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MPGE Alumni Awarded Young Alum Honoree

The University of Oklahoma honored 10 exceptional OU alumni and friends with Regents’ Alumni Awards in recognition of their dedication and service to OU. The awards were presented to this year’s honorees in an Oct. 15 ceremony on the OU Norman campus.

Mewbourne School of Petroleum and Geological Engineering alum Ashley Zumwalt-Forbes is recognized as the Young Alum Honoree.

While a student at OU, Zumwalt-Forbes was an active and engaged student. She interned with the Center for the Creation Economic Wealth and was active in the Campus Activities Council, Crimson Club, Student Government Association, Soonerthon and Howdy Week. She was the recipient of numerous honors and awards, including the Letzeiser Award; Outstanding Freshman, Sophomore and Junior; and selection to PE-ET Honor Society.

Zumwalt-Forbes graduated summa cum laude from OU in 2012 with a bachelor of science degree in petroleum engineering and also holds an MBA from Harvard Business School.

An engineer with nine years’ experience in acquiring, financing and developing both greenfield and brownfield natural resources projects around the globe, Zumwalt-Forbes currently serves as a director, co-founder and president of Black Mountain Metals, a private battery metals mining company; Black Mountain Exploration, a private natural gas company; and Black Mountain CarbonLock, a private carbon negative company.

She also serves on the Strategic Advisory Board for Hennessy Capital’s fifth SPAC (NASDAQ: HCICU), the Female Venture Fund, Texas Christian University’s Energy Institute, Polestar (Volvo’s EV brand) and the School of Petroleum Engineering in the Mewbourne College of Earth and Energy. Prior to joining Black Mountain in 2017, Zumwalt-Forbes worked in several lead engineering roles at ExxonMobil and XTO Energy, managing drilling, completions and planning aspects of international shale exploration, laying the groundwork for a $1 billion capital deployment. She was recently highlighted as the featured honoree on the 2020 Forbes 30 under 30 in Energy list.

Zumwalt-Forbes was recognized in 2020 as a Young Engineering Alumni, Pursuit of Excellence Class Member. This class shines a light on young alumni who are actively pursuing excellence and using their time, talent and treasure to pay it forward at OU and in their communities. This class uses their platform to model to other young alumni how to be engaged and find their voice. She is also a member of the Trailblazer Society and OU President’s Associates.

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Mewbourne Oil Company Offers OU Workover Site Opportunity

Mewbourne Oil Company offered Mewbourne School of Petroleum and Geological Engineering students an opporunity they will never forget.

The Mewbourne Oil Well Workover took place at the Well Construction Technology Center (WCTC) in Norman, Oklahoma. Students observed in outdoor, real time activities with Mewbourne Oil Company operations team on hand for live explanation of activities.

Workover Schedule:

  • Rig up, nipple down wellhead, & pull all tubing and rods out of hole
  • Rig up wireline in the AM, set bridge plug, dump cement. Trip in hole and circulate mud.
  • Trip out of hole, pick up tubing set cement retainer.
  • Run tubing, set retainer, circulate clean fluid, run pump and rods in hole, hang rods off on wellhead.
  • Move in and set up pumping unit.

The WCTC was established to aid the oil and gas industry in solving well-bore problems and conducting research projects. Using advanced technology and both field and lab scale equipment, the research carried out focuses on the flow of various fluids within differing environments of pressure and temperature through assorted pipe configurations. Mr. Curtis Mewbourne wanted the well workover to be a learning opporunity due to the decrease of internships and job opportunities for students. 

Established in 1965, Mewbourne Oil Company has grown into one of the more prominent independent oil and natural gas producers in the Anadarko and Permian Basins of Texas, Oklahoma and New Mexico. With over 50 years of experience operating in the Anadarko and Permian Basins, the Company has developed an organization with extensive knowledge of the operations and opportunities which exist in these two producing areas.

OU SPE Team Win 2021 Petrobowl Competition

The SPE University of Oklahoma PetroBowl team made history again by taking first place in the 2021 Petrobowl Competition! OU is the only school to win the PetroBowl Competition five times.

Team members are petroleum engineering Ph.D. student Felipe Cruz, petroleum engineering master’s degree student Juan Camilo Acosta, and chemical engineering Ph.D. student Marco Tulio Portella.

  • First Round> University of Oklahoma 65 Vs 35 Federal University of Petroleum Resources
  • Second Round> University of Oklahoma 85 Vs 76 Universidad De Oriente Núcleo Monagas
  • Quarter-Finals> The University of Texas at Austin 10 Vs 60 University of Oklahoma
  • Semi-Finals> University of Oklahoma 160 Vs 115 Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México
  • Finals> University of Oklahoma 175 Vs 95 University of Stavanger

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OU Geothermal Team Place in Department of Energy Geothermal Collegiate Competition

Team members Yuxing Wu, Cesar Vivas, Esteban Ugarte, Alexandra Cedola, Abdelmjeed Mohamed. Not pictured is Tobenna Anyaezu.

Congratulations to the OU Sooners Geothermal team for achieving second place in Department of Energy Geothermal Collegiate Competition.

The national contest engages students to develop innovative geothermic energy applications to heat and cool buildings, campuses, districts, and communities. In March, Geothermal Technologies Office announced the 15 finalist teams, which represented 17 academic institutions.

“Second Place - University of Oklahoma. The submission identifies a number of hydrocarbon wells that can be converted to geothermal wells for heating and cooling in the local community”

The team is under the supervision of Dr. Saeed Salehi.

DOE Geothermal Competition Finalists

OU SPE Enriches Oklahoma Students at SAGE STEAM Camp

Our female engineers represented the SPE University of Oklahoma at the Southwest Alliance for Girls' Enrichment in Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts / Humanities, and Mathematics Summer Camp.

Camp is a week-long residential program held on SWOSU’s Weatherford campus each summer. Students get hands-on experience in science experiments, technology applications, design and building, writing reflections, and math applications while interacting with other girls like them.

Members also spoke to about their lives as female engineers, what influenced their interests in Engineering, SPE and how they are adding value with our career choices.

Meet the 2020 PetroBowl Champions

OU Alumni in the News

Hatfield Awarded Legacy Award by the Petroleum Alliance of Oklahoma

The Petroleum Alliance Executive Committee and Board of Directors awards MPGE alumn Kim Hatfield as the recipient of the organization’s Legacy Award. It is the first award given by The Petroleum Alliance.

Former Chairman David Le Norman, created the award during the Alliance's 2021 Annual Meeting. The award recognizies individual achievement in the oil and gas industry. Hatfield is one of 12 leader who created The Petroleum Alliance of Oklahoma.

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ConocoPhillips Donates Book Collection


ConocoPhillips donates late MPGE alumnus Riley Needham's book collection. Needham would have celebrated his 50th year with ConocoPhilips in January, 2020. His accomplishments were numerous and remains a lasting legacy. 

Needham's Lasting Legacy Article


OU Alumnus Presents Non-Traditional Careers in Petroleum Engineering


OU alumnus Avinash Mohapatra presents non traditional careers in the petroleum engineering industry. Mohapatra is a senior associate and geoscientist for acquisitions and divestitures at Houlihan Lokey.

Mohapatra earned a master's degree from the Mewbourne School of Petroleum and Geological Engineering from the University of Oklahoma.

Oil & Gas Careers You Didn’t Know Existed


U.S. Department of Energy Awards MPGE Professors for Geothermal Initiative Projects With Potential to Power Millions of U.S. Homes

Dr. Ghassemi and Dr. Teodoriu, professors in the Mewbourne School of Petroleum and Geological Engineering at University of Oklahoma, recieve funding for research projects by the United States Department of Energy.

DOE announced its Frontier Observatory for Research in Geothermal Energy (FORGE) Initiative at the University of Utah selected 17 projects to receive up to $46 million in funding for cutting-edge, domestic, and carbon-free geothermal projects with potential to supply power to homes in the United States.

Dr. Ghassemi and Dr. Teodoriu were given five million in March 2021. The funding finances the work and equipment needed to explore their research topics. Out of the 17 projects, two are led by OU and are collaboratoring on two other projects. 

Topic 2: Estimation of stress parameters

  • Battelle Memorial Institute / Columbus, OH
  • Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory / Livermore, CA
  • The University of Oklahoma / Norman, OK

Topic 5: Integrated laboratory and modeling studies of the interactions among THMC processes

  • Pennsylvania State University / State College, PA
  • Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory / Livermore, CA
  • U.S. Geological Survey / Denver, CO
  • The University of Oklahoma / Norman, OK
  • Purdue University / West Lafayette, IN


AADE 2021-2022 Officers

President - Cameron Devers

Vice-President - Esteban Ugarte

Treasurer - Fernando Aarón Rincon Silias

Secretary - Sphindile Mtetwa


SPE 2021-2022 Officers

President: Karen Ochie

Vice-president: Chinedu Nwosu

Secretary: Zamakhosi Magagula

Treasurer: Christopher Toth


SPWLA 2021-2022 Officers

Blessed Amoah - President

Carlos Arengas - Vice President

Laura Osorio - Secretary

Rishabh Pandey - Treasurer


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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MPGE Awarded "Best Graduate Schools 2022" by the U.S. News & World Report