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Meet Dr. Sandrea


Dr. Sandrea graduated cum laude in petroleum engineering from the University of Tulsa and received his Ph.D. from Penn State University.  He headed the petroleum engineering department at the Universidad de Oriente in Venezuela and later was the Ford Foundation Professor in the Graduate School of petroleum engineering at the Universidad Nacional of Mexico.   Dr. Sandrea and his professor from Penn State, Dr. Ralph Nielsen, published “Dynamics of Petroleum Reservoirs under Gas Injection”, Gulf Publishing, 1974, a book that was used extensively in petroleum engineering courses around the world. It covers in-depth the physics of miscible injection of hydrocarbon gases, CO2, nitrogen, and mixes. It is available at Amazon.com.

In 1974 he founded a Caracas based engineering company ITS Servicios Técnicos.  During his 30-year tenure as President and CEO, ITS provided the oil and gas industry a wide diversity of technical services and products including project management, reservoir engineering, geology, seismic processing, E&P data management and business archiving.  ITS carried out projects in several countries around the world including the U.S., Chile, Pakistan, Trinidad and Venezuela.  During this time Dr. Sandrea served on the Board of Joint Venture Alliances with international companies from the United States, Great Britain and France.

Today Dr. Sandrea is President of IPC Petroleum Consultants, Inc., a Tulsa based international petroleum consulting firm which specializes in oil and gas reserves appraisals and risk analysis for international upstream petroleum investments.  He is very active giving seminars, workshops and speaking on the reserves theme around the world. His new book, Mexico: History of Oil Exploration, Its Amazing Carbonates, and Untapped Oil Potential, is  now available at PennWellBooks.com, or at 1.800.752.9764. He is also a Distinguished Fellow at EPRINC.

He is a life-member of the SPE, member of PennWell's Research Advisory Board, of the Editorial Advisory Board of the forthcoming Petroleum Encyclopedia, of the Board of The Open Petroleum Engineering Journal and of the UN Ad Hoc Group of Experts on Fossil Resources. Dr. Sandrea has published over 40 technical papers, 16 since 2003. His latest publications cover areas such as risk analysis for international upstream petroleum investments, appraisal of global oil and gas reserves, development of algorithms for estimating the production capacity of new oil fields – conventional and unconventional, global offshore oil reserves potential for enhanced oil recovery – EOR.   Some of these articles have been featured in CNN Money, SeekingAlpha.com, and Petroleum World.com. 

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University of Tulsa
Bachelor of Science, cum laude

Penn State University
PhD, Petroleum Engineering

Activities & Affiliations

SPE, life member

PennWell's Research Advisory Board

Editorial Advisory Board Petroleum Encyclopedia

Board of The Open Petroleum Engineering Journal

UN Ad Hoc Group of Experts on Fossil Resources