Zoya Heidari

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Zoya Heidari
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BSc Mechanical Engineering, Sharif University of Technology
MSc Biomedical Engineering, Sharif University of Technology
PhD Petroleum Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin

Biography [1]

Zoya Heidari is currently an Associate professor at The University of Texas within the Hildebrand Department of Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering. She is a specialist in petrophysics, formation evaluation, well logging and inversion methods. She is a very energetic professor and her work is noted for integrating novel mathematical methods and machine learning for improving solutions for petrophysical problems like mineral inversion, fluid characterization, and geomechanics.

Her background is in mechanical engineering, obtaining a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering at Sharif University of Technology in 2005 and a M.S. in Biomedical Engineering at the same school[2]. This was followed by a scholastic transition to study Petroleum Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin under Dr. Carlos Torres-Verdin, resulting in a Ph.D. in 2011.

After graduation she was hired at Texas A&M University (2011-2015) as an Assistant Professor and held the position, Chevron Faculty Fellow, while there. Since 2016, she has worked at The University of Texas as an Associate Professor.

While at Texas A&M University, she was the founder of the Texas A&M Joint Industry Research Program on “Multi-Scale Formation Evaluation of Unconventional and Carbonate Reservoirs.” This program essentially morphed to University of Texas at Austin Industrial Affiliates Research Program on “Multi-Scale Rock Physics” when she moved to Austin.


  1. (2017). ”Contributors.” Geophysics, 82(6), Z41-Z46. https://doi.org/10.1190/geo2017-1006-contrib.1
  2. Heidari, Z. Biography. 13 October 2020: https://www.zoyaheidari.net/. (