Mohamed Shafik Khaled

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Research Assistant Professor

Dr. Mohamed Shafik Khaled is a Geothermal Research Associate in the Bureau of Economic Geology at The University of Texas at Austin. He has more than ten years of multi-disciplinary experience in oil/gas drilling operations, geothermal energy, artificial intelligence, applied drilling research, and oil shale development. Mohamed had a successful career at Halliburton Co. for more than five years, where he most recently served as a drilling solutions engineer. He was responsible for well planning, identifying drilling limiters, and finding solutions to drilling-related problems in various global projects. Mohamed earned his Ph.D. in Petroleum engineering from Texas A&M University. Then he joined the Petroleum & Geosystems Engineering Department at the University of Texas at Austin as a Postdoctoral Fellow. Dr. Khaled has (co-) authored more than 20 technical papers on multiple topics of subsurface energy systems. He received the society of petroleum engineers (SPE) paper contest award several times during his career.

Research Interests

Geothermal Energy

Applied Drilling Research

Reservoir Geomechanics

Carbon Storage and Wellbore Integrity

Artificial Intelligence and Big Data Analytics


Ph.D., Petroleum Engineering, Texas A&M University, 2021

M.S., Petroleum Engineering, Cairo University, 2016

B.S., Petroleum Engineering, Suez University, 2012

Professional History

Research Associate, Bureau of Economic Geology, The University of Texas at Austin, November 2022-Present

Postdoctoral Fellow, Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering Department, The University of Texas at Austin, September 2021-November 2022

Graduate Research & Teaching Assistant, Petroleum Engineering Department, Texas A&M University, August 2018-August 2021.

Drilling Solution Engineer, Halliburton Corp., March 2016-July 2017

Directional Drilling Field Engineer, Halliburton Corp., January 2013-March 2016

Undergraduate Research Assistant, Petroleum Engineering Department, Suez University, October 2010-October 2012

Selected Publications

Khaled, M.S., Wang, N., Ashok, P. and van Oort, E., 2023, Downhole Heat Management for Drilling Shallow and Ultra-Deep High Enthalpy Geothermal Wells: Geothermics Journal, v. 107, p. 102604

Khaled, M.S., Chen, M., Losoya, E.Z., Rodriguez, L.A, Gildin, E. and Skelton, R.E., 2022, Tensegrity Laboratory Drilling Rig for Earth and Space Drilling, Mining, and Exploration: International Journal of Solids and Structures, v. 252, p. 111785

Khaled, M.S., Chen, D., Ashok, P. and van Oort, E., 2022, Drilling Heat Maps for Active Temperature Management in Geothermal Wells: Paper presented at SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition. SPE-210306-MS

Khaled, M.S., Gu, Q., Chen, D., Ashok, P. and van Oort, E., 2022, Predicting Bottomhole Circulating Temperature while Drilling High Enthalpy Geothermal Wells Using Machine Learning Models: Paper presented at Geothermal Rising Conference., v. 46

Barooah, A., Khan, M.S., Khaled, M.S., Manikonda, K., Rahman, M.A., Hassan, I., Hasan, R., Maheshwari, P. and Hascakir, B., 2022, Development of Pressure Gradient Correlation for Slurry Flow Using Dimensional Analysis: Journal of Natural Gas Science and Engineering, v.104, p.104660.

Ferroudji, H., Rahman, M.A., Hadjadj, A., Ofei, T.N., Khaled, M.S., Rushd, S. and Gajbhiye, R.N., 2022, 3D Numerical and Experimental Modelling of Multiphase Flow Through an Annular Geometry Applied for Cuttings Transport: International Journal of Multiphase Flow, v. 151, p.104044.

Barooah, A., Khan, M.S., Khaled, M.S., Rahman, M.A., Hassan, I., Hasan, R., Maheshwari, P. and Hascakir, B., 2022, Investigation of Cutting Transport in Horizontal/Deviated Annulus Using Visualization and Pressure Drop Techniques for Two-Phase Slurry Flow: Journal of Natural Gas Science and Engineering, v. 100, p.104460.

Khaled, M.S., Ferroudji, H., Rahman, M.A., Galal, I.H. and Hasan, A.R., 2022, Numerical Study on the Impact of Spiral Tortuous Hole on Cuttings Removal in Horizontal Wells: SPE Drilling & Completion Journal, v. 37(01), p.77-92.

D’Angelo, J., Khaled, M.S., Ashok, P. and van Oort, E., 2022, Pareto Optimal Directional Drilling Advisory for Improved Real-Time Decision Making: Journal of Petroleum Science & Engineering, v. 210, p. 110031

Khaled, M.S., Khan, M.S., Ferroudji, H., Barooah, A., Rahman, M.A., Hassan, I. and Hasan, A.R., 2021, Dimensionless Data-Driven Model for Optimizing Hole Cleaning Efficiency in Daily Drilling Operations: Journal of Natural Gas Science and Engineering, 96, p.104315

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