Mohammadreza (Reza) Jalali received a BSc in Mining Engineering in 2004 and an MSc in Petroleum Engineering on the oil and gas related induced seismicity evaluation of the Zagros basin (SW of Iran) in 2007, both at the University of Tehran, Iran. He then moved to Canada for his PhD and obtained his PhD degree in 2013 from University of Waterloo. The main focus of his thesis was about Thermo-Hydro-Mechanical coupling of conductive fractures in naturally fractured reservoirs via developing a hybrid finite difference – displacement discontinuity code. During 2010 and 2012, he was also working as a geomechanical engineer at Schlumberger Company in Calgary on the iterative coupling between ECLIPSE and VISAGE in order to study thermal stimulation of fractured reservoirs using different modeling approaches such as dual porosity-dual permeability, discrete fracture network, and single medium conductive fracture models. In January 2014, he joined the SCCER-SoE team at ETH Zürich as a postdoctoral researcher.
Reza is part of the Geo-Energy team, working on the THM simulation of deep geothermal reservoirs in order to understand the hydraulic and mechanical behavior of the fractured system. His main research interest is the static and dynamic characterizations of the natural and hydraulic fractures in the enhanced geothermal systems prior, during, and post hydraulic fracturing and thermal stimulation. Reza is also working on the THM benchmarking of some of the existing simulators such as UDEC, CSMP++, and FRACOD in order to capture the propagation and interaction between induced and natural fractures.