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The EERC welcomes Dr. Bao Jia to the Reservoir Engineering group. As a Reservoir Engineer, Bao serves our clients by developing geophysical models of the subsurface and run simulations to determine the long-term fate of produced/injected hydrocarbons, CO2 storage, and brine. Bao’s current research focuses on the characterization of unconventional reservoirs, CO2/gas injection to improve shale oil recovery, and determining the fate of injected brine/oil/gas in the subsurface.

“Before joining the EERC, I had read a lot of articles authored by colleagues here when I was doing my Ph.D., so I knew it was an excellent institution focusing on addressing energy issues,” Bao noted. “There are cycles of ups and downs in the energy industry. As reservoir engineers, the important thing for us to do is to increase our capacities of various skills, teamwork, and communication.”

“The EERC is located in North Dakota, the second-largest petroleum-producing state, which means we have a lot of natural resources, and we have a very healthy management system, access to various facilities, and many hard-working professionals,” he added.

Bao earned his Ph.D. with honors in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Kansas, a Master’s of Science in Petroleum Engineering from New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, and a Bachelor’s of Science in Petroleum Engineering from China University of Petroleum (East China). Bao’s Ph.D. work involved working on characterization of shale reservoirs and CO2/natural gas injection to improve shale oil recovery. Bao is the 2019 recipient of the Frank Bowdish Outstanding Ph.D. award at the University of Kansas. He also serves as a technical reviewer for the Journal of Natural Gas Science and Engineering, Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering and the Society of Petroleum Engineers Journal.

Originally from Shandong Province in China, Bao came to the United States in 2012. Shandong Province is also where Chinese philosopher/teacher Confucius was born in 551 BC.

Bao likes playing table tennis, watching a variety of movies and television shows, and listening to music. He admires Forrest’s spirit and character in his favorite movie, Forrest Gump. Bao also likes traveling to different places to appreciate different scenery and cultures.