Dr. Roberto Aguilera is Professor of petroleum engineering in the Schulich School of Engineering at the University of Calgary, Principal Investigator of the GFREE* Research Team and president of SERVIPETROL LTD. He is a petroleum engineering graduate from the Universidad de America at Bogota, Colombia, and holds M.Eng. and Ph.D. degrees in petroleum engineering from the Colorado School of Mines.

He worked for Texaco in Colombia and the U.S., H.K. van Poollen and Associates in the U.S., Intercol (Exxon) in Colombia, Cities Service in Argentina, Soquip in Quebec, and Servipetrol Ltd. in Canada. As a consultant Dr. Aguilera has been involved in petroleum engineering studies and/or teaching industry course in more than 50 countries the Middle East, North Africa, North, Central and South America, Europe, Eastern Europe, Asia, South-East Asia, Australia and New Zealand. 

He has presented the short course "Naturally Fractured Reservoirs" in Canada, the U.S.A., Colombia, Mexico, Peru, Argentina, Venezuela, Guatemala, Brazil, Egypt, India, Japan, Denmark, Italy, Syria, England, Iran, Yugoslavia, Kuwait, Indonesia, Libya, New Zealand, Greece, China, Turkey, Germany, Vietnam, Bangladesh, Cuba, Scotland, Saudi Arabia, France, Bolivia, Spain, The Netherlands, Hungary,  Norway and Russia.

He was an AAPG lecturer on the subject of "Fractured Reservoir Analysis" from 1984 through 1996. He was a Distinguished Author of the Journal of Canadian Petroleum Technology (1993 and 1999) and an SPE Distinguished Lecturer discussing "Naturally Fractured Reservoirs" in several countries during the 2000-2001 season. He received the Outstanding Service Award (1994) and the Distinguished Service Medal (2006) from the Petroleum Society of CIM. He is the 2011 recipient of the SPE Canada Regional Distinguished Achievement Award for Petroleum Engineering Faculty, and the 2015 recipient of ACIPET's Award of the Year for Academic Innovation in the Hydrocarbon Sector. He is past Executive Editor of the Journal of Canadian Petroleum Technology and current Executive Editor of the SPE Journal. Aguilera is member of the SPE Legion of Honor, an SPE Lifetime Member, recipient of the international 2019 SPE Distinguished Achievement Award for Petroleum Engineering Faculty, and the 2021 SPE Reservoir Description and Dynamics Award.   
Dr. Aguilera has developed various techniques for evaluation of naturally fractured and unconventional reservoirs, which have been published in leading journals of the oil and gas industry. He is author of the book Naturally Fractured Reservoirs (Pennwell, First Edition 1980, Second Edition 1995), co-author of The Technology of Artificial Lift Methods (Vol. 4, Pennwell, 1984) with Kermit Brown et al., co-author of Horizontal Wells (Gulf Publishing Co., 1991), co-author of Determination of Oil and Gas Reserves (Petroleum Society of CIM Monograph No. 1, First Edition: 1994, Second Edition: 2004), co-editor of Advances in the Study of Fractured Reservoirs (Geological Society, London, 2015), and Editor-in-Chief and co-author of Unconventional Gas and Tight Oil Exploitation (SPE monograph, 2018). He is a member of SPE, CSPG, AAPG, CWLS, SPWLA, APEGA and ACIPET.

*GFREE stands for a multi-disciplinary target-oriented research approach that includes Geoscience (G), Formation evaluation (F), Reservoir drilling, completions and stimulations (R), Reservoir Engineering (RE), and Economics and Externalities (EE).