Archive for Petroleum

Dr. M. Katherine Banks, vice chancellor and dean of engineering, has appointed Dr. I. Yucel Akkutlu holder of the George & Joan Voneiff Career Development Professorship in the Harold Vance Department of Petroleum Engineering. This endowed professorship appointment is effective as of April 1, 201…


Six engineering faculty members are among 24 faculty and staff who have been selected to receive the 2014 Texas A&M University Association of Former Students Distinguished Achievement Award. The 2014 recipients from the Dwight Look College of Engineering are:  FOR TEACHING Dr. Arul Jayaraman,…


Oxy USA, Inc. recently made a donation to the Harold Vance Department of Petroleum Engineering to replace seating in the Richardson Building.  The department commissioned 11 brand new custom-made wood benches for the lobby area as well as for the 4th and 5th floors.  These lovely benches furnish c…


Siblings Kim and Ed Cadena recently endowed a $25,000 scholarship in honor of their parents Margaret and Ed Cadena. The Margaret and Ed Cadena ’42 Family Scholarship will be awarded to undergraduate students pursuing a degree in the Harold Vance Department of Petroleum Engineering. Students wishing…


Libby and Terry Gerhart have contributed $60,000 to establish a scholarship focusing on undergraduate students pursuing a degree in the Harold Vance Department of Petroleum Engineering. The Libby and Terry R. Gerhart ’84 Scholarship was established to provide one or more scholarships to full time, …


Professor emeritus Stephen A. Holditch was recognized for his lifetime contributions to hydraulic fracturing technologies.


Dr. M. Katherine Banks, vice chancellor and dean of engineering, has appointed Dr. Ding Zhu holder of the L.F. Peterson ’36 Professorship. The endowed professorship appointment was effective Nov. 1, 2013. Zhu is a professor in the Harold Vance Department of Petroleum Engineering. Her research inter…


Dr. M. Katherine Banks, vice chancellor and dean of engineering, has appointed Dr. Robert Wattenbarger holder of the John E. & Deborah F. Bethancourt Professorship. The endowed professorship appointment was effective Nov. 1, 2013. Wattenbarger is a professor in the Harold Vance Department of Pe…


Bill Lonquist, former president of Memorial Exploration Co., earned a B.S. degree in petroleum engineering from Texas A&M in 1948 and served as a senior yell leader. Recently he had the opportunity to meet with Senior Yell Leader Ryan Crawford ’14 and discuss the differences and similarities w…


Amy and Tim Leach '82 are among the first contributors to provide funds to help construct the Engineering Education Complex (EEC). Their gift of $10 million marked the beginning of multiple gifts to the Texas A&M Foundation to secure $62 million of private funding needed to begin construction. …


The Environmentally Friendly Drilling Program (EFD) is working to reduce the environmental footprint of oil and gas operations in unconventional gas shale development. Texas A&M manages the Western Regional Center for EFD. The Center has established various test sites in the Eagle Ford Formati…


Pictured left to right: Dr. M. Katherine Banks, vice chancellor and dean of engineering, with Jean-Louis Briaud, Teresa Wright, Linda Huff and Robert Nevels. Faculty and staff in the Dwight Look College of Engineering and the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station (TEES) were recognized Dec…


Pictured at the signing ceremony are (left to right) Associate Professor Yucel Akkutlu, TEES Director and Vice Chancellor and Dean of Engineering Dr. M. Katherine Banks, Senior Technical Advisor Dr. Skip Porter, Bill Von Gonten, Dr. Lee Raymond, John Raymond, Petroleum Engineering Department Head …


Houston-area leaders from industry, academia, government and other sectors came together yesterday in a robust discussion on the future of the nation’s engineering enterprise. The National Engineering Forum event, in partnership with John Sharp, chancellor of The Texas A&M University System, …


Dr. Dan Hill, Noble Chair and head of the Harold Vance Department of Petroleum Engineering at Texas A&M University, testified Nov. 5 before the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Subcommittee on Oversight hearing, “Fugitive Methane Emissions from Oil and Gas Operations.” Hill's testimony …