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The EERC is pleased to welcome Dr. Sofiane Djezzar as a Geoscientist, where he develops and oversees the development of geophysical models of the subsurface, performs regional characterization, and performs petrophysical analyses of geophysical well log data, interfacing with a diverse team of scientists and engineers to assess project uncertainties in oil and gas development and geologic CO2 storage.

Sofiane holds a Ph.D. degree in Petroleum Engineering from UND and Magistere and Engineer degrees in Structural Geology from Houari Boumerdiene Sciences and Technology University, Bab-Ezzouar, Algiers, Algeria. He is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers, American Association of Petroleum Geologists, American Rock Mechanics Association, and Algerian Association of Gas Industry. Sofiane has authored or coauthored numerous professional publications.

Sofiane became interested in working at the EERC while he was enrolled at UND to obtain his Ph.D., where he attended Lunch and Learn sessions presented by EERC experts. He said it is one of the nicest places to work and is his dream come true. “I am working on very interesting and challenging projects related to reservoir characterization, CO2 injection, and storage,” said Sofiane. “I am using the latest technologies and software related to these topics.” 

Prior to his position at the EERC, Sofiane worked for Sonatrach, an Algerian oil company, from 1998-2016 as a geologist and geoscientist. More recently, he was an instructor and teaching assistant at UND, and a research assistant at the EERC until he was hired into his new role. 

Sofiane and his wife have been married for 20 years. She is a Ph.D. student at UND studying Petroleum Engineering and will graduate in December. Sofiane has varied interests outside of his work, including swimming and scuba diving. His favorite diving experience was in the Mediterranean Sea. He also enjoys reading and watching movies, especially science fiction and history.