Marshall Watson, Ph.D., P.E.
Office: 210 D
Texas Tech University
Department of Petroleum Engineering
Lubbock, TX 79409−3111
Welcome Alumni and Friends,
Greetings from the Bob L. Herd Department of Petroleum Engineering. Our department is flourishing with alumni involvement and corporate participation in the heart of the most active oil and gas basin in the world, the Permian Basin. The importance of the petroleum engineering discipline continues as the petroleum industry flourishes. The new challenges in exploring and producing unconventional reservoirs increases the demand for engineers trained on the latest technology and with critical thinking ability. We believe that the key to education is going back to the future with hands on training and visualization.
The Texas Tech University Bob L. Herd Department of Petroleum Engineering is growing stronger. We currently have 11 full time tenured and tenure-track faculty, three instructors, and five full time staff members. We have recently added new labs for rock mechanics and wellbore integrity.
The Terry Fuller Petroleum Engineering Research Building on the Engineering Key was completed in 2014. The building includes more than 42,000 square feet of modern classrooms, cutting edge laboratories, and administrative space. Our facility assists with the recruitment of students and internationally renowned faculty to further advance petroleum engineering. In addition, the Oilfield Technology Center (OTC) was completed in 2017. The OTC is a 10 acre teaching and research facility located in the oilfield on Texas Tech property 15 minutes from campus. It has a 4,000 square feet building, 4,000 foot test well, tank batteries, gas facilities and functional drilling rig.
The department is also actively searching for additional faculty members. The planned addition brings a great deal of experience to our department that to progress further in both research and teaching.
Thank you for your continued support of the department as we go forward to educate the petroleum industry personnel of tomorrow.