Fazilatun “Nessa” Mahmood is a Geoscientist at the EERC, where she interfaces with a diverse team of scientists and engineers to assess project uncertainties in oil and gas development and geologic storage, develops and oversees the development of geophysical models of the subsurface, and performs regional geological characterization and petrophysical analyses of geophysical well log data. Her work currently involves testing and application of National Risk Assessment Partnership (NRAP) tools (Open-IAM and DREAM) and geochemical modeling of confining zones of the CO2 storage sites. Nessa holds an M.S. degree in Geology from the University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, and a B.S. degree in Geology from the University of Dhaka, Bangladesh. Prior to joining the EERC, she was a Research/Teaching Assistant in the Department of Geology & Geological Engineering at UND.
Nessa’s principal areas of interest and expertise include geochemistry, hydrogeology, and geocellular modeling. She is a member of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists and has coauthored numerous professional publications.
“Everyone I’ve worked with so far has a very welcoming attitude and values teamwork,” Nessa said. “I was drawn to the team-oriented working environment and am excited to dig deeper into the technical working areas.”
Nessa is from Chittagong, a coastal town in Bangladesh. Nessa, her husband, and their son have lived in Grand Forks since 2016. She enjoys traveling, painting, and music. She will finish her Ph.D. with the UND Geology program in 2021.