Cockrell School of Engineering
The University of Texas at Austin


UT PGE students Yogashri Pradhan and Wei Yu placed first at the 2015 SPE Regional Paper Contest in the B.S. and Ph.D. divisions, respectively. The paper contest is an annual competition that brings together undergraduate and graduate students who each present a topic of their choosing to a panel of industry judges.

Six UT PGE students competed in this year’s regional contest under the Southwestern North America region held at New Mexico Tech in Socorro, New Mexico, March 13-14. Before this year, UT PGE participated in the Gulf Coast region paper contest. Two students competed in each division (B.S., M.S. and Ph.D.) with three out of the six students placing among the Top 3.

"We are thrilled with how each of our students presented and represented UT,” said SPE Advisor Deborah Hempel-Medina. 

Pradhan, B.S. division first place winner for her evaluation of the Beaver Creek Unit Reservoir, said winning the regional contest was an honor.

“It’s good to know that you have a team supporting you,” said Pradhan. “I am excited to compete at the international competition and to represent UT and the company I interned for last summer.”

Yu placed first in the Ph.D. division for his paper titled “A Comprehensive Model for Simulation of Gas Transport in Shale Formation with Complex Hydraulic Fracture Geometry”.

“It is an excellent opportunity for me to share the research that I have been conducting for my Ph.D. with people from different backgrounds,” said Yu.

Both, Pradhan and Yu will continue on to compete in the SPE International Paper Contest held during SPE’s Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition (ATCE), in Houston, September 28-30.

“This means for the fourth consecutive year, the department will have a student competing at SPE's International Paper Contest."