Behzad Elahifar started working at the department last week. We have asked Behzad to write a little bit about himself:
«My name is Behzad Elahifar. I am 37 years old and born in Iran. My educational background is in drilling engineering (petroleum branch) field. I got my BSc in Drilling Engineering from Petroleum University of Technology in Iran, my MEng in Petroleum Well Engineering from Curtin University of Technology in Australia and got my PhD in Drilling Engineering from University of Leoben in Austria.
After I got my master’s degree in mid-2006, I started working as a Drilling Supervisor on the drilling rigs in Middle East for 2,5 years. Then I started my PhD at University of Leoben in Austria and also teaching some drilling courses and drilling topics.
After finishing my PhD in early 2013, I was working for Advanced Drilling Solution company and trying to develop my PhD thesis topic as a practical tool in drilling. The mentioned project was developing Ultra Sonic Caliper sub and using it along the wired pipe while drilling, to create 4D image of wellbore in real time.
At the end of 2014 I joined Enhanced Drilling company as a Project Manager/ Drilling Engineer (MPD) and work both onshore and offshore on different projects with Lundin, Equinor, BP, Woodside etc. in different regions like North Sea, Barents Sea, Caspian Sea and GOM.
Early 2019 I joined NOV (National oil Well Varco) as a Project Manager for the project running by Equinor in Barents Sea to provide wired drill pipe and downhole tool measurement subs in real time.
All together I have 12 to 13 years of experience in oil and gas business in the drilling field. During this period, I published 22 papers in SPE, IEEE and IADC conferences.
During working in industry, I always had this thirst for research and also teaching. Which I already did it by instructing drilling topics to operators and junior drilling engineers. Now NTNU gave me this opportunity to focus more on research (the topics that industry need them to be updated or replaced by cheaper and easier solutions and at the same time saving costs) and teaching.
Now I joined NTNU’s Drilling Department, in Professor Sigbjørn Sangesland’s team and will involve in drilling projects of the department and instructing drilling topics and courses.
My greatest hoppy is to travel and visiting new places and cities. Trondheim is one of the cities that I only visited during my business trips and now I can spend more time on that and learn the city culture. One of my goals also is to learn Norwegian language while being here at the university.»