Heinze Helps Start Petroleum Engineering Program in Mozambique

Lloyd Heinze, a professor of petroleum engineering, was contacted by Anadarko oil company about helping start a petroleum engineering master's program at the Universidade Eduardo Mondlane in Maputo, Africa. With growing oil and natural gas industries in Africa, engineering companies recognized potential for development, but found one problem: lack of native experts who can work in the field.

With faculty from other universities, Heinze created a one-year introduction course in engineering as well as an additional two years of curriculum with a focus on petroleum to receive a master's degree. The program began in the spring of 2013 and students currently are finishing the leveling preliminary courses. Heinze taught 22 students during a summer class. He taught the class from a distance in Lubbock and Houston using the Microsoft Lync system. After teaching the course for two weeks, he flew to Mozambique and taught for a month. Now Heinze is developing two drilling courses for distance delivery from Texas Tech, the second course begins in February and will continue until July.