Zoya Heidari
Zoya Heidari

Assistant Professor
Department of Petroleum & Geosystems Engineering
The University of Texas at Austin

Biography

Zoya Heidari is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin. Before joining The University of Texas at Austin, she was an assistant professor at Texas A&M University in College Station and the Chevron Corporation faculty fellow in Petroleum Engineering from September 2011 to August 2015.  Zoya was the founder and the director of the Texas A&M Joint Industry Research Program on “Multi-Scale Formation Evaluation of Unconventional and Carbonate Reservoirs” from 2012 to 2015, sponsored by Aramco Services Company, BHP Billiton, BP, Chevron, ConocoPhillips, and Devon Energy. She has been the founder and the director of the University of Texas at Austin Industrial Affiliates Research Program on “Multi-Scale Rock Physics” since 2016.

She received a Ph.D. (2011) in Petroleum Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin. Zoya is one of the recipients of the 2017 SPE (Society of Petroleum Engineers) Cedric K. Ferguson Medal, the 2016 SPE regional Formation Evaluation award, the 2014 TEES (Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station) Select Young Faculty Fellows award from the College of Engineering at Texas A&M University and the 2012 SPE Petroleum Engineering Junior Faculty Research Initiation Award. She is also one of the recipients of the 2015 SPE Innovative Teaching Award. She is the holder of Anadarko Petroleum Corporation Centennial Fellowship #1 in Petroleum Engineering at UT Austin since 2016. Zoya has supervised twenty three graduate students since 2011 and published more than 100 papers in peer-reviewed journals and conference proceedings. Her research interests include Petrophysics, Borehole Geophysics, Well Logging, Formation Evaluation, Rock Physics, Inverse Problems, Integrated Reservoir Characterization of Carbonates and Unconventional Resources, Statistical Inference in Geosciences, and Completion Petrophysics.

Zoya has served on technical committees for the SPWLA annual symposium, the SPWLA education committee, the local organizing committee of the Society of Engineering Science (SES) conference, and the SPWLA Unconventional Resources Special Interest Group (URSIG), and steering committees for SPWLA topical conferences on “Completion Petrophysics” and “Educating the Petrophysicist” as well as unconventional reserves task force summit. She has served as an associate editor for the SPE Reservoir Evaluation & Engineering Journal. Zoya is currently serving as the Vice President of Education for SPWLA.
 

Education

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

M.Sc., Biomechanical Engineering, Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran, 2007

B.Sc., Mechanical Engineering, Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran, 2005
 
 
Research Interests
 
  • Petrophysics
  • Borehole Geophysics
  • Rock Physics
  • Completion Petrophysics
  • Inverse Problems
  • Rock Physics of Groundwater Resources
  • Formation Evaluation of Unconventional and Carbonate Reservoirs


Teaching Experience
 
  • Petrophysics
  • Well Logging Methods
  • Formation Evaluation
  • Rock Physics
  • Geostatistics
  • Formation Evaluation of Unconventional Reservoirs
 

Awards & Honors

Recipient of the 2017 SPE Cedric K. Ferguson Medal, Society of Petroleum Engineers, July 2017.
 
Recipient of the Anadarko Petroleum Corporation Centennial Fellowship #1 in Petroleum Engineering, Cockrell School of Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin, September 2016 – Present.
  
Recipient of the 2016 SPE Regional Formation Evaluation Award, Society of Petroleum Engineers, May 2016.

Recipient of the 2015 SPE Innovative Teaching Award, Society of Petroleum Engineers, July 2015.
 
Recipient of the 2014 TEES Select Young Faculty Fellows award, College of Engineering, Texas A&M University, November 2014.

Recipient of the 2014 Best Paper Poster Award from the Society of Petrophysicists and Well Log Analysts (SPWLA), May 2014.

Recipient of the 2012 SPE Petroleum Engineering Junior Faculty Research Initiation Award, Texas A&M University.

Recipient of the Chevron Corporation Faculty Fellowship in Petroleum Engineering, Texas A&M University, December 2011-2017.
 

 
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