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 Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering Department at The University of Texas at Austin. Before joining The University of Texas at Austin, she was an assistant professor in the Harold Vance Department of Petroleum Engineering 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.
 
Zoya received a Ph.D. (2011) in petroleum engineering from The University of Texas at Austin. Zoya is one of the recipients of the 2016 SPE (Society of Petroleum Engineers) 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 was also one of the recipients of the 2015 SPE Innovative Teaching Award. Zoya has supervised eighteen graduate students since 2011 and published more than 85 papers in peer-reviewed journals and conference proceedings. 
  
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 is currently serving as 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

 
Awards & Honors

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.
 

 
Selected Publications

Chi, L. and Heidari, Z. 2015. Diffusional Coupling between Microfractures and Pore Structure and Its Impact on Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Measurements in Multi-Porosity Systems. Geophysics 80 (1): D31-D42.

Saneifar, M., Conte, R., Heidari, Z., and Pope, M. 2015. Integrated Rock Classification in Carbonate Formations Based on Elastic and Petrophysical Properties Estimated from Conventional Well Logs. AAPG Bulletin: Published Online. DOI: 10.1306/02091514167.
  
Chen, H. and Heidari, Z. 2015. Quantifying the Directional Connectivity of Rock Constituents and its Impact on Electrical Resistivity of Organic-Rich Mudrocks. Mathematical Geosciences: Published Online. DOI: 10.1007/s11004-015-9595-9.
 
Saneifar, M., Heidari, Z., and Hill, A.D. 2015. Application of Conventional Well Logs to Characterize Spatial Heterogeneity in Carbonate Formations Required for Prediction of Acid Fracture Conductivity. SPE Production and Operations Journal 30 (1): Online. doi:10.2118/173183-PA.
 
Saneifar, M., Aranibar, A., and Heidari, Z. 2015. Rock Classification in the Haynesville Shale‐Gas Formation Based on Petrophysical and Elastic Rock Properties Estimated from Well Logs. SEG Interpretation 3 (1): SA65-SA75.
 
Chen, H. and Heidari, Z. 2014. Pore-Scale Evaluation of Dielectric Measurements in Formations with Complex Pore and Grain Structures.Petrophysics 55 (6): 587-597.
 
Cheng, K., Aderibigbe, A., Alfi, M., Heidari, Z., and Killough, J. 2014. Quantifying the Impact of Petrophysical Properties on Spatial Distribution of Contrasting Nanoparticle Agents. Petrophysics 55 (5) 447-460.
 
Kethireddy, N., Chen, H., and Heidari, Z. 2014. Quantifying the Effect of Kerogen on Electrical Resistivity Measurement in Organic-Rich Source Rocks. Petrophysics 55 (4): 136-146.
 
Heidari, Z. and Torres-Verdín, C. 2014. Inversion-Based Detection of Bed Boundaries for Petrophysical Evaluation with Well Logs: Applications to Carbonate and Organic-Shale Formations. SEG Interpretation 2 (3): T129–T142.
 
Heidari, Z., Torres-Verdín, C., and Preeg, W. E. 2013. Improved Estimation of Mineral and Fluid Volumetric Concentrations in Thinly-Bedded Carbonate Formations with Complex Lithology. Geophysics 78 (4): D261–D269.
 
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. SEG Interpretation 1 (1): T113–T123.
 
Heidari, Z. and Torres-Verdín, C. 2012. Estimation of Dynamic Petrophysical Properties of Water-Bearing Sands Invaded with Oil-Based Mud from Multi-Physics Borehole Geophysical Measurements. Geophysics 77 (6): D209–D227.
 
Heidari Z., Torres-Verdín C., and Preeg W. E., 2012, Improved Estimation of Mineral and Fluid Volumetric Concentrations in Thinly Bedded and Invaded Formations. Geophysics 77 (3): WA79–WA98.
 
Heidari Z., Torres-Verdín C., Mendoza A., and Wang G. L., 2011, Assessment of Residual Hydrocarbon Saturation with the Combined Quantitative Interpretation of Resistivity and Nuclear Logs. Petrophysics 52 (6): 217-237.

 
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