Dr. Bo Ren

Dr. Bo Ren
Research Associate
Bureau of Economic Geology
The University of Texas at Austin
University Station, Box X
Austin, Texas 78713-8924
Telephone
512-471-0223
Fax
512-471-0140

Bo Ren is an improved oil recovery engineer, working for the State of Texas Advanced Resource Recovery (STARR) program at BEG. His research interests include CO2 enhanced oil recovery, geological carbon sequestration, and reservoir optimization and management. Much of his work is focused on understanding and controlling subsurface multiphase flow and reactive transport. He develops and uses full and reduced-physics models to predict flow. These flow models consider geologic constraints and include both physics- and data-driven processes.

  • Research Interests

    Improved Oil Recovery

    Geologic Carbon Storage

    Reservoir Numerical Simulation

    Unconventional Resource Development

    Data Analytics

  • Education

    Ph.D. Petroleum Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin, August 2017

    Supervisor: Dr. Larry W. Lake, Co-Supervisor: Dr. Steven L. Bryant

    M.S. Petroleum Engineering, China University of Petroleum (East China), June 2012

    B.S. Petroleum Engineering, China University of Petroleum (East China), June 2009

  • Professional History

    Research Associate, Improved Oil Recovery Engineer, Bureau of Economic Geology, The University of Texas at Austin, November 2019 – Present

    Postdoctoral Fellow, Reservoir Engineer, Hildebrand Department of Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin, September 2017 – October 2019

    Geomodeler Intern, Bureau of Economic Geology, The University of Texas at Austin, May 2017 – August 2017

    Reservoir Engineering Intern, BP America, May 2014 – August 2014

    Graduate Research Assistant, Hildebrand Department of Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin, September 2012 – May 2017

    Graduate Research Assistant, China University of Petroleum (East China), September 2009 – May 2012

  • Selected Publications

    Ren, B., Duncan, I.J. Reservoir Simulation of Carbon Storage Associated with CO2 EOR in Residual Oil Zones, San Andres Formation of West Texas, Permian Basin, USA. Energy. 2019:167, 391-401. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.energy.2018.11.007

    Ren, B., Male, F., Baques, V., Duncan, I.J., Lake, L. W. Oil Saturation in Residual Oil Zones and Its Effects on CO2 WAG Injection Strategies. SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition, Calgary, Alberta, Canada, 9 September - 2 October, 2019. https://doi.org/10.2118/196230-MS

    Ren, B., Bryant, S.L., Lake, L.W. Estimating Local Capillary Trap Volume Capacities using a Geologic Criterion. International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control. 2019: 85, 46-57.  https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijggc.2019.03.025

    Peng, S., Ren, B., Meng, M.M. Quantifying the Influence of Fractures for More-Accurate Laboratory Measurement of Shale Matrix Permeability Using a Modified Gas-Expansion Method. SPE Reservoir Evaluation & Engineering – Formation Evaluation. 2019, preprint. https://doi.org/10.2118/195570-PA

    Ren, B., Delaney, J.M., Lake, L.W., Bryant, S.L. Interplay Between Permeability Retardation and Capillary Trapping of Rising Carbon Dioxide in Storage Reservoirs. SPE Journal. 2018:23(5), 1866-1879. https://doi.org/10.2118/187356-PA

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  • Selected Committees

    Associate Editor, SPE Reservoir Evaluation & Engineering, 2019 – present,

    Technical Editor, SPE Journal and SPE Reservoir Evaluation & Engineering, 2017 - present

    Committee Member, SPE Student Section Award Judging, 2018

  • Selected Awards

    Outstanding Reviewer, International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control, 2018

    Shell Research Award, UT-Austin GAIN (Graduate and Industrial Network), 2015

    3rd Prize for Research Excellence in Energy & Environment, UT-Austin Energy Week, 2015

    Recipient, ConocoPhillips Fellowship, UT-Austin, 2012-2013

    Recipient, Roberto Rocca Scholarship, China University of Petroleum (East China), 2010 - 2011