Cockrell School of Engineering
The University of Texas at Austin

Theresa Baumgartner

Ph.D. Petroleum Engineering Student

Originally from Austria, Theresa Baumgartner completed her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in petroleum engineering and petroleum economics. She chose to continue her study of petroleum engineering because of the complex, diverse nature of problems associated with drilling and data.

“It’s exciting because with small changes, you can completely alter the way things are done,” said Theresa. “The problems we deal with and solutions we find are extremely complex, and there is no end to it in the coming years. It’s an exciting field to be in.” 


Theresa’s research falls within the Drilling Rig Automation Group and focuses on the multifaceted, difficult-to-predict process of drilling based on concrete down-hole data collected by industry members.

“There are gigabytes of data out there from every well, and we’re just starting to see the value of it,” said Theresa. “I’m in there analyzing and making use of all this information to help companies improve their own drilling in terms of safety and efficiency.”

She chose UT Austin because of its strong industry ties, diverse population and dynamic work environment. With an interdisciplinary research team and the ability to take classes that provide a broader depth of knowledge beyond petroleum engineering, she can tackle problems from multiple perspectives.

“There is no micromanaging, just support when you want it,” she said. “The deeper you go into your specific subject, the more there is to know.”

After she finishes her time at UT Austin, Theresa plans to enter into the oil and gas industry to apply her specialized knowledge more directly. 


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