The Xodus – Sergio Ottochian Scholarship for Reservoir Simulation.

In tribute to Sergio Ottochian, Xodus has established scholarship funds at the Delft University of Technology in The Netherlands. The scholarship is awarded to first year students who wish to do their thesis project in the technically demanding field of advanced reservoir simulation.


The joint winners for the academic year 2015-2016 are Sebastian Bosma and Barnaby Friar.

Sebastian and Barnaby were selected by a committee comprising Timo Heimovaara and Dr. Hadi Hajibeygi, TU Delft, and Stephen Swindell, Chief Operating Officer, Xodus Group.

Sebastian Bosma is a student on the MSc Petroleum Engineering course at TU Delft where he previously graduated with a BSc in Aerospace Engineering in 2013. He also has a Minor in Financial Engineering from the École Polytechnique Féderale de Lausanne. His thesis, which will involve several months of research at Stanford University in the US, is entitled “Multiscale simulation of fractured media using discrete fracture network modeling approach on unstructured grids”.

Barnaby Friar is working towards an MSc in Reservoir Geology at TU Delft, following a BSc in Petroleum Engineering and a Minor in German, both from The University of Texas in Austin. His vocational experience to date includes two internships in the US. His thesis is entitled “Algebraic Dynamic Local Grid Refinement for Physically Complex Flows in Porous Media”.

Xodus is proud to support Sebastian and Barnaby through the completion of their theses.