OUR TEAM

MEET THE MINDS BEHIND ROCK-OIL

Consulting team has a combined work experience of over 50 years in Energy Industry working for major international oil & gas and Chemicals organization. Technical team expertise lies in the field of Improve/Enhanced oil recovery, Carbon Capture Geological Storage and Utilization methods, Data analytics for operational excellence and reservoir management, and flow assurance. Technical team has operational experience covering US, Europe, Middle East and South East Asia regions and very familiar with the demands of National and International oil companies. Team has also led several multi-million $ projects and field implementation of Enhanced oil recovery technologies.

Founder and Lead Scientist

Dr. Pramod D. Patil

Dr. Patil has 15 years of experience in research and development for oil and gas technologies such as EOR, reservoir simulations, field deployments of various EOR technologies and data science for subsurface O&G applications.

He led EOR group at the Dow Chemical Company, Houston, TX for more than 12 years. He has a strong experience in taking various EOR technologies from lab to field. He has deployed more than 10 EOR technologies of various types such as foam, chemical EOR, thermal steam flood in various conventional and unconventional fields.

He also has strong advanced reservoir simulations background. He also has expertise in data science related application in subsurface O&G applications. He has published more than 40 publications in international journals and conferences and he also has filed more than 10 USPTO’s.

He is currently holding an associate editor role at Journal of Petroleum Science and Technology. He is also holding a position as CEO of Dicelytics (Dice Technologies LLC)

Ph.D. (Chem. Eng.) University of British Columbia, Vancouver Canada

M.S. (Chem. Eng.) Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore India

B.E. (Chem. Eng.) Shivaji University India

Management Advisor and Collaborator

Mr. Tulsi Das

More than 40 years of experience in project management and field deployments. He worked at ONGC for 35 years and have been consultant in O&G domain for last 5 years. He has unique blend of experience to take various EOR technologies to field

B.Tech. (Chem. Eng.) IIT BHU, India.

Mr. Das holds B. Tech. (Chem. Eng.) from IIT BHU (1980).

He also holds advance management program from St. Catherine’s college Cambridge University, UK.

He is member of society of petroleum engineers (SPE) from 1996.

Senior Technical Consultant & Mentor

Dr. Dandina Rao

More than 30 years of experience in various field related O&G such as EOR, reservoir characterization (wettability), gas flood (GAGD), PVT and heavy oil recovery methods.

He has more than 50 publication in international peer reviewed journals. He is currently editor of journal of Petroleum Science and Technology

Currently- Emmett C. Wells Jr. Distinguished Professor at Department of Petroleum Engineering, Louisiana State University (LSU), Baton Rouge, LA 70803

Ph.D. (Chem. and Petro. Eng.) The University of Calgary, Calgary Canada

M.S. (Chem. Eng.) University of Saskatchewan, Canada

B. Tech. (Chem. Eng.) Osmania University, India

PRINCIPAL TECHNICAL CONSULTANT

DR. Quoc Nguyen

More than 20 years of strong academic and research experience in O&G related technologies such as EOR, stimulation, and flow assurance. He is among the top researcher in the world for gas-based and chemical-based EOR technologies.

He also has strong experience in thermal EOR methodologies (foam, emulsion, polymer gel, nanoparticles). He has more than 190 publication in international peer-reviewed journals

J.H. Herring Centennial Professorship at Hildebrand Department of Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering (Cockrell School of Engineering)

University of Texas at Austin, Texas
PhD, Petroleum Engineering, Delft University of Technology, 2003

MS, Environmental Tech & Management, Wageningen University, 1999

MBA, Industrial Management, Asian Institute for Technology, 1997

BS, Chemical Engineering, Vietnam-Tokyo Polytechniques University, 1996

Technical Consultant
(Gas hydrates and Flow Assurance)

Dr. Rajnish Kumar

More than 10 years of experience in academic research in the field of kinetics of gas hydrates, methane recovery from marine gas hydrates and carbon dioxide sequestration. He has published more than 66 publications in international peer reviewed journals

Associate Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering
Indian Institute of technology, Madras
Chennai – 600036

Ph.D. (Chem. Eng.) University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada

M.S. (Chem. Eng.) Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore India

B.E. (Chem. Eng.) Pandit Ravishankar Shukla University

Technical Consultant (Flow assurance and gas hydrates)

Dr. Nagu Daraboina

7 years of academic research experience in the field of flow assurance and multiphase flow. He has expertise in corrosion inhibitors, paraffin and was inhibitors. He has more than 40 journal publications and 20 conference presentations. He also has authored a book chapter and he is reviewer of many reputed journals

Assistant Professor at Department of Chemical engineering Tulsa University, Oklahoma, USA – MBA


Ph. D. (Chem. Eng.) University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada – M.E. (Chem. Eng.)


Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India – B. Tech. (Chem. Eng.)

Industry Collaborator

DR. Francisco "Paco" Vargas

Ph. D. CEO @ ENNOVA

Chairman and CEO of ENNOVA

22 years of strong experience as flow assurance SME. He currently holds a position as CEO at Ennova Inc. He was faculty at department of chemical engineering at Rice University, Houston, TX. He held academic faculty position and industrials positions at the Petroleum Institute, ADNOC, Chevron and Tecnologico de Monterrey. His expertise is in areas of PVT, flow assurance and chemical inhibitors for various flow assurance issues due to corrosion, paraffin and wax

Chief Technical Adviser of ENNOVA for almost 3 years

Adjunct Associate Professor(2020) and Principal Investigator(2013-17) of Rice University

Doctor of Philosophy(Ph. D), Chemical Engineering from Rice University

B. Sc(1995-99) and M.S.(2000-02) Tecnológico de Monterrey

Industry Collaborator

Mr. Sidhartha sur

Consultant @ AskEOR

B. tech. Petroleum Engineering, IIT (ISM) Dhanbad

Head of Institute of Reservoir Studies of ONGC, India for reservoir management of Oil (10-45 0API) underwater, modified water, Air, HC & Non-HC gas drives & Gas (Dry & Rich) fields.

Advisor to ONGC in EOR & IOR for taking the Steam injection, Air Injection, CO2 and Chemical EOR processes from out of laboratory to field.

Developed EOR screening & ranking expert system “AskEOR“. Advising ongoing EOR operation in Colombia.

Selected as Distinguished Alumnus of IIT-ISM Dhanbad, India in 2017, and SPE Distinguished Member in 2017.

Director (Operations) in AskEOR Tech Hydrocarbon Pvt Ltd & Adjunct Professor in Deptt of Petroleum Engg at IIT (ISM) Dhanbad.
Published & presented several papers in national & international forums.

We also believe in mentoring next generation of engineers and have a strong team of more than 10 junior petroleum engineers and software engineers working at our office in Houston, TX and India. We also sponsor the projects to support the academic institutes in USA and India.

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