Thanks to an extraordinary commitment from UT PGE alumnus and former EOG Resources Inc. President Gary L. Thomas, the Cockrell School of Engineering is officially naming its newest building the Gary L. Thomas Energy Engineering Building. Through his investment, Thomas hopes to ensure UT’s position among the nation’s top energy universities while helping to provide a multidisciplinary engineering education for students.

The Hildebrand Department continues to hold a No. 1 undergraduate petroleum engineering program ranking, according to the 2020 U.S. News & World Report rankings.

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is investing $8 million in the Hildebrand Department’s engineering research that aims to create a more efficient process for recovering oil from naturally fractured reservoirs using engineered water.

The Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) and the American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical and Petroleum Engineering (AIME) are awarding three Hildebrand Department professors with four 2019 international awards for their significant contributions to the field of petroleum engineering.

This summer, almost 20 UT PGE students and two faculty members are participating in the department’s Norway Maymester program - covering Engineering, Energy and the Environment.

For several days throughout the Spring 2019 semester, petroleum engineering alumnus Scott Sheffield (B.S. 1975) returned to the Forty Acres to engage with students and faculty as part of the new Alumni-in-Residence Program in the Hildebrand Department of Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering.

UT PGE remains the No. 1 graduate program in petroleum engineering, according to the 2020 U.S. News & World Report rankings.

Wen Song, who graduated from Stanford University with a PhD in Energy Resources Engineering, joined the Hildebrand Department in the spring of 2019 as an assistant professor.

When Yu "Alex" Liang started graduate school at The University of Texas at Austin, he was tasked with running a straight-forward experiment to collect data on a well-understood phenomenon in fluid mechanics: how density differences influence fluid flow in a porous medium.

In January of 1977, a young, inspired assistant professor named Gary Pope walked through the doors of the petroleum engineering building. In August of 2019, more than 42 years later, he will retire from UT PGE.