Earth Science and Engineering Faculty Members


Tariq A. Alkhalifa

Professor, Earth Science and Engineering​
Ph.D., Colorado School of Mines, USA​​

Imaging and velocity model building for exploring seismic data with special emphasis on media that exhibit anisotropic behavior of wave propagation.

Group website: The Seismic Wave Analysis Group (SWAG)   ​


Hussain Hoteit​

​Associate Professor, Earth Science and Engineering
Ph.D., Université de Rennes, France

Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR) schemes in Reservoir Engineering.​


Associate Professor, Earth Science and Engineering​
Ph.D., University Joseph Fourier, France

Theoretical developments of advanced data assimilation methods for the estimation of the state of large dimensional nonlinear systems. He is also involved in the development of oceanic and atmospheric data assimilation systems.

Group website: Earth Fluid Modeling and Prediction

Sigurjon Jonsson

Professor, Earth Science and Engineering
Ph.D., Stanford University, USA    

The use of satellite geodesy, primarily satellite radar interferometry (InSAR) and GPS, to study  areas threatened by major earthquakes or volcanic activity. He uses these crustal deformation measurements, along with modeling, to retrieve information about subsurface geophysical processes such as earthquake fault slip, post seismic relaxation, and magma accumulation.

Group website: Crustal Deformation and InSAR Group

Martin Mai

Professor, Earth Science and Engineering 
Ph.D., Stanford University, USA    

Thephysics of earthquakes and the resulting complexity of earthquake phenomena, as seen, for instance, through earthquake-source imaging,dynamic rupture modeling, and numerical simulation of the long-term evolutionof faults and related earthquake characteristics. His works extends all the way to ground-motion simulation for seismic-hazard and earthquake-engineering applications.

Group website: The Computational Earthquake Seismology (CES) Research Group

Tadeusz W. Patzek

Professor, Chemical and Petroleum Engineering
Director, Ali I. Al-Naimi Petroleum Engineering Research Center
Ph.D., Silesian Technical University, ​Poland

Mathematical (analytic and numerical) modeling of earth systems with emphasis on multiphase fluid flow physics and rock mechanics; smart, process-based control of very large waterfloods in unconventional, low-permeability formations; productivity and mechanics of hydrocarbon bearing shales.

Group website: Energy Geosystems Group​

Assistant Professor, Earth Science and Engineering
Ph.D., Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich)

Prof. Daniel Peter’s research interests are related to computational seismology and geophysical inverse problems. He focuses on enhancing numerical 3D wave propagation solvers for seismic tomography, particularly for very challenging complex regions and media.


Professor, Earth Sciences and Engineering
Associate Director, Ali I. Al-Naimi Petroleum Engineering Research Center 
Ph.D. Purdue University, USA

Prof. Santamarina explores the scientific foundations of geomaterial behavior and subsurface processes using particle-level and pore-scale experiments, combined with numerical methods and high-resolution process monitoring systems. This conceptual and experimental framework is advancing the study of phenomena and the development of solutions in energy geotechnology with contributions to: resource recovery (petroleum, methane hydrates), energy geo-storage, efficiency and conservation, and energy waste (carbon geological storage, fly ash and nuclear waste).

Group website: Energy GeoEngineering Laboratory

Gerard Thomas Schuster

Professor, Earth Science and Engineering Program
Ph.D., Columbia University, USA     

Seismic imaging applications in engineering, earthquake hazard mitigation, and exploration geophysics. He is the coordinator of the KAUST seismic field laboratory that consists of more than 600 channels of recording geophone stations linked by a state-of-the-art digital network. He is actively pursuing the theoretical and practical development of seismic interferometry.​

Group website: The Center for Subsurface Imaging and Fluid Modeling (CSIM)

Shuyu Sun

Associate Professor, Earth Science and Engineering
University of Texas at Austin, USA      

Computational methods for a variety of engineering and scientific applications. His research includes the modeling and simulation of single-phase flow, multi-phase flow and reactive transport in porous media, as well as the numerical analysis of relevant algorithms.

Group website: Computational Transport Phenomena Laboratory

Program Chair
Professor, Earth Science and Engineering
Ph.D., Moscow Physical Technical Institute, Russia      

Multi-scale modeling of environmental processes and numerical methods; global climate change, climate downscaling, atmospheric convection; assessment of anthropogenic impacts and geoengineering, air-sea interaction, evaluating environmental consequences of catastrophic events like volcanic eruptions, nuclear explosions, forest and urban fires; and air pollution, transport of aerosols, chemically and optically active atmospheric tracers, their radiative forcing and effect on climate.

Group website: Atmospheric and Climate Modeling



Professor, Marine Science
PhD Duke University, USA
Burton Jones is a Professor in the Red Sea Research Center. His research interests include bio-optical oceanography, physical-biological interactions, coastal processes, and coastal ocean observing systems. He has been involved in studying the dynamics of physical/bio-optical interactions in a variety of environments that include coastal California, the Arabian Sea, Japan/East Sea, the Adriatic Sea, and now the Red Sea.
Associate Professor, Environmental Science and Engineering
Ph.D.,University of Newcastle, Australia
Professor McCabe's research interests encompass the modeling and observation of the Earth's water cycle. This includes using satellite-based remote sensing and UAV approaches to derive products that quantify elements of the water cycle, together with efforts to develop and exploit in-situ monitoring networks to provide information for modeling and analysis of water resources in both natural and agricultural systems.

Group Website: Earth System Observation and Modelling


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