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Office Location: CPE 3.124

Paul Bommer

Distinguished Senior Lecturer

Department Research Areas:
Drilling and Completions
Production Engineering

Educational Qualifications:

BS, MS, PhD in petroleum engineering from The University of Texas at Austin

PGE Courses Taught:

Drilling and Well Completions Production

Artificial Lift

Oil and Gas Production Facilities

Blowout Prevention and Control

Capstone Design


Investigation of oil field cementing operations and design, the testing and application of foam and foam cement, fatigue life of sucker rods, mechanics of down-hole gas-liquid separators.

Awards & Honors:

2014 Outstanding Regents' Teaching Award, The University of Texas System.

Cockrell School of Engineering 2012 Faculty Appreciation Award in Petroleum Engineering.

Cockrell School of Engineering 2011 Faculty Appreciation Award in Petroleum Engineering.

Conoco-Phillips Faculty Development Award, 2009-2010.

Student Engineering Council Award as “Favorite Professor” in Petroleum Engineering 2008-2009.

Department of Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering Teaching Award 2006-2007.

Highlighted Publications:

Bommer, Paul M., “Predicting Sucker Rod Life”, Southwestern Petroleum Short Course Proceedings, April 23-24, 2008, Lubbock, Tx, p. 23-28.

Bommer, Paul M., “A Primer of Oilwell Drilling, 7th Edition”, Petroleum Extension Service (PETEX), Houston, TX, 2009, ISBN 0-88698-227-8.

“Deepwater Horizon Release Estimate of Rate by PIV”, Report to Dr. Marcia McNutt, USGS Director & Science Advisor to the Secretary of the Interior, July 16, 2010. Flow Rate Technical Group (FRTG): Aliseda, A., Bommer, P., Esping, P., Flores, O., Lasheras, J., Lehr, B., Leifer, I., Possolo, A., Riley, J., Savas, O., Shaffer, F., Wereley, S., and Yapa, P.

Balhoff, M., Lake, L., Bommer, P., Lewis, R., Weber, M., Calderin, J., "Rheological and Yield Stress Measurements of Non-Newtonian Fluids using a Marsh Funnel," Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering, v77, 393-402 (2011).

National Academy of Engineering and National Research Council, “Macondo Well – Deepwater Horizon Blowout, Lessons for Improving Offshore Drilling Safety”, Dec. 2011, The National Academies Press, Washington, D.C.

Bommer, Paul M., “Chapter 3 – Production Practices; Fundamentals of Petroleum”, Fifth Edition, Petroleum Extension Service (PETEX), Austin, TX, 2010, ISBN 0-88698-231-6.

Bommer, Paul M., and Podio, A.L., “The Beam Lift Handbook”, PETEX, Houston, TX, 2012.