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Office Location: CPE 5.182A

Carlos Torres-Verdin


Brian James Jennings Memorial Endowed Chair and Zarrow Centennial Professorship in Petroleum Engineering

Department Research Areas:
Geologic Carbon Storage
Drilling and Completions
Enhanced Oil Recovery
Formation Evaluation
Integrated Reservoir Characterization
Hydraulic Fracturing and Reservoir Geomechanics
Production Engineering
Reservoir Engineering
Unconventional Resources
Petrophysics and Pore Scale Processes
Reservoir Simulation
Natural Gas Engineering

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Educational Qualifications:

Ph.D., Engineering Geoscience, University of California, Berkeley, May 1991, Dissertation under Professor H. Frank Morrison: Continuous Magnetotelluric Profiling.

M.Sc., Electrical Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas, May 1985, Thesis under Professor Francis X. Bostick, Jr.: Implications of the Born Approximation for the Magnetotelluric Problem in Three-Dimensional Environments.

B.S., Geophysical Engineering, National Polytechnic Institute of México, February, 1983.

PGE Courses Taught:

PGE 358 - Principles of Formation Evaluation

PGE 368 - Fundamentals of Well Logging

PGE 385M - Advanced Well Logging and Correlation

PGE-385K - Advanced Multi-Well Formation Evaluation

PGE 383 - Inverse Problems in Subsurface Geophysics and Petroleum Engineering

PGE 310 - Formulation and Solution of Geosystems Engineering Problems


My current research is focused to the petrophysical, geophysical, mechanical, and geological description and quantification of the near-borehole region from core samples, geophysical measurements (open hole, logging-while-drilling, and cased hole), and in-situ permanent sensors. Three-dimensional seismic data, vertical seismic profiles, cross-well data (seismic, electromagnetic, tracers, etc.), well-interference measurements, tracer arrival data, and production information, are used to the extent that they provide a way to extrapolate laterally away from wells the petrophysical parameters estimated in the near-borehole region.

Awards & Honors:

Anthony F. Lucas Gold Medal, Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE), for distinguished achievement in the identification and development of new technology and concepts that will enhance the process of finding or producing petroleum, presented at the SPE’s 2019 Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition (ATCE), Calgary, Alberta, Canada, September 30-October 2.

The Texas Ten 2018, Annual list of the 10 most inspiring UT Austin professors, nominated by alumni and selected by the Alcalde magazine (published by the Texas Exes).

Elected Corresponding Member of the Academy of Engineering of Mexico (AEM) for “outstanding contributions to science and engineering in the US and the World.” June, 2017.

Honorary Membership, Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG), presented at the International Exposition and 87th Annual Meeting, Houston, Texas, September 24-29, 2017.

2017 Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company Award for Excellence in Engineering Teaching, Cockrell School of Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin.

2017 Conrad Schlumberger Award, European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers (EAGE), in recognition of outstanding contributions to borehole geophysics, formation evaluation, petrophysics, rock physics and well-logging, presented at the EAGE’s 79th Conference and Exhibition, Paris, France, June 12-15, 2017.

2015 Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) Distinguished Membership, presented at the SPE’s 2015 Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition, Houston, TX, September 28-30.

Gold Medal for Technical Achievement Award, Society of Petrophysicists and Well Log Analysts (SPWLA), presented at the SPWLA’s 55th Annual Logging Symposium in Abu Dhabi, UAE on May 19, 2014.

2008 Formation Evaluation Award, Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE), presented at the SPE’s 2008 Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition, Denver, CO, September 21-24.

2006 Distinguished Technical Achievement Award, Society of Petrophysicists and Well Log Analysts (SPWLA), presented at the SPWLA’s 47th Ann. Logging Symposium in Veracruz, Mexico on June 6, 2006.

Designated “Outstanding Faculty” in the Department of Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering, and awarded the Faculty Appreciation Award by the UT Student Engineering Council of The University of Texas at Austin, March 2, 2010. This award, voted on by students, is given out to one professor in each engineering department.

Engineering Foundation Award, College of Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin, September 21, 2001.

Departmental Teaching Award, Department of Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin, April 29, 2002.

Highlighted Publications and Google Scholar Profile:

Frooqnia, A., Torres-Verdín, C., and Sepehrnoori, K., 2017, Inference of near-borehole permeability and water saturation from time-lapse oil-water production logs: Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering, v. 152, Issue April 2017, pp. 116-135.

Misra, S., Torres-Verdín, C., Homan, D., and Rasmus, J., 2017, Dispersive and directional effective electrical conductivity and dielectric permittivity of conductive-mineral-bearing samples derived from multi-frequency tensor electromagnetic induction measurements: Geophysics, v. 82, no. 4, pp. D211-D223.

Frooqnia, A., Torres-Verdín, C., Sepehrnoori, K., and Abdhollah-Pour, R., 2017, Transient coupled borehole/formation fluid-flow model for interpretation of oil/water production logs: SPE Journal, v. 22, no. 1, pp. 389-406.

Huang, S. and Torres-Verdín, C., 2017, Fast-forward modeling of compressional arrival slowness logs in high-angle and horizontal wells: Geophysics, v. 82, no. 2, pp. D105-D120.

Woodruff, W. F., Lewan, M. D., Revil, A., and Torres-Verdín, C., 2017, Complex electrical conductivity changes associated with hydrous pyrolysis maturation of the Woodford Shale: Geophysics, v. 82, no. 2, pp. D83-D104.

van der Hoeven, C., Montgomery, M., Sablan, G., Schneider, E., and, Torres-Verdín, C., 2017, Gadolinium tracers for enhancement of Sigma-log contrast measurements: Geophysics, v. 82, no. 1, pp. EN13-EN24.

Frooqnia, A., Torres-Verdín, C., and Sepehrnoori, K., 2016, Inference of rock pressure-production properties from gas-oil production logs: Journal of Natural Gas and Engineering, v. 36, Part A, Issue November 2016, pp. 124-143.

Kelly, S., El-Sobky, H., Torres-Verdín, C., and Balhoff, M., 2016, Assessing the utility of FIB-SEM images for shale digital rock physics: Advances in Water Resources, v. 95, September Issue, pp. 302-316.

Kelly, S. A., Torres-Verdín, C., and Balhoff, M., 2016, Subsurface to substrate: dual-scale micro/nanofluidic networks for investigating transport anomalies in tight porous media: Lab on a Chip, v. 16, no. 15, pp. 2829-2839.

Medellin, D., Ravi, V. R., and Torres-Verdín, C., 2016, Multidimensional NMR inversion without Kronecker products: Multilinear inversion: Journal of Magnetic Resonance, v. 269, August Issue, pp. 24-35.

Yang, K., Torres-Verdín, C., and Yilmaz, A. E., 2016, Detection and quantification of 3D hydraulic fractures with vertical borehole induction resistivity measurements: Geophysics, v. 81, no. 4, pp. E259-E264.

Sayar, P. and Torres-Verdín, C., 2016, Using anisotropic effective medium theories to quantify elastic properties of sandstone-shale laminated rocks: Geophysics, v. 81, no. 4, pp. D315-D333.

Huang, S. and Torres-Verdín, C., 2016, Inversion-based interpretation of borehole sonic measurements using semi-analytical spatial sensitivity functions: Geophysics, v. 81, no. 2, pp. D111-D124.

Kelly, S., Torres-Verdín, C., and Balhoff, M., 2016, Anomalous liquid imbibition at the nanoscale: the critical role of interfacial deformations: Nanoscale, v. 8, no. 5, pp. 2751-2767.

Ajayi, O., Torres-Verdín, C., and Preeg, W. E., 2016, Inversion-based interpretation of logging-while-drilling gamma-ray spectroscopy measurements: Geophysics, v. 81, no. 1, pp. D9-D34.