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Santosh Patil has joined the EERC as a Reservoir Engineer, where he works with geoscientists to build geological models and runs dynamic simulations to determine the long-term fate of produced/injected fluids, including hydrocarbons, CO2, and brine.

“The EERC’s research activities provide practical solutions to actual problems that are faced within the oil and gas industry,” said Santosh.

Drawn to the EERC for the research possibilities, he says what he likes most about his job is solving different reservoir engineering problems, especially those specific to unconventional reservoirs and the use of CO2 injection.

Santosh grew up in India and received a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering degree from India. He moved to the United States in 2002 for graduate studies where he received his Masters of Science in Petroleum Engineering and Environmental Engineering from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. He is now pursuing his Ph.D. degree in Petroleum Engineering from the University of North Dakota. Prior to joining the EERC, Santosh served as a Reservoir Engineer for BP where he worked on oil and gas fields from Alaska’s North Slope. Mr. Patil is currently working toward acquiring a professional engineer license in the US.

Santosh’s hobbies include watching shows and movies from India, driving/exploring the area, fishing, and bike riding. When asked whether he’s had any unusual adventures, Santosh laughs and says, “I have lived in Alaska—there are some places colder than North Dakota!”