• Professor of Petroleum Engineering
Maria Barrufet

Educational Background

  • Ph.D., Texas A&M University, 1987
  • M.S., Universidad Nacional de Salta, Argentina, 1983
  • Chemical Engineer, Universidad Nacional de Salta, Argentina, 1979

Research Interests

  • Dr. Barrufet's research interests include evaluation of different methods to desalinate oilfield brines; unit operation aspects of evaporators, membranes, osmotic separation, heat transfer, energy and mass balance computations; enhanced oil recovery: thermodynamics and transport phenomena applied to chemical, miscible and thermal recovery processes; multiphase flow: pipe flow design, numerical methods, optimization, and statistics; and rock and fluid properties: correlation and measurement of capillary pressures and relative permeabilities, polymer and gel rheology for profile modification.

Awards & Honors

  • W.M. Keck Foundation Award for Teaching Excellence, 1994-1995
  • Tenneco Meritorious Teaching Award, 1995
  • Burlington Resources Foundation Award for Excellence in Teaching, 1993
  • General Electric Faculty of the Future Award, 1992
  • Sterling Who's Who, 1994