Mohamed Selected as SPWLA Distinguished Speaker

December 08, 2023

Hildebrand Department of Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering (UT PGE) doctoral candidate Tarek S. Mohamed (PhD PE 2024) has been selected as a 2023–2024 Distinguished Speaker for the Society of Petrophysicists and Well Log Analysts (SPWLA). The distinction is given to authors of the top technical papers presented at the annual SPWLA international symposium. Among the 10 researchers awarded the distinction this year, Mohamed is the only student among industry experts and academic professionals.

PhD candidate Tarek S. Mohamed

Mohamed’s paper, “Using Formation-Tester Measurements to Estimate Depth of Invasion and Water Saturation in Deeply-Invaded Tight-Gas Sandstones,” presents a new method to address deep mud-filtrate invasion in tight sandstones via numerical simulation of formation-tester measurements and well logs. In conjunction with the SPWLA award, the paper will be published in a December 2023 special issue of the journal Petrophysics and is co-authored with Mohamed Bennis (PhD PE 2022) and Professor Carlos Torres-Verdín.

In total, Mohamed has co-authored 13 technical papers that have been accepted or published in refereed journals and presented at international energy conferences including the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition (ATCE); the European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers (EAGE) Annual Conference; the International Meeting for Applied Geoscience and Energy (IMAGE) held by the Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG) and the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG); the International Petroleum Technology Conference (IPTC); the International PetroPhase Conference; and SPWLA’s Formation-Testing Conference. He has completed projects with collaborators from academia, the energy industry and Los Alamos National Laboratory, and he has worked on conventional and unconventional assets across the world including reservoirs in the Gulf of Mexico, the Middle East and the North Sea.

Mohamed is a research assistant with UT PGE’s Joint Industry Research Consortium on Formation Evaluation working under the supervision of Dr. Torres-Verdín. With a focus on new ways to test geologic models and predict fluid spatial compositional distributions in unexplored sections of a reservoir, he integrates multiple engineering disciplines such as petrophysics, reservoir engineering, thermodynamics, reservoir numerical simulation and fluid mechanics. His work is also being extended to investigate CO2 convective mixing within brine and oil, leading to secure long-term geological carbon storage.

Mohamed is president of UT Austin’s SPWLA student chapter. He holds an MS in petroleum engineering and a graduate certificate in data science and analytics from the University of Oklahoma, and a BS in petroleum engineering from Suez University.