Keynote Speaker:

S. Majid Hassanizadeh , Utrecht University


Title of Talk:

"Advances in theories of two-phase flow in porous media; Theoretical, computational, and experimental studies"


S. Majid Hassanizadeh is a professor of hydrogeology at Utrecht University, where he heads the hydrogeology group at the Faculty of Geosciences. He also is a senior advisor with the Soil and Groundwater Department of TNO-Deltares. His research focuses on various flow and transport in porous media, through theory development, experimental studies, and modeling work. In particular, he focuses on two-phase flow, reactive transport in variably-saturated porous media, transport of micro-organisms, and biodegradation.

He earned his B.Sc. from Pahlavi University in Iran, and his M.E. and Ph.D. from Princeton University; all three degrees are in civil engineering. He was elected Fellow of American Geophysical Union in 2002 and Fellow of American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2007. He was awarded the honorary degree of Doktor-Ingenieur from Stuttgart University in 2008. In 2010, he was awarded a Humboldt Prize. In June 2011, he was elected by the Soil Science Society of America to receive the Don and Bety Kirkham Soil Physics Award. In May 2012, he was selected by the US National Ground Water Association as the Darcy Distinguished Lecturer for 2012.