Tatyana Plaksina

Assistant Professor

Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering

PhD - Petroleum Engineering

Texas A&M University

MSc - Petroleum Engineering

Louisiana State University

BA - Math/Computer Science

Lawrence University

Contact information


Energy, Environment, Experiential Learning Building : EEEL 453B

Office hours

Upon request


Graduate course:

Special Problems: Unconventional Oil and Gas Reservoir Exploitation (ENCH 619.02)

Tight Oil and Unconventional Gas Reservoir Exploitation (ENPE 573.01)

Introduction to Reservoir Engineering (ENPE 523)

Preferred method of communication



Research areas

  • Geothermal energy
  • Numerical reservoir simulation
  • Petroleum economics
  • Engineering education

Research activities

Renewable and sustainable energy (geothermal, CAES, hybridization of these systems with wind energy)

Conventional and unconventional (shale and tight)

Reservoir engineering

Production data analysis (RTA, DCA)

Production optimization

Application of AI, ML and information theory to reservoir engineering problems

Petroleum engineering education


Dr. Tatyana Plaksina is an assistant professor of petroleum engineering and renewable energy at the Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering at University of Calgary, AB, Canada. She holds a PhD in Petroleum Engineering from Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, USA, an MS in Petroleum Engineering from Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA, USA and a BA in Math/Computer Science from Lawrence University, Appleton, WI, USA. Research interests of Dr. Plaksina include geothermal energy and CO2 sequestration, reservoir engineering of conventional and unconventional oil and gas assets, applications of optimization, ML, AI and control theory to reservoir engineering, rate transient analysis (RTA), petroleum economics, risk analysis, and petroleum engineering education. Dr. Plaksina is an author of multiple peer-reviewed journal publications (including Journals of Natural Gas Science and Engineering, Geothermal Energy, Computers and Chemical Engineering, and Energy Optimization and Engineering) and a frequent speaker at reputable conferences such as SPE ATCE (Society of Petroleum Engineers Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition), URTeC (Unconventional Resources Technology Conference), GeoConvention, Canadian Chemistry Conference and Exhibition, and AAPG ACE (American Association of Petroleum Geologists Annual Conference and Exhibition).


Selected publications

McLean, E. And Plaksina, T. 2019. The Political Economy of Carbon Capture and Storage

Technology Adoption. Revisions submitted to Global Environmental Politics. Forthcoming May 2019.

Rahmanifard, H.*, Vakili, R., Plaksina, T., Babaei, M., and Fan, X. 2018. On improving the hydrogen and methanol production using an auto-thermal double-membrane reactor: Model prediction and optimisation. Computers and Chemical Engineering Journal 119 ( 2): 258-269.

Rahmanifard, H.* & Plaksina, T. 2018. Application of fast analytical approach and AI optimization techniques to hydraulic fracture stage placement in shale gas reservoirs. Journal of Natural Gas Science and Engineering 52: 367-378. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jngse.2018.01.047

Rahmanifard, H.* & Plaksina, T. 2018. Application of artificial intelligence techniques in the petroleum industry: a review. Artificial Intelligence Review 1-24. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10462-018-9612-8 

Plaksina, T. and Gildin, E. 2017. Applied method for production design optimization under geologic and economic uncertainties in shale gas reservoirs. International Journal of Modelling and Simulation 38(2): 67-82. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02286203.2017.1393712 

Plaksina, T. 2017. Getting Off the Engineering Enrollment Rollercoaster: Interaction Between Academia and Upstream Petroleum Industry. In M. Gray, & K. Thomas (Eds.), Strategies for Increasing Diversity in Engineering Majors and Careers (pp. 260-286). Hershey, PA: IGI Global. doi:10.4018/978-1-5225-2212-6.ch012.

Plaksina, T. and Gildin, E. 2017. Rigorous Integrated Evolutionary Workflow for Optimal Exploitation of Unconventional Gas Assets. International Journal of Energy Optimization and Engineering 6(1): 101-122, doi:10.4018/IJEOE.2017010106.

Plaksina, T. and White, C. 2016. Modeling Coupled Convection and Carbon Dioxide Injection for Improved Heat Harvesting in Geopressured Geothermal Reservoirs. Geothermal Energy 4(1): 1-19 DOI: 10.1186/s40517-016-0044-x. (Available online at http://link.springer.com/article/10.1186/s40517-016-0044-x)

Plaksina, T. and Gildin, E. 2015. Practical Handling of Multiple Objectives Using Evolutionary Strategy for Optimal Placement of Hydraulic Fracture Stages in Unconventional Gas Reservoirs. Journal of Natural Gas Science and Engineering 27: 443-451. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jngse.2015.06.049

Ma, X., Plaksina, T., and Gildin, E. 2015. Efficient Optimization Framework for Integrated Placement of Horizontal Wells and Hydraulic Fracture Stages in Unconventional Gas Reservoirs. Journal of Unconventional Oil and Gas Resources 9: 1-17.