Marcelo Benitez

Ph.D. Students

​Ph.D. student - ERPE Program - Santamarina Group

Research Interest

My last working experience was in the Petroleum Engineering School at FIGEMPA in the Universidad Central del Ecuador for 5 semesters. I have experience in the oil and gas industry and in higher education management. I have a professional interest in Drilling engineering, Workover, Production, HSE Management Systems, Management, Oil and Gas contracts, and Projects and Inspection.


  • ​Master of Science in Petroleum Engineering, specialization in Drilling and Production from TU Clausthal in Germany. 2013 – 2015
  • Bachelors degree in Industrial Engineering, UTE in Ecuador. 2003-2008

Professional Profile

  • ​04/2016 – 07/2018: Full time Lecturer in Universidad Central del Ecuador – (Faculty of Engineering Geology, Mines, Petroleum and Environmental) Quito-Ecuador
    • Four classes in the School of Petroleum Engineering:
    • Drilling 1 – Sixth semester
    • Drilling fluids and Cementing – Sixth semester
    • Drilling 2 – Seventh semester
    • Stimulation and Workover – Nineth semester
    • Tutor for undergraduate thesis.
  • 03/2010 - 03/2013: Operations Engineer in Nabors Drilling International, Quito- Ecuador
    • Support to the high management in the company (Area and Operations Managers) for the operations of the contracted rigs with Operators.
    • Working with different Operators in the headquarters in Quito in terms of the operation and support of 2 drilling rigs of 2000HP and 4 workovers (450-550 HP). I had the opportunity to work closely with the Drilling engineering department of the following operators in Ecuador: Repsol, EnapSipec and Petroamazonas.
    • Representing the company in the operational meetings with the Operators.
    • Maintenance follow-up through the system MyMaintenance-Nabors of the whole equipment at the rig. It was required the compliance of predictive, preventive and corrective maintenance. 
  • 12/2009 - 03/2010: Field supervisor in Constructora Villacrés Andrade (Service Company) Quito-Ecuador
    • Coordination and supervision of the environmental maintained at the (North Production Facilities NPF) in Repsol YPF Block 16 Ecuador, with 12 dependents employees.
  • 06/2007 - 07/2009: Different positions in SGS the segment of Oil, Gas and Chemicals, Quito Ecuador
    • Junior Inspector: Field inspections in the Ecuadorian rainforest oil field facilities, in drilling rigs, oilfields pads, pipeline stations, oil and gas equipment, oil tanks and heavy machinery using non destructive tests NDT such as VI, MT, PT, UT.  08/2008 - 07/2009
    • Operations Assistant: Administrative job in the segment of Oil, Gas and Chemicals, receiving and processing request from customers, in addition of contacting and working together with international subsidiaries of SGS Worldwide. 12/2007 - 08/2008
    • Internship in the segment of Systems, Service and Certification.  07/2007 - 11/2007

Scientific and Professional Membership

  • ​Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE)


  • KAUST Fellowship, August 2018  - now; fellowship scholarship to do the PhD in King Abdullah Science and Technology University.
  • Scholarship to study a Master's degree anywhere in the world, October 2013 – October 2015, Senescyt Ecuador; studies sponsored by the Government of Ecuador "Becas Convocatoria Abierta 2012". Full scholarship in Technical University of Clausthal in Germany.
  • Scholarship to study a Bachelor's degree in Universidad Tecnológica Equinoccial - Ecuador, October 2003 – October 2008; full scholarship for 10 semesters.

KAUST Affiliations

  • ​Ali I. Al-Naimi Petroleum Engineering Research Center (ANPERC)
  • Division of Phyiscal Science and Engineering (PSE)

Research Interests Keywords

​Drilling engineering Rock Mechanics1 Geomechanics1 Drilling Fluids Cementing Estimulation techniques