Cockrell School of Engineering
The University of Texas at Austin

Lois Folger

Lois graduated in 1984 with a B.S. in Petroleum Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin. Lois was a member of the UT Freshman Engineering Honor Society where she benefited from the smaller class size and engaging professors. Under the tutelage of the legendary mathematics professor Dr. William Guy, Lois won first place at the Albert A. Bennett Calculus contest. Lois thoroughly enjoyed her time at UT and was a member of Alpha Chi Omega Sorority. She received her degree after three years of study.

Originally from Houston, Lois started her career as a Field Engineer with Texaco in Notrees, Texas and later worked in the Odessa and Midland offices. After thirteen years with Texaco, she joined the start-up company of Concho Resources until the sale of the company in 2004. She is now president of Folger Energy LLC, an independent oil and gas company. A registered professional engineer in the State of Texas, Lois also received an MBA from UT Permian Basin and an M.S. in Petroleum Engineering in 1995 from UT Austin.

Lois has received the Texas Society of Professional Engineers Young Engineer of the Year Award and the Society of Petroleum Engineers Young Member Outstanding Service Award. In 1996, the UT College of Engineering honored her with the Outstanding Young Alumnus Award. She served on the External Advisory Council for the Department of Petroleum & Geosystems Engineering from 2002-2004, and is currently a member of the Cockrell School’s External Advisory Board. In addition to being a long-time Friend of Alec, Lois endowed the Lois K. Folger Endowed Scholarship in Petroleum Engineering and the Lois K. and Richard D. Folger Leadership Chair in Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering.

Lois met her husband Richard when they were undergraduate students in Austin. Richard had already earned a BBA in finance and petroleum land management when he returned to UT to earn his B.S. in Petroleum Engineering. Lois and Richard have been married for 25 years and have two daughters; Katharine is a junior at the University of Notre Dame and Christine is a sophomore at Georgetown University. Lois stays involved in the petroleum industry and the Midland community having served in leadership positions for a number of organizations including the Society of Petroleum Engineers, Texas Society of Professional Engineers, Petroleum Technology Transfer Council, Petroleum Museum, United Way, Junior Achievement, Leadership Midland, the Junior League of Midland, Midland Symphony Guild and the Texas Lyceum. She is a lifetime member of the UT Ex-Students’ Association.


Contact Catherine Campbell at 512-471-3208