Carlos Lira-Galeana

Carlos Lira-Galeana (SPE)

AIME Robert Earll McConnell Award* in

For his significant contributions toward replenishing a natural resource base by establishing a network of laboratories in Mexico to conduct research on phase behavior projects, advanced PVT, and flow assurance to increase efficient design and optimization of oil recovery and production processes

Carlos Lira-Galeana is a senior research scientist and domain expert of the Product Technology Division at the Mexican Institute of Petroleum (IMP) in Mexico City, where he has served in various engineering and scientific positions; lead academic and technological projects; and conducted research in the study of fluid (oil/gas) and solid-phase (wax/asphaltene/hydrate) properties of petroleum reservoir fluids since 1985.  For the past 25 years, Lira-Galeana has established a number of advanced pressure-volume-temperature (PVT), petroleum chemistry, and flow-assurance laboratories in Mexico, which provided personnel, methodologies, and innovative products to Support research and industrial projects on production assurance for IMP and Pemex. As recipient of various academic and institutional awards in Mexico, Lira-Galeana has successfully concluded 35 projects for IMP, Pemex, and other partner institutions. He serves on the editorial board of Petroleum Science and Technology, and has guest-edited five special issues on hydrocarbons’ fluid-phase behavior and flow assurance. Lira-Galeana is also a technical reviewer of a dozen technical journals, and has authored nearly 60 peer-reviewed publications, delivered more than 100 technical presentations, and served as chairperson of six international conferences. He holds BS and MS (with honors) degrees from Instituto Politécnico Nacional, and a PhD (with honors) from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Mexico, all in Chemical Engineering.