Fall 2015
Zuleima Karpyn
Associate Professor of Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering
Quentin E. and Louise L. Wood Faculty Fellow in Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering
John and Willie Leone Family Department of Energy and Mineral Engineering
College of Earth and Mineral Sciences
The Pennsylvania State University
Wednesday, October 21, 2015

High-resolution X-ray microtomography (CT) is an imaging technique that allows non-destructive access and three-dimensional reconstruction of the internal structure of objects, with broad applications in engineering, biological and life sciences, earth sciences and materials research. This technology has been at the center of discoveries in the geosciences, bone biology, and the life sciences, and provides the basis by which many features within natural and engineered materials can be interrogated. In this talk, we will describe fundamentals of X-ray CT imaging, current and developing imaging capabilities at Penn State, and specific research examples in the context of flow and transport in porous media. The versatility and sophistication of the new CT imaging capabilities at PSU is expected to enable pioneering research in a variety of fields interested in micro-structural characterization of natural and synthetic materials, and their response to physical/chemical conditions.


Zuleima Karpyn is Associate Professor and Quentin E. and Louise L. Wood Endowed Faculty Fellow of 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 resources characterization, reservoir engineering, underground hydrology, and environmental remediation.  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 2005 Penn State Wilson Research Initiation Grant, 2008 Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award granted by the National Science Foundation, and the 2010 Wilson Award for Excellence in Teaching.  She has also served as Associate Editor of the Society of Petroleum Engineers Journal (2009-2014), and as assistant Editor-in-chief for the Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering since 2014.