, respectively.
o Delivered Petroleum Engineering Lab, Secondary Recovery, and Enhanced Oil Recovery undergrad courses.
Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) Offshore J.V. ExxonMobil, Abu Dhabi, UAE Apr 2012 – Dec 2018
• Reservoir Engineer (Res. Simulation & Field Development, Reservoir Management, Special Technology Projects, R&D)
o Techno-economic re-development planning of a complex offshore reservoir in Abu Dhabi with primary, secondary, & tertiary
recovery under complex situations including high water cut, high GOR, and in-situ asphaltene precipitation & deposition.
o Full-field re-development with long horizontal (MRC) wells and transition from a 5-spot vertical to a horizontal line drive.
o MRC wells' lateral and vertical placement as the function of complex reservoir fluid, rock, & petrophysical properties.
o Designed infill field trails/ pilots for full field potential analysis at elevated production rates to study field depletion/
optimization scenarios and flow assurance issues due to resultant high GOR and water cut.
o Asphaltene characterization & mitigation study conducted along with specially designed PVT/SCAL experiments for complex
reservoir fluid under EOR conditions with CO2, N2, and different combinations of produced HC gases as EOR solvents.
o Individual string-based oil production & water injection monitoring and performance management for the entire reservoir.
o Surface hydrocarbon recovery performance analysis to meet the daily, monthly, quarterly, and annual targets.
o Full-field maximum production capacity and technical rate testing with back allocation management.
o Surface and sub-surface network modeling through numerical reservoir simulation and network nodal analysis.
o Intermittent and inactive strings reactivation short- & long-term planning, management, and field implementation.
o Mentored multiple young Reservoir Engineers for reservoir performance analysis and production engineering.
The Petroleum Institute, Khalifa University, Abu Dhabi, UAE Jan 2010 – Mar 2012
• Graduate Researcher | M.S. Student | Graduate Research & Teaching Assistant
o A comprehensive horizontal wells placement study for one of the giants and complex reservoirs in Abu Dhabi offshores.
o Asphaltene characterization and mitigation study. Conducted multiple PVT analyses and core floods, MS thesis project.
o Graduate Teaching Assistant for Enhanced Oil Recovery and Numerical Reservoir Simulation courses.

Awards and Certifications

Outstanding Ph.D. Award, University of Kansas, KS, USA, 2022-23.
• Ph.D. Comprehensive Exam – Passed with honors at the University of Kansas, KS, USA, 2022-23.
• Outstanding Graduate Teaching Awards at the University of Kansas for 2019-20 and 2020-21.
• TORP, DOE, Lyder, and School of Engineering meritorious fellowships and scholarships at the University of Kansas, 2019-22.
• Multiple Spot & Appreciation Awards and a Young Professionals and Leaders award by the ADNOC management, 2013-18.
• R&D Wisdom Book Professional and Hay Bin Yaqdhan Student Awards by ADNOC R&D Oil and Gas Sub Committee, 2012.
• SPE Young Professional Mentor at Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition & Conference (ADIPEC), 2012.
• PI – ADNOC research grant and scholarship for M.S. research and studies, respectively, 2010-12.
• Meritorious scholarship for complete B.Eng. studies at the Mehran University of Engineering & Technology, 2005-08.
• Batch & and faculty position awards and multiple subjective distinctions at the Mehran University of Eng. & Tech., 2005-08.


The key areas of my expertise and skills include but not limited to;
• Classical reservoir & production engineering
• Conventional & unconventional EOR applications
• Reserve estimation and production forecasting
• DCA, RTA, PTA, and material balance calculations
• Field development planning & implementation
• IOR & EOR planning and implementation
• Numerical reservoir modeling & simulation
• Techno-economic competitive analysis
• Flow assurance (asphaltene) & production optimization
• Line shaft & ESP pumps designing with FS & VFD motors
• Big data handling, data analysis, and data mining
• Young engineers and engineering students mentoring

o CMG, ECLIPSE, tNavigator, WinProp, PVTSim, IHS Harmony, Kappa, PipeSim, Prosper, PanSys, MBAL, FracPro, OFM,
Finder, Spotfire, Gudrun, and all suits of MS Office, etc.
o Excellent working experience with huge data handling & analysis using Spotfire and MS Excel through complex Macros.
o Good understanding of Python language for machine learning and data mining applications.


Ph.D. in Petroleum Engineering Jan 2019 – Dec 2022
University of Kansas, KS, U.S.A.
M.S. in Petroleum Engineering Jan 2010 – Mar 2012
The Petroleum Institute, Khalifa University, Abu Dhabi, U.A.E.
B.Eng. in Petroleum & N. Gas Engineering Jan 2005 – Dec 2008
Mehran University of Engineering & Technology, Pakistan