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In 2010, Prof. M. Rafiq pioneered an environmentally benign well-stimulation method, Plasma-Shockwave Technology, as a clean substitute for Acidizing and Hydraulic Fracking. A groundbreaking joint simulation by ExxonMobil and Sandia National Lab in 2015 validated the technology, showcasing its ability to create fractures spanning 30-100 feet. Leveraging these findings, Prof. Rafiq, in 2020, designed Completions hardware to implement the revolutionary ExxonMobil-Sandia discoveries. With a versatile professional background as a Research Professor, Research Engineer, and Project Specialist in Plasma-Shockwave Well Stimulation, Prof. Rafiq brings a wealth of expertise to the table. His academic journey encompasses roles such as Faculty of Petroleum Engineering at Texas Tech University (2007-2013), Staff Engineer at ConocoPhillips Technology Center (2013-2015), and Full Professor of Petroleum Engineering at the American University of Ras Al Khaimah (2015-2020). Prof. Rafiq earned his Ph.D. in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Oklahoma in 1991. Today, he offers comprehensive capabilities, from delivering full-size prototypes to conducting field demonstrations and facilitating technology transfer.