Muhammad Usman

PhD Students

PhD Student


Selected Publications

  • Total organic carbon (TOC) quantification using artificial neural networks: Improved prediction by leveraging XRF data (2022), Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering, Volume 208, Part E, 109302
  • Sedimentology, Geochemistry, and Mechanical Stratigraphy of an Early Kimmeridgian Carbonate Mudstone in an Arabian Intrashelf Basin, (2022), Unconventional Resources Technology Conference (URTeC), 20 – 22 June, 2022, Houston, Texas, USA
  • Controls on Mechanical Properties of Carbonate Mudrocks: Insights from Non-Destructive Tests and Geochemical Data (2021), ARMA/DGS/SEG: 2 nd International Geomechanics Symposium, 1 – 4 Nov. 2021 (Virtual)
  • Geological characterization of a Late Jurassic carbonate mudstone, Saudi Arabia: Sedimentology, Geochemistry, and Geomechanics (2020), Carbonate Reservoirs of the Middle East, 3rd ed. (AAPG Geosciences Technology Workshops), 28 – 29 Jan. 2020 / Abu Dhabi, UAE
  • Surface and subsurface fault correlation using outcrops, gravity, and VLF electromagnetic in West Jiwo Hill, Indonesia (2019), 81st EAGE Conference & Exhibition, 3 – 6 June 2019, London, UK.


  • 2020 - Present, Ph.D. candidate, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), Saudi Arabia
  • 2018 - 2020, M.Sc, King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM), Saudi Arabia
  • 2008 - 2012, B.Sc, University of Azad Jammu and Kashmir (UAJK), Pakistan

Professional Profile

  • 2018-2020: Teaching Assistant, King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM), Saudi Arabia
  • 2016-2017: Lecturer, Punjab Group of Colleges (PGC), Pakistan
  • 2013-2015: Geologist/Site supervisor, Engineering and Research International (ERI), Saudi Arabia

Scientific and Professional Membership

  • American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG)
  • Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE)
  • Dhahran Geological Society (DGS)


  • 2021, PetroBowl International
  • 2020, AAPG Grants-in-Aid

Research Interests Keywords

Source rock compositional heterogeneity Organic & Inorganic geochemistry Reservoir Characterization Basin modeling Artificial maturation Thermal characterization Hydrogen generation & storage