Iraj Ershaghi

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Omar B. Milligan Chair in Petroleum Engineering and Professor of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science


  • 1972, Doctoral Degree, Petroleum Engineering, University of Southern California
  • 1968, Master's Degree, Petroleum Engineering, University of Southern California
  • 1965, Bachelor's Degree, Petroleum Engineering, University of Tehran


Iraj Ershaghi is the Omar B. Milligan Professor and Director of the Petroleum Engineering Program at USC. He is also serving as the Executive Director of CiSoft and the Executive Director of UKC Education Research Center. His research areas include well test modeling of complex naturally fractured reservoirs, pattern recognition techniques for monitoring water floods and EOR processes, reservoir characterization, unconventional resources, and soft computing concepts in digital oilfield design and operations.

He worked for SIRIP, Signal Oil and Gas, CA State Lands Commission, and has served as a consultant to U. S. Dept. of Justice, U. S. Dept. of Interior, Chemical Research Laboratories, McFarland Energy, National Bureau of Standards, CRC and many others.

Research Summary

Smart Oilfield Technologies
Naturally Fractured Reservoirs
Pressure Transient Modeling
Reservoir Characterization and Compartmentalized Systems
Characterization of Unconsolidated Reservoirs


  • 2018 Orange County Engineering Council James E. Ballinger Engineer of the Year Award
  • 2017 Society of Petroleum Engineers Legion of Honor
  • 2014 USC Viterbi School Senior Researcher Award
  • 2014 National Academy of Engineering Member
  • 2012 AIME-SPE Honorary Member AIME-SPE
  • 2010 Society of Petroleum Engineers John Franklin Carll Award
  • 2010 USC Viterbi School of Engineering Viterbi Service Award
  • 2007 Society of Petroleum Engineers Reservoir Description and Dynamics
  • 2006 Society of Petroleum Engineers Technology Transfer Award for Development of the Smart Oilfield Technology Curriculum
  • 2005 Society of Petroleum Engineers Western North America Distinguished Service Award
  • 2003 Orange Council of Engineers and Scientist Outstanding Educator Award
  • 2003 American Association for Advancement of Engineering Outstanding Educator Award
  • 2002 Fellow Institute for Advancement of Engineering
  • 1996 Society of Petroleum Engineers Distinguished Member Award
  • 1996 Fellow of Professional Society
  • 1996 Endow Chaired Professorship
  • 1996 USC School of Engineering Distinguished Service Award
  • 1983 Society of Petroleum Engineers Distinguished Faculty Award
  • 1983 Tau Beta Pi Teaching Award
  • Mork Family Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science

  • HED 316
  • Hedco Pertroleum and Chemical Engineering Building
  • 925 Bloom Walk, Los Angeles, CA 90089
  • USC Mail Code: 1211

Contact Information
  • (310) 991-1337


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