Mohamed Soliman
Mohamed Soliman
Professor and Department Chair
Office Location: UH-ERP Building 9 Room 219B
Email: mysoliman [at] uh [dot] edu

M. Y. Soliman is Department Chair and the William C. Miller endowed chair professor. PhD from Stanford University in 1979. He is a distinguished member of SPE and a licensed professional engineer by the State of Texas. He is also a fellow of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI). He has authored and co-authored more 200 technical papers and holds 29 US patents. He is also the editor of “Fracturing Horizontal Wells” published by McGraw Hill in July 2016. His areas of interest include well test analysis, diagnostic testing, fracturing and numerical simulation.


Ph.D., Petroleum Engineering, Stanford University
M.S., Petroleum Engineering, Stanford University
B.S., Petroleum Engineering, Cairo University

Research Interests: 

Waterless Stimulation/fracturing

Diagnostic Testing

Analysis of Fracturing data

Numerical simulation of fracture propagation

Refracturing of unconventional reservoirs

Stimulation of unconventional reservoirs

Selected Publications: 

Elldakli, Fathi and Soliman, M. Y. Optimum design for new gas lift valve seat. Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering 149 (2017) 456 - 464.

Pang, Y., Soliman, M. Y., & Sheng, J. (2016, August 1). Investigation of Adsorption Effects on Nanopores in Shale Gas Reservoir by Simplified Local-Density Model. Unconventional Resources Technology Conference.

Al-Husain, H. M., Soliman, M. Y., & Stegent, N. A. (2017, January 16). Application of Moving Reference Point MRP Method to Cotton Valley and Travis Peak Sand Fracturing Treatments. Society of Petroleum Engineers. doi:10.2118/184855-MS.

Rahim, Z., Al-Kanaan, A. A., Soliman, M. Y., & Pacheco, E. (2016, September 26). Evaluation of Transvers and Longitudinal Fractures Using Simulation and Well Deliverability Provides Optimal Completion Scenario for Improved Production in Gas Reservoirs. Society of Petroleum Engineers. doi:10.2118/181280-MS.

Siddiqui, F., Soliman, M. Y., House, W., & Ibragimov, A. (2016, 7). A New Analysis Technique for Interpreting Injection/Shut-in Tests. Hydraulic Fracturing Journal.

Siddiqui, F., Soliman, M. Y., Waylon, H., & Akif, I. (2016, 1). Pre-Darcy Flow Revisited under Experimental Investigation. Journal of Analytical Science and Technology. doi:10.1186/s40543-015-0081-2.

Alzahabi, A., El-Banbi, A., Trindade, A., & Soliman, M. 2016. A Regression Model for Estimation of Dew Point Pressure from Down-Hole Fluid Analyzer Data, Journal of Petroleum Exploration and Production Technology. http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s13202-016-0308-9.

Pang, Y., Soliman, M. Y., Deng, H., & Emadi, H. (2016, May 5). Effect of Methane Adsorption on Stress-Dependent Porosity and Permeability in Shale Gas Reservoirs. Society of Petroleum Engineers. doi:10.2118/180260-MS.

Pirayesh, E., Soliman, M. Y., Rafiee, M., & Jamali, A. (2015, June 1). A New Method To Interpret Fracturing Pressure -- Application to Frac Pack. Society of Petroleum Engineers. doi:10.2118/166132-PA.

Sepehri, J., Soliman, M. Y., & Morse, S. M. (2015, February 3). Application of Extended Finite Element Method to Simulate Hydraulic Fracture Propagation from Oriented Perforations. Society of Petroleum Engineers. doi:10.2118/173342-MS.

Rezaei, A., Rafiee, M., Soliman, M., & Morse, S. (2015, November 13). Investigation of Sequential and Simultaneous Well Completion in Horizontal Wells using a Non-planar, Fully Coupled Hydraulic Fracture Simulator. American Rock Mechanics Association.

Bazargan, M., Gudmundsson, A., Meredith, P., Inskip, N. F., Soliman, M., Habibpour, M., & Rezaee, A. (2015, November 13). Wellbore Instability During Plasma Torch Drilling in Geothermal Reservoirs. American Rock Mechanics Association.

Rafiee, M., Rezaei, A., Soliman, M. Y., “Investigating Hydraulic Fracture Propagation in Multi Well Pads”, Hydraulic Fracturing Journal April, 2015.

Alzahabi, A., Soliman, M.Y., Bateman, R.M. et al. (2015) “Fracturability Index Maps for Fracture Placement in Shale Plays.” Hydraulic Fracturing Journal 2 (1).

Pirayesh, E., Soliman, M., Rafiee, M., Jamali, A. (2014). A new method to interpret fracturing pressure. SPE Journal.

Siddiqui, Fahd, Soliman, M. Y, House, W. A New Methodology for Analyzing Non-Newtonian Fluid Flow Tests PETROL2823. Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering (10 December, 2014), pp. 173-179 DOI information: 10.1016/j.petrol.2014.10.007.

Soliman, M. (2014). Sequencing and Locating Fractures in Horizontal Wells in Shale Plays. HFJ, 1(4), 2.

Soliman, M. Y, Wigwe, A. Alzahabi, E. Pirayesh, N. Stegent. 2014. Analysis of Fracturing Pressure Data in Heterogeneous Shale Formations. Volume 1 - Number 2, Hydraulic Fracturing Journal, April 2014, pp 8-13.

Al-Najem, Abdullah, Pirayesh, E., Soliman, M. Y., & Siddiqui, S. (2013). Streamlines simulation of barrier fracture as a novel water shutoff technique. Journal of Petroleum Exploration and Production Technology: 1-12. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s13202-013-0068-8.

M. Y. Soliman, Johan Daal, and Loyd East. 2012. Fracturing Unconventional Formations to Enhance Productivity. Journal of Natural Gas Science and Engineering Invitational paper. 8 (2012) 52-67.

M. Y. Soliman, and C. S. Kabir, 2012. Testing unconventional formations. J. of Petroleum Science & Engineering Invitational paper. 92-93 (2012) 102-109.

Leopoldo Sierra, Loyd East, M.Y. Soliman, and David Kulakofsky. 2011 New Completion Methodology To Improve Oil Recovery and Minimize Water Intrusion in Reservoirs Subject to Water Injection, SPE Journal, September 2011.

<p>East, L. E., Soliman, M. Y., and Augustine, J. “Methods for Enhancing Far-Field Complexity in Fracturing Operations,” SPE 133380 presented at the 2010 SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition (ATCE) to be held 19-22 September 2010 in Florence, Italy. August 2011 Production and Operations Journal.</p>

Soliman, M. Y., Miranda, C., Wang, Max, and Thornton, Kim “Investigation of Effect of Fracturing Fluid on After Closure Analysis in Gas Reservoirs” SPE 128016 presented at 2010 Africa Technical Conference and Exhibition held in Cairo, Egypt, 14–17 February 2010. SPE Production Operations Journal, February 2011.

Soliman, M. Y., Miranda, C., and Wang, Max “After-Closure Analysis for Unconventional Reservoirs and Completion” SPE 124135, presented at 2009 SPE ATCE, New Orleans, LA., SPE Production Operations Journal, November 2010.

Soliman, M. Y., East, Loyd, Adams, David: “Geomechanics Aspects of multiple Fracturing of Horizontal and Vertical Wells,” SPE Drilling and Completion, September 2008.

Hong (Max) Wang, Mohamed Y. Soliman, Brian F. Towler, “Investigation of Factors for Strengthening a Wellbore by Propping Fractures” SPE Drilling & Completion Journal, June 2008, 168-175.

Wang, Hong, Sweatman, R., Engelman, R., Deeg, W., Whitfill, D., Soliman, M. Y. and Towler, B. F., “Best Practices for Understanding and managing Lost Circulation Challenges,” SPE Drilling and Completion, June 2008.