Where Are They Now? Aditya Tiwari
As a recent graduate of a master’s program in petroleum engineering, Aditya Tiwari was interested in developing skills while learning from professionals in his field. Now as a petroleum engineer at Pioneer Exploration LLC, an oil and gas operator, he has joined the ranks of those he once admired.
After graduating from the University of Southern California, Tiwari applied to research at the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) in the Postgraduate Research Program (PGRP), administered by the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE). With an interest in geomechanics and induced seismicity, he felt that the research at the Albany, Oregon facility aligned with his future goals.
Alongside Nicolas Huerta, Ph.D., Tiwari contributed to multiple projects. First, to study the possible correlation between earthquakes and oil and gas activities in Oklahoma, he completed a simulation study related to the injection, production and human activities related to oil and gas. Additionally, he completed numerical and analytical analyses to determine wellbore integrity using Finite Element Method, a numerical method for solving problems, and Matlab, a programming language. This research provided insight into the failure of cement in both high pressure and high temperature conditions.
“As a result of my ORISE experience, I developed a technical skill set and the confidence to make decisions,” Tiwari said. “Researching at NETL helped me understand the intricacies of collaborating in a professional environment.”
Not only did Tiwari’s research experience allow him to grow within his field of science, but he also developed networking and public speaking skills. During his program he presented his research at the Offshore Technical Conference, an event that allowed him to interact with many influential people in the oil and gas industry. These combined experiences helped prepare him for his current position as a petroleum engineer.
“I manage operations in Texas and California for Pioneer Exploration LLC,” Tiwari said. “My role includes dealing with several regulatory bodies and making technical decisions for surface and subsurface activities in the field. I am also involved in asset evaluation and production optimization.”
Tiwari recognizes the positive impacts of his participation in the PGRP at NETL and encourages others to apply for the program. He described the program: “It is a great opportunity to gain an understanding of research being conducted in your interest area and to hone your technical skill set with help from the best researchers in the field.”
The Postgraduate Research Program is administered by the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) for the U.S. Department of Energy. The program aims to cultivate advanced research skills in recent graduates of master’s and doctoral programs.