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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┬ámanagement 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.


Watson and Department Featured in Permian Basin Oil and Gas Magazine
Watson and Department Featured in Permian Basin Oil and Gas Magazine
Dr. Marshall Watson, department chair, Roy Butler Chair, and associate professor of petroleum engineering, was recently featured in Permian Basin Oil & Gas Magazine.

The article, "Raider Educator," profiles Watson's career and details his efforts to build "one of the premier engineering programs in the college ranks."


Soliman Named Fellow of National Academy of Inventors
Soliman Named Fellow of National Academy of Inventors
Dr. Mohamed Soliman, George P. Livermore Chair and professor of petroleum engineering, has been named a fellow of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI).

Before joining Texas Tech University in January 2011, Soliman worked for Halliburton Energy Services for more than 30 years. He is the author or co-author of more than 200 technical papers and articles.

The NAI Fellows Selection Committee chooses people for fellowships who have demonstrated a highly prolific spirit of innovation in creating or facilitating outstanding inventions that have made a tangible impact on quality of life, economic development, and the welfare of society.

Read more about this award on Texas Tech Today.


Yu Receives Second Place at AADE Conference
Yu Receives Second Place at AADE Conference
Yang Yu, a graduate student in the Bob L. Herd Department of Petroleum Engineering, received second place in the graduate student category of the student poster contest at the 2014 American Association of Drilling Engineers (AADE) National Fluids Technical Conference and Exhibition in April 2014 in Houston, Texas.

His paper was titled "An Experimental Method to Measure the Porosity from Cuttings: Evaluation and Error Analysis." The conference covered subjects considered to be improvements and innovations in drilling operations. Attendees included representatives from academia, major and independent operators, service companies, drilling contractors, as well as equipment and materials manufacturers.


Sangang Receives President`s Competitive Scholarship
Sangang Receives President`s Competitive Scholarship
Cynthia Sangang, a senior petroleum engineering student, has been named a recipient of the President's Competitive Scholarship from the Texas Tech Office of the President. The Competitive Scholarship is awarded to individuals who show involvement in extracurricular activities within the Texas Tech community and demonstrate proven leadership. Sangang was nominated by Dr. Tanja Karp, an associate professor of electrical and computer engineering.


SPE Chapter Earns Gold Standard Award
SPE Chapter Earns Gold Standard Award
The Texas Tech University student chapter of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) has earned the Gold Standard Award for 2014 in recognition of its exceptional programs in industry engagement, operations and planning, community involvement, professional development and innovation. This is the third consecutive year that the chapter has been recognized with the Gold Standard Award by SPE.

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Available Sabbatical Positions for Senior Faculty
Available Sabbatical Positions for Senior Faculty
The Bob L. Herd Department of Petroleum Engineering at Texas Tech University has two (2) immediate openings sabbatical positions for senior faculty. For more information, visit the Available Positions page.


Heinze Receives SPE Regional Distinguished Achievement Award
Heinze Receives SPE Regional Distinguished Achievement Award
Dr. Lloyd Heinze, a professor of petroleum engineering, has been named a recipient of a Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) Regional Distinguished Achievement Award for Petroleum Engineering Faculty. He was recognized at the 2014 SPE SW North American Regional Awards Banquet in Midland at the Midland Country Club on May 8.

The award recognizes superiority in classroom teaching, excellence in research, significant contributions to the petroleum engineering profession and/or special effectiveness in advising and guiding students. It is presented based on the recommendation of the regional director or the regional award committee.


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.


U.S. Oil Predictions Inspire Next Generation of Petroleum Engineers
U.S. Oil Predictions Inspire Next Generation of Petroleum Engineers
Texas Tech has a reputation for producing top petroleum engineering graduates that make an immediate impact. The upcoming completion of the new petroleum engineering building, combined with an oil boom, will enable Texas Tech to make an even bigger impact on petroleum engineering education and industry operations.


Sheng Receives SPE Regional Technical Award, Fulbright Grant
Sheng Receives SPE Regional Technical Award, Fulbright Grant
Dr. James Sheng, associate professor of petroleum engineering, is a recipient of a 2013 SPE Regional Technical Award for Formation Evaluation in the Southwestern U.S. region. He is also a recipient of a Fulbright U.S. Specialist Grant and will travel to Vietnam to help PetroVietnam University to establish a petroleum program.


Researchers Develop Improved Fracturing Techniques
Researchers Develop Improved Fracturing Techniques
Dr. Mohamed Soliman and two graduate petroleum engineering students have developed a new modified zipper frac (MZF) technique where fractures are initiated in a staggered pattern to induce stress, not only at the tips, but also in the middle area between fractures.


Available Faculty Positions
Available Faculty Positions
The Bob L. Herd Department of Petroleum Engineering is currently accepting applications for multiple tenure track and/or tenured positions at the level of assistant, associate and full professor. For more information, visit the Available Positions page.


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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