Cockrell School of Engineering
The University of Texas at Austin

Hugh Daigle

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Assistant Professor

Phone: (512) 471-3775
Office: CPE 5.174

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Research Areas: Drilling, Well Completions, and Rock Mechanics; Fundamental Processes; Integrated Reservoir Characterization; Unconventional Resources; Nanoparticle Engineering for Subsurface Processes

Educational Qualifications:

AB, Earth and Planetary Sciences, Harvard University, 2004

PhD, Earth Science, Rice University, 2011

PGE Course:

PGE 373L (Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering Design) 

PGE 381L (Advanced Petrophysics)


My research focuses on characterizing physical and transport properties of rocks using a combination of laboratory experiments and numerical simulation. Specific areas of interest include characterization of fluids and pore systems using nuclear magnetic resonance; fundamental research on magnetic resonance properties of nanoparticles; micropore characterization using BET measurements; evolution of petrophysical properties during consolidation of marine sediments; and numerical modeling of development and persistence of methane hydrates in marine sediments.

Awards & Honors:

UT PGE Outstanding Faculty Member Award, 2015

Anadarko Petroleum Corporation Centennial Fellowship #2, 2015

SPE Regional Formation Evaluation Award, 2014

Leroy Caleb Gibbon Award (best-conceived and best-written thesis submitted within 6 weeks of the oral defense), Rice University Department of Earth Science, 2011

National Energy Technology Laboratory Methane Hydrate Research Fellowship, 2009-2011

Outstanding Graduate Student Award, Rice University Department of Earth Science, 2010

Outstanding Student Paper Award, American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, 2008

Highlighted Publications and Google Scholar Profile:

Daigle, H., 2016. Relative permeability to water or gas in the presence of hydrates in porous media from critical path analysis. Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering,

Nole, M., Daigle, H., Milliken, K.L., Prodanović, M., 2016. A method for estimating microporosity of fine-grained sediments and sedimentary rocks via SEM image analysis. Sedimentology,

Daigle, H., 2016. Application of critical path analysis for permeability prediction in natural porous media. Advances in Water Resources, 96, 43-54,

Zhu, C., Daigle, H., Bryant, S., 2016. Paramagnetic nanoparticles as nuclear magnetic resonance contrast agents in sandstone: Importance of nanofluid-rock interactions. Interpretation, 4(2), SF23-SF33,

Daigle, H., Johnson, A., 2016. Combining mercury intrusion and nuclear magnetic resonance measurements using percolation theory. Transport in Porous Media, 111(3), 669-679,

Daigle, H., Cook, A., Malinverno, A., 2015. Permeability and porosity of hydrate-bearing sediments in the northern Gulf of Mexico. Marine and Petroleum Geology, 68, 551-564,

Daigle, H., Ghanbarian, B., Henry, P., Conin, M., 2015. Universal scaling of the formation factor in clays: example from the Nankai Trough. Journal of Geophysical Research B: Solid Earth, 120(11), 7361-7375,

Daigle, H., Screaton, E.J., 2015. Predicting the permeability of sediments entering subduction zones. Geophysical Research Letters, 42(13), 5219-5226,