Center for Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering

Webinar: Recent Advances in Subsurface Foam Applications

THANK YOU to Drs Prodanović, Nguyen, and Johnston for an informative webinar. You can watch the webinar recording and download the presentation slides by using the links below:


Webinar Overview

Join CPGE for a free webinar for a discussion on the latest developments in subsurface foam applications. Dr. Nguyen will present his current research on advanced gas and chemical enhanced oil recovery methods in hydrocarbon formations with low permeability under hassle conditions (i.e. high salinity and high temperature), thermal and solvent based recovery of heavy oil and oil shale, improved production of unconventional resources, and engineering of complex fluids (foam, emulsion, polymer gel, nanoparticle dispersion) for near wellbore conformance and far-field fluid mobility control. Dr. Maša Prodanović and Dr. Keith Johnston will discuss the recent advances in foam subsurface applications. More information>>


CPGE Student Leo Huang Finalist for Student Employee of the Year

The President's Student Employee of the Year Award is given annually to an outstanding student employee who has made a positive impact on the university and has demonstrated exceptional reliability, quality of work, initiative, and professionalism.

CPGE is proud to congratulate Silin "Leo" Huang for being named as a finalist for the 2016/2017 academic year.

The winner receives a certificate and an award of $500, funded by the Office of the President. Each finalist receives an award of $100, funded by Texas Performing Arts, and a gift from Intercollegiate Athletics. In addition, the UT Austin winner is entered in the regional competition sponsored by the Southern Association of Student Employment Administrators. The winner of that competition receives a $500 award and is entered in the National Student Employment Association competition, which offers a $1,000 award. In 2015, a UT Austin student was named the National Student Employee of the Year!

Above: Leo Huang (left) with University of Texas President Gregory Fenves and CPGE Research Associate Chammi Miller.

CPGE2016 Research Showcase

CPGE Research Showcase 2017 will be held in September. Please watch this page for more information and registration.

CPGE 2016

The Center for Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering (CPGE) at the University of Texas at Austin will host a day-long meeting showcasing the current research being performed within CPGE.

To attend: please click here to complete the registration form.

Click here to download the agenda. (The current agenda is version 2 and was updated on 8/30/16)

Research presentations and posters will span a wide range of topics in subsurface resource characterization and engineering. Graduate students, post-doctoral research fellows, research associates and faculty members will share exciting new discoveries in all aspects of subsurface engineering and characterization.

There will be three sessions on the topical areas:

  • Reservoir Engineering
  • Fracture Characterization and Modeling
  • Petrophysics

    CPGE 2016 is sponsored by


Gates Foundation Grant Jump-Starts Innovative Malaria Research at UT Austin

AUSTIN, Texas — Researchers in the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin have been awarded a $100,000 grant from the Grand Challenges Explorations initiative, a program funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, to pursue research aimed at improving diagnostic tests for malaria. Technology used in oil and gas exploration inspired the health-related research.

Webinar: Reservoir Simulators: Powerful Tools for Predicting Oil and Gas Recovery

Thank you to Drs Sepehrnoori, Chin, Wheeler and Foster for a great presentation!

Reservoir SimulatorsListen to the webinar recording: Reservoir Simulators   Download the presentation slides

Join the Center for Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering (CPGE) on Friday, August 5, at noon for a free webinar to hear perspectives on various topics in computational methods in reservoir simulation development and application. This webinar will present an overview of procedures for coupling reservoir simulation with geomechanics that include fixed stress splitting. This also includes fracture propagation using a newly developed phase-field approach for porous media, which can treat proppant transport. Our speakers from CPGE will also include application examples for field problems such as three-dimensional computational parallel fracture propagation, stress evolution, reservoir compaction, and fault activation.

Webinar: Shale Fracturing: The Geology And Technology That Sustained The Boom

Thank you to Drs Olson, Sharma & Heidari for a great webinar!

Listen to Webinar 2/19/16     Download 2/19/16 slides

More information: Horizontal wells and hydraulic fracturing have revolutionized oil and gas production in the United States over the past decade.  We give an overview of some of the geologic and geo-mechanical aspects of fracturing in shales.  In particular we look at hydraulic fracture / natural fracture interaction, stress shadow effects that impact simultaneous fracture propagation from adjacent perforation clusters in horizontal wells, and the advances in proppants and novel frac fluid formulations. We conclude by weighing the environmental concerns about hydraulic fracturing with the benefits society has derived from the application of the technology. Read more>>>


The Center for Petroleum & Geosystems Engineering (CPGE) develops interdisciplinary research in petroleum and geosystems engineering as well as other areas related

to energy and the environment.


Technology transfer through training

is an important aspect of the CPGE. While faculty and researchers may work directly

with groups to provide workshops and short courses, we have several formal programs

that bring training to professionals.


Educating the educator is one of the best

ways to increase awareness and understanding of the petroleum engineering field, especially among kids and teenagers.


Our outreach programs target public audiences at a variety of venues such as schools, expositions and forums. Many of our faculty

and researchers volunteer their time

to discuss research and technology

in the energy industry with the public.