Dr. Torres-Verdín currently holds the Brian James Jennings Memorial Endowed Chair in Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering and the Zarrow Centennial Professorship in Petroleum Engineering, at the University of Texas at Austin Hildebrand Department of Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering. He is the founder and program director of the Formation Evaluation Joint Industry Research Consortium.
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, AkerBP, American Chemical Society, Afren, Anadarko, Apache, Aramco, Baker-Hughes, BG, BHP Billiton, BP, Chevron, ConocoPhillips, COSL, DEA, ENI, ExxonMobil, Halliburton, Hess, INPEX, Lundin, Maersk, Marathon Oil Company, Mexican Institute for Petroleum, Nexen, Oil Search Alaska, ONGC, OXY, Paradigm, Petrobras, PTT Exploration and Production, Repsol, RWE, Schlumberger, Shell, Statoil, Southwestern, TOTAL, Weatherford, Wintershall, and Woodside Petroleum Limited.
He has published more than 202 articles in refereed technical journals, over 235 articles in international conferences, and two book chapters. Dr. Torres-Verdín is co-author of 5 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 Petrophysics (published by the Society of Petrophysicists and Well Log Analysts), and is currently associate editor for Geophysics (Society of Exploration Geophysicists, SEG), Interpretation (SEG), and member of the editorial board of the periodical The Leading Edge(published by the SEG).
He has served as invited editor for Radio Science, as associate editor for the Journal of Electromagnetic Waves and Applications, technical editor for SPE Journal (Society of Petroleum Engineers, SPE), associate editor for Interpretation (Society of Exploration Geophysicists, SEG), and technical editor for Petrophysics (Society of Petrophysicists and Well Log Analysts, SPWLA), chairman of the editorial board of the periodical The Leading Edge (published by the SEG) and is currently Assistant Editor for Geophysics (SEG) and Editor of Petrophysics (SPWLA). Dr. Torres-Verdín is a member of the research committee of the SEG, was a member of the technical committee of the SPWLA (Society of Petrophysicists and Well Log Analysts) during two 3-year terms, and is currently VP of Publications of the SPWLA. He received the Honorary Membership from the SEG in 2017, the 2017 Conrad Schlumberger Award by the EAGE (European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers), is a Distinguished Member of the SPE (2015), received the 2014 Gold Medal for Technical Achievement Award from the SPWLA, 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, Honorable Mention for the Best Paper Category by SEG’s 2015 Honors and Awards Committee, recipient of the 2006 and 2014 Best Presentation Awards and the 2007 Best Poster Awards by the SPWLA, and Distinguished Technical Speaker during 2006-2007, 2013-2014, and 2016-2017 for the SPWLA. Dr. Torres-Verdín is recipient of the Texas Ten Award 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), Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company Award for Excellence in Engineering by the Cockrell School of Engineering, University of Texas Austin (2017), 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 (University of Texas at Austin), the Dean’s Fellowship by the College of Engineering of the University of Texas at Austin (January–May 2002), and was named “Outstanding Faculty” in the Department of Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering and recognized with the Faculty Appreciation Award by the UT Student Engineering Council of the University of Texas at Austin (March 2, 2010). Currently, he holds the Brian James Jennings Memorial Endowed Chair in Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering and the Zarrow Centennial Professorship 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 21 officially certified marathons (including Boston 2007) with a P.R. of 3 hours and 18 minutes, and 16 officially certified half marathons (approx. 250 unofficial half marathons) with a P.R. of 1 hour and 24 minutes, and is an avid bicyclist.