Carlos Dengo Announces Retirement

Mar 21, 2017

Dr. Carlos A. Dengo, Executive Professor and Director for the Berg-Hughes Center for Petroleum and Sedimentary Systems, has announced his retirement.

"I feel very privileged to have had the opportunity to be the second Director of the Berg-Hughes Center for Petroleum and Sedimentary Systems. As a Founding Member of the Center, I shared the vision with many others that this Center would establish Texas A&M’s Department of Geology and Geophysics as a pre-eminent academic center to educate future generations of students with the technical and leadership skills that will be required by the oil industry for decades to come," said Dengo.

A native of Costa Rica, Dengo received his master’s in 1978 and doctorate in 1982 in geology from Texas A&M. He joined Exxon Production Research Company after graduation, focusing on structural geology research and technology applications with Exxon affiliates worldwide. Increasing responsibility within Exxon, and later with ExxonMobil, gave him experience in a variety of managerial functions. He was the company’s geoscience resource operations manager worldwide before being appointed technical vice president for ExxonMobil Exploration Company in 2006 and geoscience vice president for ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company in 2008. He retired in 2012 with 30 years of service. 

Dengo received his undergraduate degree from Syracuse University, which honored him in 2009 with the Winchell Distinguished Alumni Award from the Department of Earth Sciences.  He has received best paper awards from the U.S. National Rock Mechanics Committee and the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG).  He has also served as an AAPG International Distinguished Lecturer.

"As I step down as Director I wish the new Director, Dr. Mukul Bhatia, continued success – along with our faculty and students. I believe I leave the Center better than how I found it, and positioned to do even better after I leave," Dengo added.

Housed in the Department of Geology & Geophysics, the Berg-Hughes Center is part of a joint program with the Department of Petroleum Engineering integrating geology, geophysics and petroleum engineering.