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Dr. Jincai Chang
Vice President and Director
Petroleum Engineering Professor
Senior Software Consultant

Dr. Jincai ChangContact:






To model, plan and optimize production of natural resources from underground.


1991 Ph.D. Petroleum Engineering, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California. Dissertation “Modeling of Micro Lamination and Fluid Flow in the Monterey Formation: Application of Self-Organization, Heterogeneity and Fractal Concepts.”
1986 MS Petroleum Engineering, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California. Dissertation “Well Test Interpretation through Automated Parameter Estimation.”
1982 BS Reservoir Engineering, Southwestern Petroleum Institute, Nanchong, Sichuan Province, China. Dissertation “Application of Orthogonal Experiment Designs and Regression Analysis in Petroleum Engineering.”
1994 Course “Interpersonal Communication” by School of Journalism, University of Southern California.
2000 Course “Advanced Microsoft Visual C++ and MFC Programming (I, II&III)” by California State University, Fullerton, CA

Computer Skills

Proficient in C++, MFC and Windows Graphic Interface Programming. Skillful in Linear Programming, network flow optimization and other algorithms.

Work Experience

1995 – Present                    Maraco Inc.  Dana Point, California
Petroleum Consultant and Senior Software Engineer
Consulting, software-developing and training for Kuwait Oil Company and gas production/storage companies in Europe & in the U.S.
Developed large scale software “Strategic Planning Model (SPM)” for Kuwait Oil Company using generalized network flow for optimization.
Developed software “Reserve Management System (RMS)” for Kuwait Oil Company.
Developed software “Gas Storage Optimization (GASTOP)” for Southern California Gas Company.
Developed software “Compressor Scheduling and Optimization of Storage Reservoirs (GasPal, also a black oil simulator)”.
Conducted on-site training courses for Kuwait Oil Company engineers on long-term planning and optimization.
Conducted on-site training courses for gas reservoir engineers in the Netherlands, German and France and gas production planning.
1991–1995                         University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA
Post-Doctoral Research Associate
Developed software “Field Development Optimization System (FIDOS)” for long-term gas production optimization.
Explored application of generalized network flow in long-term planning.
1984–1991                         University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA
Teaching and Research Assistant
Supervise undergraduate students in laboratory.
Conduct Q&A sessions and grade homework and lab reports.


2nd Place Winner of 1986 SPE West Regional Student Paper Contest.
Recipient of $5000 West Regional SPE Fellowship (JPT Jan 1990, P32)

Professional  Organization

Society of Petroleum Engineers.


  • Kuncir, M. Chang, J., Mansdorfer, J. and Dougherty, E. “Analysis and Optimal Design of Gas Storage Reservoirs,” paper SPE 84822 presented at the SPE Eastern Regional/AAPG Eastern Section Joint Meeting held in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.A., 6–10 September 2003.
  • Dougherty, E. L., Chang, J., Taeger, J.P., Al-Fulaij, McBride, R. D. “Devising Development Plans for Oil Reserves with a Tailored Strategic Planning Model (SPM)” paper SPE 37019 presented at the 1996 SPE Asia Pacific Oil & Gas Conference held in Adelaide, Australia, 28-31 October 1996.
  • Chang, J. and Yortsos, Y. C.:  “Lamination During Silica Diagenesis –Effect of Clay Content and Ostwald Ripening,”  American Journal of Science,    294, 137–172, February 1994.
  • Dougherty, E. L., Juber, F. and Chang, J. “Prediction and Analysis of Performance of Gas Wells Producing from Reservoirs Containing Several Noncommunicating Layers,” paper SPE 25908 presented at SPE Rocky Mountain Regional/Low Permeability Reservoirs Symposium held in Denver, CO, U.S.A., April 12-14, 1993.
  • Dougherty, E. L. and Chang, J.:  “A Computer System That Determines  Optimal Capacity and  Recovery for Gas Reservoirs,”  paper SPE 26254  presented at the 8th SPE Petroleum Computer Conference, New Orleans,    Louisiana, July 11-14, 1993.
  • Dougherty, E.L. and Chang, J.:  “Determining Optimal Capacity and  Recovery from Gas Reservoirs: Impact of Permeability Contrast,  Tubing Size and Compressor Horsepower,”  paper SPE 26145 presented  at SPE 1993 Gas Technology Symposium, Calgary, June 28, 1993.
  • Chang, J. and Yortsos, Y. C.: “Effect of Heterogeneity on Buckley-Leverett Displacement,” SPE 18798 presented at the  SPE California Regional Meeting held in Bakersfield,  California,  April 5–7, 1989; SPE Reservoir Engineering,  May 1992, 285–293.
  • Chang, J. and Yortsos, Y. C.: “Comments on ‘Pressure Transient Analysis of Fractal Reservoir’ SPEFE (March 1990) 31–38,” (submitted to SPE Formation Evaluation, 1992).
  • Ershaghi, I., Calisgan and Chang, J.: “A Critical Look at  Methods Used for Estimation of Average Shut-in Pressure in Gas Storage  Reservoirs,”  American Gas Association Operating Section  Proceedings,  1992, 673–691.
  • Chang, J. and Yortsos, Y. C.: “Pressure Transient Analysis of  Fractal Reservoirs,” SPE 18170 presented at the 63rd Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition of SPE held in Houston, Texas, October 2–5, 1988; SPE Formation Evaluation,  March 1990, 31–38.
  • Yortsos, Y.C. and Chang, J: “Capillary Effects in Steady-State Flow in Heterogeneous Cores,”  Transport in Porous Media,  5, 399–420, 1990.
  • Chang, J. and Ershaghi, I.:  “An Improved Microcomputer  Approach to Well Test Interpretation,” paper SPE 15928 presented at the SPE Eastern Regional Meeting held in Columbus, Ohio, November 12–14, 1986.



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