Congratulations, Doctor!

EGI-IERT Collaborations Opening the Door to Understanding Shale Resources in India

Mateen Hafiz performing QEMSCAN® analysis
in the QEMSCAN® Laboratory at EGI

EGI extends our warmest Congratulations to Dr. Mateen Hafiz, who was recently awarded his Ph.D. in Geology from the University of Jammu, India. He successfully defended his thesis, titled “Geological Controls on the Eocene Shale Gas Resources Plays in North and West India: Stratigraphy, Palaeoenvironment and Tectonic Setting.” He received excellent remarks from a panel of external reviewers from prestigious Universities throughout India.  The significance of Mateen’s research was highlighted by one of the thesis reviewers who noted that “this is the first attempt to understand the shale resources potential in India.”

As an EGI Fellowship recipient, Mateen worked in EGI’s Salt Lake City laboratories in the summers of 2012 and 2013, studying the unconventional shale resources of Indian basins. His work contributed to the Indian Subcontinent Shale Resource Plays, Phase 1 project. Mateen has also been a contributor to the Students’ Education Program since 2010.

He shared his good news with EGI staff earlier this month, saying “I am delighted to say that I have been awarded a Ph.D. by the university. This was possible due to EGI cooperation and the ongoing research collaboration between the Institute of Energy Research and Training (IERT) in Jammu University (India) and EGI on the Indian shale resources. The thesis project was solely sponsored by EGI. I owe a debt of gratitude to Dr. Raymond Levey for his generosity, help, and constant support and also for providing me the opportunity to work with leading shale geoscientists in the EGI research laboratories. I am also grateful to EGI staff and scientists for their kind help and support throughout the course of my study especially during my stay in Salt Lake City, Utah.”

The EGI global student internship program was initiated in 2009 and the other Fellowship award recipients from India include Manas Pathak, now a Ph.D. student and current EGI Fellow, Naveen Hakhoo, Ph.D. (EGI, 2013; lERT, Jammu University) and Waquar Ahmed (a Ph.D. student at IERT, Jammu University). The program is supported by a wide variety of EGI staff, affiliate scientists, and members of the EGI Advisory Board including EGI Director, Dr. Raymond Levey; Dr. Sudeep Kanungo, EGI Research Assistant Professor; Dr. Milind Deo, Chair of the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Utah; Dr. Bindra Thusu, Senior Research Fellow and Research Supervisor at the Maghreb Petroleum Research Group at University College London, Visiting Professor & Co-Chairman of the Advisory Board at the Institute of Energy Research & Training; Professor Ghulam M. Bhat, Director of the Institute of Energy Research & Training, University of Jammu; and Dr. Jonathan Craig, EGI Advisory Board, Senior VP of E&P at ENI S.p.A & Co-Chairman of the Advisory Board at the Institute of Energy Research & Training.

For more about information about Mateen’s background and research, visit his Graduate Fellows profile published in the Spring 2015 issue of ASK EGI (scroll down on page).

Explaining the fossilization process to students in the
Students’ Education Program, Leh (Ladakh, India)