Reservoir Sweep Improvement Personnel

Dr. Randall S. Seright Senior Engineer, Group Head

P: (575) 835-5571


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Randy Seright heads the Reservoir Sweep Improvement group at the Petroleum Recovery Research Center of New Mexico Tech. His research focuses on developing methods to prevent fluid channeling through reservoirs and to reduce excess water and gas production during oil recovery, especially using polymers and gels. He has extensive interests and experience in improving sweep efficiency during water flooding and chemical flooding. He holds a B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering from Montana State University (Bozeman) and a Ph.D. degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin (Madison). He worked for Exxon Production Research Company for eight years before joining the PRRC. He is a longtime member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers. He has provided a short course on Water Shutoff in 17 countries. He received the SPE/DOE IOR Pioneer award in 2008 for his work on using polymer and gels to improve oil recovery.

Kate Wavrik Laboratory Associate


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Kate Wavrik earned a B.S. in Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering from New Mexico Tech while working under Dr. Seright. She performs sample testing of polymers and carbon analysis, and works with pressure transducers and data acquisition units. Prior work experience includes a summer internship as a Production Engineer with Texaco Exploration and Production in Midland, TX, where she worked with field craftsmen, participated in well stimulation and logging, and designed workovers for the Penwell area. She was employed as an Associate Technical Professional (ATP) in south Texas, specializing in fracture stimulation; working with high-pressure lines; performing on-sight quality control of fluids and chemical analysis; and participating in cementing, coil tubing, logging and perforating jobs.