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Emeritus Professor Djebbar Tiab Book Release

We are pleased to announce - Dr. Djebbar Tiab, Emeritus Professor at the University of Oklahoma's Mewbourne School of Petroleum and Geological Engineering, has co-authored the 5th edition of "Petrophysics: Theory and Practice of Measuring Reservoir Rock and Fluid Transport Properties." This seminal work serves as an indispensable guide for reservoir and production engineers, geoscientists, geoenergy engineers, petroleum engineering students, and geoscience students, offering a comprehensive exploration of crucial aspects of rock-fluid interactions. Dr. Tiab's academic and professional background, including his tenure at the University of Oklahoma Mewbourne School of Petroleum and Geological Engineering and his consultancy firm, United Petroleum Technology, LLC (UPTEC), underscores his authority in the field. With over 260 technical papers and groundbreaking contributions such as the pressure derivative technique, Dr. Tiab's impact on petroleum engineering is profound. For anyone in petroleum engineering, geoscience, or geoenergy and professionals or students seeking to advance their understanding of petrophysics, the 5th edition of "Petrophysics" is a must-read. You may find Dr. Tiab's newest book "Petrophysics 5th Edition" in the link below -

Link  --->                          Petrophysics 5th Edition

Dr. Dang, Dr. Rai, & Dr. Sondergeld Win Paper Contest at URTeC 2023!

    It is with immense pride and excitement that we announce the outstanding achievement of Dr. Dang, Dr. Rai, and Dr. Sondergeld at the 2023 Unconventional Resources Technology Conference (URTeC). This international conference is organized by the Society of Petroleum Engineers, Society of Exploration Geophysicists, and the American Association of Petroleum Geologists. We are thrilled to share the news that their paper titled, "Understanding NMR Responses of Different Rock-Fluid Components Within Organic-Rich Argillaceous Rocks: Comparison Study Across 2, 12, and 23 MHz Spectroscopy," has been selected as one of the best papers presented at the conference in Denver, CO.


OU GeoTribe Team Takes home 1st Place at D.O.E. Competition

Photo (from left)- Vagif Mammadzada, Gurban Hassanov, Cesar Vivas, Nabe Konate, and Jose Aramendiz.

Students from “Team GeoTribe” at The University of Oklahoma won first place and $10,000 in the U.S. Department of Energy 2023 Geothermal Collegiate Competition for the Technical Track out of 42 participating teams. This is the second year in a row that OU students have won first place in the competition.

The team consisted of Nabe Konate, Jose Aramendiz, Gurban, Hassanov, Cesar Vivas, and Vagif Mammadzada, all graduate students at OU. Dr. Saeed Salehi, an Associate Professor at OU, coached and guided the team.

Throughout this project, the team collaborated with Mr. Lynn Williams from Osage Mineral Council, Mr. Cody Vavra, the Director of Harvest Land, Mrs. Dawn D. Wormington, Manager of the Greenhouse, and Mr. Dustin Kerbs, a Petroleum Engineer at Performance Operating Co.

Team GeoTribe designed a system of geothermal wells to heat and cool the Osage Nation’s 40,000-square-foot greenhouse, supporting efforts for native food sovereignty in Pawhuska, Oklahoma. The greenhouse was established during the COVID-19 pandemic when there was a breakdown in the Tribe’s food system. The proposed geothermal system design would help alleviate the challenge of maintaining a constant year-round growing temperature.

The team will receive an additional $9,000 to host a community event this spring/summer to present their project and discuss geothermal energy. The Geothermal Collegiate Competition challenges college students to develop real-world geothermal solutions each year for cash prizes and hands-on experience.

--DOE Article link--

--OETA Interview with Geotribe--

2023 Graduation

Graduation Commencement Ceremony
Congratulations, MPGE Students! We are so proud of you for all your hard work and dedication. You have graduated from our Fall 2023 Class and are now ready to take on the energy industry. We know you will do great things. Use your skills and knowledge to make a difference in the world. We wish you all the best in your future endeavors. Congratulations again!

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Assistant Professor of Petroleum and Geological Engineering - Petrophysics


The Mewbourne College of Earth and Energy's School of Petroleum and Geological Engineering (MPGE) at the University of Oklahoma invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Petroleum and Geological Engineering - Petrophysics to begin August 16, 2024.  Our school is uniquely positioned to address the opportunities provided by ongoing and future energy transitions and serve the demand for education and research in emerging energy fields such as geothermal, hydrogen, and renewable energy, as well as energy storage, and CO2 capture and sequestration.

We are seeking a candidate who can contribute to our academic excellence, research innovation, and student mentorship in the field of Petrophysics, broadly defined as the study of rock physics, rock properties, rock-fluid interactions, fluid flow in porous media, and more. The faculty position will integrate their skills and promote our existing competencies in the areas of geo-energy resources and storage, such as geothermal energy, hydrogen and thermal energy storage, carbon sequestration, and conventional/unconventional oil and gas recovery. Duties include teaching undergraduate and graduate courses, advising and mentoring students, conducting an active, collaborative, and transdisciplinary research program, participating in shared governance in both university and professional service activities, and aligning goals and contributions with the University of Oklahoma's strategic plan, Lead On, University

 <-- Link to full application


Laura Osorio Ojeda

The Eastern/Mid-Continent North America Region is a thriving hub of innovation and excellence in the field of petroleum engineering. The Master’s Division of the Eastern/Mid-Continent North America Region is home to some of the brightest Student minds in Petroleum Engineering. This year’s winner, Laura Osorio Ojeda from the Mewbourne School of Petroleum and Geological Engineering at the University of Oklahoma, is a shining example of the region’s talent and potential.

The Mewbourne School of Petroleum and Geological Engineering is proud to support Osorio Ojeda and other talented students like her. We are confident that they will continue to make significant contributions to the field of Petroleum Engineering in the years to come.


Masters - Blessed Amoah, Doctorates - Felipe Cruz

The SPWLA Student Chapter at the Mewbourne School of Petroleum and Geological Engineering, University of Oklahoma (OU MPGE), excelled at the International Student Paper Contest (ISPC). Blessed Amoah and Felipe Cruz, members of the chapter, were awarded in recognition of their exceptional research conducted in the renowned IC3 Lab.

Blessed Amoah secured second place in the Masters category, while Felipe Cruz claimed first place in the Doctorates category. Their achievements highlight the dedication and expertise they have displayed in their respective research areas. These accolades also reinforce the Mewbourne School of Petroleum and Geological Engineering's commitment to fostering excellence in petroleum and geological engineering.


     We are thrilled and honored to announce that our student chapter has been awarded the prestigious Presidential Award for Outstanding Student Chapter. This recognition is the highest honor a student chapter can receive and is awarded to the top 10 percent of student chapters that excel in various categories, including community service, industry engagement, and technical activities.


Winning this award is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our student chapter members who have worked tirelessly towards promoting the mission and values of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE). Our commitment to excellence, innovation, and community service has been recognized by the SPE community, and we are grateful for this prestigious honor.


Receiving the Presidential Award for Outstanding Student Chapter is not only a recognition of our achievements but also a motivation to continue our efforts towards promoting the growth and development of the petroleum engineering industry. We are committed to making a positive impact in our communities and contributing to the advancement of the industry.


We would like to express our gratitude to the SPE community, our faculty advisors, and all our members who have contributed to our success. This recognition would not have been possible without their support and dedication.


In conclusion, we are excited and proud to receive the Presidential Award for Outstanding Student Chapter. This recognition is a testament to our commitment to excellence and our efforts towards promoting the mission and values of SPE. We are honored to be among the top-performing student chapters in the SPE community and will continue to strive for excellence in our work.

The New GeoEnergy Engineering B.S. Degree Starting Fall 2023

2023 Student Paper Contest Underway

In Memoriam

picture of petrobowl champions holding trophy - Camilo Mateus, Chinedu Nwosu, Marco Tulio Portella, Camila Castillo, Blessed Amoah. Be sure to congratulate them the next time you see them around campus!

"WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS" 6 Time Petrobowl Winners!

picture of petrobowl champions holding trophy - Camilo Mateus, Chinedu Nwosu, Marco Tulio Portella, Camila Castillo, Blessed Amoah. Be sure to congratulate them the next time you see them around campus!
2nd pic - members L to R; Camilo Mateus, Chinedu Nwosu, Marco Tulio Portella, Camila Castillo, Blessed Amoah.

Our Petrobowl Team made SPE history at the 2022 Annual Technical Conference and Exposition (ATCE) as they brought home the win against competing teams from around the globe.  This makes the 3rd win in a Row and 6th championship win in total! No other chapter in the organization’s history has earned this prestigious title! You could hear the Chant of Boomer Sooner sounding through the Corridors of the convention center after the announcement. Way to exhibit the Sooner Spirit and represent the University of Oklahoma Mewbourne School of Petroleum and Geological Engineering.  Lead on OU Petrobowl Team!

Geothermal Event

On September 2, 2022, the Sooners Geothermal Team from the Mewbourne College of Earth and Energy at the University of Oklahoma (OU), celebrated their first-place win in the Geothermal Technologies Office’s (GTO) Geothermal Collegiate Competition (GCC) by hosting a community event. At the event, the team shared their geothermal project design as well as the benefits of geothermal energy with local stakeholders.

Full article by the Geothermal Technologies office


The Mewbourne College of Earth and Energy and the University of Oklahoma is remembering the life and legacy of Curtis W. Mewbourne, who died today, June 23, 2022. The loyal OU alumnus and namesake of the Mewbourne College of Earth and Energy and the Mewbourne School of Petroleum and Geological Engineering left a mark on the lives of the students he supported, faculty he championed and university he loved.

While studying at OU, Mr. Mewbourne was an active student in petroleum engineering organizations and a member of Phi Gamma Delta – even playing on the fraternity’s championship basketball team.

Mr. Mewbourne graduated from OU with a degree in petroleum engineering in 1958 and then served as an officer in the U.S. Army. After gaining experience in several areas of the oil and gas industry, he founded Mewbourne Oil Company in 1965. Over the coming decades, he would transform his company into one of the most successful privately-owned oil and gas producers in America.

Even amid the energy industry’s ups and downs, Mr. Mewbourne made it his mission to consistently equip and encourage OU’s petroleum engineering and geoscience students, faculty and staff.

In 1982 he endowed the Mewbourne Professorship in Petroleum EngineeringAs of 2022, there are six Mewbourne Professorships in Petroleum Engineering as well as the Curtis Mewbourne Professorshipeach of which underwrites the research and teaching activities of a petroleum engineering professor.

His endowments include the Mewbourne Enrichment Fund, which benefits undergraduate students and inspires faculty and staff to provide excellence in teaching. He also endowed the Mewbourne Leadership Scholars Program, which provides annual scholarships for entering freshmen and continues to support them through graduation. His most recent gift created the college’s Faculty Support Endowment.

In recognition of his longtime support, the University of Oklahoma named the Mewbourne School of Petroleum and Geological Engineering in his honor in May of 2000, and granted him the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Humane Letters in 2002. 

On Nov. 2, 2007, the Mewbourne College of Earth and Energy was named in his honor, and he was bestowed the college’s Trailblazer Award for his professional achievements and lifetime commitment to the energy industry.

A statue forever memorializing Mr. Mewbourne with his loyal dog, Rebel, proudly stands at the entrance to Sarkeys Energy Center – the home of Mewbourne College of Earth and Energy – where it welcomes all who enter to learn, to dream, and to make the world a better place.

Decades of faculty and students alike have stories of Mr. Mewbourne’s generosity, intentionality, and genuine desire to encourage the future generations of the energy industry. Whether purchasing the only SEM microscope used by undergraduate petroleum engineering students in the nation or learning how new desks could contribute to a better classroom environment, Mr. Mewbourne was unwavering in his love for OU.

In the last 25 years, Mewbourne Oil Company has been the largest supporter of student scholarships and internships at OU.

The best way to remember Curtis Mewbourne and celebrate his legacy at the university is through his own words. On Feb. 11, 2000, he gave a speech to OU students at the Petroleum and Geological Engineering Distinguished Scholars Banquet. His words, his legacy and his dreams for Mewbourne College of Earth and Energy will live on.

Mewbourne College is collecting stories, anecdotes and memories about the many ways Mr. Mewbourne's philanthropy, leadership and friendship impacted all of us. You can submit your contributions here.

OU Students Bring Home SPWLA ISPC Award in Masters and Doctorates


The SPWLA Student Chapter at OU Have brought home three awards from the International Student Paper Contest (ISPC). In first place for the Masters category is Judah Odiachi, in first place for the Doctorates category is Felipe Cruz, and in second place for the Doctorates category is Sidi Mamoudou. All three students papers are on research conducted in the IC3 Lab.

OU Geothermal Team Win the 2022 Department of Energy Geothermal Collegiate Competition

Photo-Geothermal-team-with-Fox-News-Group-Fox25-Tom-Ferguson-Cameraman-Unnamed-Dr-Saeed-Salehi-Students-Cesar-Vivas-Munar-Alex-Cedola-Yuxing-Wu-Camila Castillo-Abdelmjeed-Mohamed-Research-Equipment-Specialist-Jeff-McCaskill.
Geothermal team with Fox News Group, (Left-Right); Fox25 Journalist Tom Ferguson, Cameraman Unnamed, Dr. Saeed Salehi. Students; Cesar Vivas Munar, Alex Cedola, Yuxing Wu, Camila Castillo, Abdelmjeed Mohamed. Research Equipment Specialist Jeff McCaskill.

"The Sooners Geothermal Team from the University of Oklahoma took first place for designing a system repurposing six abandoned oil and gas wells in Shawnee, Oklahoma, to provide clean, renewable geothermal energy for more than 730,449 square feet of educational and municipal buildings, including sites within the Absentee Shawnee Tribe and Potawatomi Nation jurisdiction. By using previously drilled wells that were no longer producing, the team was able to reduce drilling costs to feasibly power local schools, religious centers, and government buildings." 

DOE Geothermal Competition Winners.

Interview with Fox news

OU Researchers Receive Department of Energy Grant to Pioneer Demonstration and Repurposing of Retired Oil Wells into Geothermal Wells

University of Oklahoma associate professor Saeed Salehi is leading a team of researchers from the Mewbourne School of Petroleum and Geological Engineering in the Mewbourne College of Earth and Energy to turn abandoned/retired oil and gas wells into geothermal wells that they hope to eventually heat two Tuttle, Oklahoma, schools.

The OU team will be one of the pioneers in the world to put theory into practice and demonstrate the efficacy of this model.

“Researchers from around the world are doing simulations, doing calculations to show that this concept may work, but this is the first time somebody is going to go and do it,” said Salehi.

The wells for this project were strategically chosen because of their proximity to two Tuttle schools. The scope of this project does not include the next step of heating the schools with geothermal energy, but rather ensuring that it is possible. Salehi and his team hope that once their current project is completed, they can apply for new grants and state matching funds to make heating the schools with geothermal energy a possibility.

If that happens, the Tuttle elementary and middle schools would be the first buildings in the world to be heated by geothermal energy from repurposed deep oil wells.

While researchers around the world will be following the project with interest, it is the students at the Tuttle schools who will get up-close opportunities to interact with the OU research team. This includes OU students and faculty visiting the schools with updates about the project and guest lectures about geothermal energy.

The project comes at an exciting time for the Mewbourne School, which plans to launch a new geothermal-focused undergraduate degree, GeoEnergy Engineering, in fall 2022.

OU Students Attend 2022 SPE International North American Student Symposium

OU MPGE had 16 representatives attend the 2022 Society of Petroleum Engineers International North American Student Symposium. There were over 100 students from nearly 20 schools across the country in attendance and were joined by a great lineup of speakers, moderators, and industry representatives. This event is organized by students, for students, and would not have been possible without the hard work and year-long efforts our the planning committee from OU, OSU and Tulsa, who lead the way with programming, marketing, and industry engagement.

Students had a welcome remark from the 2022 SPE President Kamel Bennaceur as a video greeting and got to network with the 2023 SPE President as well as other industry professionals and students present.

Opening remarks were made by Clay Gasper, COO of Devon Energy, a panel session regarding graduate degrees and the required skill set for the industry moderated by Devon CTO Trey Lowe and Murphy Oil Corporation SVP Tom Mireles, as well as a young professional panel on alternative careers for a petroleum engineer from Baker Hughes representatives Maki Ikeda and Alireza Shahkarami and former SPE Regional Director and current MassMutual rep Chris Jenkins.

The session was concluded with remarks from the SPE CEO Mark Rubin.

SPE/SPWLA Student Paper Contest Winners

Results of the 2022 SPE/SPWLA student paper contest winners have been announced and are as follows:

  Ph.D. M.S.
SPWLA Sidi Mamadou Judah Odiachi
Felipe Cruz Heehwan Yang
SPE Sidi Mamadou Karan Shah
Cameron Devers Judah Odiachi
Felipe Cruz Heehwan Yang

Students were required to write a 400-word abstract and deliver a 10-minute presentation. The competition was done in three categories: undergraduate, M.S., and Ph.D.  Cash prizes were given to students placing in first through fifth place. Winners of the OU SPE Student Paper Contest are in contention to go on to present at the SPE Mid Continent Paper Competition on May 14. The winners of the OU SPWLA Student Paper Contest will have the opportunity to present at the SPWLA International Student Paper Contest on June 12. Winners from both events move on to present at the SPWLA 63rd Annual Symposium held June 11-15 in Stavanger, Norway. 

Carbon Utilization Storage Partnership of the Western United States

In September 2019, the Department of Energy initiated the formation of the Carbon Utilization and Storage Partnership (CUSP) in the Western United States. CUSP was created to advance existing carbon capture utilization, storage research and development by addressing key challenges through cross disciplinary partnerships with other institutions. Oklahoma is one of the few regions in the country with existing pipeline infrastructure to transport captured CO2, has significant experience in using CO2 for enhanced oil recovery and a wealth of different types of geological storage. Through this partnership, the Mewbourne School of Petroleum and Geological Engineering is helping advance the future of carbon capture here in the state of Oklahoma and across the country.

Learn More About CUSP

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.

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

Ghassemi in lab

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.”

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. 

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, Alex 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

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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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

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

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 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.

Senior Spotlight

Meet OU senior Laércio Filipe graduating this week with a degree in Petroleum Engineering. Laércio came to OU from Luanda, Angola, and says the friends he’s made at OU have helped him form a family away from home. Laércio plans to stay in the U.S. following graduation and plans to find an engineering position where he can work in transitioning to clean energy. 

“The community OU provided for me and international students like myself allows me to have the resources and the ability to follow my dreams and reach my goals.”

The University of Oklahoma will celebrate its December 2020 graduates in a virtual graduation ceremony.

Graduation ceremony to be streamed online, and aired on Cox Channel 3 in Oklahoma City and Tulsa.

Graduates and their families, friends and the worldwide OU community are invited to gather online for the ceremony, which will be held starting at 7 p.m. CST Friday, Dec. 18, at

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. 

Fall 2020 Capstone Review

The Irani Center for Energy Solutions is the next step in energy education. At our Center on the University of Oklahoma campus, we provide best-in-class practical educational opportunities to students studying petroleum engineering, geology, geophysics, as well as students across campus in areas like energy management, entrepreneurship, economics, accounting and finance.

Students dissect existing oil and gas plays, prepare industry-styled type-curve and reserve reports, work on projects such as evaluating undeveloped zones for drilling/recompletion opportunities, evaluate re-stimulation, artificial lift and compression configurations for optimizing production, and evaluate petrophysical and geological characteristics of resource plays, etc.

Interdisciplinary teams of students are overseen by top faculty and seasoned industry professionals who provide expertise, insights and technical guidance. Non-disclosure agreements protect a company’s valuable and confidential information, and all findings and proposed solutions are professionally presented back to the company.

Fall 2020 capstone company projects: (2) Kirkpatrick Oil Company, Mewbourne Oil Company, Charter Oak Production, McDaniel Trust Mineral Interests, (2) The University of Oklahoma Foundation.

Industry partners can submit projects for consideration to David Ferris, the Executive Director of the Irani Center. Our multi-disciplinary leadership team reviews projects on a first-come, first-served basis.

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.

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  

OU Labs Featured in the News

MPGE labs and the NOV Drilling Simulator have been featured in the Norman Transcript. 

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