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Hugh Daigle

Webinar with Hugh Daigle

Friday, May 7, 2021, 12pm - 1pm
Nanotechnology for Upstream Oil and Gas Operations

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Industrial Affiliates Projects Spotlight

Digital Reservoir Characterization Technology (DIRECT)

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Researcher Profile

Professor Matthew Balhoff

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Research Highlights


Deborah Hempel-Medina has been selected to receive a Transformational Online Instruction Contributions (TONIC) Award

These awards are intended to recognize professional (non-tenure-track) instructional faculty and staff who have demonstrated exceptional creativity and rapid innovation in our hybrid and online instruction. Deborah’s efforts have made an extraordinary and positive impact on students and the university during a challenging year. This program is sponsored and funded in partnership with the Provost’s Office. Deborah will be invited to participate in a panel presentation for the Faculty Innovation Center’s Technology-Enhanced Learning Symposium in May 2021.

Hildebrand Department recognized as No. 1 graduate Petroleum Engineering program in the country by U.S. News & World Report

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The widely respected QS World University Rankings by Subject ranked UT’s petroleum engineering program 2nd in the world for the second year in a row.

Important attributes that contributed to this ranking were overall reputation and research citation rates.

UT News Article

QS World University Rankings for Engineering - Petroleum 2021 | Top Universities

DOE Awards $46 Million for Geothermal Initiative Projects with Potential to Power Millions of U.S. Homes

Professor Mukul Sharma is The Univeristy of Texas at Austin recipient.

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Texas Poised to Become Leader in Hydrogen Production, Energy and Policy Leaders Say

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Professor Zoya Heidari receives SPWLA Young Professional Technical Award

The Young Professional Technical Award is bestowed by the Board of Directors to a member or a student member of the corporation who has distinguished him/herself with impactful technical achievements. A nominee for this award shall be a member in good standing, has at least one paper published or peer-approved in Petrophysics, and has less than twelve years of experience in petrophysics for the exploitation and development of hydrocarbons and other mineral resources, at the date of the ceremony during the annual Symposium. Post-graduate work may count up to four years’ experience


Hydrocarbon Gas Injection for Improving Oil Recovery in Tight and Shale Oil Reservoirs

Chao-yu Sie
Dissertation Defense
Friday, April 23, 2021 09:00 AM Central

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Aqueous Solution of Ketone Solvent for Enhanced Oil Recovery in Tight Reservoirs

Mingyuan Wang
Dissertation Defense 
Friday, April 23, 2021 02:30 PM Central 

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Advancing the Use of Geophysical Methods for Imaging Groundwater Systems

Dr. Rosemay Knight, the George L. Harrington Professor of Earth Sciences at Stanford University
Claude R. Hocott Lectureship in Petroleum Engineering
Monday, April 26, 2021, 3p.m. Central

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Energy and Economic Development: Understanding the Role of Hierarchy

Blair Fix, Political Economist, University of Toronto
UT Energy Symposium
Tuesday, April 27, 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm Central

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Critical Thinking for Equitable Energy

Dr. Scott W. Tinker
KBH Energy Center Distinguished Lecture Series
Tuesday April 27, 2021, 5:00PM-6:15PM CT

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Nanotechnology for Upstream Oil and Gas Operations

Hugh Daigle
CSEE Webinar
Friday, May 7, 2021, 12 – 1pm
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