Maria A. Barrufet


Director, Distance Learning

Baker Hughes Endowed Chair


Office: RICH 407C
Phone: 979.845.0314
Fax: 979.845.1307

Course Materials
Curriculum Vitae
Google Scholar Profile

Research Interests

  • Multicomponent thermodynamic and transport phenomena in nanoscale pores applied to compositional reservoir simulation
  • Flow assurance: hydrates and asphaltene prediction and prevention
  • Desalination processes to treat oilfield brines

Awards & Honors

  • SPE Distinguished Member (2013)
  • Charles Crawford Service Award (2006)(2012-2013)
  • TEES faculty fellow (2004-2005)
  • Assessing Technology in Teaching Award from the Office of Distance Education for Petroleum Reservoir Fluids PETE 310 (2004)
  • Member of AlChE (American Institute of Chemical Engineers), SPE (Society of Petroleum Engineers), and Omega Chi Epsilon honor society of Chemical Engineers.


  • PhD, Chemical Engineering, Texas A&M University, 1987
  • MS, Chemical Engineering, Universidad Nacional de Salta, Argentina, 1983
  • Chemical Engineer, Universidad Nacional de Salta, Argentina, 1979

Selected Publications

R. Ariwibowo and M. A. Barrufet. 2017. Mechanistic Decline Curves for Gas-Condensate Reservoirs: Model Development. Paper presented at the SPE Latin America and Caribbean Petroleum Engineering Conference, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 18-19 May.

F. D. Tovar, M. A. Barrufet and D. S. Schechter. 2017. Non-Destructive Measurement of Porosity, Compressibility and Gas Sorption in Core Plugs from the Wolfcamp Shale. Society of Petroleum Engineers SPE-185604-MS

M. Alfi, C. An, Y. Cao, B. Yan, M.A. Barrufet, and J.E. Killough. 2017. Pore Size Variability and Sieving Effect in Liquid Shale—A Multiple Permeability Approach and Eagle Ford Case Study. SPE Reservoir Simulation Conference, Montgomery, Texas, USA, 20-22 February.

H. Rahnema, M. Barrufet, D.D. Mamora. 2017. Combustion assisted gravity drainage–Experimental and simulation results of a promising in-situ combustion technology to recover extra-heavy oil. Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering, Elsevier. January 2017.

B.C. Stimpson and M.A. Barrufet. 2016. Effects of Confined Space on Production from Tight Reservoirs. Paper SPE 181686 presented at the SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition, Dubai, UAE, 26-28 September.