Carlos Torres-Verdín

Professor, UT Petroleum & Geosystems Engineering Dept.

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Dr. Torres-Verdín is currently the Zarrow Centennial Professor in Petroleum Engineering at the University of Texas Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering Department and Program Director of the Formation Evaluation Joint Industry Research Consortium. He holds a Ph.D. in Engineering Geoscience from the University of California Berkely May 1991 and is the Zarrow Centennial Professor of Petroleum Engineering.

Carlos Torres-Verdín completed his B.Sc. degree in Engineering Geophysics at the National Polytechnic Institute of Mexico. He holds a Master's degree in Electrical Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin (1985), and a Ph.D. degree in Engineering Geoscience from the University of California , Berkeley (1991). From 1982 to 1983 he worked for the Mexican Petroleum Institute as Development Engineer. From 1991 to 1997 he worked as Research Scientist for Schlumberger-Doll Research in Ridgefield , Connecticut , USA. From 1997 to 1999 he held the positions of Reservoir Specialist and Product Champion (Special Projects) while working for the Vice Presidency of Engineering and Technology of the oil company YPF S.A. in Buenos Aires , Argentina. Since August 1999 he has been with the Department of Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering of The University of Texas at Austin , where he currently holds the position of Full Professor. He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on well logging, formation evaluation, integrated reservoir characterization, nonlinear optimization, inverse theory, and computer programming.

Dr. Torres-Verdín is founder and director of the Joint Industry Research Consortium on Formation Evaluation of the Center for Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering. His research work has been sponsored by the US Department of Energy, US National Science Foundation, American Chemical Society, Anadarko, Apache, Aramco, Baker Hughes, BHP Billiton, BP, BG, ConocoPhillips, Chevron, COSL, Halliburton, Hess, ENI E&P, ExxonMobil, Maersk, Marathon, Mexican Institute for Petroleum, Nexen, ONGC, Petrobras, Repsol, RWE, Schlumberger, Shell, Statoil, TOTAL, Weatherford, and Woodside.

He has published more than 114 articles in refereed technical journals, over 158 articles in international conferences, and two book chapters. Dr. Torres-Verdín is co-author of two US patents. He has served as invited editor for Radio Science, as associate editor for the Journal of Electromagnetic Waves and Applications, and technical editor for SPE Journal (Society of Petroleum Engineers), and is currently associated editor for Petrophysics (published by the Society of Petrophysicists and Well Log Analysts), and Geophysics (Society of Exploration Geophysicists, SEG), and is member of the editorial board of the journal The Leading Edge (published by the SEG).

He is a member of the research committee of the SEG and is was a member of the technical committee of the SPWLA (Society of Petrophysicists and Well Log Analysts) during two terms. Dr. Torres-Verdín is recipient of the 2008 Formation Evaluation Award from the SPE, 2006 Distinguished Technical Achievement Award from the SPWLA, recipient of the 2003, 2004, 2006, and 2007 Best Paper Awards by Petrophysics, recipient of the 2006 Best Presentation Award and the 2007 Best Poster Awards by the SPWLA, recipient of the Engineering Foundation Award by the College of Engineering of The University of Texas at Austin (2001), the 2001-2002 Departmental Teaching Award by the Department of Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering (The University of Texas at Austin), and the Dean's Fellowship by the College of Engineering of The University of Texas at Austin (January–May 2002). He was a Distinguished Technical Speaker during 2006-2007 for the SPWLA. Currently, he is the Zarrow Centennial Professor in Petroleum Engineering.

Dr. Torres-Verdín has conducted numerous training courses for oil companies in the areas of petrophysics, formation evaluation, well logging, inversion, seismic amplitude inversion, reservoir characterization, and geostatistics.

He has completed 12 officially-certified marathons (including Boston 2007) with a P.R. of 3 hours and 18 minutes, and 10 half marathons with a P.R. of 1 hour and 24 minutes, and is an avid bicyclist.

Research Interests

  • Formation Evaluation
  • Borehole Geophysics
  • Well Logging
  • Electromagnetic Geophysics
  • Numerical Simulation
  • Inverse Theory
  • Integrated Reservoir Characterization
  • 3-D Reflection Seismology
  • Permanent Sensors