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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.
“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.
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.
The article, "Raider Educator," profiles Watson's career and details his efforts to build "one of the premier engineering programs in the college ranks."
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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.
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.
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|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.
|video on YouTube highlights the new Petroleum Engineering Building and how Texas Tech continues to produce top-notch petroleum engineering graduates.
|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.
|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.
|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.
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