Welcome Pranav

Pranav Audhkhasi has just joined the department of Geoscience and Petroleum at NTNU as a post-doctoral research fellow in the BRU21 program. He will be working with Ass. Prof. Kenneth Duffaut and the industrial partner, Wintershall DEA, focusing towards machine learning techniques for seismic lithology prediction. Within the BRU21 program, Pranav’s project, “Automated facies classification through applying machine-learning to pre-stack seismic data” is organized within the Exploration Efficiency program area where he will be developing automated workflows to efficiently detect and classify seismic features within large seismic datasets.

Prior to joining NTNU, Pranav did his PhD from from Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris (IPGP), France, in Marine Geosciences and specializing in active source seismic imaging and tomography techniques. Before that, he did a research masters from IPGP itself and an Integrated masters from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT-ISM) Dhanbad, India, in exploration geophysics.

Welcome, Pranav!

Welcome Christian

Christian Rekve Bryn has joined the Department of Geoscience and Petroleum at NTNU to undertake a 4-year PhD-project in the field of hydrogeology. The supervisor is professor Bjørn Frengstad. Christian’s research project «Bømoen Plus Village» aims to use geological resources as part of sustainable development of a new area in Voss, with short travelled resources that gives water, renewable energy and aggregates for future industry and residence. Mapping and managing the resources to be used for sustainable development will be a big part of the project. The industrial PhD is funden by the Norwegian research counsil, COWI AS, Bømoen AS, Voss Energi AS and Voss herad. NGU is a collaboration partner in the project.
Christian has B.Sc in geology and geohazards from HVL and M.Sc in hydrogeology from the University of Copenhagen. He works as a hydrogeologist (since 2016) at COWI AS.

Welcome Christian!

Welcome Tek

Tek Bahadur Katuwal is 33 years old, from Nepal. He has just joined the Department of Geoscience and Petroleum, NTNU to undertake a 4 – year PhD in the field of Rock and Tunnel Engineering. His main Supervisor is Krishna Kanta Panthi (Professor IGP, NTNU) and the co–supervisor is Dr. Chhatra Bahadur Basnet (Visiting Associate Professor, Pashchimanchal Campus (WRC), Institute of Engineering (IoE)). Tek will focus, through research, on “Selection of Tunnel Construction Methods in Himalayan Rock Mass Conditions”. After the selection of relevant cases, he will be actively involved in a field visit to carry out engineering geological mapping, collect required data and representative rock samples from the Himalayan region for the laboratory investigation at IGP. The research work will mainly be carried out at IGP with frequent field visits to the Himalayan region. This research will recommend, geologically, optimum and economically viable tunnel construction methods for the Himalayan region.

This PhD research is part of “NORHED II PROJECT 70141 6: Capacity Enhancement in Rock and Tunnel Engineering at Pashchimanchal Campus (WRC), Institute of Engineering (IoE), Tribhuvan University (TU), Nepal” funded by NORAD and managed by IGP-NTNU. The main objective of this NORHED II project is, the establishment of an MSc Program in «Rock and Tunnel Engineering» at the Institute of Engineering (IOE) of Tribhuvan University, produce about 90 MSc graduates in Nepal and capacity enhance of the faculties through the production of 4 PhD graduates at NTNU within 2026.

Tek has graduated from the Department of Civil Engineering in Pashchimanchal Campus (WRC), Institute of Engineering (IOE) of TU and has Master’s degree in Infrastructure Engineering and Management. Prior to joining NTNU, he was an assistant professor at Pashchimanchal Campus (WRC), Institute of Engineering (IoE), Tribhuvan University (TU) in Nepal. After completion of his PhD research work, he will return to his home country and contribute to research and academic activities at Pashchimanchal Campus (WRC) of the Institute of Engineering (IoE). He will be active in collaborative research initiatives between IoE, NTNU, tunnelling industry and other international academic institutions.

Welcome, Tek!

Welcome Sailesh

Sailesh Adhikari has joined The Department of Geoscience and Petroleum, Faculty of Engineering to start his PhD on “Stability assessment and rock support optimization of underground excavations in Himalayan rock mass”. The PhD is a part of “NORHED II PROJECT 70141 6: Capacity Enhancement in Rock and Tunnel Engineering at Pashchimanchal Campus (WRC), Institute of Engineering (IoE), Tribhuvan University (TU), Nepal” funded by NORAD and managed by IGP-NTNU. In the research Sailesh will develop stability assessment methods suitable for the Himalayan rock mass. His research outcome will deliver appropriate approach of rock support design relevant for Himalayan rock mass. The research focus will on the utilization of flexible, sustainable, cost effective and environmentally friendly support design. He will carry out extensive field mapping, instrumentation, collection of relevant data and laboratory testing of the rock samples brought from different tunnel project cases from Himalayan region. The mapped, collected and tested data will be used as basis to carry out comprehensive stability assessment and optimization of rock support for underground caverns and tunnels passing through Himalayan rock mass.

Sailesh has completed M.Tech. in Structural Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (IIT Delhi), India. Prior joining to NTNU, he was assistant professor at Pashchimanchal Campus (WRC), Institute of Engineering (IoE), Tribhuvan University (TU), Nepal.

Welcome, Sailesh!

Welcome Ramon!

Ramon Abritta Aguiar Santos has joined The Department of Geoscience and Petroleum to start his PhD project «Operation maintenance, and investment strategy for offshore energy hubs”. This project is a part of Horizon 2020 EU project «InnoCyPES: Innovative Tools for Cyber-Physical Energy Systems» (https://innocypes.eu). This is a multidisciplinary project that includes energy, economic, and environmental aspects. Ramon will gather information and develop models and optimal strategies to plan and operate offshore energy hubs. Such systems consist of oil and gas platform, wind power generation, energy storage, etc. In this project, Ramon will cooperate with Equinor, Siemens and will be associated with the BRU21 program – NTNU Research and Innovation Program in Digital and Automation Solutions for the Oil and Gas Industry.

Ramon has an MSc degree in Electrical Engineering, with focus on energy systems, awarded by the Federal University of Juiz de Fora (UFJF), Brazil. He was the main developer of codes to optimize the operation of three Brazilian hydroelectric power plants during his 2.5-year master’s R&D project, which was a work in partnership with a Brazilian electric utility company.

Welcome, Ramon!



Welcome Kornel

Recently Kornel Tobiczyk joined the Mineral Processing Laboratory at the Department of Geoscience and Petroleum at NTNU as Head Engineer. In 2016 Kornel graduated his Master’s at AGH University of Science and Technology in Cracow. In the same year he joined the Department of Mineral Processing at the Łukasiewicz Research Network – Institute of Non-ferrous Metals where he became a Senior Specialist. His main focus is ore beneficiation such as flotation, magnetic separation and gravity separations.

Welcome, Kornel!

Welcome Andriani

Andriani Manataki is 24 years old, from Greece and she has just joined the Department of Geoscience and Petroleum to undertake a 3-year PhD-project in the field of Drilling Engineering. Her main supervisor is professor Sigbjørn Sangesland and the co-supervisor is Bob Eden (Managing director / Professor, Rawwater Inc. UK).

Andriani will focus, through her research, on “Applications and properties of bismuth alloys in well completion and well plugging”. She will do experimental work, aiming to evaluate and test bismuth as an alternative sealing material. The research will propose and evaluate applications of bismuth alloys in well completion and P&A, and will model the interaction between bismuth alloy and steel/cement/cap rock formation. This research is part of SFI SWIPA which is an initiative that aims to obtain a scientific understanding of permanent well barriers and allocate for improved well barrier design methodologies.

Andriani has graduated from the Department of Mining and Metallurgical Engineering, in National Technical University of Athens (NTUA), in Greece, having an integrated Master degree, with specialization in Chemical Metallurgy. Her thesis, about the “Conversion of dawsonite to hydrated alumina”, was undertaken under the supervision of Dimitrios Panias (Professor, NTUA), in the laboratories of metallurgy in NTUA. Her internship was in SINTEF Industry, in the department of Metal Production and Processing, working as a researcher for the “ENSUREAL PROJECT”.

Welcome, Andriani!

Velkommen Kristin!

Kristin Holmøy er ansatt som professor i ingeniørgeologi berg ved instituttet.

Holmøy skal jobbe med undervisning og forskning i faggruppe for ingeniørgeologi og bergmekanikk. Hun har de siste årene jobbet i instituttsektoren (NGI og SINTEF) som forsker og seniorspesialist. Hun ser frem til å kunne bruke erfaringer og nettverket fra bransjen inn i undervisning og forskning. Holmøy ønsker å bidra til at ingeniørgeologi/bergmekanikk i økende grad blir en muliggjørende teknologi i en bærekraftig utvikling.

På fritiden liker Holmøy å holde seg i aktivitet med trening i både sal og basseng, i tillegg til å være en ivrig turgåer.

Velkommen til oss, Kristin!

Welcome Kristoffer

Kristoffer Tesdal Galtung has joined the Department of Geoscience and Petroleum to undertake a PhD in geophysics with Alexey Stovas as his main supervisor and Espen Birger Raknes as co-supervisor. The focus of Kristoffer’s research will be on ray tracing and inversion in anisotropic media, and the research will be conducted at the SFI Center of Geophysical Forecasting, hosted by the Department of Electronic Systems.

Kristoffer has an M.Sc in geophysics from the University of Bergen. The theme of his Master’s thesis was the use of acoustic waves to estimate temperatures in the ocean over large distances. In particular, he worked on forward modelling in the Fram Strait, where the presence of non-geometric arrivals is causing difficulties in analysing the acoustic data.

Welcome, Kristoffer!

Welcome Handita

Handita Reksi Dwitantra Sutoyo has joined the Department of Geoscience and Petroleum at NTNU to undertake a 3-year PhD-project in the field of Petroleum Engineering with supervisor Carl Fredrik Berg and co-supervisor Heiner Schumann from SINTEF Industry. The focus of this PhD will be on reduction of emissions from hydrocarbon production through alternative energy efficient drainage strategies. He has been working as reservoir engineer for 7 years with several companies. Handitas recent experience is with Medco EP Indonesia working in field of reservoir modelling. He had his MSc. from IFP School, France in field of Reservoir and Geoscience Engineering and Petroleum Engineering from Institut Teknologi Bandung. In addition, he has BSc. from Institut Teknologi Bandung in Petroleum Engineering.

Welcome Handita!