Feature Stories

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.

Many thanks to all for a successful CPGE2014 Research Showcase

Hilary OlsonOn November 6th and 7th, the Center for Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering (CPGE) at the University of Texas at Austin hosted a two day meeting showcasing the current research being performed within CPGE.

Research presentations and posters spanned a wide range of topics in subsurface resource characterization and engineering ranging from nano-materials for enhanced hydrocarbon production to results from field trials of enhanced recovery processes.

UT CPGE Receives $12 Million to Help U.S. Curtail Greenhouse Gas Emissions

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded the Center for Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering (CPGE) at UT Austin a $12 million grant to fund carbon storage research aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

The four-year DOE grant will fund a carbon storage research project at the university’s Center for Frontiers of Subsurface Energy Security (CFSES), which is led by Professor Larry W. Lake. This grant is a renewal of the department’s five-year, $15.5 million research grant to the center in 2009.

Mary Wheeler Awarded 2013 John von Neumann Medal for Career of Achievements

Mary Wheeler is the 2013 John von Neumann medalist. The medal is the highest award bestowed by the United States Association for Computational Mechanics. Computational science is a field obsessed with convergence, where equations are scripted to result in real-world numbers that minimize risk and chance as much as possible. With that in mind, it’s a bit ironic that Mary Wheeler, the director of the ICES Center for Subsurface Modeling, became a mathematician and computational scientist because of an accidental encounter.

Hugh Daigle Establishes New Petrophysics Lab

Hugh Daigle
Dr. Hugh Daigle joined the Department of Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering this spring, and renovations were subsequently completed on his new laboratory in the basement of the CPE building. He taught Formation Evaluation this past spring and will again teach this course in the fall. We found Dr. Daigle busy in his lab and asked him to give us a description of the lab's capabilities and his plans for future research at CPGE.

Graduate Student Perspective on GHGT-11

Graduate Student Perspective on GHGT-11

CPGE GradsA large cadre of students and faculty attended the 2012 International Conference on Greenhouse Gas Technologies (GHGT-11) in Kyoto. Bringing students to meetings is an important aspect of CPGE's mission, to provide research educational opportunities for graduate students. This year, Dr. Steve Bryant of CPGE brought  8 students to GHGT-11 and the CPGE contingent presented 20 papers and posters. According to Dr. Bryant, there are numerous advantages of having Graduate Research Assistants attend international conferences: “The UT CPGE industrial affiliates program on geologic CO2 storage is one of the most productive in the world. Having the students who are doing the research present their results in person at GHGT is great way to remind the community of UT's leadership in this area.  When you put the CPGE contingent in the conference hall along with those from the Gulf Coast Carbon Center and the Luminant Carbon Management Center, it's a sea of burnt orange -- and that's another reason that GHGT is coming to Austin in 2014.” We caught up with Chris Blyton, one of Dr. Bryant's graduate students who attended GHGT-11 in Kyoto, to give us his perspective on the 2012 International Conference on Greenhouse Gas Technologies (GHGT-11) in Kyoto.

Gary Pope Tabbed for Chemical EOR Award

AUSTIN, TX - April 26, 2010 - University of Texas Prof. Gary A. Pope has been named the recipient of Oil Chem Technologies LLP’s 2010 award for outstanding contribution to chemical enhanced oil recovery. The award will be presented during the IOR 2010 awards luncheon on Monday, April 26, 2010, in Tulsa, at the Renaissance Hotel and Convention Center. Oil Chem bestowed the inaugural chemical EOR award upon Malcolm J. Pitts, presi - dent of Surtek Inc., at IOR 2008 in April 2008.