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OU SPE Hosts Energy Focus Symposium


Organizing Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) student chapters: University of Houston, Pennsylvania State University, Rice University, and the University of Oklahoma host the 2020 Energy Focus Symposium. 

The 2020 Energy Focus Symposium was held on November 9th and 10th with speakers and panelists from across the world. Shell, Smart Tech Comphrehensice Solutions, Quantum New Energy, Enrich Africa, and Kongsberg were companies in attandence. 


Driving the Energy Transition- Technology , Business, and Policy.



Day 1 ( Technology) 

Josh Etkind - Deepwater GoM Digital Transformation Lead for Shell 

Brian Sidle - Global Director of Growth for Kongsberg Digital

Sarah Tamilarasan - CEO of Sotaog


Day 2 (Business and Policy)

Patricia Vega - CEO of Quantum New Energy 

Adegoke Ajisafe - Co-founder of Enrich Africa

                    Will Pettitt – Executive Director of Geotherm Rising                  


Dr. Rai and Dr. Shah Selected 2020 SPE Distinguished Member Award

The Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) recently honored Dr. Rai and Dr. Shah with SPE Distinguished Membership at SPE’s Member Monday Awards Session held 26 October. Both Doctors are Professors at the University of Oklahoma in the Mewbourne School of Petroleum and Geological Engineering.

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.

Chandra S. Rai is currently Martin Miller Chair Professor in Mewbourne School of Petroleum and Geological Engineering at the University of Oklahoma. He served as the director of Mewbourne School of Petroleum and Geological Engineering from 2007 to 2019. During his tenure he was responsible for modernization of all the undergraduate teaching laboratories, hiring 20 new faculty members, and managing six-fold increase in undergraduate enrollment and along with Prof. Sondergeld started two industrial consortia, Experimental Rock Physics and Characterization of Unconventional Reservoirs. Prior to joining the University of Oklahoma, he was with Amoco Production Company Research Center and with BPAmoco in various technical and management positions. At Amoco he was member and then team leader of the team responsible for doing R&D in the broad area of rock physics and petrophysics. He was associated with the development of rock properties database, on-site core characterization system, and rock modeling software. He obtained BS and MS in Applied Geophysics from the Indian School of Mines, and a PhD in 1977 from the University of Hawaii in Geology and Geophysics. 

Subhash Shah is Shell Chair Professor and Chief Mentor in the School of Technology, Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University (PDPU), India. He is also an Emeritus Professor in the Mewbourne School of Petroleum and Geological Engineering (MPGE) at the University of Oklahoma (OU). He retired from OU after serving 22 years as Stephenson Chair Professor and MPGE Director (2000-2002). During his tenure at OU, he also served as the Director of OU’s Well Construction Technology Center. He has a distinguished career in the oil and gas industry that spans over 45 years: 18 years with Halliburton and 27 years in academics. Shah holds a B.E. from M.S. University of Baroda, India, and M.S. and Ph.D. from University of New Mexico, USA, all in chemical engineering. 


Dr. Tinni selected 2020-2021 SPWLA Global Distinguished Speaker


This program provides local Chapters a contact list of persons in high industry regard who are able and willing to speak on certain topic(s) of interest at local chapter meetings. The persons immediately below have been designated and have agreed to serve as SPWLA Distinguished Speakers for the year 2020-2021. The talks proposed here are all among the top papers presented at the 2020 International 61st Annual Logging Symposium. 

Dr. Tinni is a faculty in the Petroleum Engineering Department of the University of Oklahoma. His current research interests include fluid flow and storage as well as EOR in unconventional reservoirs. He holds Master’s and PhD degree in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Oklahoma.

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MPGE Selected as SINTEFF Norway SWIPA Project Collaborators

Congratulations to University of Oklahoma MPGE team for being selected as one of the SINTEFF Norway SWIPA project collaborators. The Board of the Research Council of Norway decided to grant SFI Swipa (Subsurface Well Integrity, Plugging and Abandonment) status as Center for Research-Driven Innovation for the next eight years. MPGE team will collaborate with SINTEFF, University of Stavanger, NORCE, IFE and NTNU on testing and verification of barrier materials. Several major oil and gas companies as wells universities globally will collaborate in this large scale project. 

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OU Researcher Receives Part of $28 Million Grant to Increase Geothermal Energy Production in the United States

Ahmad Ghassemi, the McCasland Chair and professor of petroleum engineering at the Mewbourne College of Earth and Energy at the University of Oklahoma, received $2.5 million of a $28 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy with an additional $700,000 in matching funds from Coso Operating Company for a study that aims to develop technologies to increase power production from geothermal wells while decreasing production costs.

“I am very proud to hear that the Department of Energy is equipping and empowering the University of Oklahoma to pursue a groundbreaking project to unleash safe and sustainable energy,” said Congressman Tom Cole (OK-04). “Widely recognized as a center for scientific excellence and innovation, OU’s contributions will indeed be critical in honing production and refining the use of geothermal energy.”

Thanks to this support from the DOE and Coso Operating Co., Ghassemi and his collaborators will first do extensive modeling around the geothermal wells that will be used in the research. In continuous operation since 1987, these wells sit on the U.S. Navy’s Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake, which is in the heart of the Coso Volcanic Field in eastern California.
Among the members of the team are graduate students from the Mewbourne College of Earth and Energy.

“Involvement of postdoctoral and graduate students from OU give the project a nice educational aspect as well,” said Ghassemi. “Not only will it contribute to their education, but it can potentially expand the geothermal workforce that is needed as the technology expands in the country.”

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MPGE Study Abroad

  • Engineers in France (Spring 2021)
  • Italy S.T.E.A.M (Fall 2021)

As an Mewbourne College student (undergrads and grads), you will receive an automatic $500 Study Abroad Scholarshipwhen you study abroad.

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  • Rock Mechanics Lab Tour
  • Financial Aid
  • Visit an OU Admissions Counselor 

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Recent Awards

OU Ranked Best Grad Schools 2020 in U.S News & World Report

OU SPE took first place in the Petrobowl Qualifier at the North America Student Symposium in Los Angeles, California, on February 9, 2020. 

Participating Universities:

The University of Texas at Austin, University of North Dakota, Montana Tech, Louisiana State University, University of Tulsa, Penn State University, University of Kansas, Universidad Politecnica del Golfo de Mexico, University of Louisiana Lafayette, Oklahoma State University, Saint Francis University, Colorado School of Mines, Texas A&M University, University of Calgary, University of Houston, Mississippi State University, Texas Tech University, UNAM, Missouri University of Science & Technology, and the Instituto Politecnico Nacional

In October, OU SPE will  compete in the International Petrobowl Competition in Denver, Colorado, at the Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition.


MPGE Professors Selected SPE Distinguished Member

Society of Petroleum Engineers President Shauna Noona will present  SPE Distinguished Member to Dr. Chandra Rai and Dr. Subhash Shah during the Annual Awards Ceremony, a featured event of the Society’s Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition.

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.



Faculty Receive Research Awards

  • Dr. Teodoriu research award, Testing of Cement Bonding Properties, funding agency Tenaris, for efforts Sept. 2019 thru June 2020.
  • Dr. Teodoriu research award, Testing of Centralizer According to API, funding agency FORUM Energy Technologies, for efforts Aug. 2019 thru Sept. 2019.
  • Dr. Nygaard research award, Advanced cement characterization and modeling to evaluate novel additives to improve wellbore integrity, funding agency Oklahoma State University, for efforts Aug. 2019 thru Nov. 2020.
  • Dr. Ghassemi receives part of $28 million grant to increase geothermal energy production in the United States.

OU Research Featured on OETA

The Mewbourne School of Petroleum and Geological Engineering is celebrating 100 years of Petroleum Engineering education at the University of Oklahoma. The Oklahoma Educational Television Authority aired a segment of the department’s celebration.

Former Director Dr. Rai states, “It is a very exciting time reaching a landmark being one of the oldest schools in the nation for petroleum engineering”.  The school attracts students nation wide and globally to learn at the university. To add more to the list of achievements, Mewbourne School is in the top three programs in petroleum engineering nation wide.

OETA also interviews our very own OU Research Fellow Dr. Mark Curtis, OU Research Associate Jeremey Jernigan, and OU Lead Research Technologist Steve Dwyer.



Ashley Zumwalt-Forbes (OU '12) named Forbes 30 Under 30

Ashley Zumwalt-Frobes (OU '12), Petroleum Engineering at the University of Oklahoma alumna and founder of Black Mountain Metals was named Forbes 30 Under 30 for her company's efforts to sustainably and ethically mine battery metals.

Dr. Xingru Wu Accepted to Serve as an SPE Distinguished Lecturer

MPGE Associate Professor Dr. Xingru Wu has been invited and accepted as a Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) Distinguished Lecturer for the 2020-21 lecture season.

Established in 1961 and primarily funded by the SPE Foundation through member donations, as well as a contribution from Offshore Europe, the SPE Distinguished Lecturer Program is one of the SPE’s most popular programs. “The purpose of the program is to provide SPE sections with outstanding speakers for section meetings, and to recognize the professional contributions of the selected Distinguished Lecturers.” More information about this program is available at

During the tour, Wu’s talk will focus on using real-time pressure and temperature data for better control of production and to minimize production surprises, particularly for wells in frontier developments such as deepwater and unconventional resources. Wu wants to convey the message that the knowledge obtained from the real-time data enables the optimization of well and reservoir performance through surveillance programs. The surveillance involves capable people, managed processes, and cutting-edge technology balanced with cost and reliability. In addition to classical applications of real-time data, this talk focuses on how to add values to asset management via discussing the cutting edge processing subtle signals of pressure and temperature data.

At MPGE, Wu teaches classes on Integrated Reservoir Management, Improved Oil Recovery, Production Engineering, and Mathematical Simulation Models. His research interest includes data analytics, production engineering, surveillance techniques, and reservoir mechanism modeling. He has published 80+ papers in journals and conferences in these areas. Prior to joining OU, Wu worked in E&P companies for more than 10 years. He obtained Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin in 2006, M.Sc. from the University of Alaska Fairbanks in 2002, and B.Sc. from China University of Petroleum in 1997, and all degrees are in petroleum engineering.

OU Students Participate in Software Training

MPGE Seniors and Graduate students participated in a software training which included three commonly used oil and gas industry softwares: Aries, Spotfire, and Enverus Drillinginfo.

Aries Petroleum Economics and Reserves Software provides comprehensive property and data management, production and reserve forecasting, and proven economic evaluations for operations, engineering and business teams.

Spotfire is a business intelligence software solution that provides users with all the tools they need to collect, analyze, and visualize their data.

Enverus Drillinginfo software offers solutions that deliver value across exploration and production, oilfield services, midstream, and financial areas to be more proactive, efficient, and competitive.

The training was conducted by professionals from industry:

-John Argo: Vice President, Business Development, Continental Resources, Inc.; Alumni MPGE, Member MPGE Industry Advisory Board

–Kenah Nyanat: Staff Engineer, Business Development, Continental Resources, Inc.; Alumni MPGE

-Tiffany LaCount: Senior Account Manager, Team Lead, Enverus Drillinginfo; Alumni University of Oklahoma

OU MPGE Receives Prestigious Award

Natural Gas Engineering Degree Online

The University of Oklahoma is being awarded with the Platinum Corporate Support Award from Society Petroleum Engineers (SPE) Oklahoma City section. 

Other companies receiving this prestigious award are Schlumberger , Halliburton, Chesapeake, and Reservoir Data Systems. This award is a token of appreciation for all the support OU, especially MPGE, has given to the local SPE section. Many of the OU faculties have contributed in writing and presenting SPE papers in the past few years. In addition, MPGE faculties (Drs. Sondergeld, Mohganloo, Teodoriu, and Salehi) have received SPE regional awards in 2018. Two of the faculties have served on SPE officers board since 2016. Dr. Salehi served as SPE officer and chairman. Recently, Dr. Karami is serving in the SPE OKC officers board.  Needless to mention the support that OU SPE student section and all student officers have provided by serving as volunteers in different SPE OKC venues. Special thanks to Francey Freeman, Sonya Grant and past director, Dr. Rai  for all the support they have provided for SPE student section through the years.

Faculty Awards

  • Carl Sondergeld: Regional Distinguished Achievement Award for Petroleum Engineering Faculty, Society of Petroluem Engineers
  • Catalin Teodoriu: Regional Drilling Award, Society of Petroleum Engineers
  • Deepak Dewvegowda: Graduate Award for Outstanding Service to Graduate Students, OU Graduate College
  • Danika Hines-Barnett: Graduate Award for Outstanding Support to Graduate  Education, OU Graduate College
  • Ahmad Ghassemi - Recognition of Excellence, Department of Energy
  • Chandra Rai – Distinguished Technical Achievement Award for Petroleum Engineering Faculty, Society of Petrophysicistsand Well Log Analysts
  • Rouzbeh Moghanloo  Reservoir Description and Dynamics Award, Society of Petroleum Engineers
  • Saeed Salehi – Regional Health, Safety, Security, Environment and Social Responsibility Award, Society of Petroleum Engineers