Cockrell School of Engineering
The University of Texas at Austin

Masa Prodanovic

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Associate Professor

Chevron Centennial Teaching Fellow in Petroleum Engineering

Phone: (512) 471-0839
Office: CPE 4.186A

Personal Website:

Research Areas: Fundamental Processes; Integrated Reservoir Characterization; Nanoparticle Engineering for Subsurface Processes; Unconventional Resources

Educational Qualifications:

Ph.D., Computational Applied Mathematics and Statistics, State University of New York at Stony Brook, 2005

PGE Courses Taught:

PGE 381M (Transport Phenomena) 

PGE334/PGE383 (Reservoir Geomechanics) 

PGE310 (Formation and Solution of Geosystems Engineering Problems)

PGE 383 (Digital Rock Petrophysics)


Maša Prodanović holds a bachelor of science in applied mathematics from the University of Zagreb, Croatia and a PhD in computational applied mathematics from Stony Brook University, New York. She had held a Research Associate position, as well as prestigious J.T. Oden Postdoctoral Fellowship prior to her current post. Prodanović’s research interests include multiphase flow and image‐based porous media characterization especially applied to heterogeneous media, level set method, ferrohydrodynamics, sediment mechanics/fracturing and unconventional resources. View her digital rocks portal to see this research in action. She taught and organized successful Short Courses on Image Analysis and Related Modeling in July 2011, May 2013 and May 2014.

Awards & Honors:

Stony Brook University’s 40 Under Forty, November 2017.

Texas Top Ten Faculty, May 2017.

Chevron Centennial Teaching Fellow in Petroleum Engineering, September 2015.

SPE Faculty Innovative Teaching Award, 2014.

InterPore Procter & Gamble Award for Porous Media Research, 2014.

NSF CAREER Award (NSF Directorate of Earth Sciences), February 2013.

Pioneer Corporation Faculty Fellowship in Petroleum Engineering, September 2012.

Summer Research Assignment 2011 Award for tenure-track faculty, University of Texas at Austin.

SPE Annual Technical Conference 2009 and Exhibition Outstanding Young Professional Paper.

Highlighted Publications and Google Scholar Profiles:

M. Zhang, M. Prodanović, M. Mirabolghasemi, J. Zhao, 3D Microscale Flow Simulation of Shear-Thinning Fluids in a Rough Fracture, Transport in Porous Media. (2019). doi:10.1007/s11242-019-01243-9.

H.J. Khan, M. Prodanovic, D.A. DiCarlo, The Effect of Vuggy Porosity on Straining in Porous Media, SPE Journal. (2019). doi:10.2118/194201-PA.

S. Ghanbarzadeh, M.A. Hesse, M. Prodanović, Percolative core formation in planetesimals enabled by hysteresis in metal connectivity, PNAS. 114 (2017) 13406–13411. doi:10.1073/pnas.1707580114.

C.J. Landry, P. Eichhubl, M. Prodanović, S. Wilkins, Nanoscale grain boundary channels in fracture cement enhance flow in mudrocks, J. Geophys. Res. Solid Earth. 121 (2016) 2016JB012810. doi:10.1002/2016JB012810.

Z. Xue, A.J. Worthen, C. Da, A. Qajar, I.R. Ketchum, S. Alzobaidi, C. Huh, M. Prodanović, K.P. Johnston, Ultradry Carbon Dioxide-in-Water Foams with Viscoelastic Aqueous Phases, Langmuir. 32 (2016) 28–37. doi:10.1021/acs.langmuir.5b03036.

S. Ghanbarzadeh, M.A. Hesse, M. Prodanovic, J.E. Gardner, Deformation-assisted fluid percolation in rock salt, Science. 350 (2015) 1069–1072. doi:10.1126/science.aac8747.

M. Mirabolghasemi, M. Prodanović, D. DiCarlo, H. Ji, Prediction of empirical properties using direct pore-scale simulation of straining through 3D microtomography images of porous media, Journal of Hydrology. 529, Part 3 (2015) 768–778. doi:10.1016/j.jhydrol.2015.08.016.

A. Tokan-Lawal, M. Prodanović, P. Eichhubl, Investigating flow properties of partially cemented fractures in Travis Peak Formation using image-based pore-scale modeling, J. Geophys. Res. Solid Earth. 120 (2015) 2015JB012045. doi:10.1002/2015JB012045.

A. Mehmani, M. Prodanović, The application of sorption hysteresis in nano-petrophysics using multiscale multiphysics network models, International Journal of Coal Geology. 128–129 (2014) 96–108. doi:10.1016/j.coal.2014.03.008.

M. Prodanović, S.L. Bryant, A level set method for determining critical curvatures for drainage and imbibition, Journal of Colloid and Interface Science. 304 (2006) 442–458. doi:10.1016/j.jcis.2006.08.048.

M. Prodanović, W.B. Lindquist, R.S. Seright, 3D image-based characterization of fluid displacement in a Berea core, Advances in Water Resources. 30 (2007) 214–226. doi:10.1016/j.advwatres.2005.05.015.