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Birendra Jha

Principal Investigator, Geosystems Engineering and Multiphysics (GEM) Lab
Assistant professor
Mork Family Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science
University of Southern California


PhD, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2014
SM, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2010
MS, Petroleum Engineering, Stanford University, 2005
BS, Petroleum Engineering, Indian School of Mines, 2001

Research areas

Induced seismicity

Assessment and mitigation of the risk of induced seismicity during extraction of oil and gas, groundwater, and geothermal resources

Hydraulic fracturing

Mapping of hydraulic fractures in low permeability reservoirs using computational and experimental geomechanics

Reservoir characterization

Bayesian estimation of subsurface properties by assimilating flow, seismic and geodetic data with coupled multiphysics simulations

Fluid mixing

Hydrodynamic instability-driven and heterogeneity-driven spreading and mixing of fluids in porous media and microfluidic devices

Computational mechanics

Development of new computational frameworks for modeling coupled multiphysics processes of flow, transport and deformation


PTE 592 Computational Geomechanics (USC)
1.723 Computational Methods for Flow in Porous Media (MIT)
1.000 Computer Programming for Scientific and Engineering Applications (MIT)