Hussein Hoteit

Associate Professor of Energy Resources and Petroleum Engineering

Research Interests

Professor Hoteit‘s research is focused on Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR) schemes in Reservoir Engineering. Dr. Hoteit has conducted research in different areas such as modeling multi-phase flow in naturally fractured reservoirs using higher-order methods, modeling molecular diffusion and gas-oil interaction in gas flood in fractured reservoirs, Knudsen diffusion in unconventional plays, high resolution simulations for full field chemical EOR, improved SAGD, thermodynamic phase behavior calculation, wax deposition in pipelines and other area related to discretization methods and gridding. Dr. Hoteit was selected as an SPE distinguished lecturer in 2009 and he severs as an Associate Editor for SPE journal since 2006.

Selected Publications

  • Investigation of an improved polymer flooding scheme by compositionally-tuned slugs. Santoso, R., Torrealba, V., Hoteit, H. Processes, 8(2), (2020).
  • Assessment of CO2 injectivity during sequestration in depleted gas reservoirs. Hoteit, H., Fahs, M., Soltanian, M.R. Geosciences (Switzerland), 9(5), (2019).
  • Curvature-based equation of state for microemulsion-phase behavior. Torrealba, V.A., Johns, R.T., Hoteit, H. SPE Journal, 24(2), 647-659, (2019).
  • Improved polymer flooding injectivity and displacement by considering compositionally-tuned slugs. Torrealba, V.A., Hoteit, H. Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering, 178,14-26, (2019).
  • Modeling yield-power-law drilling fluid loss in fractured formation. Albattat, R., Hoteit, H. Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering, 182, (2019).
  • Conformance improvement in oil reservoirs by use of microemulsions. Torrealba, V.A., Hoteit, H. SPE Reservoir Evaluation and Engineering, (2019).
  • Modeling of multicomponent diffusions and natural convection in unfractured and fractured media by discontinuous Galerkin and mixed methods. Hoteit, H., Firoozabadi, A. International Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering, 114(5), 535-556, (2018).


  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Université Louis Pasteur, Strasbourg, France, 2003
  • Ph.D.,  Université de Rennes, Rennes, France, 2002
  • M.Sc., Université de Rennes, Rennes, France, 1998
  • B.Sc., Lebanese University, Beirut, Lebanon, 1996

Professional Profile

  • 2016-present: Associate Professor, ANPERC, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia
  • 2012-2016 : Staff Reservoir Engineer, Chevron, USA
  • 2006-2012: Senior Reservoir Engineer, ConocoPhillips, USA
  • 2003-2006: Research Engineer, RERI, USA

KAUST Affiliations

  • Ali I. Al-Naimi Petroleum Engineering Research Center (ANPERC)
  • Division of Physical Science and Engineering (PSE)
  • Energy Resources and Petroleum Engineering