Dr. Fadhil Y. Al-Aboosi received his doctoral degree in process systems engineering, combining chemical and petroleum engineering from Texas A&M University. Prior to joining Texas A&M, he gained 12 years of experience as a faculty member teaching an array of undergraduate and graduate courses in science, engineering, math and physics in the Department of Nuclear Engineering and the Department of Energy Engineering at the University of Baghdad, where he also completed his master’s degree in nuclear engineering (thermal engineering) and bachelor’s degree in nuclear/chemical engineering. He also worked as a senior engineer with the Center of Energy Research at Baghdad’s Ministry of Science and Technology. This background provided Al-Aboosi with a deep appreciation for and broad grasp of the interdisciplinary nature of the engineering disciplines and sparked his curiosity to develop research in the area of sustainable process design and optimization of integrated energy and water systems involving life cycle analysis of energy systems that span various engineering disciplines—especially the upstream production side (petroleum engineering), and the downstream conversion side (chemical and mechanical engineering). His research will pave the way for substantial developments in sustainable energy and water treatment based on the energy-water nexus. Furthermore, Al-Aboosi has worked on integrating renewable energy (concentrated solar thermal energy) in gas/oil operations.
Dr. Al-Aboosi has conducted research in the area of sustainable process design and optimization of integrated energy and water systems. Specifically, he has developed new approaches to the design, operation, integration and optimization of hybrid fossil/solar power plants and the integration of these plants within industrial facilities. The design objectives included economic, environmental, technical and safety metrics. These competing objectives must be reconciled and traded off using multi-objective optimization techniques while examining the impact of public policies on the energy portfolio.
Recently, Dr. Al-Aboosi developed a stochastic optimization approach to handling diurnal variability and uncertainty of solar energy in the context of integration with fossil-based systems. Furthermore, hierarchical calculation methodologies have been developed to estimate solar irradiance values, which are necessary for the long-term evaluation to the techno-economic performance of solar energy conversion systems, for a specific location under different sky conditions. He has collaborated with the Petroleum Engineering Group at Texas A&M to develop a comprehensive model for acid jetting under field conditions that utilize the two-scale continuum model for describing acid reactive transport. Additionally, he has worked on the project of improving sustainability and energy performance of existing buildings through solar photovoltaic systems.
Al-Aboosi, F. Y. “Models and hierarchical methodologies for evaluating solar energy availability under different sky conditions toward enhancing concentrating solar collectors use: Texas as a case study.” International Journal of Energy and Environmental Engineering, 1-29, https://doi.org/10.1007/s40095-019-00326-z (2019).
Al-Aboosi, F. Y. and M. M. El-Halwagi, M.M. “A Stochastic Optimization Approach to the Design of Shale Gas/Oil Wastewater Treatment Systems with Multiple Energy Sources under Uncertainty”, Sustainability,11, 4865, https://doi.org/10.3390/su11184865 (2019).
Al-Aboosi, F. Y. and M. M. El-Halwagi, “An Integrated Approach to Water-Energy Nexus in Shale Gas Production”, Processes, 6(5), 52, https://doi.org/10.3390/pr6050052 (2018).
Al-Aboosi, F. Y., “Toward Exploiting and Managing Solar Energy in Concentrated Solar Collectors: Using Models and Computation Strategies to Assess Solar Potential and Hourly Solar Irradiance Data Considering Sky Conditions.” 2019, Solar Energy Systems Conference, Waco, Texas.
Al-Aboosi, F. Y., and M. El-Halwagi, “An Integrated Approach to Water-Energy Nexus with Multiple Energy Sources.” 2018, AIChE Annual Meeting, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Al-Aboosi, F. Y., and M. El-Halwagi, “Optimization of Water-Treatment for Shale Gas Production Using Water-Energy Nexus.” 2018, Texas A&M Energy Conference, College Station, Texas