Advanced Reservoir Modeling & Simulation Group


Welcome to ARMS: Advanced Reservoir Modeling & Simulation Group.  The ARMS-Group is led by Associate Professor Hussein Hoteit of the Energy Resources and Petroleum Engineering Program in the Physical Science and Engineering Division at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) and is part of the Ali I. Al-Naimi Petroleum Engineering Research Center.

Reservoir modeling improves the probability of success and fidelity in decision making about reservoir development and optimization. Simulation allows both researchers and practitioners to understand fundamental flow mechanisms, capture uncertainties and probabilistic ranges, and optimize development scenarios. The primary focus of our group is on reservoir modeling and simulation at both lab and field scales, as well as on other energy-related topics such as geothermal energy and CO2 sequestration. 




As a baseload source of power, geothermal energy has the potential to be a key component in the energy-mix for different countries. One key challenge in geothermal systems is in their low efficiency compared to traditional coal- and hydrocarbon-fired power plants. This inefficiency is typically related to the thermal flow behavior in the subsurface, heat loss, and to the energy conversion technology at the surface. The objective of this research is to develop a comprehensive workflow for optimum geothermal process design where we investigate the energy production performance and efficiency of alternative development scenarios under uncertainties by using Design of Experiments (DoE) and Monte-Carlo simulations. 

We like to thank CMG Ltd. for providing us the STARS academic licenses.

​Prof. Volker Vahrenkamp​
Ryan Santoso

MS and PhD Positions


Fully funded graduate student positions are available for outstanding full-time students wishing to pursue a Master of Science degree and/or PhD with Dr. Hussein Hoteit at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST). 

The successful candidates/s will work with national and international partners.

Applications for MS and Ph.D. positions must be submitted through KAUST’s official website, All applicants should have a strong background in: geophysics, physics, applied math, numerical methods, fluid mechanics and/or chemistry.

Depending on the stage of their careers, applicants should not only have graduated with excellent grades, but should also have a competitive paper track record that proves their scientific experience and excellence in their research field.

New internship projects starting in 2020 will be announced soon. ​​

If you would like any information about Internships at KAUST you can find more information  HERE