CV

MINH C. NGUYEN
Geology & Geophysics
University of Wyoming
minh.ku06@gmail.com | 720-209-1997

EDUCATION

PhD Geology, University of Wyoming, Expected 2020
Advisors: Ye Zhang and Philip H. Stauffer. GPA: 3.63
Dissertation: “Simulation-based Risk Analysis of Carbon Storage into the Kevin Dome site, Montana, USA and Understanding Carbon Sequestration in Deep Saline Aquifers at the Shenhua site, Ordos Basin, China.”

MS Petroleum Engineering, University of Kansas, 2014
Advisors: Jyun-Syung Tsau and Robert H. Goldstein. GPA: 3.68
Thesis: “Simulation and Scale-up Studies of Reservoir-analog Models from Miocene Carbonate Outcrops in Southeast Spain.

BS Petroleum Geology, Vietnam National University, 2010
Senior Project: “Modeling Fluvial Channels of the Miocene Sandstone Reservoir of Black Lion field, Cuulong Basin, South Vietnam” with ConocoPhillips.

EXPERIENCE

Graduate Research Assistant, 2017 – Present
Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, NM

Performed sensitivity analysis to quantify risk of CO2 sequestration in the Kevin Dome site in Montana under the DOE Big Sky Carbon Sequestration Partnership.

Summer Student Intern, Summer 2016
Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, NM

Studied a CO2 sequestration pilot project at the Shenhua site, Ordos basin, China to gain a better understanding into reservoir heterogeneity under the US-China Clean Energy Research Center.

Graduate Research Assistant, 2015 – Present
University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY

Built a subsurface 3D model to feed into a integrated flow & transport model to understand groundwater dynamics in the Snow Range Mountains, WY

Energy Research Intern, 2014 – 2015
Kansas Geological Survey, Lawrence, KS

CO2 Sequestration Potential in South-central Kansas and Modeling the Arbuckle Formation in Sumner and Harper Counties, Kansas

Graduate Research Assistant, 2012 – 2014
University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS

Worked as part of an industry-academic consortium led by ExxonMobil to study hydrocarbon recovery processes in various carbonate systems of La Molata outcrops in Southeast Spain.

Reservoir Engineer, 2010 – 2012
Schlumberger, Houston, TX
Provided technical support and managed 10-15 E&P companies at a given time. Assisted the sales team in managing their corporate accounts and identifying business opportunities. Accomplished promotion by finishing the training program while meeting internal and external customer needs.

Geoscience Intern, Summer 2009
ConocoPhillips, Saigon, Vietnam
Performed sequence stratigraphic interpretation from geologic, geochemical, lithology data. Incorporated faults into a structural model and interpreted facies logs from gamma ray, density and water saturation. Modeled facies, porosity, and permeability distributions to the structural grid using Sequential Indicator Simulation (SIS) and Sequential Gaussian Simulation (SGS).

Teaching Assistant, Summer 2008
CitySmart, Saigon, Vietnam
Taught fundamental Earth Science to teachers and elementary-level students. Organized teacher-parent meetings and events. Complied monthly report on student performance.

PUBLICATIONS

Journal Articles

Nguyen, M.C., Zhang, Y., and Stauffer, P.H., A simulation-based risk analysis of CO2 sequestration in the Duperow Formation at the Kevin Dome site in Montana, USA, Journal of International Greenhouse Gas Control, in preparation

Nguyen, M.C., Zhang, Y., and Stauffer, P.H., Wellbore modeling of the CO2 injection at Shenhua site, Ordos Basin, Journal of International Greenhouse Gas Control, in preparation

Nguyen, M.C., Zhang, X., Wei, N., Li, J., Li, X., Zhang, Y., and Stauffer, P.H. (2017) An Object-based Modeling Study of CO2 Storage in Low-Permeability Deep Saline Aquifers at the Shenhua site, Ordos basin, Geomechanics and Geophysics for Geo-Energy and Geo-Resources, DOI: 10.1007/s40948-017-0063-5

Nguyen, M.C., Zhang, Y., Li, J., Li, X., Bai, B., Wu, H., Wei, N., and Stauffer, P.H. (2017) A Geostatistical Study in Support of CO2 Storage in Deep Saline Aquifers at the Shenhua Site, Ordos Basin, Energy Procedia, DOI: 10.1016/j.egypro.2017.03.1720

Posters & Presentations

Nguyen, M.C., Zhang, Y., Li, J., Li, X., Bai, B., Wu, H., Wei, N., and Stauffer, P.H. (2016) A Geostatistical Study in Support of CO2 Storage in Deep Saline Aquifers at the Shenhua Site, Ordos Basin, 13th International Conference on Greenhouse Gas Control Technologies, Lausanne, Switzerland, Oral Presentation

Nguyen, M.C., Li, J., Li, X., Zhang, Y., and Stauffer, P.H. (2016) Geological Modeling and Reservoir Simulation supporting CO2 storage in a Deep Saline Formation, Shengbei Injection Site, Ordos Basin, China, 16th LANL Annual Student Symposium, Los Alamos, NM, Poster Presentation

Nguyen, M.C., Li, J., Li, X., Zhang, Y., and Stauffer, P.H. (2016) Geological Modeling and Reservoir Simulation supporting CO2 storage in a Deep Saline Formation, Shengbei Injection Site, Ordos Basin, China, 15th Annual Carbon Capture, Utilization & Storage Conference, Tysons Corner, VA, DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.2.34973.31204, Poster Presentation

Jiao, J., Zhang, Y., Miller, S., Nguyen, M.C., Armstrong, R.S., Parsekian, A., Holbrook, W.S. (2016) Integrated modeling of groundwater surface water interaction in Snowy Range, Wyoming, American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA, 12 December. Abstract # H51L-06, Poster Presentation.

Jiao, J., Nguyen, M.C., Zhang, Y., and others (2015) Integrated Modeling of Groundwater Surface Water Interaction in Snowy Range, Wyoming, WyCEHG Round Up, Laramie, WY, Poster Presentation

Bidgoli, T.S., Watney, W.L., Gerlach, P.M., and Nguyen, M.C. (2014) Episodic Reactivation of Critically-stressed Basement Faults in Southern Kansas: Implications for Wastewater Disposal and Long-term Storage of CO2, GSA Annual Meeting, San Fransico, CA, Poster Presentation

Nguyen, M.C., Tsau, J.S., Goldstein, R.H., and Franseen, E.K. (2014) A Reservoir-Analog Study of Scale Up Processes for Facies Distributions and Connected Volumes, KICC Annual Meeting, Lawrence, KS, Poster Presentation

Birdie, T., Watney, L., Gerlach, P., Killion, M., Holubnyak, E., Raney, J., Bidgoli, T., Williams, G., Nguyen, M.C., and Wilson, B. (2014) Impacts of carbon dioxide storage in the saline Arbuckle aquifer on freshwater aquifers in Kansas, 59th Annual Midwest Ground Water Conference, Oral Presentation

Fazelalavi, M., Watney, W.L., Doveton, J., Rush, J., Fazelalavi, M.F., and Nguyen, M.C. (2014) Determination of Capillary Pressure Curves in the Mississippian Limestone, KICC Annual Meeting, Lawrence, KS, Poster Presentation

Tsau, J.S., Nguyen, M.C., Franseen, E.K., Goldstein, R.H., Benson, G., Ballard, M., and Liang, J.T. (2012) La Molata Model Simulation – Impact of Heterogeneous Carbonates on Flow Behavior and Oil Production, (FC)2 Annual Meeting, Houston, TX, Oral Presentation

GRANTS & AWARDS

2017-2018: Helen Dunnewald Memorial Scholarship ($1,772.50)
2017-2018: McMurry Fellowship in Energy Research ($1,000)
2017-2018: Big Sky Carbon Sequestration Partnership ($45,000)
2017: 2nd Place Toastmasters Division Level International Speech Contest
2017: 3rd Place Toastmasters Area Level International Speech Contest
2017: 2nd Place Toastmasters Club Level Table Topics Contest
2016, 2017: Albert E. Bradbury Geology & Geophysics Fellowship ($2,222.65)
2016-2017: Leon Borgman Geohydrology & Geostatistics ($2,000)
2016, 2017: 1st Place Toastmasters Club Level International Speech Contest
2016: 3rd Place Toastmasters Area Level Speech Evaluation Contest
2016: University of Wyoming Academic Affairs Scholarship ($2,200)
2016: Chevron Conference Scholarship ($2,000)
2015-2016: US-China Clean Energy Research Center ($45,982)
2015-2017: School of Energy Resources Research Grant ($45,000)
2012-2014: ExxonMobil (FC)2 Alliance Research Grant ($65,000)
2011, 2012: Schlumberger Rewards of Excellence
2009: 2nd Place Pangeae Geology Team Competition
2008: Society of Petroleum Engineers Scholarship

SERVICE & OUTREACH

Toastmasters International, 2014 – Present
Serving as VP Membership, Laramie Morning Club, 2017 – 2018. Actively participating in club meetings and speech contests in Kansas, Wyoming, and New Mexico. Accomplished the Competent Communicator (CC) certification program (10 speeches) and working through the Advanced Communication Track program.

Los Alamos National Laboratory, Summer 2016
Volunteered for the 42nd Los Alamos Triathlon and LANL Worker Safety and Security Annual Fest (2016).

University of Kansas, 2012 – 2014
Volunteered for Engineering EXPO, Kansas Relays, Future City Competition, and “You At KU” Student Orientation. Active membership with the Society of Petroleum Engineers. Took part in a field trip to Devon Energy in Oklahoma to see drilling and production sites.

Society of Petroleum Engineers, 2009 – 2012
Co-founded SPE Vietnam Young Professionals Section and established an agenda moving forward. Helped raise roughly $4000 in 2011 from local and international upstream E&P companies. Organized 2 field trips and social events for young professionals and college students in 2011 and 2012.

Sozo Center, 2006 – 2008
Sozo is a little cafe in Saigon, Vietnam established to enable people to better themselves and contribute to the society. Participated in conversation groups and workshops designed to build character and enhance life skills. Responsible for organizing charity and community events that provide aid to the underprivileged.

SKILLS & LANGUAGES

Certification: Schlumberger Reservoir Engineering & Simulation
Software:  Petrel, Eclipse®, Matlab, ArcGIS, Surfer, and MS Office
Language: English (proficient), Spanish (beginning), Vietnamese (native)