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Dr. Zeinab Smillie (nee Taman) joined the Institute of Petroleum Engineering in February 2017 after a period of career break due to family reasons. Prior to that she worked for seven years as a lecturer at Ain Shams University in Egypt, preceded by many years of working as assistant lecturer in the same University. Zeinab studied for her PhD in both Camborne School of Mines (University of Exeter) and Ain Shams University. She was awarded her PhD for the thesis entitled "Mineralogical and geochemical studies on Some Banded Iron Formations from the Eastern Desert of Egypt, and their industrial uses". The thesis also covered the volcano-sedimentary rocks associated with the Banded Iron Formations.

Zeinab has over 20 years’ experience as a geologist with experience in Mineralogy, Petrology, Geochemistry, GIS, Remote Sensing, and Environmental Geology.

During her academic career in Ain Shams University, she also took some roles including: Programme Coordinator (Geology-Chemistry BSc Program), Petrology Laboratory Supervisor, Quality Assurance Officer (QAAP and CIQAP Project- Quality Assurance Unit), Deputy Examinations Officer and Coordinator of European Commission - CORDIS 7th Framework Programme (FP7).

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Research Output

Can radiometric data improve lithology mapping and geological understanding through unsupervised classification?

Smillie, Z., Demyanov, V., McKinley, J. & Cooper, M., 15 Mar 2020, (Accepted/In press).

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

Contourite porosity, grain size and reservoir characteristics

Yu, X., Stow, D., Smillie, Z., Esentia, I., Brackenridge, R., Xie, X., Bankole, S., Ducassou, E. & Llave, E., Jul 2020, In : Marine and Petroleum Geology. 117, 104392.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Distinguishing between deep-water sediment facies: Turbidites, contourites and hemipelagites

    Stow, D. & Smillie, Z., Feb 2020, In : Geosciences. 10, 2, 68.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 7 Citations (Scopus)
    24 Downloads (Pure)

    Contourite Drifts and Associated Bedforms

    Esentia, I. P., Stow, D. & Smillie, Z., 2018, Submarine Geomorphology. Micallef, A., Krastel, S. & Savini, A. (eds.). (Springer Geology).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

  • 8 Citations (Scopus)

    Contourite facies and cyclicity: a geostatistical approach

    Pan, J., Stow, D. & Smillie, Z., 2018.

    Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper