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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


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


MPGE Students Place in International Paper Contest

The OU SPWLA Student Chapter is proud to announce the winners of the SPWLA International Student Paper Contest.     

Doctorate (Ph.D) -
1st place: Sidi Mamoudou
3rd place: Felipe Adrião Cruz

Masters (M.Sc) - 
1st place: Judah Odiachi  
3rd place: Juan Camilo Acosta


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

OU Geothermal Resource Council Student Chapter Finalists in Department of Energy Collegiate Competition

The Geothermal Resource Council Student Chapter selected finalists in the Department of Energy Geothermal Collegiate Competition. The Collegiate Competition encourages teams to use concepts in geothermal energy to assess and evaluate geothermal power as a renewable energy source. Team members include faculty advisor Dr. Saeed Salehi, Alex Cedola, Abdelmjeed Mohamed, Yuxing Wu, Tobenna Anyaezu, and Esteban Ugarte. 

  • The University of Oklahoma/GeoFitters
  • The University of Oklahoma/Sooners Geothermal Team


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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Recent Awards

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