Cockrell School of Engineering
The University of Texas at Austin


UT PGE e-Newsletter - Spring 2012

Professor Emeritus Ben Caudle positively reframed the way teaching and research is conducted in the UT PGE department. That achievement, coupled with his Longhorn legacy and dedication to lifelong learning will become permanent fixtures in the department through the Ben H. Caudle Student Learning Excellence Center, which will inspire future generations of petroleum engineers.

Like many students in UT PGE, junior Patrick Marsh, a native of Spring, Texas, can be found in Dr. Larry Lake’s class learning about “geostatistics.” He can also be found in the UT Baseball bullpen warming up pitchers during a game. Marsh joined the baseball team his freshman year as a catcher, due to his love for the big school atmosphere.

The UT PGE family is time and again producing stories of influential entrepreneurs and technology innovators. UT PGE parent, S. Javaid Anwar, falls into this category with his success story of creating two leading oil companies, Midland Energy Inc. and Petroplex Energy, through hard work, a strategic vision, the ability to take great risk and a couple of blessings.

What if there was an energy source that was larger than all conventional gas, oil, and coal deposits combined, created less greenhouse gas effect and potentially produced fresh water?  This dream-like scenario could actually be reality. Think fire and ice – not the famous poem by Robert Frost – but what lies beneath permafrost.

For each e-newsletter, UT PGE profiles an undergraduate student – putting the spotlight on their oil and gas internship experiences or accomplishments through research.

Four-time Olympic gold medalist Jesse Owens once said, “We all have dreams. In order to make dreams come into reality, it takes an awful lot of determination, dedication, self-discipline and effort.”