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.

Earlier this year, UT PGE assistant professor Wen Song received a $320,000 grant from the UT Energy Institute to co-lead a multidisciplinary project on “Enabling the Sustainable Energy Transition: Economic Recovery of Rare Earth Elements”.

UT PGE remains the No. 1 graduate program in petroleum engineering, according to the 2021 U.S. News & World Report rankings.

The University of Texas at Austin Center for Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering (CPGE) appointed Hildebrand Department professor Matthew Balhoff to director. His appointment, which began on January 8, 2020, succeeds the center’s previous director Dr. Kishore Mohanty.