Cockrell School of Engineering
The University of Texas at Austin

Mukul Sharma

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W.A. (Tex) Moncrief, Jr. Centennial Endowed Chair in Petroleum Engineering

Phone: (512) 471-3257, (512) 471-3161
Office: CPE 5.118A

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Research Areas: Hydraulic fracturing and well completions; formation damage; natural gas engineering; production engineering; reservoir engineering; unconventional resources; surface and colloid chemistry; flow in porous media

Educational Qualifications:

PhD, Petroleum Engineering, University of Southern California, 1985

M.S., Chemical Engineering, University of Southern California, 1981

B.Tech., Chemical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, 1980

PGE Courses Taught:

Natural gas engineering, petrophysics, near wellbore production problems, well stimulation, oilfield water management, advanced fluid flow in porous media


Mukul M. Sharma holds the “Tex” Moncrief Chair in the Department of Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin where he has been for the past 32 years. He served as chairman of the department from 2001 to 2005. His current research interests include hydraulic fracturing, oilfield water management, formation damage and improved oil recovery. He has published more than 400 journal articles and conference proceedings and has 23 patents.

Awards & Honors:

SPE John Franklin Carll award, 2017

Billy and Claude Hocott Distinguished Engineering Research Award, 2010

SPE Anthony F. Lucas Gold Medal, 2009

SPE Faculty Distinguished Achievement Award, 2004

SPE Distinguished Member, 2004

SPE Distinguished Lecturer, 2004

Lester C. Uren Award, SPE, 2003

SPE Formation Evaluation Award, 1998

Editorial Review Board, SPE Journal, 1996-2000

Martin Marietta Excellence in Teaching Award, 1996

Halliburton Foundation, Faculty Excellence Award, 1994

Technical Editor, Society of Petroleum Engineers, 1992-95

Highlighted Publications and Google Scholar Profile:

“A New Method for the Design and Selection of Premium/Woven Sand Screens,” SPE 146656-PA, SPE Drilling and Completion, Vol. 27, No 3, pp. 407-416, September 2012, Mondal, S., Sharma, M.M., Hodge, R.M., ConocoPhillips, and Chanpura, R. A., Parlar, M., and Ayoub, J.A., Schlumberger.

“Multi-Phase Fluid-Loss Properties and Return Permeability of Energized Fracturing Fluids”, SPE 139622, SPE Production & Operations, Vol. 27, No. 3, pp. 265-277, August 2012, Ribeiro, L.H., SPE, Sharma, M.M., SP

“Decreasing Water Invasion Into Atoka Shale Using Nonmodified Silica Nanoparticles,” SPE 146979-PA, SPE Drilling & Completions, Vol.27, No. 1, pp. 103-112, March 2012, ISSN 1064-6671, Cai, J., China University of Geosciences, Chenevert, M.E., Sharma M.M., and Friedheim, J. M-I Swaco.

“Optimizing Fracture Spacing and Sequencing in Horizontal-Well Fracturing”, SPE Production & Operations, Vol. 26, No. 2, pp. 173-184, May 2011, Roussel, N.P.; Sharma, M.M.

“Chemical Treatment to Mitigate Condensate and Water Blocking in Gas Wells in Carbonate Reservoirs,” SPE Production and Operations, Vol 26, No. 1, pp. 67-74, February 2011, ISSN 1930-1855, Ahmadi, M., Sharma, M.M., Pope, G.A., Torress, D.E., McCulley, C.A., and Linnemeyer, H.

“Geophysics at the Interface: Response of Geophysical Properties to Solid-Fluid, Fluid-Fluid, and Solid-Solid Interfaces”, Reviews of Geophysics, Vol.48, December 2010, Knight, R. ; Pyrak-Nolte, L.J. ; Slater, L.; Atekwana, E.; Endres, A.; Geller, J.; Lesmes, D.; Nakagawa, S.; Revil, A.; Sharma, M.M.; Straley, C.

“A Model for Water Injection Into Frac-Packed Wells,” SPE Reservoir Evaluation & Engineering, Vol.13, No. 03, pp. 449-464, June 2010, Suri A.; Sharma, M.M.

“PEG-Coated Reverse Osmosis Membranes: Desalination Properties and Fouling Resistance,” Journal of Membrane Science, Vol. 340, No. 1-2, pp. 92-108, September 2009, Sagle, A.C.; Van Wagner, E.M.; Ju, H.; McCloskey, B.D.; Freeman, B.D.; Sharma, M.M.

“Proppant Placement Using Reverse-Hybrid Fracs,” SPE 99580, SPE Production and Operations Journal, Vol. 22, No. 3, pp. 348-356, August 2007, Liu, Y.; Gadde, P.B.; Sharma, M.M.

“Flow-Through Drying of Porous Media,” AIChE Journal, Vol. 52, No. 7, pp. 2367-2380, July 2006, Mahadevan, J.; Sharma, M.M.; Yortsos, Y.C.