Dr Piroska Lorinczi

Dr Piroska Lorinczi


Piroska is an Associate Professor in Petroleum Reservoir Engineering in the Institute of Applied Geosciences, School of Earth and Environment, University of Leeds. She started teaching on the Petroleum Engineering programme in 2010 as a lecturer. Prior to that she did a PhD on numerical modelling of fluid flow within heterogeneous petroleum reservoirs such as flow through layered sequences, across partially-sealing faults and around wells, followed by a period of postdoctoral research in geodynamical modelling of lithospheric deformation, and a temporary lectureship in Geophysics. Piroska has worked on mathematical modelling of a range of physical processes. Her main research focuses on the development and use of computational methods to improve the understanding of fluid flow in porous media. She has worked on the development and use of direct and inverse computational methods to improve the understanding of fluid flow in unconventional reservoirs such as shale gas reservoirs and to determine unknown flow properties in such reservoirs.


  • Leader of the Petroleum Engineering Programme SEE Delivery Team

Research interests

  • Numerical modellling of unconventional reservoirs
  • Reservoir simulation of heterogeneous reservoirs
  • Inverse problems
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  • PhD, Earth Sciences/Applied Mathematics, University of Leeds
  • MSc, Algebra/Mathematics, Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca
  • BSc, Mathematics, Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca

Professional memberships

  • Member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers
  • Member of the European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Student education

Piroska is teaching on the following modules:

  • Petroleum Reservoir Engineering (module manager)
  • Reservoir Simulation 1 (module manager)
  • Reservoir Simulation 2 (module manager)
  • Introduction to Petroleum Engineering (lecturer)
  • Unconventional Oil and Gas Reservoirs (lecturer/turor)
  • Design Project (BEng) (tutor)
  • Research Project (MEng) (tutor)
  • Research Project (MSc) (tutor)

Research groups and institutes

  • Institute of Applied Geoscience

Current postgraduate researchers

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