Hildebrand Department of Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering (UT PGE) Assistant Professor Wen Song has received a Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) award from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to investigate the recovery of rare earth elements from clays. The CAREER awards are among the NSF’s most prestigious offerings in support of early career faculty who have the potential to serve as academic role models in research and education, and to lead advances in their institutional and departmental missions.

Hildebrand Department of Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering Research Associate Professor Arvind Ravikumar will co-lead an emissions monitoring initiative to investigate greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions at multiple natural gas facilities across Cheniere Energy’s supply chain, the company announced in April. Ravikumar will collaborate with Colorado State University’s Daniel Zimmerle on the first-of-its-kind project, which will take place over several months and provide comprehensive real-time emissions data.

The Hildebrand Department launched its inaugural “Greening the Oilfield” speaker series last fall, bringing five major oil and gas companies to campus to speak with students over the course of the academic year. Sponsored by Shell, the series presented graduate and undergraduate students with opportunities to learn more about how companies continue to provide affordable, reliable and sustainable energy to the world while making environmental, social and governance (ESG) standards a priority.

The UT PetroBowl team — Ram Disabar, Dany Hachem, Blazej Ksiazek, Misael Morales and Divya Shah — placed second in the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) North America Regional Qualifiers in March.

The UT PGE community has begun funding an endowed scholarship for petroleum engineering students in memory of Arletta Tompkins, the department’s longtime academic advising coordinator who passed away in November.

Four Hildebrand Department faculty members and two alumni took part in UT Energy Week, an annual event that showcases the depth and breadth of energy research at The University of Texas at Austin.

The Hildebrand Department’s longtime laboratory coordinator and building manager Glen Baum has won The University of Texas at Austin’s 2022 President’s Outstanding Staff Award, which recognizes nonteaching UT Austin employees who have made outstanding contributions to the continuing success of the university.

If you’re looking to add some of the latest petroleum engineering resources to your bookshelf or digital library, look no further than these three recent works from Hildebrand Department faculty members.

The Hildebrand Department welcomed Karen Hagedorn (BSPE ’86) in April as its newest participant in the Alumni in Residence program.

Hildebrand Department of Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering senior Jayvaughn Peter has won a 2022 Student Leader Award from the Cockrell School of Engineering in recognition of his work to motivate, guide, mentor and support the school’s student organizations.