"Energy, Engineering and the Environment" symposium for K-12 teachers and summer interns

The Education, Training and Outreach Program at the Center for Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering hosted K-12 teachers from the 2012 Annual Meeting of the Texas Regional Collaboratives for Excellence in Science and Mathematics Teaching and undergraduate summer interns from the Department of Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering for an afternoon symposium on "Energy, Engineering and the Environment" on June 28, 2012. Presenters came from the Department of Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering (PGE) and the Bureau of Economic Geology (BEG) at The University of Texas at Austin and included: Dr. Paul Bommer (PGE), Dr. Matt Balhoff (PGE) and Dr. Sue Hovorka (BEG). The symposium was hosted at the Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering Department. Funding partners included: Department of Energy (STORE Alliance), National Science Foundation (TXESS Revolution Program) and Shell Oil Company. Many thanks to Chesapeake Energy for providing water bottles and tote-bags for the event.

Image: Energy, Engineering and the Environment participants

K-12 Texas teachers (green shirts) and summer interns from the Department of Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering (orange shirts) pose outside of the department building before the start of the "Energy, Engineering and the Environment" symposium organized by CPGE in June of 2012.

The program included:

"Welcome to Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering"
Dr. Paul Bommer, Senior Lecturer, Department of Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering
Samantha Perry, Recruitment Support Specialist, Department of Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering

"A Short History of an Industrial Process: The Grand Challenges of Drilling"
Dr. Paul Bommer, Senior Lecturer, Department of Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering

"Shale Gas and the Environment"
Dr. Matt Balhoff, Assistant Professor, Department of Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering

"Carbon Storage and Climate"
Dr. Sue Hovorka, Senior Research Scientist
Bureau of Economic Geology