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  • Dr. James Sheng received the Distinguished Membership award from the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) at the 2018 SPE Annual Meeting.

    Dr. James Sheng received the Distinguished Membership award from the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) at the 2018 SPE Annual Meeting.

    Established in 1983, the Distinguished Member award recognizes SPE members who achieve distinction deemed worthy of special recognition. This award acknowledges members who have attained eminence in the petroleum industry or the academic community, or who have made significant contributions to SPE. This SPE International award is awarded to less than 1% SPE members.

  • Graduate-level night and online courses now available.

    Graduate-level night and online courses now available.

    The Bob L. Herd Department of Petroleum Engineering is now offering the following graduate-level night and online courses. Classes will be held one night per week and will be available through live stream or recording. For more information click here

  • Petroleum Engineering programs ranked in top 10 nationally

    Petroleum Engineering programs ranked in top 10 nationally

    In 2018 The Bob L. Herd Department of Petroleum Engineering Grad School Ranked 9th in Nation and the Undergraduate Program Ranked 4th in The Nation by U.S. News and World Report

  • The New Oilfield Technology Center (OTC)

    The New Oilfield Technology Center (OTC)

    Along with the teaching aids that OTC provides we are excited about the possibilities of using this facility for research. Several companies have already contacted us about our potential research or testing capabilities.

    Our combination shop/classroom/office building has been completed and the first lab session was held there on August 30, 2017. This facility provides space for students to view cut-away displays of oilfield equipment such as treating vessels, control valves, artificial lift and drilling equipment. Also inside is a forty foot long cut away model of a wellbore showing all of the components of a well from the pumping tee to the bottom hole sucker rod pump including the surface and production casing and the tubing and rod string.

  • Dr. Steven Henderson received the 2018 Professing Excellence Award.

    Dr. Steven Henderson received the 2018 Professing Excellence Award.

    Received the 2018 Professing Excellence Award. The award was presented by Texas Tech Student Housing

  • Dr.Sheng invited by Houston Geological Society

    Dr.Sheng invited by Houston Geological Society

    Dr. James Sheng was invited by Houston Geological Society (a Branch of AAPG) to give a presentation at the Annual Applied Geoscience Conference, March 7-8, 2017 at the Woodlands. The presentation title is: What Are We Doing about EOR in Shale and Tight Formations? .

  • Dr. Watson Visits D.C

    Dr. Watson Visits D.C

    Dr. Watson traveled to Washington DC and met with several congressmen Michael McCaul, representing the 10th District of Texas; Jodey Arrington, representing the 19th District of Texas; and Mike Conaway, representing the 11th District of Texas. Dr. Watson traveled with the Department Chairs of UT (Jon Olson) and A&M (A. Daniel Hill). view more

  • Sheng Receives Whitacre Engineering Research Award

    Sheng Receives Whitacre Engineering Research Award

    Dr. James Sheng has been selected for a recipient of Whitacre Engineering Research Award in 2015. The Whitacre Engineering Research Award recognizes his research work on oil recovery. During the past four and half years, Dr. Sheng and his students authored 21 peer-reviewed journal papers, 35 conference papers, and participated in research grants totaling about $1.6 million.

  • Texas Tech Places Second in 2015 Texas Energy Innovation Challenge

    Texas Tech Places Second in 2015 Texas Energy Innovation Challenge

    A team of Texas Tech University students finished runner-up in the 2015 Texas Energy Innovation Challenge sponsored by Power Across Texas.

    The Texas Tech team finished behind Houston in the competition held Friday (May 1) at the state Capitol building in Austin, but finished ahead of the University of Texas, Texas A&M University and the University of Texas-El Paso. Their challenge was to present to a panel of judges solutions for the 2015 Texas Energy Innovation Challenge (TEIC), to research, evaluate and develop the most creative and economic use for water resulting from hydraulic fracturing of wells, whether that solution includes recycling, disposal or discharge.

    Sponsored by faculty representative Dr. Danny Reible, the Donovan Maddox Distinguished Engineering Chair and professor in the Department of Civil, Environmental, and Construction Engineering, the Texas Tech team consists of Ebru Unal, a doctoral student in the Bob L. Herd Department of Petroleum Engineering; James Urban, a master’s student in the Rawls College of Business; Ritesh Sevanthi, an doctoral student at Texas Tech; and Soraya Honarparvar, a doctoral student in the Department of Chemical Engineering.

    “The students presented a comprehensive solution for¬†management of water produced from oil and gas activities, recognizing there is no single solution for such a complex problem,” Reible said. “They developed plans for reusing as much of the produced water as possible for other oil and gas activities, including hydraulic fracturing, but also showed how some of the water could receive low-cost treatment and be used to supply power plant cooling waters, create energy-producing solar ponds and as a deicing fluid for roads during winter. The combined solutions could effectively utilize much of the water that now goes to disposal facilities.”

    Also included on the team were Mrunali Patil, a master’s student in the Bob L. Herd Department of Petroleum Engineering, Matthew VanDyke, a doctoral candidate in the College of Media & Communication, and James West, a student in the School of Law.

    By finishing second, the Texas Tech team earned a $7,500 scholarship.

  • Alvarado Named Among New Faces of Engineering

    Alvarado Named Among New Faces of Engineering

    Kelli Alvarado, a fourth-year petroleum engineering major from Odessa, was named as one of the nation's 12 up-and-coming engineering professionals in DiscoverE's fourth annual New Faces of Engineering, College Edition. Alvarado has been influential both at Texas Tech University and in the petroleum engineering field. She was nominated for the honor by the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE).

    “I am very honored to have received this prestigious award and be able to represent the Texas Tech Whitacre College of Engineering,” Alvarado said. “Throughout my collegiate career, the Engineering Opportunities Center (EOC) has helped me in so many different ways to learn and grow as an engineer. I would like to thank the EOC and petroleum engineering chair Dr. Marshall Watson for recommending me to apply and now to achieve such a high honor. Texas Tech has provided me with such a positive platform and I am eager to see what the future holds. I'm so lucky to call myself a Red Raider.”

    The New Faces of Engineering recognizes students who display the vision, innovation and leadership skills necessary to build the foundation for a successful career in engineering. Students honored also display excellence in the classroom, leadership in student organizations, outstanding communications skills and community service in non-engineering related fields.

  • Sheng Receives SPE Regional Technical Award

    Sheng Receives SPE Regional Technical Award

    Dr. James Sheng, an associate professor of petroleum engineering, has been named a recipient of a Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) Southwestern North America Regional Technical Award.

    Regional and section awards recognize members who contribute exceptional service and leadership within SPE, as well as making significant professional contributions within their technical disciplines at the SPE regional level. Awards are presented at the appropriate SPE region or SPE section meeting.

  • Celebrate Energy: Texas Tech`s Ties to the Oil Industry

    Celebrate Energy: Texas Tech`s Ties to the Oil Industry

    Texas Tech University is in the middle of oil country, and the ties with the industry run deep for the university. This video on YouTube highlights the new Petroleum Engineering Building and how Texas Tech continues to produce top-notch petroleum engineering graduates.

  • Department Receives $45.1M Schlumberger Gift

    Department Receives $45.1M Schlumberger Gift

    The Bob L. Herd Department of Petroleum Engineering has accepted a $45.1 million gift of software presented by Schlumberger. The contribution includes 100 modules and licenses and maintenance of Petrel* and ECLIPSE software.

  • Three Generations of Petroleum Engineers

    Three Generations of Petroleum Engineers

    For the Billingsley family, petroleum engineering is in their blood. This family has seen three generations of petroleum engineers graduate from Texas Tech. Read more here.

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