151 Hosler Bldg.
Research Areas:Carbon Dioxide Capture, Conversion & Sequestration
Center for Quantitative Imaging
Clean Fuels & Catalysis
Coal Science & Technology
Petroleum & Natural Gas Engineering
Biosketch:Zuleima Karpyn is Professor and Quentin and Louise Wood Endowed Faculty Fellow in Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering. Dr. Karpyn specializes on multiphase flow and transport in porous media, and X-ray computed tomography. Areas of application include unconventional resource characterization, reservoir engineering, environmental remediation and carbon sequestration. She holds a B.S. in chemical engineering from Universidad Central de Venezuela, and an M.S. and Ph.D. in petroleum and natural gas engineering from The Pennsylvania State University. Dr. Karpyn is a recipient of the 2008 Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award granted by the National Science Foundation, the 2010 Wilson Award for Excellence in Teaching, she is Foundation CMG co-Chair in Fluid Behavior and Rock Interactions since 2014, 2016-17 Fulbright U.S. Scholar, and 2018-19 Penn State Administrative Fellow. She has also served as Associate Editor of the Society of Petroleum Engineers Journal (2009-2014), Assistant Editor-in-chief of the Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering (2014-2017), and Associate Editor of Transport in Porous Media (2018-present).
Education Background:Dr. Karpyn holds a B.S. in chemical engineering from Universidad Central de Venezuela, and M.S. and Ph.D. in petroleum and natural gas engineering from The Pennsylvania State University.
Research Interests:Dr. Karpyn works on multiphase transport phenomena in porous media to improve the representation and prediction of hydrocarbon recovery processes, underground pollutant migration, carbon sequestration, and anticipate the natural flow of ground water. Ongoing research projects include experiments and numerical simulations of fluid flow through fractured rocks and unconsolidated porous media using high-resolution x-ray imaging techniques to investigate the effect of rock heterogeneities and flowing conditions on the mobility of immiscible fluids through geologic formations. Other activities include characterization of petrophysical and dynamic transport properties of tight sands, shales, and deep saline aquifers for carbon sequestration.
Memberships & Committees:• Assistant Editor for Journal of Petroleum Science & Engineering, 2014
• Associate Editor, Society of Petroleum Engineers Editorial Review Committee, Society of Petroleum Engineers Journal, 2009-present.
• Program Committee Chair, 2008 SPE Eastern Regional Meeting - Joint with Eastern Section of AAPG, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, October 11-15.
• Session Chairperson, 2007 SPE Latin American & Caribbean Petroleum Engineering Conference, Buenos Aires, Argentina, April 15-18.)
• Technical Review Committee Member, 2007 SPE Latin American & Caribbean Petroleum Engineering Conference, Buenos Aires, Argentina, April 15-18.
• Technical Reviewer, Elsevier journals: Journal of Contaminant Hydrology, Engineering Geology, Fluid Phase Equilibria, Fuel Processing Technology.
• Technical Editor, Society of Petroleum Engineers Editorial Review Committee, Reservoir Evaluation & Engineering Journal, 2005-present.
• Chair, Scholarship Program, Pittsburgh Petroleum Section of the Society of Petroleum Engineers, 2004-present.
• Faculty Advisor, Society of Petroleum Engineers - Penn State Student Chapter, 2003-present.
• Member, American Chemical Society (ACS), 2008-present; Society of Core Analysts (SCA), 2005-present; American Geophysical Union (AGU), 2003-present; Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE), 1999-present.
Honors & Awards:• National Science Foundation, Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award, 2008.
• The Pennsylvania State University, College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, Wilson Research Initiation Grant, 2005.
• 2nd place. 2003 Penn State Annual Graduate Exhibition - Engineering division.
• 1st place. International SPE Student Paper Contest 2001 - Master’s division.
• 1st place. Rocky Mountain Regional SPE Student Paper Contest 2001 - Master’s division.
• 3rd place. 2001 Penn State Annual Graduate Exhibition - Engineering Division.
Teaching:P N G 405 - Rock and Fluid Properties (3)
P N G 406 - Rock and Fluid Laboratory (1)
P N G 475 - Petroleum Engineering Design (3)
P N G 501 - Steady State Flow in Porous Media (3)