Texas Tech University

About the Hydraulic Fracturing Research Group

Texas Tech University, in coordination with the President, Vice President for Research, and the Dean of the Edward E. Whitacre College of Engineering, has established an Unconventional Production Technology and Environmental Consortium (UpTec) to study the chemistry processes, technological development and materials, environmental components, and the overall effects of hydraulic fracturing in the West Texas area. The leadership of the TTU System has been paramount in securing resources and professional relationships for the UpTec and continues to contribute to this initiative.

  • Leader: Danny Reible, PhD PE BCEE NAE, Donovan Maddox Distinguished Engineering Chair
  • Co-Sponsor: Dr. Duane Nellis, TTU President
  • Co-Sponsor: Dr. Robert Duncan, TTU Vice President for Research
  • Co-Sponsor: Dr. Albert Sacco, Jr, Dean, Edward E. Whitacre College of Engineering
  • Co-Sponsor: Kay Tindle, Research Development Team, Office of the Vice President for Research



Texas Tech University’s UpTec is a multi-disciplinary, collaborative research cluster that is comprised of more than 50 researchers from 14 departments, as well as from the School of Law. The focus of UpTec is on the intersection of water-rock interactions, hydraulic fracturing technologies, and educational outreach. UpTec is divided into 3 sub-groups: Chemistry, Materials and Technological Developments; The Lifecycle of Water; and Public Engagement and Education.


To become a global leader in hydraulic fracturing research.

Mission Statement:

The mission of the UpTec is to research and develop sustainable practices for hydraulic fracturing technologies, examine public understanding and media coverage of hydraulic fracturing, design and implement effective hydraulic fracturing communication and education efforts, and explore the human and environmental impacts of hydraulic fracturing within the water scarce region of West Texas.

UpTec Research Areas

  • Chemistry, Materials and Technological Developments
  • Lifecycle of Water
  • Public Engagement and Education
  • Subsurface Processes and Technologies

UpTec Researcher Areas

  • College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources
  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • College of Business
  • College of Engineering
  • College of Human Sciences
  • College of Media and Communication
  • School of Law