Hildebrand Department of Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering (UT PGE) professors have won both of the prestigious teaching awards given annually by the Cockrell School of Engineering. Dr. Michael Pyrcz is the recipient of the 2023–2024 Lockheed Martin Award for Excellence in Engineering Teaching, and Dr. Yingda Lu is the recipient of the 2023–2024 Dean’s Award for Outstanding Engineering Teaching by an Assistant Professor.

Two Hildebrand Department of Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering graduate students — Ibrahim Gomaa (PhD PE 2025) and Cynthia Oeiyono (PhD PE 2026) — have won 2024 Chevron Energy Graduate Fellowships.

For the second year in a row, The University of Texas at Austin’s PetroBowl Team has won the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) North American Regional Competition.

Hildebrand Department of Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering (UT PGE) Assistant Professor Wen Song was named a Scialog Fellow in Sustainable Minerals, Metals and Materials (SM3) this spring.

For the second year in a row, The University of Texas at Austin’s Hildebrand Department of Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering (UT PGE) has topped the World University Rankings by Subject compiled by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS).

Four Hildebrand Department of Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering faculty members received funding from the U.S. Department of Energy Advanced Research Projects Agency–Energy (ARPA-E) in February as part of a $20 million effort to accelerate the natural subsurface generation of low-cost, low-emissions hydrogen. This is the first time that the U.S. government has competitively selected teams to research this kind of technology.

Hildebrand Department of Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering (UT PGE) Research Professor Mojdeh Delshad has received the 2024 Pioneer Award. It is presented annually by the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) to individuals who have made significant advancements in improved oil recovery (IOR) technology. Dr. Delshad will accept the award at the annual SPEIOR conference in April.

Hildebrand Department of Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering (UT PGE) Assistant Professor Wen Song was selected as a Scialog Fellow in Negative Emissions Science, organized by the Research Corporation for Science Advancement (RCSA), Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and ClimateWorks Foundation. As part of the program, she has been awarded research funding by the Sloan Foundation and is one of 20 scientists on seven cross-disciplinary teams across the United States and Canada to receive funding.

As we head into 2024, we’re celebrating all that UT PGE has accomplished this year. A quick look at our top 10 moments of 2023 makes one thing clear — our longstanding history of innovation and excellence in the energy industry continues unabated.

Hildebrand Department of Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering (UT PGE) graduate student Ibrahim Gomaa (PhD PE 2024) has won the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) 2023 Henry DeWitt Smith Fellowship. The fellowship is awarded annually to a student pursuing a graduate degree in petroleum engineering or a related field.