Tessa Sorensen

Professor of Practice, Petroleum Engineering

Tessa Sorensen joined the Petroleum Engineering Department at the Colorado School of Mines in the fall of 2021. She has a BS in Geological Engineering (2003) and an MP in Petroleum Reservoir Systems (2005) from​ Colorado School of Mines. She specializes in drilling engineering, workover design, operational execution, and well abandonment.

Professor Sorensen has 18 years of experience in the petroleum industry including wellsite and field geology, reservoir surveillance, field-level facilities engineering, with a specialty in drilling, completion, and workover design.  She has experience with fields on all major continents, in more than a dozen countries and eleven US states. Her work includes both offshore and onshore wells, deepwater and isolated assets, and toxic and hazardous operations (HPHT, sour, acid, NORM).

Tessa has been public speaking since high school and taught petroleum engineering courses at ExxonMobil for 12 years.  She has instructed a wide range of upstream engineering topics across the globe, including: drilling engineering, completions design, workover design, well control, drillstring mechanics, tubular design, well data management, facilities engineering, and reservoir surveillance.  She has a broad background in advanced tubular design, high pressure design, sour applications, and workover/re-entry operations.  She is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers, American Association of Drilling Engineers, and International Association of Drilling Contractors.

When not teaching technical topics, Tessa is an instructor of Korean martial arts.

Education & Experience

1998 – 2003, BSc Geological Engineering, Colorado School of Mines

2003 – 2004, Wellsite Geologist, Pason Systems USA, Inc.

2004 – 2005, MP Petroleum Reservoir Systems, Colorado School of Mines

2006 – 2008, Field Researcher, IHS Energy, Inc.

2008 – 2020, Wells Engineer, ExxonMobil


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