Pioneer Natural Resources gives to petroleum, mechanical engineering

Pioneer Natural Resources Company recently contributed $600,000 to the Texas A&M Foundation to benefit the Dwight Look College of Engineering’s petroleum and mechanical engineering departments at Texas A&M University.

A portion of the funding will support a multipurpose resource and meeting space within the Harold Vance Department of Petroleum Engineering. Construction on the Pioneer Natural Resources Company Resource Room was completed in early spring of this year and is continuously utilized by faculty, staff and students.

The remainder of the gift will be designated to the Pioneer Natural Resources Company Scholarship in Mechanical Engineering. This scholarship fund will provide financial aid to undergraduate students as well as fund graduate student fellowships and faculty fellows.

“Aggie engineers have contributed significantly to the success of our company and we recognize the value of the Texas A&M educational experience.  We are pleased to support the great work of the petroleum and mechanical engineering departments through endowments and building space improvements to enhance the quality of education,” said Ken Sheffield ’82, senior vice president of operations and engineering of the company and current member of the Petroleum Engineering Industry Board in the Harold Vance Department of Petroleum Engineering.

In addition to the financial support Pioneer has given to the Look College, the company has also established employee scholarship funds for “Pioneer Aggies” to give back to the engineering program. Employees wishing to contribute through this program will have their gift matched dollar for dollar by the company.

Pioneer Natural Resources is a large independent oil and gas exploration and production company, headquartered in Irving, Texas, with operations in the United States. For more information, visit Pioneer’s website at www.pxd.com