Cockrell School of Engineering
The University of Texas at Austin

Carlos Torres-Verdin

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Associate Department Chair & Professor

Zarrow Centennial Professorship in Petroleum Engineering

Phone: (512) 471-4216, (512) 471-3161
Office: CPE 5.182A

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Research Areas: Static and Dynamic Formation Evaluation, Borehole Geophysics, Rock Physics, Petrophysics, Well Logging, Reservoir Geophysics, Integrated Geological-Geophysical-Flow Description of Reservoirs, Signal Processing, Inverse Problems. 

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-368 (Fundamentals of Well Logging)

PGE-385M (Advanced Well Logging and Correlation)

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:

Best Oral Presentation, SPWLA 55th Annual Symposium, 2014.

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.

Invited Keynote Speaker, Society of Petrophysicists and Well-Log Analysts (SPWLA) 2013 Spring Topical Conference on High-Angle Well Placement and Evaluation, Santa Rosa, California, April 29 – May 1st, 2013, with the talk “The role of modeling and inversion in the placement and petrophysical evaluation and high-angle and horizontal wells.”

Lead Editor and Organizer of the Special Section entitled Multiphysics Borehole Geophysical Measurements, Formation Evaluation, Petrophysics, and Rock Physics, published in Geophysics (Society of Exploration Geophysicists, SEG), May-June issue, v. 77, pp. WA1-WA2 (co-edited with André Revil, Michael Oristaglio, and Tapan Mekerji).

Frank Jensen Professor in Petroleum Engineering, Cockrell School of Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin, September 2012 – present.

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.

Zarrow Centennial Professor in Petroleum Engineering, College of Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin, September 2008 – present.

Designated Member of the Editorial Board of the journal The Leading Edge, published by the Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG), March 2012 to present.

Designated Associate Editor of the Scientific/Technical Journal Geophysics, published by the Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG), March 2009 to present.

Designated Member of the Technical Committee of the Society of Petrophysicists and Well Log Analysts (SPWLA), November 2008 (3-year tenure, from, 2008 to 2011).

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.

2007 Best Paper Award, Society of Petrophysicists and Well Log Analysts (SPWLA) for the paper: Jin, G., Torres-Verdín, C., Devarayan, S., Toumelin, E., and Thomas, E. C., 2007, Pore-scale analysis of the Waxman-Smits shaly-sand conductivity model: Petrophysics, v. 48, no. 2, pp. 104-120.

2003 Best Paper Award, Society of Petrophysicists and Well Log Analysts (SPWLA) for the paper: Alpak, O. F., Dussan V., E. B., Habashy, T. M., and Torres-Verdín, C., 2003, Numerical simulation of mud filtrate invasion in horizontal wells and sensitivity analysis of array induction tools: Petrophysics, v. 44, no. 6, 396-411.

Highlighted Publications:

Heidari, Z., and Torres-Verdín, C., 2013, Inversion-based method for estimating total organic carbon and porosity, and for diagnosing mineral constituents from multiple well logs in shale-gas formations:, Interpretation, v. 1, no. 1, pp. T113-T123.

Xu, C., and Torres-Verdín, C., 2013, Pore system characterization and petrophysical rock classification using a bimodal Gaussian density function: Mathematical Geosciences, v. 45, pp. 753-771.

Pardo, D., Matuszyk, P., Torres-Verdín, Mora, A., Muga, I., and Calo, V., 2013, Influence of borehole-eccentred tools on wireline and logging-while-drilling sonic logging measurements: Geophysical Prospecting, v. 61 (Supplement 1), pp. 268-283.

Heidari, Z., Torres-Verdín, C., and Preeg, W. E., 2013, Improved estimation of mineral and fluid volumetric concentrations in thinly bedded carbonate formations: Geophysics, v. 78, no. 4, pp. D261-D269.

Pardo, D. and Torres-Verdín, C., 2013, Sensitivity analysis for the appraisal of hydrofractures in horizontal wells with borehole resistivity measurements: Geophysics, v. 78, no. 4, pp. D209-D222.

Matuszyk, P., Pardo, D., and Torres-Verdín, 2013, Frequency-domain finite-element simulations of 2D sonic wireline borehole measurements acquired in fractured and thinly bedded formations: Geophysics, v. 78, no. 4, pp. D193-D207.

Ijasan, O., Torres-Verdín, C., and Preeg, W. E. 2013, Fast modeling of borehole neutron porosity measurements with a new spatial transport-diffusion approximation: Geophysics, v. 78, no. 3, pp. D151-D168.

Gandhi, A., Torres-Verdín, C., Voss, B., Seminario Gros, F., and Gabulle, J., 2013, Correction of invasion effects on well logs in Camisea gas reservoirs, Peru, with the construction of static and dynamic multilayer petrophysical models: AAPG Bulletin, v. 97, no. 3, pp. 379-412.

Nam, M. J., Pardo, D., and Torres-Verdín, C., 2013, Simulation of borehole-eccentered tri-axial induction measurements using a Fourier hp finite-element Method: Geophysics, v. 78, no. 1, pp. D41-D52.

Heidari, Z., and Torres-Verdín, C., 2012, Estimation of dynamic petrophysical properties of water-bearing sands invaded with oil-base mud from the interpretation of multiple borehole geophysical measurements: Geophysics, v. 77, no. 6, pp. D209-D227.

Shabro, V., Torres-Verdín, C., Javadpour, F., and Sepehrnoori, K, 2012, Finite-difference approximation for fluid-flow simulation and calculation of permeability in porous media: Transport in Porous Media, v. 94, no. 3, pp. 775-793.