Dr. Silviu Livescu, who was most recently chief scientist of the pressure pumping product line at Baker Hughes, joined the Hildebrand Department of Petroleum Engineering and Geosystems Engineering faculty this fall as associate professor. Livescu brings to UT PGE expertise in research and development, innovation, commercialization, and intellectual property in the petroleum industry. He has more than 30 US patents granted and pending, and has published more than 60 papers and articles.

Hildebrand Department of Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering alumnus Faruk Omer Alpak (MSPE ’00, PhD ’05) received the 2021 Lester C. Uren Award from the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) in September. The prestigious international award recognizes distinguished achievement in petroleum engineering technology, and recipients automatically become SPE Distinguished Members.

Hildebrand Department of Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering alumnus Ashwin Venkatraman (PhD ’14) received the inaugural International Data Science and Engineering Analytics Award from the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) in September.

The Hildebrand Department’s undergraduate petroleum engineering program is once again No. 1 in the nation according to the 2022 U.S. News & World Report rankings released Sept. 13.

Hildebrand Department of Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering Associate Professor Maša Prodanović earned two prestigious industry awards in July — Distinguished Member from the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) and the Alfred Wegener Award from the European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers (EAGE).

Arvind P. Ravikumar joins the Hildebrand Department of Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering faculty as research associate professor this fall. Ravikumar brings to UT PGE a multidisciplinary approach to solving one of science and society’s most pressing questions — how global economies can usher in sustainable energy development in the face of climate change. 

Hildebrand Department PhD graduate Joshua Bautista-Anguiano and his research advisor, Professor Carlos Torres-Verdin, have won the 2020 Best Paper award in GEOPHYSICS, a journal published six times a year by the Society of Exploration Geophysicists.

The Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) is awarding two Hildebrand Department professors with 2020 international awards for their significant contributions to the field of petroleum engineering.

On March 13, 2020, the university closed due to COVID-19. Starting March 14, the faculty were given two weeks, an extended spring break, to take an unprecedented action in shifting all their classes online to finish the rest of the semester.