Center for Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering

Gates Foundation Grant Jump-Starts Innovative Malaria Research at UT Austin

AUSTIN, Texas — Researchers in the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin have been awarded a $100,000 grant from the Grand Challenges Explorations initiative, a program funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, to pursue research aimed at improving diagnostic tests for malaria. Technology used in oil and gas exploration inspired the health-related research.

Webinar: Shale Fracturing: The Geology And Technology That Sustained The Boom

Thank you to Drs Olson, Sharma & Heidari for a great webinar!

Listen to Webinar 2/19/16     Download 2/19/16 slides

More information: Horizontal wells and hydraulic fracturing have revolutionized oil and gas production in the United States over the past decade.  We give an overview of some of the geologic and geo-mechanical aspects of fracturing in shales.  In particular we look at hydraulic fracture / natural fracture interaction, stress shadow effects that impact simultaneous fracture propagation from adjacent perforation clusters in horizontal wells, and the advances in proppants and novel frac fluid formulations. We conclude by weighing the environmental concerns about hydraulic fracturing with the benefits society has derived from the application of the technology. Read more>>>

Webinar (11/11/15) - Chemical EOR: What's New, What Works, Where to Use It

Knowledge Pipeline

Many thanks to Drs Delshad, Pope & Balhoff for a great conversation about Chemical EOR!

You can view the webinar recording and download the presentation slides by clicking on the links below.

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Webinar (9/23/15) What you can’t see can actually help you: Nanoparticle applications in the subsurface

Knowledge Pipeline

Thank you to Drs Daigle, Huh, and DiCarlo, and to everyone who attended the webinar!

Did you miss it? You can download the presentation slides here, and click here to listen to the webinar recording. (due to audio difficulties, the first 30 seconds of the webinar were not recorded. The recording begins with the first presentation slide)

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Induced Seismicity - What do we know, and what can we do?

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Thanks to Drs. Cliff Frohlich, Mark McClure, and Jon Olson for a great presentation and conversation!

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The Center for Petroleum & Geosystems Engineering (CPGE) develops interdisciplinary research in petroleum and geosystems engineering as well as other areas related

to energy and the environment.


Technology transfer through training

is an important aspect of the CPGE. While faculty and researchers may work directly

with groups to provide workshops and short courses, we have several formal programs

that bring training to professionals.


Educating the educator is one of the best

ways to increase awareness and understanding of the petroleum engineering field, especially among kids and teenagers.


Our outreach programs target public audiences at a variety of venues such as schools, expositions and forums. Many of our faculty

and researchers volunteer their time

to discuss research and technology

in the energy industry with the public.