Ram G. Agarwal (SPE)
AIME Honorary Membership in 2010
Ram G. Agarwal is a distinguished reservoir engineering adviser for PetroTel. After 36 years of service, he retired from BP Amoco in 2003 as a senior technical adviser. In 1970, he and his coauthors published a work on wellbore storage and skin effect, introducing the use of type curves for formation-evaluation purposes. In 1979 and 1980, Agarwal presented SPE papers introducing the concepts of pseudo time and equivalent time. He also introduced the concept of slug tests and provided first methodology to evaluate reservoir and fracture parameters for massive hydraulically fractured low-permeability gas wells.
An SPE member since 1962, Agarwal received the SPE Formation Evaluation Award in 1999 and was recognized as an SPE Distinguished Member in 1998. He has served on numerous SPE committees including Reservoir Monitoring and Testing, JPT Special Series, Formation Evaluation Award, and Distinguished Author Series. Agarwal served as chairperson of the Reservoir Monitoring and Testing Committee during 1978–1979 and Formation Evaluation Award Committee during 2004–2005. In 2000, he was inducted into the Academy of Distinguished Graduates of the petroleum engineering department of Texas A&M University. He earned a BS degree in petroleum engineering from Indian School of Mines, a diploma in petroleum reservoir engineering from Imperial College, and a PhD degree in petroleum engineering from Texas A&M University.