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.

A little less than 30 years after Spindletop started gushing to ignite the Texas oil boom, a small, but significant petroleum engineering department was formed at UT Austin.

Associate Professor Michael Pyrcz

Challenge: In the energy industry we have been working with “big data” for a long time. Our seismic surveys rival the volumes of data acquisition by Google and NASA, but they are highly variable over time and space. 

As a UT PGE student, Hannah Knaup (BSPE ’18) signed up for the longest annual charity bike ride in the world – the Texas 4000.

Hildebrand Department faculty signed a $5 million deal over 10 years with India’s Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC).