Cockrell School of Engineering
The University of Texas at Austin

tim taylor

Tim Taylor was born in Jacksonville, Texas. While in the first grade, his father started work for a pipeline company and they followed pipelines across many states. This required frequent moves and Taylor attended as many as five schools a year. This probably accounts for his inability to focus on anything for very long. After several years they returned to East Texas where Taylor graduated from Maydelle High School, the first in a class of eighteen.

His degree in petroleum technology from Tyler Junior College whet his appetite for the oil industry. He entered the Department of Petroleum Engineering at UT Austin where he earned BS, MS and PhD degrees. He worked for the Gulf Oil Company in Louisiana and, later, in Midland, Texas where met his wife, Barbara. They have three children; Travis, Laura and Matthew. Taylor formed a consulting firm in Tyler, Texas with his mentor, Dr. Ben Caudle, and ran that reservoir engineering company for seven years before joining Snyder Oil Company in Ft. Worth where he helped form an international subsidiary resulting in a listing on the London Stock Exchange.

Taylor and his wife moved to England where, as Chief Operating Officer of SOCO International, he managed assets in Russia, Tunisia, Yemen, Mongolia, Viet Nam, Australia and several other countries, as well as Southern England. After a stint in Calgary, Canada, he and Barbara moved back to East Texas where he declared himself retired. After a year of playing golf and fishing, Barbara told him she “married him for better or worse, but not for lunch”. So, he joined the PGE faculty at UT Austin, which he considers the highlight of his career.

After retiring from UT Austin, Taylor joined Texas American Resources in Austin as Chief Operating Officer. Later, he joined NextEra Energy Resources in Houston as Chief Technical Officer where he built a reservoir engineering department and worked in all the major US basins. He retired from NextEra in 2015.

Taylor is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers, the Society of Petroleum Evaluation Engineers, is a Licensed Professional Engineer and currently serves as Chairman of the External Advisory Committee for PGE. He continues to consult and teach occasional short courses. He and his wife live in their lake house on Lake Palestine in East Texas. After working in 18 countries and three retirements, he is now focused.




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