Zuleima T. Karpyn

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Zuleima T. Karpyn

Professor of Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering

Quentin E. and Louise L. Wood Faculty Fellow in Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering

151 Hosler Building

814-863-2273

Biographical Sketch: 

Zuleima Karpyn is a professor and Quentin and Louise Wood Endowed Faculty Fellow in Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering.  Dr. Karpyn specializes on multiphase flow and transport in porous media, and X-ray computed tomography. Areas of application include unconventional resource characterization, reservoir engineering, environmental remediation and carbon sequestration.  She holds a B.S. in chemical engineering from Universidad Central de Venezuela, and an M.S. and Ph.D. in petroleum and natural gas engineering from The Pennsylvania State University.  Dr. Karpyn is a recipient of the 2008 Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award granted by the National Science Foundation, the 2010 Wilson Award for Excellence in Teaching, she is Foundation CMG co-Chair in Fluid Behavior and Rock Interactions since 2014, and 2016-17 Fulbright U.S. Scholar.  She has also served as Associate Editor of the Society of Petroleum Engineers Journal (2009-2014), and as assistant Editor-in-chief for the Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering since 2014.

Educational Background: 

Ph.D. (Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering), The Pennsylvania State University, 2005

M.S. (Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering), The Pennsylvania State University, 2001

B.S. (Chemical Engineering), Universidad Central de Venezuela, 1997

Research Interests: 
  • Multi-phase flow in porous media
  • Capillary-driven flow
  • Unconventional reservoirs
  • Solid/liquid interfaces and wettability
  • X-ray Computed Tomography and image processing techniques
Selected Publications: 
  1. Klise, K., Moriarty, D., Yoon, H., and Karpyn, Z.T., 2016. "Automated contact angle estimation for three-dimensional X-ray microtomography data”. Advances in Water Resources, in press, DOI: 10.1016/j.advwatres.2015.11.006.
  2. Brunet, J.-P., Li, L., Karpyn, Z.T., Huerta, N., 2016. "Fracture opening and self-healing: critical residence time as a unifying parameter for diverging cement fracture property evolution under carbon sequestration conditions". International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control, 47 (April): 25-37. DOI: 10.1016/j.ijggc.2016.01.024.
  3. Cao, P., Karpyn, Z.T., and Li, L., 2016. “The role of host rock properties in determining potential CO2 leakage pathways”. International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control, 45 (February): 18-26. DOI: 10.1016/j.ijggc.2015.12.002.
  4. Torrealba, V. A., Karpyn, Z. T., Yoon, H., Klise, K. A., and Crandall, D., 2016. “Pore-scale investigation on stress-dependent characteristics of granular packs and their impact on fluid distribution”. Geofluids, 16(1): 198-207. DOI: 10.1111/gfl.12143.
  5. Cao, P., Karpyn, Z.T., and Li, L., 2015. “Self-healing of cement fractures under dynamic flow of CO2-rich brine”. Water Resources Research, 51(6): 4684-4701. DOI: 10.1002/2014WR016162.
  6. Aksu, I., Bazilevskaya, K., and Karpyn, Z.T., 2015. “Swelling of clay minerals in unconsolidated porous media and its impact on permeability”. GeoResJ, 7(September): 1-13. DOI:10.1016/j.grj.2015.02.003.
  7. Alexis, D., Karpyn, Z.T., Ertekin, T., and Crandall, D., 2015. “Fracture permeability and relative permeability of coal and their dependence on stress conditions”. Journal of Unconventional Oil and Gas Resources, 10(June): 1-10. DOI:10.1016/j.juogr.2015.02.001.
  8. Yan, Q., Lemanski, C., Karpyn, Z.T., and Ayala H., L.F., 2015. “Experimental investigation of shale gas production impairment due to fracturing fluid migration during shut-in time”. Journal of Natural Gas Science & Engineering, 24(May): 99-105. DOI:10.1016/j.jngse.2015.03.017.
  9. Li, X., Akbarabadi, M., Karpyn, Z.T., Piri, M. and Bazilevskaya, E., 2015. ”Experimental investigation of carbon dioxide trapping due to capillary retention in saline aquifers”. Geofluids, 15(1-2): 1-14. DOI: 10.1111/gfl.12127.
  10. Thararoop, P., Karpyn, Z.T., and Ertekin, T., 2015. "A production type-curve solution for coalbed methane reservoirs”. Journal of Unconventional Oil and Gas Resources, 9(March): 136-152. DOI:10.1016/j.juogr.2014.12.001.
  11. Thararoop, P., Karpyn, Z.T., and Ertekin, T., 2015. “Development of Material Balance Equation for Coalbed Methane Reservoirs Accounting for the Presence of Water in the Coal Matrix and Coal Shrinkage and Swelling”. Journal of Unconventional Oil and Gas Resources, 9(March): 153-162. DOI:10.1016/j.juogr.2014.12.002.
Recent Activities: 

Activities

  • Assistant Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering, 2014-present.
  • Associate Editor, Society of Petroleum Engineers Editorial Review Committee, Society of Petroleum Engineers Journal, 2009-2014.
  • Appointed member, Commission for Women (CFW), Office of the Vice Provost for Educational Equity, July, 2013 – June, 2016.
  • Guest Editor, Special issue of International Journal of Oil, Gas and Coal Technology, "Pore-Scale Flow and Transport Processes in Petroleum Reservoirs", 2010-2011.
  • Groundwater Flow Specialist, for the development and design of an interactive groundwater flow exhibit in collaboration with the Carnegie Science Center, Pittsburgh, PA, 2009-2011.
  • Technical Editor, Society of Petroleum Engineers Editorial Review Committee, Reservoir Evaluation & Engineering Journal, 2005-2009.
  • Member, Program Committee – Reservoir Engineering, 2012 SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition, San Antonio, Texas, October 8-10.
  • Member, Program Committee – Reservoir Engineering, 2011 SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition, Denver, Colorado, October 30 – November 2.
  • Technical reviewer of refereed journals (2005-present), including Advances in Water Resources; Energy & Fuel; Engineering Geology; Environmental Science & Technology; Fluid Phase Equilibria; Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems (G-Cubed); Geophysical Research Letters; International Journal of Oil, Gas and Coal Technology; Journal of Contaminant Hydrology; Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering; SPE Reservoir Evaluation & Engineering; SPE Journal; Transport in Porous Media; Water Resources Research    
 
Awards: 

Awards/Honors/Recognitions

  • Fulbright U.S. Scholar Award, Fulbright – Colciencias Innovation and Technology, 2016-2017.
  • Foundation CMG Chair in Fluid Behavior and Rock Interactions, 2014.
  • George H. Deike, Jr. Research Grant, The Pennsylvania State University, 2011.
  • Quentin E. and Louise L. Wood Endowed Faculty Fellow in Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering, The Pennsylvania State University, 2010.
  • Wilson Award for Excellence in Teaching, The Pennsylvania State University, 2010.
  • Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award, National Science Foundation, 2008.
  • Outstanding Service to the American Association of Petroleum Geologists - Eastern Section, as Technical Program Co-Chair of the AAPG-SPE 2008 Eastern Meeting, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 2008.