Photo: IRIS/Elisabeth Tønnessen

Interview with an IRIS researcher

Name: Trine Solberg Mykkeltvedt
Age: 28
Position: Research Scientist
IRIS Energy - Department: Reservoir Group

MSc in Applied Mathematics
PhD in Applied Mathematics
What inspired you to become a scientist?
I cannot say that it is one particular moment that has inspired me to become a scientist. Since I was a little girl I have always been asking questions about the things around me. Natural sciences started to fascinate me very early, but my dream was to become a pilot. However, I wanted to study mathematics for one year. One year became five years very quickly as I followed the subjects I found challenging and interesting. I realized that all questions do not have an answer, and I guess this is what triggered me to take a PhD at the University of Bergen. 

What do you like/dislike about your job?
In my biased opinion I am very lucky to work at IRIS. I am surrounded with colleagues with high competence in their fields. People with different competence can work together to understand new sides of challenging problems. Especially, I experience strong enthusiasm in my group to achieve strong and good research. This really motivates me. The only thing I dislike about my job is that it is a bit challenging to explain for my friends what I actually do at my job.
What are you working on right now?
Currently I am one of the postdocs connected to the National IOR Centre of Norway. To model an enhanced oil recovery process accurately and efficiently is very challenging on a field scale model. I am working on understanding and improving mathematical and numerical models for such processes. The goal is to be better equipped to both estimate a fields potential and to predict the enhanced oil recovery effect with the use of the best methods and simulation tools available.
What has been your best IRIS-moment so far?
I have been in IRIS for one year now, and I cannot say that there is one particular moment that stands out. It has been a particularly challenging year for IRIS and other companies in our branch. However, the fact that it has been one year already, and I feel that it only has been a month, must be the best IRIS moment so far. Time goes really fast when you look forward to going to work every day!