The SPE Regional Distinguished Achievement Award for Petroleum Engineering Faculty recognizes superiority in classroom teaching, excellence in research, significant contributions to the petroleum engineering profession and/or special effectiveness in advising and guiding students. It is presented based on the recommendation of the regional director or the regional award committee.

The R.S. Schechter Research Award is awarded annually to someone making a  substantial contribution to the science and technology of energy production.

Hildebrand Department of Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering graduate student David Fukuyama has won an Outstanding Student Presentation Award (OSPA) from the American Geophysical Union (AGU) for CSEE research presented during the organization’s annual meeting last fall.


The InterPore Medal for Porous Media Research is given to scientists with an established career, in recognition of excellent research in general porous media, with emphasis on research conducted over the past 10 years. This years winner is Dr. Masa Prodanovic.

The Fracture Research and Application Consortium (FRAC) recently held its 25th Annual Research Meeting, marking 25 years of progress in learning how to characterize and predict fractures and their effects on engineering operations. The meeting was held online and included 17 live presentations, 7 prerecorded talks, a virtual fieldtrip to the Canadian Foothills with field trip leader Esti Ukar, and a software demonstration workshop.

Dr. Silviu Livescu, who was most recently chief scientist of the pressure pumping product line at Baker Hughes, joined the Center for Subsurface Energy and the Environment  and the Hildebrand Department of Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering faculty this fall as associate professor. Livescu brings to CSEE and PGE expertise in research and development, innovation, commercialization, and intellectual property in the petroleum industry. He has more than 30 US patents granted and pending, and has published more than 60 papers and articles.

Ravikumar brings to CSEE / UT PGE a multidisciplinary approach to solving one of science and society’s most pressing questions — how global economies can usher in sustainable energy development in the face of climate change. 

Angela comes to CSEE from the Ferguson lab in the Cockrell School of Engineering where she was a Senior Administrative Associate. Prior to that she worked as a Grants and Contracts Specialist and an Administrative Associate in the Office of Sponsored Projects.

Established in 1983, the Distinguished Member award recognizes SPE members who achieve distinction deemed worthy of special recognition. This award acknowledges members who have attained eminence in the petroleum industry or the academic community, or who have made significant contributions to SPE

The SPE Data Science and Engineering Analytics Award recognizes outstanding achievements in or contributions to the advancement of data science and engineering analytics in the industry. This award was formerly known as the Management and Information Award.