Roland Okwen

Reservoir Engineer
Advanced Energy Technology Initiative

Roland T. Okwen obtained his BS in Chemistry from the University of Buea, Cameroon, in 1997. He later relocated to Denmark where obtained masters degree in Petroleum Engineering at the Technical University of Denmark in 2005. Roland obtained his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering at the University of South Florida (USF) in 2009. While at USF, he also served as student representative in the University's Graduate Council from 2007–2009.

He then obtained a European Union post-doctoral scholarship to work as a research associate at Schlumberger Cambridge Research Center, England, from 2009 to 2010.

Prior to joining ISGS, he worked as a consultant in a carbon dioxide and municipal wastewater in project with the University of South Florida.

Research Interests: 
  • Carbon capture and sequestration
  • Subsurface fluid flow
  • Enhanced oil recovery
  • Reservoir simulation
  • Reservoir geomechanics
Current Research Projects: 
  • FutureGen 2.0 Project
  • Reservoir assessment and modeling of EOR processes in the Illinois Basin
Selected Publications: 

Okwen, R., Stewart, M., and Cunningham, J., 2010, Effect of well orientation (vertical vs. horizontal) and well length on the injection of CO2 in deep saline aquifers, Transp Porous Med, DOI 10.1007/s11242-010-9686-5.

Okwen, R., Pu, R., and Cunningham, J., 2010. Remote sensing of temperature variations around major power plants as point sources of heat. International Journal of Remote Sensing, (in press).

Okwen, R., Stewart, M., and Cunningham, J., 2010. Analytical solution for estimating storage efficiency of geologic sequestration of CO2. International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control, 4 (1), 102-107, doi:10.1016/j.ijggc.2009.11.002.

Okwen, R.T., Stewart, M., Cunningham, J.A. "Storage of CO2 in deep saline aquifers via injection in horizontal wells." Proceedings of the TOUGH Symposium 2009, edited by G. Moridis, C. Doughty, S. Finsterle, and E. Sonnenthal, pp 102-107. Published by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL-2790E), Berkeley, CA. Presented in Berkeley, CA, Sept 14-16, 2009.