During the annual pregraduation celebration held in the Harold Vance Department of Petroleum Engineering, senior students also have an opportunity to vote on and bestow one of the most coveted faculty awards in the department: the Petroleum Engineering Department Award for Excellence in Teaching. This year’s Excellence in Teaching winner is professor of engineering practice Dr. Ibere Nascentes Alves, and this is the second year in a row he has received it.
Dr. Hadi Nasrabadi, assistant professor in the Harold Vance Department of Petroleum Engineering, is working in collaboration with professors in the chemical and mechanical engineering departments at Texas A&M University to better explain and predict hydrocarbon phase behavior in the nanometric spaces of unconventional reservoirs.
During the second annual "Aggies Celebrate Teaching! – Recognizing Transformational Learning" reception, three faculty members from the Texas A&M University College of Engineering were honored by the Center for Teaching Excellence at Texas A&M. This year’s award reception was part of the inaugural Texas A&M University Transformational Teaching and Learning Conference.
The Crisman Institute for Petroleum Research, a center within the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station, is under new leadership. Dr. Jeff Spath, the new department head of the Harold Vance Department of Petroleum Engineering at Texas A&M University, has taken on the role of director for the institute.
Texas A&M Engineering’s graduate program was ranked 12th overall nationally and remained seventh among public institutions in the latest U.S. News & World Report survey, “America’s Best Graduate Schools 2019.”
Riser gas behavior was a major factor in the Deepwater Horizon disaster in April 2010, where an uncontrolled blowout on the Macondo well caused explosions that killed 11 people, sank the offshore rig and led to a hydrocarbon release in the Gulf of Mexico, damaging the environment. To address the risks of riser gas in offshore drilling, Dr. Wesley Williams, a professional in residence at the Craft & Hawkins Department of Petroleum Engineering at Louisiana State University (LSU), and Dr. Jerome Schubert, an associate professor in the Harold Vance Department of Petroleum Engineering at Texas A&M University, are heading a joint project focusing on gaps in the understanding of riser gas behavior.
The Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station (TEES) is leading a research team working to develop a new field laboratory in the hydrocarbon-producing geological formation known as the Eagle Ford Shale. The team, along with WildHorse Resource Development Corporation (WRD), which has been awarded an $8 million grant from the Department of Energy (DOE) for research and development of unconventional oil and natural gas recovery, will test next-generation monitoring solutions for hydraulic fracturing and enhanced oil recovery.
Dr. Akhil Datta-Gupta, a researcher in the TEES Petroleum Engineering Division, has been elected a member of the National Academy of Engineering. Election to the National Academy of Engineering is among the highest professional distinctions accorded to an engineer.