Cockrell School of Engineering
The University of Texas at Austin

Zoya Heidari

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Assistant Professor

Anadarko Petroleum Corporation Centennial Fellowship #1 in Petroleum Engineering

Phone: (512) 471-7218
Office: PGE 5.108

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Research Areas:

Petrophysics, Borehole Geophysics, Well Logging, Formation Evaluation, Rock Physics, Inverse Problems, Rock Physics of Groundwater Resources, Integrated Reservoir Characterization, Completion Petrophysics

Educational Qualifications:

Ph.D. in Petroleum Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin, 2011

M.Sc. in Biomechanical Engineering, Sharif University of Technology, 2007

B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering, Sharif University of Technology, 2005

PGE Courses:

PGE383, Rock Physics

PGE337, Geostatistics

PGE 385K, Advanced Multi-Well Formation Evaluation


My research team develops new methods for reliable interpretation and integration of multi-scale (i.e., pore-scale, core-scale, and well-log-scale) formation data measured in the laboratory or in the subsurface in challenging formations such as organic-rich mudrocks and carbonate formations. The new unconventional methods include (a) laboratory measurement techniques and (b) interpretation techniques to characterize unconventional rocks, where conventional methods often fail. The research outcomes of my team improve evaluation of static and dynamic formation properties, which leads to enhanced reservoir characterization and production planning in both conventional and unconventional reservoirs.

Awards & Honors:

2017 SPE Cedric K. Ferguson Medal

2016 SPE Regional Formation Evaluation Award (Gulf Coast North America and Southwest North America Regions), Society of Petroleum Engineers, May 2016.

2015 SPE Innovative Teaching Award, Society of Petroleum Engineers, July 2015.

2014 TEES Select Young Faculty Fellows award, College of Engineering, Texas A&M University, November 2014.

2014 best paper poster award from the Society of Petrophysicists and Well Log Analysts (SPWLA), May 2014.

2012 SPE Petroleum Engineering Junior Faculty Research Initiation Award, Society of Petroleum Engineers, August 2012.

Highlighted Publications and Google Scholar:

Aderibigbe, A., Chen Valdes, C., and Heidari, Z. 2016. Integrated Rock Classification in the Wolfcamp Shale based on Reservoir Quality and Anisotropic Stress Profile Estimated from Well Logs. Interpretation 4 (2): SF1-SF18. DOI: 10.1190/INT-2015-0138.1

Aderibigbe, A., Chen Valdes, C., Heidari, Z., and Fuss, T. 2016. Mechanical-Damage Characterization in Proppant Packs by Use of Acoustic Measurements. SPE Production & Operations Journal.

Chen, H. and Heidari, Z. 2016. Pore-Scale Joint Evaluation of Dielectric Permittivity and Electrical Resistivity for Assessment of Hydrocarbon Saturation Using Numerical Simulations. SPE Journal.

Aderibigbe, A., Cheng, K., Heidari, Z., Killough, J., and Fuss, T. 2016. Application of Magnetic Nanoparticles mixed with Propping Agents in Enhancing Near-Wellbore Fracture Detection. Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering 141: 133-143.

Chi, L. and Heidari, Z. 2016. Directional-Permeability Assessment in Formations with Complex Pore Geometry with a New Nuclear-Magnetic- Resonance-Based Permeability Model. SPE Journal 21 (4): 1436-1449.

Oyewole, E., Saneifar, M., and Heidari, Z. 2016. Multiscale characterization of pore structure in carbonate formations: Application to the Scurry Area Canyon Reef Operators Committee Unit. Interpretation 4 (2): T157-T169. DOI: 10.1190/INT-2015-0123.1

Chi, L., Cheng, K., and Heidari, Z. 2016. Improved Assessment of Interconnected Porosity in Multiple-Porosity Rocks by Use of Nanoparticle Contrast Agents and Nuclear-Magnetic-Resonance Relaxation Measurements. SPE Reservoir Evaluation & Engineering Journal, Formation Evaluation. 19 (1): 97-107.

Chen, H. and Heidari, Z. 2015. Quantifying the Directional Connectivity of Rock Constituents and its Impact on Electrical Resistivity of Organic-Rich Mudrocks. Mathematical Geosciences 48 (3): 285-303. DOI: 10.1007/s11004-015-9595-9.

Saneifar, M., Conte, R., Heidari, Z., and Pope, M. 2015. Integrated Rock Classification in Carbonate Formations Based on Elastic and Petrophysical Properties Estimated from Conventional Well Logs. AAPG Bulletin 99 (7): 1261-1280. DOI: 10.1306/02091514167.