According to Forbes, the worldwide big data market is projected to grow from $42 billion in 2018 to $103 billion in 2027 and more than 150 zettabytes (150 trillion gigabytes) of data will need analysis by 2025. UT PGE associate professor Michael Pyrcz, who joined UT PGE last year after spending more than a decade in industry, is excited about training the next generation of data scientists who will be able to solve the oil and gas industry’s technology challenges. Putting his passion into practice, Pyrcz launched a student program in the fall of 2019 on energy analytics.

Thanks to an extraordinary commitment from UT PGE alumnus and former EOG Resources Inc. President Gary L. Thomas, the Cockrell School of Engineering is officially naming its newest building the Gary L. Thomas Energy Engineering Building.

The Hildebrand Department continues to hold a No. 1 undergraduate petroleum engineering program ranking, according to the 2020 U.S. News & World Report rankings.

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is investing $8 million in the Hildebrand Department’s engineering research that aims to create a more efficient process for recovering oil from naturally fractured reservoirs using engineered water.

The Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) and the American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical and Petroleum Engineering (AIME) are awarding three Hildebrand Department professors with four 2019 international awards for their significant contributions to the field of petroleum engineering.

This summer, almost 20 UT PGE students and two faculty members are participating in the department’s Norway Maymester program - covering Engineering, Energy and the Environment.

For several days throughout the Spring 2019 semester, petroleum engineering alumnus Scott Sheffield (B.S. 1975) returned to the Forty Acres to engage with students and faculty as part of the new Alumni-in-Residence Program in the Hildebrand Department of Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering.

UT PGE remains the No. 1 graduate program in petroleum engineering, according to the 2020 U.S. News & World Report rankings.

Wen Song, who graduated from Stanford University with a PhD in Energy Resources Engineering, joined the Hildebrand Department in the spring of 2019 as an assistant professor.

When Yu "Alex" Liang started graduate school at The University of Texas at Austin, he was tasked with running a straight-forward experiment to collect data on a well-understood phenomenon in fluid mechanics: how density differences influence fluid flow in a porous medium.